Telč - Lake rose

Imagine a magical town which looks like it was taken right out of the fairy-tale stories of your childhood. The historic city centre encircled by crystal-clear ponds, a magnificent chateau and one of the most picturesque squares in Europe will grab you by the heart and caress your soul. As the most beautiful example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps, Telč is rightfully included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Find out more about the story of the enlightened Czech aristocrat Zachariáš of Hradec and his wife Catherine from Valdštejn, who transformed their imagination into reality and created one of the most scenic places in Europe. A constant inspiration for Zachariáš had been his journey to the north of Italy. This seven-month trip became the greatest experience of his life – the beauty of the Italian Renaissance and the comfort of the local manor houses bewitched him for the rest of his days. 

© Ladislav Renner

Thanks to his union with the young, pretty and rich Catherine of Valdštejn, he could start carrying out his vision as early as in his 25 years. Builders, stonemasons and plasterers worked ceaselessly under Zachariáš’ supervision. For his future wife, he gradually rebuilt the then dilapidated late Gothic castle of Telč into a representative and comfortable chateau, which became a true gem of Czech Renaissance architecture. Admire the Golden Hall of the Telč Chateau in its captivating beauty and enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere of the chateau park with a unique greenhouse. The town of Telč invites you to take a walk, sit down and relax, explore the mysterious nooks and crannies of the picturesque square with colourful houses or take a romantic boat cruise on the Štěpnický pond.

Interesting thing

Telč underground
 
Beneath most of the houses in the Square of Zachariáš of Hradec but also parts of the chateau premises, there are medieval cellars connected by an intricate system of passages. The devious catacombs of Telč used to serve mostly as storage space. Sometimes, though, they became a place of last retreat when the town’s inhabitants were fleeing from enemies. Because of this, many of them are associated with legends. According to one, the defenders may have run away from the town through one of these passages and it is even alleged that a certain passage led all the way to the distant Castle of Roštejn.
In Telč underground you can discover interesting facts from the town’s history by means of an interactive exposition located right in the mysterious vaults.

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Your journey through the history of the romantic Telč cannot start elsewhere than in its Renaissance chateau. The beauty and variety of the interior is a convincing argument to take both tour routes, during which you can see the halls of the chateau, for instance the Golden Hall, Knights’ Hall or African Hall, and marvel at the beauty of the residential quarters of the chateau’s last owners. Full of impressions, you will then continue to the chateau garden, one of the oldest in the Bohemian lands, and then to the extensive chateau park, where you can absorb not only your impressions but also the powerful energy of the trees, many of which are hundreds of years old. You should not miss the chateau’s greenhouse either. From the chateau you can walk to the Renaissance Zachariáš of Hradec Square, where you are sure to find a restaurant of your choice.
 
After lunch it is time for a stroll across the square and its surroundings, where you can feast your eyes on various sights. Despite every single house being unique, you should definitely not miss the noble city hall, the nearby standing house no. 15 with its rare sgraffiti or house no. 61 with Renaissance facade decoration. The fountains on the square will take you back in time and while you are enthralled by their beauty, do not forget to take a good look at the Marian Column. Those with extra stamina can walk through the lower gate adjacent to the Telč Chateau and to the Štěpnický pond, where they can take a romantic boat cruise.
 
You can have your afternoon cup of coffee in the nearby town of Slavonice that was also part of Zachariáš’s estate and flourished under his enlightened care. The spirit of the Italian Renaissance will stare at you from the sgraffiti on the ornate facades of the citizens’ houses in both squares – the Míru (Peace) Square and the Horní (Upper) Square. You can also see the ruins of the town’s fortifications and two of the three town gates. The town’s tower offers a spectacular view of both squares.

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Telč from a bird’s eye view
 
You will know the true beauty of this Renaissance gem once you look down on it from one of its towers – the choice is up to you. The Parish Church of St. Jacob has a tower almost 60 m high, with 40 stone and 105 wooden steps leading to its top. Its lookout gallery offers you a unique view on Telč in all its unfathomable beauty. The other option is to climb on the tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit. It reaches 49 meters above ground and to catch a sight of the town from its top, you have to climb 97 wooden steps. The tower was erected in the 13th century and is the oldest preserved building in Telč.

Transportation

Telč is about 160 km away from Prague.
You can get there by car in about 2 hours. A bus ride will take about 3 hours but you can use a direct bus line. From Telč it is 25 km to Slavonice – a 30-minute drive on road no. 406 or a 50-minute train ride (a direct line several times a day).

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Telč Chateau

Enter the realm of the elegant Italian Renaissance, walk through the wonderful chambers of the chateau and discover the place that is sought out by filmmakers from all over the world due to its picturesque and unique charm. After this you will certainly be convinced that the Telč Chateau is more than worthy of being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
 

Address

Národní památkový ústav - Správa státního zámku Telč
Nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 1
588 56 Telč
GPS: 49.185300, 15.451196

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 120 Kč

Children fee: 80 Kč

Family fee: 320 Kč

Senior fee: 80 Kč

Student fee: 80 Kč

Chateau garden in Telč

Discover the chateau garden, a place of calm and elegance, which ranks among the oldest architectural gardens in the Czech Republic. How you spend your time here is up to you – whether you want to yield to the calling of the past and travel back to the times of Renaissance cavaliers, or just pay a visit to the local gallery.
 

Address

Národní památkový ústav, Nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 1, 588 56
GPS: 49.185300, 15.451196

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 10 Kč

Chateau park in Telč

Noble architecture surrounded by the green haze of rare trees, trickling of the Telčský stream and an elegant Classicist greenhouse with tropical plants. Step into the green oasis beneath the chateau walls and please your eye and spirit by the splendid views of the castle as well as the wonders of nature.
 

Address

Národní památkový ústav, Nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 1, 588 56
GPS: 49.185300, 15.451196

The Zachariáš of Hradec Square in Telč

The square in Telč with the typical high gables on the coloured houses and arcades full of little shops and cafés, where you can sit undisturbed and watch the world pass by, is indeed a healing balm for the soul.
 

Address

588 56 Telč
GPS: 49.183920, 15.453874

Tower and Church of the Holy Spirit in Telč

Climb up the stairs to discover the mysteries of a tower that has been guarding the town for almost 800 years and, not least, to enjoy the view on the pearl of Central European Renaissance which will lie open right in front of you.
 

Address

Palackého č.p. 116, Telč-Vnitřní Město, 588 56 Telč
GPS: 49.182880, 15.454619

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 15 Kč

Children fee: 10 Kč

Senior fee: 10 Kč

Student fee: 10 Kč

Slavonice

The ornament adorning the Renaissance townhouses at the heart of one of the most photogenic Czech towns is akin to the most delicate, lace-like pattern, chiselled into fine stone. Discover the unique charm of Slavonice, a town near the border with Austria encircled by the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Czech Canada area.

Address

Turistické informační centrum Slavonice Slavonice, nám. Míru 480
GPS: 48.99655069285509, 15.35064697265625

Pizzeria Italia

The pizza we make by course of the traditional recipe, using only Italian ingredients, is being made right by the stove.

Address

Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 16
588 56 Telč-Vnitřní Město
GPS: 49.1838767, 15.4534747

U Hraběnky Hotel

The U Hraběnky Hotel offers a pleasant ambience and a high standard of accommodation and services alike. You can unwind while taking a sauna or receiving a relaxation massage. Tempting guests’ taste buds with typical Czech cuisine, the stylish hotel restaurant will remind you of an aristocratic feasting hall

Address

Hotel U Hraběnky ****
Slavatovská 96
588 56 Telč-Štěpnice
GPS: 49.1868414, 15.4503389

Hotel Pangea

Hotel Pangea has a heated indoor swimming pool with an anti-current. All rooms are large, have a seating area, TV and private bathroom. Several have a flat-screen TV. Framed landscape pictures decorate most walls. Wi-fi is available at Hotel Pangea free of charge.

 

Address

Hotel Pangea ***
Na Baště 450
588 56 Telč-Štěpnice
GPS: 49.1866989, 15.4522733

Hotel U Černého orla

It provides bright en-suite rooms with satellite TV and a seating area. Wi-Fi access and parking are free of charge at Hotel U Černého orla. The restaurant on the ground floor serves Czech cuisine outdoors in the hotel arcades in the warmer months.

Address

Hotel U Černého orla ***
Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 7
588 56 Telč-Vnitřní Město
GPS: 49.1844275, 15.4524811