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.
Common TipsTelč 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.
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).