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Budweis - Pearl Of Bohemia - Czech Republic
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České Budějovice (colloquially: Budějice or Budějce; German: Budweis or Böhmisch Budweis; often referred to as Budweis in English) was founded by Hirzo, a knight of King Ottokar II of Bohemia, and was granted its municipal charter in 1265. The royal city was created as a platform of the king's power in South Bohemia and to counterbalance the powerful noble House of Rosenberg, which finally became extinct in 1611.
The old town preserves interesting architecture from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century period, and it was here were the second oldest railroad line (horse-drawn !!) on the European continent began, connecting České Budějovice and Linz in Austria. However the city's main attraction is: Beer. There are still two breweries, though you might not realize it just wandering around town. Budějovický Měšťanský Pivovar is the smaller, but older one. The other, famous Budějovický Budvar (Budweiser), is the last Czech brewery still owned by the state. There's a simple reason for that: No-one wants Anheuser-Busch to buy it, which is what would certainly happen were it to be privatized.
Take a pleasant, unhurried walk through Budějice's streets, soak up the atmosphere, admire the square and architecture, view the city from the Black Tower, indulge in the city's excellent Budvar Bier and savor a yummy traditional South Bohemian meal. I believe you will fall in love with České Budějovice even if the weather is bad.
June 25th, 2012
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