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Discovering The Beautiful Telc Region In The Czech Republic

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

The beautiful town of Telc was the first stop on a walking tour with Country Walkers in the Czech Republic. But before we got to town we made a short side stop just inside the Czech border to see some military bunkers left over from the days of communism. It was eye opening to say the least – and it’s no wonder so few people would get through this zone with their lives.

What’s missing in the picture is the miles of barbed and razor wire traps along with pictures of all the bunkers that dot the landscape, approximately every few hundred feet across a huge swath of the borderlands.

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Seven soldiers would squeeze inside this bunker

Discovering the Beautiful Telc region of the Czech Republic

Guns and periscopes for seeing everything around the bunker really drilled in what a no-man’s zone this area was

Why Telc is a great stop on an itinerary

It was a treat to reach Telc – a quiet city in the southern Czech Republic that sees a fraction of the tourists that you’ll find in more popular centres like Prague and Ceský Krumlov. I loved this place for its gorgeous historic square lined with fairytale like buildings in a rainbow of colours that date back to the 1500’s. In fact the historic centre of Telc is a UNESCO site.

Around Telc are high walls and a complex of artificial fishponds that form a semi-circle on three sides of the town centre. In the early morning and again in the evening, the reflections around the ponds are particularly beautiful. The whole of the old town and all the grounds beg to be explored at leisure on foot.

There’s also a large Renaissance chateau called the Telc Castle. Tours are offered and are a good idea if you want to see how people lived back in the 1600’s. (The Czech guides with Country Walkers know the history of the castle really well and do their own private tour.)

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

The colourful narrow streets of Telc

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Medieval fishponds surround the historic centre on three sides

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

The main square of Telc is home to beautiful buildings from the 1500’s

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Inside the Telc Castle

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

The ornate ceilings are unbelievable

Walking in the Telc area

We spent a couple of days walking in the Telc area. The first walk is described in this blog. It was a 30 minute drive to get to our starting point – an old hunting lodge beautifully situated in beech forests at the edge of walking trails.

Over approximately 8 miles we wandered through delightful sections of shady forests, through farmer’s fields with nary a soul in sight and along country lanes – with every house decorated with the same boxes of pink and red geraniums. Some added a stand of sunflowers. We’d pass fishing ponds which I learned dot the Czech landscape – yet they are only a few feet deep.

I think what amazed me most was the size of the woodpiles – like nowhere else I’ve seen. I know it gets cold in the Czech Republic but I really wonder if a little hoarding is going on – in case times get really tough again. Just my observation!

Lunches were always a big meal – though the lunch at the end of this walk, consisting only of vegetables was considered light by Czech standards.

As our guides would say, the Czech people like their heavy duty grease so you can expect to see a lot of fried food on menus. In the Czech Republic beer is cheaper than water – and likely part of the reason the Czech people are the biggest consumers of beer in the world. Expect to drink at both lunch and dinner.

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

The Renaissance area hunting lodge with windows at the back where they used to empty the chamber pots

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Beautiful wooded hills about 30 minutes out of Telc

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Taking the route less traveled through farmer’s fields

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Walking through a sleepy village filled with sunflowers

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Shallow ponds dot the Czech countryside

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Very pastoral feeling in the southern part of the Czech Republic

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

Red and pink geraniums are everywhere in the Czech Republic

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

People take their wood piles very seriously in the Czech Republic

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

I bet this old Tatra has stories to tell

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

I was hoping to see a wild boar in one of these fields

Lunch in the Czech Republic

This is what a light lunch looks like in the Czech Republic – as its all vegetables. Lunch is the big meal of the day

Where to stay in Telc

According to our guides the hotels around the historic square aren’t great – despite their first rate location. We stayed at the Hotel Anton – originally a cooperative distillery just a five minute walk from the beautiful grounds around the chateau. It wasn’t fancy but it sure had character – and I’d stay here again.

Discovering the Beautiful Telc Region in the Czech Republic

My somewhat unusual but very comfortable bed at the Hotel Anton in Telc

The Hotel Anton in Telc

The colours in this bathroom wake you up

Looking back at the trip, Telc and Tabor (our next stop) were my favourite cities. Both were beautiful but hadn’t yet been discovered by tourists. And now you know where to visit!

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Discovering the Telc region in the Czech Republic

 

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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