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How To Spend 48 Hours In Tabor Czech Republic

How to Spend 48 Hours in Tabor Czech Republic

On my one week walking tour with Country Walkers I spent 48 hours in the Tabor Czech Republic. Located just 90 minutes south of Prague, the town was founded in the 15th century as a peasant commune. It is very much worth a visit. With its old town surrounded by huge city walls, a gorgeous town square and a warren of cobblestone streets, it’s a city that begs to be explored on foot.

Tabor, Czech Republic

Exploring Tabor Czech Republic on foot

You could easily spend a day exploring and seeing the sights in the old town of Tabor Czech Republic. There’s a charm and a warmth to this city of 36,000 people. Poke about the small shops, sip coffee in an old-world café on the edge of the square and walk the cobblestoned streets through a maze of colourful houses, bars and restaurants.

You’ll love the prices here when you decide to eat. A large glass of wine (9 ounces) and a personal sized pizza to order – with a front row seat of the square set me back all of $Cdn10.

According to our local guides, to get the best aerial view of the town, climb the 200 steps in the cathedral on the main square. I wish I’d done it.

Make sure you take the time to walk alongside Jordán Lake, called the oldest reservoir of its kind in Central Europe. You’ll see young lovers, fisherman and people feeding the ducks. Find a bench and watch the world go by.

Also include a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Tabor, home to over 4,000 plants. The gardens are part of an agriculture school and have a long tradition of providing seeds to over 400 places around the world.

No shortage of colour or charm in the old part of Tabor

No shortage of colour or charm in the old part of Tabor

Wandering the cobblestone streets of Tabor

Wandering the cobblestone streets of Tabor

Jordan Pond seems like a popular spot to hang out

Jordan Pond seems like a popular spot to hang out

Peaceful walking along the lake founded in 1492

Peaceful walking along the lake founded in 1492

Carp - as an art form and a fish that is served every Christmas

Carp – as an art form and a fish that is served every Christmas

Check out the Botanical Gardens in Tabor

Check out the Botanical Gardens in Tabor

Visit the Hussite Museum 

Also include a visit to the Hussite Museum located on Tabor’s main square. You can get your fill of medieval history here but what YOU REALLY WANT TO DO is don a hard hat and take a tour of the tunnels. There is a labyrinth beneath the town square – up to 14 kilometres of tunnels in total, all built in the 15th century for several purposes: to store food and beer, avoid fires and hide from enemies.

Today tourists have access to about half a kilometre of tunnels. While we started in the museum, our group came up the stairs pictured in the photo below to the wonderful Goldie Restaurant in Hotel Nautilus, probably the most unusual restaurant entrance I’ve ever made.

Underground tunnels are open to the public

Underground tunnels are open to the public

Klokoty Monastery

To the west of the old town, and within walking distance, is Klokoty Monastery – a double cross-shaped Baroque complex built in 1700 over the course of 30 years. Within one of the ornate chapels is a magnificent organ. Our group of walkers had the good fortune to be treated to about 25 minutes of incredible music.

The beautiful Klokoty Monastery

The beautiful Klokoty Monastery

Walk the parks around Tabor

There is a network of walking paths in the Tabor Czech Republic. From the monastery I know we followed trails that took us down to the river and then up through gorgeous forests of beech and oak to a park.

After that I lost track of where we were – as I was simply enjoying the scenery and the company of our two guides who live in Tabor. The photos will give you an idea of what you’ll find within walking distance of the old town.

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

One of the few trails we follow that is marked

Exploring the woods just outside of Tabor

Exploring the woods just outside of Tabor

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Enjoying pastoral scenes as we complete a loop back to Tabor

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Gorgeous walking through fields back to Tabor

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Crossing the river to get into the old town

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Checking out the view from beside the imposing city walls – Photo credit: Rene Janovich

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Where to stay in Tábor Czech Republic

The Hotel Nautilus is the place to stay in Tabor. With many of the bedrooms overlooking the main square, it’s an awesome spot to watch the world go by. The rooms too are lovely – spacious and well-appointed with extra-large bathrooms included.

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Hotel Nautilus is right on the historic Zizka Square

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Looking out at the main square during daylight hours

Rooms in the Hotel Nautilus are spacious and well appointed

Rooms in the Hotel Nautilus are spacious and well appointed

48 Hours in the Tabor area of the Czech Republic

Night time views from the Hotel Nautilus on the square in Tabor

A day trip to Tabor Czech Republic

If you’re planning a trip to the Czech Republic – whether it be a walking trip or a trip just to see the sights of the country, I’d highly recommend a visit to Tabor. You can even do it as a day trip from Prague with trains and buses taking just 90 minutes to reach the town.

Further reading on the Czech Republic

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48 Hours in the Tabor area of 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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