On my one week walking tour with Country Walkers I spent 48 hours in the Tabor, Czechia. 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.
You could easily spend a day exploring and seeing the sights in the old town of Tabor, Czechia. 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.
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Exploring Tabor, Czechia on foot
If you want to experience Tabor with all your senses, ditch the car and explore on foot.
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.
You’re going to love the prices 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. If only all travel was so affordable.
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 km 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.
Check out the Klokoty Monastery in Czechia
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.
Walk the parks around Tabor, Czechia
There is a network of walking paths in Tabor. 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.
Where to stay in Tábor
The Hotel Nautilusis 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.
A day trip to Tabor, Czechia
If you’re planning a trip to Czechia- 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.
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