- Cityscape Historic Czech hilltop
- City life It’s Bohemian down south
With a history of religious nonconformism that gave Bohemians their name for rebellion, Tábor is an architectural jewel an easy trip south from Prague.
Locals are clearly proud of its mediaeval old-town streets, baroque and Renaissance burghers’ houses and beautiful location, with rural rides and walks in the hills a big attraction for summertime visitors. By night, things aren’t as sleepy as you might expect in such an unspoilt environment, with cool or cosy restaurants, bars and cafés in both old and new towns. The Czech Republic is largely undiscovered beyond its wildly popular capital: we’re glad we found our way to this well-preserved gateway to the south.
Do go/Don’t go
If you want to make the most of the countryside, visit in spring, summer or early autumn. Winter temperatures can be jolly cold, but you’ll experience crowd-free Central Europe, and winter-wonderlandscapes.
- Planes Prague airport, some 80km from Tábor, is the international hub.
- Trains The train from Prague takes about an hour and a half, and costs around CZK 70. Tábor train station is a 15-minute walk from the Old Town square. It’s also feasible to travel by rail from Linz or Vienna in Austria, or from Berlin or Cologne in Germany.
- Automobiles The drive from the capital takes up to one and a half hours, depending on traffic, via the E55 motorway.
- Taxis You can walk everywhere in Tábor, but if you want a car to/from the station, for a day trip or to take you back to Prague, ask your hotel to book you one. There are a handful of local firms: try Taxi KoláR (+420 381 252 068).