Attractions Near Obratan
Obratan is conveniently located in South Bohemia in the Czech republic. It’s a stunning area with green rolling countryside, lush forests and traditional villages. But one of the main reasons we like to visit the area is for the fine architecture in the surrounding towns and villages. here are some of our favourite attractions close to Obratan.
Obratan sits in the County of Tabor with historical links back to the 14th century. A war memorial dedicated to victims of WW2 sits beside the Church which is an imposing building on road 19.
For train enthusiasts, a narrow-gauge track built in 1906 runs from the village to Jindricuv Hradec through a woody, wild and scarcely inhabited landscape and run by JMHD. A day trip to Prague via Tabor is possible from the station.
Village facilities include convenience shop, post office, 1 restaurant serving traditional Czech dishes at very reasonable prices, 1 cafe serving a selection of homemade burgers and drinks, (the Homer burger is freshly cooked and recommended), 1 Bar and a filling station (PAP).
A unique attraction is the technical museum of insulators and arresters in the village of Dvoriste
Nearby, the village of Kamen (3 km) boasts a fantastic castle which houses an interesting selection of historic motor bikes,
Pacov (7km) is worth a browse to see the church of St. Michael, the Chapel of St. Wenceslas and a Baroque castle. Pacov is also handy for supermarket shopping and has a great Pizza restaurant on the triangular square. For motoring fans, the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) was established here in 1904.
The town of Tabor (20km) is a fortified gothic city built by the Hussites, Amongst the highlights are the Hussite museum, Kutnov Tower – part of the town fortifications, the tower houses a museum about life in the middle ages
Treasure Exhibition – an exhibition about a trove of medieval coins. Klokoty – a baroque pilgrimage church. Also part of the extensive fortifications and under the square are the underground tunnels which can be explored. There are several coffee houses and restaurants on the main square.
Chynov Caves. Discovered in 1863 is the largest limestone cave in the country.
Cervena Lhota (23km) is a very picturesque renaissance building which stands in the middle of a lake on a rocky island. Its name can be translated as “red village” can be explained by the colour of the château’s bright-red roof tiles
To the East, Pelhrimov (20km) is a pretty gatehoused town with Renaissance and Baroque houses.
Southern Bohemia known locally as “the country of a thousand lakes” is one of the most scenic parts of the Czech Republic. It is a place of hidden lakes, pined forests, deep woods, ancient castles, beautiful chateaux and villages. It is most attractive in both summer and during winter snow.
It is rich in both architecture and culture with most city and town squares still intact. The dotted lakes are typically stocked with tench and carp, the latter being the traditional Czech Christmas dish.
Cesky Krumlov (85km) is a very popular medieval town which is UNESCO protected built around a 13th century castle on the meandering banks of the Vltava river, It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained virtually intact more than five centuries. Restaurants and bars are plentiful with a splattering of antique shops. Highlights include the Castle – an imposing Renaissance castle which overlooks the town. The Egon Schiele Gallery is a true bohemian art experience focusing on the art of the everyday object .The Architectural Museum with information about how the town’s buildings were constructed. Rafting and canoeing is avaialble with organised rafting trips. Eggenberg Brewery – tours in Czech, English and Germany. www.eggenberg.cz
Ceské Budejovice (63km) is the major city in the region. Independent shops and restarants are plentiful on the pretty main square and there is a scattering of antique shops in the side streets. Highlights include Cerna Vez (Black Tower) . More than 200 stairs take you to wonderful views directly on the main sqare and the town. Bohemian Museum – an excellent local museum. The city is also famous for its Budweiser beer. Forget the American version, this is the real mccoy. The modern brewery can be toured and beer sampled.
Trebon (50km) is an ancient pretty spa town with renaissance and baroque houses on the main square and renaissance chateau with a park. It’s situated in a Protected Landscape Area with lots of ponds and it’s famous for its carp fish which are served in the countless restaurants in the town.
Jindrichuv Hradec (34km) is a unique Gothic and Renaissance town situated above lake Vajgar. The castle is the third largest in Czechia, after Prague and Cesky Krumlov. The town can be reached via the narrow guage railway from Obratan The Jindrichuv District Museum exhibits the Kryza which is the largest mechanical Christmas manger scene in the world.
For those interested in twentieth century architecture, the Czech Republic also offers a wealth of modernism. Open to the public are the following houses:
Tugendhat Villa in Brno is a UNESCO protected building. It is one of the pioneering prototypes of modern architecture in Europe, and was designed by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Built of reinforced concrete between 1928-1930 for Fritz Tugendhat and his wife Greta, the villa soon became an icon of modernism. It has recently undergone a full restoration and is a highly recommended visit.
In Prague, the Villa Müller designed in 1930 by architect Adolf Loos. The house was designed originally for Mr. František Müller and his wife, Milada Müllerová
Near Kolin, Bauer’s Villa in Libodvice is one of the outstanding examples of Czech cubist architecture. The family house was built in 1912-1914 by a prominent architect Josef Golfar for Adolf Bauer,
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Prague needs little introduction. This beautiful city has astounding architecture at every turn and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is nicknamed the ‘city of a hundred spires’ for its skyline of churches and tall towers. Highlights in Prague include the Old Town Hall The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. Also high on the list of top tourist attractions i is Gothic Charles Bridge, which crosses the Vltava River. The Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town, which is considered the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague, Prague Castle andPetřín tower are also firm favourites. But above all Prague is a great city to wander around and explore on foot; and enjoying the numerous bars and cafes in this bustling historic city.
Visit the Prague Tourism website for ideas and inspiration: http://www.prague.eu/en