Telč: A Renaissance Gem of Bohemia


Telč is not just a town; it's an experience. A journey through its picturesque squares and streets allows you to explore a slice of the past, unchanged by time.

Nestled in the heart of the Czech Republic, Telč is a quaint town, a jewel in the region of South-East Bohemia. The whimsical marriage of Renaissance architecture and a storied past has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Telč is a town where time seems to have stood still, offering a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Vít Pohanka spoke to local journalist and guide Peter Mach about all the things one can see and do in Telč:

Historic Town Square

Telč Town Square | Photo: Ondřej Tomšů,  Radio Prague International

As you walk into the town's main square, the iconic row of Renaissance and Baroque houses, each painted in a riot of pastel hues, leaves you spellbound. Their high gables and elegant arcades are an architectural feast for the eyes. The cobblestone square holds stories of the yesteryears, stories that are etched in the town’s timeless character.

Telč Château

Telč Château | Photo: Zdeňka Kuchyňová,  Radio Prague International

No visit to Telč would be complete without exploring the Telč Château. This former castle is a perfect blend of Gothic fortification and Renaissance refinement. The intricately carved wooden ceilings and the collection of Flemish tapestries take you back in time. The castle grounds are equally alluring, with a stunning tapestry of manicured gardens and ponds.

Churches and Towers

Telč across the Ulický pond with the towers of the churches of St. James the Elder and the Name of Jesus | Photo: Klára Stejskalová,  Radio Prague International

Venture into the sacred corridors of the Church of St. James, an inspiring Gothic masterpiece that towers over the town. The 60-metre tall church tower presents a panoramic view of the red rooftops of Telč and the surrounding lush greenery. The Church of the Holy Ghost and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary also add to Telč's spiritual charm.

Lakes and Ponds

Ulický pond | Photo: Klára Stejskalová,  Radio Prague International

One of the unique features of Telč is the interconnected system of three ponds that form a natural defensive barrier around the town. Whether it's the reflective tranquility of Ulický Pond, the verdant charm of Roštejn, or the peaceful setting of Pařezitý, they each offer a calm retreat. Take a leisurely stroll around these ponds and let nature’s symphony captivate you.

Czech Cuisine

Telč | Photo: Lenka Žižková,  Radio Prague International

When it comes to gastronomy, Telč is no less of a delight. The local restaurants serve traditional Czech cuisine, which is hearty and rich in flavour. Whether it's a steaming bowl of goulash, dumplings in various forms, or the sweet allure of traditional Czech pastries, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Outdoor Activities

Vlachovská alley in Počátky | Photo: Dáša Kubíková,  Czech Radio

Beyond its architectural and culinary delights, Telč is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The Vysočina (or Bohemian-Moravian Highlands) region, which surrounds the town, is crisscrossed with hiking and cycling trails. If you have more time to stay, it's an ideal way to soak in the serene landscapes of the Czech countryside and let the rural charm engulf you.


Holidays in Telč | Photo: Archive of the Holidays in Telč Festival

Time your visit to coincide with one of Telč's many vibrant festivals. The historic Telč Fair, held in July, is an annual event steeped in tradition, where crafts, music, and dances of the past come alive.

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