Basic Information about Jindrichuv Hradec
Jindrichuv Hradec is a peaceful South Bohemian town. It is located in a countryside that gradually turns from the ponds of the Trebonska panev into the hilly horizons of the Kremesnicka vrchovina. It is a gateway to the Czech Canada, protected natural area. Jindrichuv Hradec is located near the Austrian border, approximately 50 km north-east from Ceske Budejovice – capital of the region. The city has a regular train and bus connection with Prague which is 160 km far from Jindrichuv Hradec. It has approximately 22,700 inhabitants.
Jindrichuv Hradec is a popular destination for tourists visiting the beauty spots of the South Bohemia. It is the city with numerous cultural and historical monuments and one of the largest castle and chateau complexes in the Czech Republic. In the centre of the city, which still retains the pleasant whiff of a royal atmosphere, visitors can find many romantic spots among the winding streets of richly decorated merchants’ houses with colourful facades. They can see the Baroque statue of the Holy Trinity and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, whose corner is located right on the 15th meridian east, or they can stop at the Jindrichuv Hradec Museum, which has the largest mechanical nativity scene in the world.
Jindrichuv Hradec is not only a city of unique historical monuments but it is also a city with rich cultural life, consists of various local cultural events, regional and national music festivals and traditional festivities, and a range of possibilities how to spend your free time.
Another curiosity you should know about Jindrichuv Hradec is the fact that the city is also known (especially by students) as the city of “rum” or to be precise liqueur made by local but famous Czech liqueur company Fruko – Schulz.
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Main Tourist Attractions in Jindrichuv Hradec
Jindrichuv Hradec is an excellent tourism destination with a number of cultural and historical monuments.
Castle in Jindrichuv Hradec is a national monument and one of the largest historical complexes in the Czech Republic. Do not miss the opportunity to visit its large object. Students, who present a valid ISIC card, have a discounted entry; the cost of the tour is around 50 CZK. There is a possibility to have a tour in foreign language and students have it for a discount price 100 CZK. The castle is open to the public from April 1 to October 31.
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Main Square (Namesti Miru)
It offers a unique spectacle of historic buildings. The Holy Trinity sculpture dominates the central part of the square. There is also famous Langer’s house, seat of the Gallery of Inspiration, and the old town hall building.
Church of St. John the Baptist (Kostel sv. Jana Krtitele)
It is located near Vajgar Lake. The part of the church is the Monastery, which serves as an exhibition space. The best way how to explore the church is a night guided tour that takes you through these two buildings. The price is 80 CZK.
The lake virtually divides the city into two parts. It is a very popular relax area just in the heart of the city. You can rent a boat and go for a ride on the lake, perhaps to an island in the middle.
Regional Museum (Museum Jindrichohradecka)
The main attraction of the museum is the Krýza Nativity Scene, which is registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest mechanical nativity scene in the world. The museum is open from April 1 to January 6 every day except Mondays. Admission fee for students with a valid ISIC card is 40 CZK. There is an extra charge for a tour in a foreign language.
For more information visit the web site http://www.mjh.cz/en
National Museum of Photography
The Museum focuses on creating collections of historical and above all contemporary photographs and collections of photographic techniques. The museum is open from April until December. The students’ price is reduced to 50 CZK.
For more information visit the web site http://www.mfmom.cz/en/
House of Tapestry
The House builds on more than one hundred years of existence of tapestry workshop in Jindrichuv Hradec. There are permanent exhibitions dedicated to traditional technology of hand weaving. The House is open from April to December every day except Monday. If you are interested, you can also participate in a course of textile crafts.
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If you’re a sporty type, you will appreciate a wide range of sports facilities in Jindrichuv Hradec. See some of the opportunities which you could try.
There is a quite new indoor swimming pool in Jindrichuv Hradec. Regular admission fee which starts at 90 CZK per one hour.
If you are a fan of tennis, Jindrichuv Hradec offers indoor tennis court for you. The price is around 350 CZK / hour. It is open all week from 7:00 – 24:00. However, you must have your own equipment.
New discgolf playing area was built in the City Park “Mertovy sady” near the city centre in 2013. You can find there the 9-hole area located in the wooden hill on the left bank of the Nezarka River. You have quite unique opportunity to try this modern flying disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc at a target.
Jindrichuv Hradec is a great place for all runners. There are dozens of running tracks around the city; each is suitable for a different kind of running. Just put on your shoes and try them according to your preferences. We are pretty sure; you will find many beautiful tracks during a short time. If you follow the tourist signs, you will have a chance to see many interesting places in the city surroundings.