Kotnov lookout tower
Although the 12th century Kotnov Castle was destroyed by fire in 1532, the Kotnov lookout tower remains and you can walk up to the top to get a nice view over Tabor. There was a small admission fee of 20czk ($1.25US), for an additional 20czk you can visit the historical museum in the attached Bechynska gate, the town's only remaining gateway, but we opted just for the view. The cllimb isn't too bad although towards the top the wooden stairs get very thin, I had to back down a couple of the flights as my huge feet didn't fit on the rungs.
Prazska Street, one of the pedestrian only streets that radiate off Zizka Square, is where you can find the Renaissance era burgher houses, the one I especially liked was the one in the attached photo decorated in the sgraffito style. Sgraffito means "scratched" in Italian, the technique is to scratch ornamental designs through a layer of wet paint. Tabor had huge fires in 1532 and 1559, destroying the wooden burgher houses that were there which gave rise to the sgraffito burgher houses.
The 2nd picture is of the Oskar Nedbal Theater, a neo Reanissance building at the end of Prazska Street.
The main town square, Zizka Square, is named after blind Hussite commander Jan Zizka, you'll find a statue of him in the square, depicted with one eye still functioning. A maze of streets lead into the square which is filled with brightly colored buildings, a 16th century fountain and the Church of the Lord's Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. You can find the information center here and it's a good place to start a tour or enjoy a drink or meal at one of the outdoor patios.
Jordan Lake is the oldest artificial lake in central Europe, established as a drinking water reservoir for Tabor. We didn't see anyone out on the lake, perhaps it was still a bit chilly or perhaps they don't allow watercraft on it. Our map listed a waterfall on the west side of the lake but we couldn't see it from our vantage point.
City Gata and Castle Tower
Tabor was a site of a XIII century castle, and its sirviving belltower and gate (brana) guard the northern entrance into the old town. There is a museum of middle ages on premises, but it was closed during my visit.
- Castles and Palaces
The main square is called after the legendary blind general of the Hussites, Zizka. It is surround by beautiful rennaisance buildings, and you can also find the Dom cathedral and a radnice (cityhall).
Museum of photography Šechtl and Voseček
The largest Czech photographic athelier outside Prague was located in Tábor and over 10000 glass plate
negatives dated from 1860s to 1950s was preserved. In the museum there are regular exhibitions of the
historical photographs from the digitalised archive http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en .
The webpage is also interesting to visit if you want to compare Tábor 100 years ago with today.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Despite its small size the city has its own elegant theater (Divadlo), which is located on the edge of the old town.
- Theater Travel
alleys of the old town
The charm of visiting the city is to get lost in the maze of its alleys. Most houses are well-maintained, and many even have the "sgraffito" painted on them.
- Historical Travel