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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
The largest Czech photographic athelier outside Prague was located in Tábor and over 10000 glass platenegatives dated from 1860s to 1950s was preserved. In the museum there are regular exhibitions of thehistorical photographs from the digitalised archive http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en .The webpage is also interesting to visit if you want to...more
I was a little Czeched out on the local food and if you know anything about me and David, it's that we love pizza and we eat it everywhere we go. We saw a restaurant on the square that was serving up pizza in addition to other Italian dishes and some Czech dishes, the pizzas looked good so we found a table on the outdoor terrace and had a seat, enjoying the view of the main square and the beautiful warm sunny weather.
Favorite Dish: I had a Contadina pizza which was topped with salami and David had a salciccia pizza with peppers, sausage and onions, the pizzas were around 100-125czk each, around $6-8US. The pizzas here were very tasty with a nice thin crust. With 1 drink each our bill was 282czk, around $18US.
When we got close to the town center we pulled into a parking lot which had pay and display meters, if you are driving in the Czech Republic always make sure you have lots of change because you almost always have to pay to park. On Sundays, most places have free parking, the lot we found was free. It turned out we could have driven all the way to...more
Half of the highway to Tabor is a nice modern road, and the other half seems to have been constructed around WWII and is a single lane road. Nonetheless, traffic generally moves briskly (by US standards), and slower vehicles always let you pass.Once in town there is ample curbside parking along 9 kvitnia which is 5 minutes from the beginning of old...more
Fondest memory: There is a lot of talk of absinthe, about what is in it, and what effects it has on you. Well, we decided to try it ourselves. At the time, we had been drinking for at least 3 hours, and were feeling pretty good. So, it was time for absinthe! Well, within seconds, I went from being buzzed to being completely drunk! I felt a little dazed and I couldn't see clearly for a few minutes. Anyway, the after effect lasted only for 20 minutes or so, but it was well worth it!