It’s not often that a city in Central Europe receives a biblical name. One exception is Tábor, named after Mount Thabor near Nazareth in Israel. Its founders, who were supporters of the Czech Hussite reform movement, built it with the determination to create a new commonwealth that rejected human laws and was governed only by the law of God. In the early days of the city its residents thus surrendered all their property, which was then divided according to need.
There’re more great places worth visiting around the square in Tábor. They include, for example, the Thir wine bar, where you can not only taste authentic Bohemian and Moravian wines, but also local cider from the nearby Sudkův Důl stronghold. The cider made at Sudkův Důl from old varieties has even been served at the best Michelin restaurants in England and in New York. What’s more, a renowned Indian restaurant is situated directly at the square. People from a wide surrounding area like going there.
Come to a knights’ tournament!
If you want to learn more about the Hussite movement, head to the museum in the Old Town Hall, one of the most important Gothic buildings in the Czech Republic. From its cellars leads a network of tunnels under the main square, which is named after the most important Hussite commander, Jan Žižka of Trocnov. Near the town hall you can test your fitness by climbing to the top of the local church tower, where you will have a wonderful view of the entire historical heart of the city. Soak in the true spirit of the Middle Ages on a visit to the former castle of Kotnov with its circular tower. If you enjoy exercise, take a walk around the Jordán Reservoir, the oldest one in Central Europe. Would you like to go back in time to the Middle Ages? Then visit Tábor in September during the Tábor Festivities, when the city comes alive with historical fairs, processions and knightly tournaments.
Gastrotips from a local