A country of two faces, a country of good waters, a country with a soul, or a country of forgotten stories. These and other characteristics are quoted by visitors to the area located southwest of České Budějovice towards the Austrian border between Český Krumlov in the west and Třeboň in the east. The appearance of the area is largely defined by the Novohradské Mountains and the Malše River with its tributary, the Stropnice. The Novohradské Mountain area is very sparsely populated, making it popular with tourists who prefer active movement (walkers, cyclists, horseback riders) on the one hand, yet do not wish to meet masses of people on their journeys. Visitors often associate the stay with relaxation, tranquillity and security.