This charming city gives you a feeling of Czech history and a great picture of the Czech lifestyle out of Prague. Tabor shaped the history of Bohemia and the whole of Europe thanks to its protestant movement, far before Martin Luther. I was lucky to have a great guiding tour of my friend, who show me the hidden beauties and the local city life.
The Story of Tabor
The origin of the city is pretty interesting. It was set up in 1420 by the community which was inspired by something like Christian communism when everything was owned by everybody. This system worked only for few months, nevertheless, this community joined the Hussite religious movement that spread Protestantism across medieval Europe. Until now, you can see the statue of their leader Jan Žižka in the middle of the square.
The city is organized around the main square. Guess the name…yes…Žižkovo square, named according to the Hussite leader. The importance of this person for Czech history is also demonstrated by his huge statue in Prague on the Vitkov hill, you can see here.
On the main square is a church from which you have a great view of the whole city and its surroundings. You can climb 200 steps until the 75 meters height and enjoy the view of the red roofs, small cable stone streets, and the lake called Jordan. On the square, you can find a number of colorful historical buildings and the most important, the gothic style building with an interesting exposition of the Hussite movement and the entrance to the underground tunnels. These tunnels used to connect cellars of the different buildings around the square. People used to use it as storage for food and drinks on three different levels. Today, you can explore it by yourself and discover the underground life in middle age.
I love the walk around the cable stone streets of the city center. Discovering the medieval walls surrounding the city, we found this amazing view of the Kotnov. The origins of this place are not really known, and the verification is ongoing.
Since we get quite thirsty, our next destination was clear. Café Budik has a great collection of alarm clocks and an amazing choice of hot chocolate from around the world. We enjoyed hot chocolate from Africa and South America, with fresh berries and lemonade. I really love the unique interior, smiling girls serving the chocolate, and amazing choice of fresh products, even the jams, and syrups. We spent there for almost two hours, enjoying all the goodies and beauties around us. Just next to the café, you can even find a museum of chocolate and marzipan here.
If you love to spend time around water, Jordan Lake is a great place for your relaxation. You can enjoy numerous walking and bicycle paths around the lake. What I really found interesting is the cleaning process of the lake in 2013 which uncovered a number of weapons made in Czechoslovakia, Germany, and the Soviet Union. Who knows who wants to get rid of them…
How to get to Tábor:
Tábor is not far away from Prague. You can take a train, bus or car that will take around one hour and a half. Check the actual timetable here. If you decide to take a car, the best option for your parking is just between the train and the bus station anyway. You will pay a really small fee for a day’s parking, so it’s definitely worthwhile. If you are in this region, take an extra trip to Písek, the city with the oldest bridge in the Czech Republic.