Telč is a beautiful small town in Jihlava District in the Vysočina Region. There are lots of beautiful towns in Czechia, but Telč certainly belongs to the most attractive ones from a tourist’s point of view. It is internationally famous for the well-preserved Renaissance and Baroque architecture in its historic center, as well as the nearby Renaissance château.
Getting to Telč by public transport is not difficult at all. There are some direct trains from Jihlava, which is the region’s capital. However, the frequency of direct connections is not so great. That is not a problem, because there are more connections with a train change in the nearby Kostelec u Jihlavy. Depending on how long you have to wait for the connecting train in Kostelec u Jihlavy, the total journey time from Jihlava to Telč should be around 1 h to 1.5 h. You can check the timetables here. Alternatively, and this often will be the faster option, you can get to Telč by bus from Brno, Prague, České Budějovice or other cities. You can find bus timetables in Czech, English and German here.
Is It Worth It?
Is Telč worth visiting? Definitely. The town’s historic center was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992. This historic town center is called in Czech Vnitřní Město, which means the Inner Town, and this is where most of the sights are located. If you like cozy, picturesque towns, Telč should not disappoint you. Here is a small gallery from this cozy little Czech town:
Telč Château (Zámek Telč), originally built as a Gothic castle in the second half of the 14th century, was rebuilt in the Renaissance style by Zachariáš of Hradec in the 16th century. It is considered a jewel of Moravian Renaissance architecture.
Zachariáš of Hradec Square (Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce) is named after the aforementioned prominent citizen of the town. Considering that Telč is a very small town, the central square is quite large. As a matter of fact, it hardly resembles a square, rather a triangle, or simply a long street. It may be difficult to find another place with such a high concentration of well-preserved Renaissance houses. Most of them have beautiful gables, and some have also Baroque elements. You can dine in one of the restaurants located there and simply admire the beautiful view.
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