Tips for Trips Around the Pension Štilec
The Štilec Guesthouse & Restaurant is located in the beautiful environment of Southern Bohemia. Near the guesthouse there are plenty of cultural sights and places of interest worth visiting. The surroundings of Štilec will certainly please nature lovers – this is the ideal place for both hiking and cycling. Singles, couples, groups and families with children can all choose from a wide range of tourist activities. Even anglers and mushroom pickers will get their money's worth.
- you can hire mountain bikes at the reception
- we can organise the renting of boats and rafts for going down the Vltava river
- you can use the possibility of riding horses in the riding club Slupec (1.5 km from Český Krumlov)
Český Krumlov (10 km)
A medieval town, the well-preserved historical part of which is protected under UNESCO, offers not only unforgettable picturesque narrow streets with a number of cafés and pubs but also guided tours of its famous castle (the Cesky Krumlov Castle is the second largest castle in Bohemia, after Prague Castle) with a marvellous castle garden (and an original knights' pub). You can visit the open air revolving theatre (open from June to September). We can organise these tickets too. The castle is open daily.
České Budějovice (12 km)
České Budějovice (12km) used to be a royal town and is situated on the confluence of the Rivers Vltava and Malše. The town is famous for its historical sites such as the Black Tower, Přemysl Otakar Square (named after the Czech king) with its beautiful Samson fountain in the middle, Saint Nicolas Church, a former Dominican Monastery, the Salt House that used to serve as a salt warehouse and situated in Piaristické Square, and many many others. Visiting the Budweiser Budvar brewery is also a very nice experience.
Hluboká nad Vltavou (23 km)
This, probably the most famous Czech chateau of Hluboká nad Vltavou, was founded in the 13th century by the Czech King Vaclav I. Its present fabulous look is, however, the result of a romanticized reconstruction from the 19th century in the style of English Tudor Gothic. You can choose from several castle tours, with a visit to the local castle kitchen especially worthwhile. The whole family will enjoy a visit to the Ohrada Zoo, situated next to the hunting castle. It is possible to walk comfortably along the banks of the pond from the Hluboká castle to the Zoo in a few minutes. The castle is open daily.
Dívčí Kámen Castle (18 km)
Dívčí kámen is a popular destination for many South Bohemians. It is not only one of the largest ruins in Bohemia but it is also placed within beautiful surroundings. History lovers will be attracted by the former Celtic settlement situated nearby. The original Gothic castle was built in the middle of the 14th century. In the beginning of the 15th century it was enlarged and fortified. Nowadays, there are still the remains of the walls and fortifications.
Mount Kleť (20 km)
The highest peak of Blanský Forest (altitude 1084 m) offering a view onto one of the most beautiful parts of Southern Bohemia. There is an astronomical observatory with a lookout tower. You can see the far peaks of the Alps in favourable weather. Experienced walkers can climb the mountain on foot. Those who would like to take it easier can use the cable car.