Food and Fun in South Bohemia

Text by Patti Morrow

In a land where beautiful landscapes meet rich history, South bohemia offers a bevy of fun things to do for every kind of tourist, and irresistible (although heavy!) traditional Czech food that will have you loosening your belt.

Four Activities You Must Do!
1. Treetop Lookout

Responsibly integrated into the natural landscape, the Lipno Treetop Walkway is as educational as it is fun. Along the way to the 130-foot summit are plaques that each about preservation, the views, forest functions, and the lake. The walkway, one of the most popular and unique attractions in the whole Czech Republic, is barrier-free and can be enjoyed by just about everyone. To add to the fun, guests can take a ski lift up to the walkway and/ or ride a mountain bike back down on a dirt path through the forest.

2. Lipno Lake

Sometimes called “the Czech Riviera,” the Lipno Lake area offers every kind of water activity. With a backdrop of the beautiful countryside of Šumava, the lake is popular with both locals and tourists. During the summer season you can go cycling, inline skating, swimming, windsurfing, sailing or just chill on one of the Lipno beaches.

3. Budweiser Budvar Brewery

Beer brewing in the city of České Budějovice dates back to the 13th Century. There’s been an ongoing controversy regarding the trademark of “Budweiser” between Budweiser Budvar in the Czech Republic and

Anheuser-Busch in the United
States. But don’t let that stop
you…the Budweiser Budvar
has fun tours, even
for people who don’t drink

4. Boating on Vltava River

The Vltava River rises in southwestern Bohemia from two headstreams in the Bohemian Forest. It flows first southeast, then north across Bohemia, and empties into the Elbe north of Prague. The river goes through České Budějovice, where you can rent a boat for a scenic cruise to other parts of South Bohemia.

Four Foods You Must
1. Svíčková

Svíčková is one of the most popular Czech dishes, served in just about every restaurant. The entré consists of a tender slice of beef sirloin covered with a thick cream sauce and traditionally served with houskové knedlíky (bread dumplings) and garnished with cranberry sauce.

2. Bramboracky

Bramboracky are traditional pan-fried potato pancakes. Unlike the American version that are made from leftover mashed potatoes, the Czech type starts out with fresh, coarsely grounded raw potatoes that are mixed with a thick egg, milk, and flour batter and then golden fried.

3. Curd Cheese Dumplings

The favorite forest fruit of South Bohemians is the blueberry. The cheese dumplings, similar in taste and density to New York-style cheesecake, are ladled with a fresh blueberry sauce called žahour.

4. Schnitzel

The ultimate comfort food, schnitzel, called Řízek in Czech, has its origins in German/Austrian cuisine, but has gained a significant position in Czech cuisine. Chicken or pork cutlets are dipped fin lour, eggs, and trojobal (breading), then deep fried. Traditionally served with a delicious cold potato salad.



Patti Morrow

Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of Luggage and Lipstick – an award-winning travel blog for Baby Boomer adventurers. She was named by TripAdvisor as one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.” Patti is the Author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Woman Travelling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 40 publications, including The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, International Living Magazine, Travel Girl, and Ladies Home Journal. She has traveled to six continents, more than 65 countries, islands, and territories abroad, and most of the U.S., frequently in search of the World’s Best Beach and the World’s Best Margarita!

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