Tábor is excellently placed to explore southern Bohemia, offering peaceful countryside, extensive forests, rivers, lakes and idyllic villages. Nearby towns are packed full of history and wonderful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. There are literally dozens of the most stunning castles within an hour’s drive. Prague and Cesky Krumlov are within 1.5 hours and can be easily reached by road or train. Hotel Nautilus provides an ideal location for a wonderful romantic or active holiday in Bohemia. All who visit will appreciate that there’s more to the Czech Republic than Prague.
Sports and outdoor activities in & around Tábor:
Southern Bohemia offers an excellent setting for a great many outdoor activities and sports.
Very popular with locals and tourists are both long and short hiking trips. There are many well-marked trails around Tábor that are colour coded for levels of difficulty and very well maintained by the local hiking club. For more information contact the Czech Hiking club: firstname.lastname@example.org. Head out for an hour, or if you are feeling more adventurous, follow the river Lužnice all the way to Bechyně. This 20 km hike will take you through some beautiful countryside and eventually to the small but charming town of Bechyně, where you can stroll through the renovated castle and grounds and visit the Alšova jihočeská galerie, which houses an excellent collection of ceramics from across Europe. Instead of walking back, take a ride back to Tábor on the train that travels along the first electric line in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was opened in 1903.
There are many secondary roads that are perfect for bikes to meander and wind through the stunning countryside. The information centre in the main square, 50 m from the hotel, has detailed maps showing cycle routes around Tábor. Bikes can be rented in Tábor at the Ski Centrum (381 255 772).
There are seven golf courses within an hour’s drive of Hotel Nautilus. Please ask reception to arrange for a tee-off time.
Tábor sits above the river Lužnice, a slow winding river that’s great for recreation and canoeing. Boats can be rented at the above mentioned Ski Centrum (381 255 772), and for fishing please ask for information when you arrive as you need a fishing license for any kind of fishing in Czech Republic.
Almost in the centre of town is the Jordán, a man-made lake constructed in 1492, making it the oldest in central Europe. Built by the citizens damning up the Tismenický River to create a place for breeding fish, it became too large and instead was used as a holding place for drinking water. It is now primarily used as a recreational lake, offering places for swimming and boating in the warmer months of the year. Around the district of Tábor, there are as many as 600 lakes, making it a really great place for any day trip to the lake.
In Tábor there is also an ice stadium and swimming pool (both indoor and out) with a steam room and sauna. A tennis club with 8 clay courts is a 5 minute walk from the hotel and courts can be booked in advance. There are bowling alleys, fitness centres and/or relaxation centres for massages and other beauty treatments.
For information on all cultural events in Tábor, including both current and past listings of galleries, clubs, and theatres, please visit www.tabor.cz
Oskar Nedbal Theatre
Named after Oskar Nedbal (1874-1930) the famous composer, conductor, and virtuoso who was born in Tábor. Built in 1887, its design inside and out was inspired by the National Theatre in Prague. In 1965 a modern theatre building was added onto the original building. Their programming consists mainly of music, and local, regional and international stage hits. All performances are in Czech.
CESTA is an alternative international art centre housed in an old mill located in the valley below Kotnov tower. For the last ten years they have been producing a yearly summer arts festival that brings international artists of all disciplines to Tábor. They also have an artist residency program and produce film series, concerts and special events throughout the year. For more information on the centre and their programming visit www.cesta.cz.
Museum of photography Šechtl and Voseček
Three generations of the Šechtl family have been photographically recording life in Tábor for the past 140 years. An exceptional, world class collection of over thirteen thousand glass plate negatives have been preserved, from the years 1864 to 1940. The gallery presents an alternating selection of these photos. They also have an excellent on-line archive of these wonderful photos at http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en/index.html
Water Tower gallery - galerie VODÁRENSKÁ
This unusual four level gallery is located in the historic water tower that was built in 1559 to house the machinery used to bring water from the lake up to town. From May to October one can find a mixed selection of exhibitions from both local and international artists. It is worth a visit just to see inside this great building.
Gallery in the tourist information centre
On the main square, it presents a wide selection of mostly photography, paintings, and the occasional video.
A permanent exhibition of portraits from the 19th and 20th century. Also sells work of contemporary artists and has a small but good art material store.
BASTION (galerie a antikvariát)
In the back of this great little antiquariate bookstore is a space for exhibitions of photos, paintings, prints, or drawings.
One can also see exhibitions and installations throughout the year at CAFÉ BAR 7, kinokavarna, and CAFÉ No. 18 on the main Žižkovo náměsti.
In Tábor the movie theatre, Kino Svet, shows a good but limited selection of Czech and international movies. It is home to the Filmový Klub, which is dedicated to showing classic, cult, or previously banned films and meets twice a month. Kids films are dubbed, but all international films are in original language with Czech subtitles.