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Tabor – The Hussite town

The town of Tabor which is situated 90 km south of Prague is one of the Czech towns which have a lot to offer to tourists. Its rich history, interesting architecture and charming countryside in the vicinity attract hundreds of people to the town. The heritage of Hussite thoughts has been apparent in the atmosphere of this place till today.

The foundation of Tabor is connected with the name of Jan Hus, a great reformer of the Catholic Church. A group of Hus´s followers came to a hill where a Premyslid settlement used to be and they founded a town there in the year 1420 and gave it a Biblical name – Tabor. Being led by captains Jan Zizka of Trocnov and Prokop Holy they started out on their victorious battles from there.

The centre of the town has been designated a site of special historic interest due to its unique mode of development and a high number of preserved sights. The Hussite Museum and Zizka Square dominated by a monument to the famous captain Jan Zizka and are a must for every visitor to Tabor. The museum has situated its exposition in the late Gothic town hall. It is impossible not to notice the rich facades of old burgher houses where a number of architectural styles are harmoniously combined – late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. First-time visitors may not even suspect that there is an ingenious labyrinth of tunnels under the houses and streets in the centre. At the beginning of the 16th century people dug cellars under their houses and these were subsequently interconnected; a section of the tunnel system is open to the public.

A pleasant walk through crooked lanes of the Old Town can bring you to the only preserved tower of the former Kotnov Castle. Those who climb up the stairs will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the town and the nearby Baroque Church of Klokoty – a famous place of pilgrimage. Right in the centre of the town there is a lake called the Jordan. It is the oldest dam in Central Europe and dates back to the time Christopher Columbus discovered America – to the year 1492. On hot summer days its cool water tempts everyone into having a swim. Taborska setkani is an international festival which has traditionally been held in mid- September. Its rich programme is inspired by the rich history of the town evoking its fame in the Middle Ages.

 

Itinerary

8:15 Departure from Prague

9:45 Arrival to Tábor

10:00– 11:30 Visit of the Hussite Museum – Exhibition “Hussites”

11:40 – 12:15  Visit the Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tábor (including tower)

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Sightseeing in the historical centre

15:30 – 16:45 Visit of Goat Castle

16:30 Departure for Prague

17:45 Arrival in Prague

 

Starting point: Prague
Duration: approx. 9 hours
Group size: minimum 7 persons

 

What is included in the price

  • Professional tour guide
  • Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Entrance fees to monuments included as per itinerary
  • Magni Guide Publication


What is not included in tour price

  • Transportation from Prague to Tabor
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and beverages
  • Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
  • Gratuities for tour manager, and driver
  • Cultural entertainment

 

The Hussite Museum in Tabor

The Hussite Museum in Tabor is amongst the larger museums in the country, and it is one of the most visited museums in the Czech Republic.

To its visitors, it offers three permanent exhibitions in Tabor, three in Sobeslav and two in Veseli nad Luznici. Apart from these, it also offers visits to several historical buildings in these localities, and several temporary exhibitions.

The Museum has in its collections more than half a million items, many of which are of international significance.

Žižka square

The place with the highest altitude in the historical centre and at the same time its natural centre, Žižka Square, is dominated by a statue of the famous Hussite warrior Jan Žižka of Trocnov. A Renaissance fountain from the 16th century is another striking object in the square surrounded by architecturally valuable burgher houses.

Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tábor

The late Gothic Dean Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tábor has a rare presbytery with priceless star-vault and honeycomb work. The church tower (78 metres tall) is open to the public and offers a wide view of the surroundings.

Kozí hrádek

The first mention of the castle located 2,5 km to the east of Sezimovo Ústí (15 min drive from Tabor) is ruin of a Gothic castle from the 14th century from the year 1377. Following his ousting from Prague, Master Jan Hus stayed here from the year 1413 and wrote several important works – Fasting, A Treatise on Simony, On the Church or On the Six Delusions.

Czech Reformation

Jan Žižka

PAX Rack rate Discount Price for partners*
2 - 7 pax 90 EUR 10% 80 EUR
8 - 14 pax 60 EUR 20% 48 EUR
15 - 18 pax 45 EUR 30% 32 EUR

Price is netto per person, including VAT, fees inlcude: entrance fees, Magni book guide, 1x lunch

Entrance fees: Hussite museum, Church of the Lord’s Transfiguration on Mount Tábor – tower, Goat Castle

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