Telč (German: Teltsch) is a town of around 5,100 inhabitants (2020) in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands of the Czech Republic. It is the best preserved of all the Bohemian and Moravian Renaissance towns and the historical heart of the town was registered in 1992 on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage sites. It is astonishingly beautiful thanks to the surrounding fish-ponds that prevented the town spreading, thus preserving the perfect town square, built in the sixteenth century. There is also an interesting chateau from the same period.
Telč is a charming, rather quiet town. It is certainly worth a stop if you are passing nearby, but there is not enough there to warrant more than a short stay unless you are particularly interested in history or architecture.
Railway connection from Kostelec u Jihlavy (Wolframs) near Jihlava (Iglau). Not far from Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), Cesky Krumlov (Krumau), Brno (Bruenn) and Linz. Trains are quite slow on this relation. The fastest variant is a combination of train and bus, see the online timetable.
From Prague, there is at least one direct bus a day. All other options (especially) by train imply several transfers. A rather cheap option is to go from Prague to Jihlava (150 Kč using the Student Agency buses, that provide free electric power, free tea and free Wi-Fi on-board), then from Jihlava to Telč (42Kč, very frequent local buses).
There is a relatively large 1 parking lot within about a five-minute walk away from the city centre to leave a car; tour buses also seem to stop here. The parking lot utilizes a typical automated system found elsewhere in Europe that accepts coins and issues a voucher slip that one leaves on the dash of their vehicle. Signs on the roads leading to Telc direct travelers to the lot.
Telč is small. You can manage it all by foot. Most of the interesting parts of Telč are on the irregularly shaped square in the centre of town. There are some scenic views on the old moat outside the center.
Beautiful coloured Renaissance houses, it's a UNESCO World Heritage site
- 1 Telč Chateau. Apr-Nov: Tu-Su. 14th century originally Gothic castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance Chateau by a nobleman Zachariáš of Hradec. Several guided tours and a gallery with exhibitions.
- The chateau has a 2 Renaissance garden in the inner yard surrounded by arcades. There is a pretty 3 park outside of the chateau (no fee, open daily 06:00-21:00).
- 4 Municipal Gallery "Firemen's House", Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 122, ☏ . May-Sep: Tu-Su 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00.
- 5 The Tower of the Holy Spirit. Iconic for Telč panorama, the Romanesque tower of the Holy Spirit is the oldest architecture in Telc. Open in summer months, view of the town.
- 6 The Tower of Holy Jacob. Open in summer months, view of the town.
- 7 Look-out tower Oslednice. Apr May Sep Oct: Sa Su 10:00-16:00; Jun-Aug: Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. A 34-m-high steel structure on a hill at the edge of Telč. Apart from carying antennae, it also hosts a view platform. 15 Kč.
- 8 Steam mill.
Boats can be hired to row on the moats surrounding the Town Centre.
There is a Tourist Information Office on the main square (Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 10 588 56 Telč, Phone: (+420) 567 112 407, 567 112 408)
The ground floor of many of the Renaissance houses contain a variety of shops, art galleries, and tourist traps.
Be aware that the two rather small grocery stores close at 17:30 latest. After that, only a very small and rather expensive Vietnamese-held shop right outside the old town remains open (until 21:00).
Tesco supermarket at the edge of town, but still in a walking distance from the town center (Myslibořská 299), is open daily 07:00-21:00.
- 1 U Zachariáše, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 33, ☏ . Summer garden at the main square. Ice cream.
- 2 U Marušky, Palackého 28, ☏ . Just a great pub with good food. Lunch menu 80 Kč.
- 3 Šenk pod Věží, Palackého 116, ☏ .
- 4 Švejk na Zámecké, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 1, ☏ .
- 5 Hotel Černý Orel, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 7, ☏ .
- 6 Restaurant Lihovar, Slavatovská 92, ☏ .
- 7 Restaurace na Kopečku, Jihlavská 4, ☏ .
- 1 Cafe Baltazar, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 57, ☏ .
- 2 [dead link] Filmová kavárna, Na Můstku 37, ☏ .
- 3 Kavárna Univerzitní Centrum, nám. Zachariáše z Hradce 2, ☏ . part of University
- 4 Čajovna Scivias, nám. zachariáše z Hradce 39, ☏ . A tea-room.
Many of the private houses on the Square hire rooms out at rates favourably comparable with a standard hotel.
- Zdar nad Sazavou
- Ceske Budejovice
- Cesky Krumlov
- For short trips outside Telč, if you don't want to cycle nor walk, you can call the only taxi in town: +420 602 517 775. Standard fare: 25Kč/km. Note that the driver speaks very limited English, so it's advised to ask someone (e.g., the tourist information center) to call for you if you can't speak Czech.