With Zacharias of Hradec and Catherine of Valdstejn
Since the year 2012 the tourists in our town have had access to this specific newly released product which will undoubtedly support the development of tourism in the town. These promotional and presentational materials are available for tourists in the tourist info centre. The project focuses on unique introduction of the town by historical personalities who are connected to the town's Renaissance form. The promotional materials are available in three language versions.
A Walk through Telč with Zacharias of Hradec
and Catherine of Valdštejn
Let us take a walk through a historic town that thanks to Zacharias of Hradec became one of the most significant Renaissance town complexes in Bohemia. Thanks to the fact that even the succeeding generations had a sense for beauty the town centre has maintained its original appearance with only minor reconstructions that did not fundamentally change the overall look. In addition to Telč becoming a town historic preserve it was also included in 1992 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that includes the most beautiful and remarkable cultural and natural sites from all over the world.
Architectural styles Renaissance and others
A walk through Telč gives an excellent overview of the development of architectural styles in Bohemia and Moravia. Disregarding antiquity that probably did not reach this region we can study architecture in this town and castle as if we were reading an art history textbook.
Let us take a look at the dining habits practiced in the courtyard of Zacharias of Hradec. First of all we should mention that not only was the food of prime quality but the dining habits were very impressive. The proof of the grand level of feasts is the description by the chronicler: “magnificent, wasteful feasts, luxury, beauty and lavishness everywhere. “ Let us return to the castle in Telč. The dining room was luxurious - the walls were covered with tapestries the ceilings were wooden and coffered. Records about the dining table have been preserved and they say that it was made from silver and came with 12 gilded chairs. The number of diners used to vary but the number 12 was considered to be ideal.
Clothing during the Renaissance period is still fascinating today. Its decorativeness is admirable the fact of how uncomfortable it must have been is astonishing and it is touching to imagine how the youngest of the noble children endured all the splendour and affectation. Let us take a closer look at how and why Zacharias of Hradec his wives and children used to dress this way. You may be surprised by many of the facts you will find out.
Walking routes with Zacharias of Hradec and Catherine of Valdštejn
THE TOWN AND WATER
Estimated route length: 4 km
A walking route around the town ponds Štěpnický, Ulický and Staroměstský.
There are 7 stops on the way: The starting point at the central car park, The town of Telč and its history bound to water, The function of water in the town's life, The steam mill, The fish farming, The water supply to Telč, The life in and around water
THE TOWN AND THE HISTORY
Estimated route length: 2 km
A walking route through the historical town center.
You will find on the way: the Castle park and the greenhouse, the Castle, St. Jacob's Church, the Hostel of the Holy Angels, the Jesuit College, the Church of the Name of Jesus, Jesuit high-school, the Vicarage, the Town-hall, houses no. 15, 32, 39, 43, 44, 45, 47, 59, 61, 62 and 71, Town's fortification system, the Upper (Big) Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Marian (Plague) Column, Fountains, the Lower (Small) Gate
Distances from Telč: Roštejn Castle (10 km), St. Vojtěch (5 km), Dyjice (4 km), Štamberk (12 km), Praskolesy (9 km)
On the way, you will find places to which legends are bound: the Square of Telč - The Legend of the White Lady, The Wretched Jůlinka, The Legend of the Lordly Cuisine, The Legend of the Townhall, The Legend of the Town's Fortification
Surroundings - Roštejn Castle Construction Legend, The Church of St. Adalbert, The Memorial of Reconciliation at Dyjice, The Secret of Štamberk Castle, About the Lime Tree in Praskolesy
THE OLD TOWN
Estimated route length: 3 km
During the walk you will become acquainted with original architecture, with a village mentioned as early as the first third of the 13th century in connection with a caretaker's courtyard founded by John of Luxembourg. In the Old Town, you will find not only an array of interesting historic sights but also various alleys, nooks and other attractions. On the walkway round the Staroměstský Pond, there is a freshly constructed scenic pier and a playground (The Town and Water route).
THE NATURE TRAIL LIPKY
Estimated route length: 5 km
There are 10 stops on the way: the Lipky Alley, Forest Society Borovná, the Lookout Tower, the amphibians in their natural environment, the Chapel of St. Karel Boromejský, the Gamekeeping, the Game Preserve, the Pheasantry, the revitalized creek with nine pools, the Chestnut Alley Kaštanka