Holašovice is a small, quaint, and historic Czech village in the heart of Southern Bohemia.
Since many Czechs claim that it’s one of the most picturesque villages in all of the Czech Republic I had to find out for myself all of what Holašovice had to offer its visitors.
I’m thankful that I did.
Holašovice, Czhechia – The Gem of Southern Bohemia
Located just a short drive from the two much more popular cities of Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice, Holašovice’s claim to fame is the fact that it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the late 1990s.
Before that, and for much of its history, the small village wasn’t very well known and few people except for those that lived in the immediate area even knew much, if anything, about it.
It was all the way back in 1263 when Holašovice was first mentioned and in 1292 the village was given to the Cistercian monastery of one of the bigger nearby towns, Vyssi Brod.
During its time under the monastery, which was until 1848, the village slowly but steadily grew and eventually came to be nearly fully populated with German settlers from Bavaria.
In the 16th century the village was ravaged by the Plague and just two of the original inhabitants were able to escape death.
By the end of the 16th century and all the way until World War 2 the village was mostly German-speaking with the locals interacting positively with both Czechs and Germans.
After World War 2 the Germans that once inhabited the village either left on their own accord or were kicked and for the first time in nearly 900 years Holašovice was abandoned.
While Communist took root in the Czech Republic the village was left to waste away and during this time many of the buildings became dilapidated and in need of serious repair.
Finally, once the Communists were kicked out in the early 1990s, the village underwent a massive restoration project and since then more than 140 people have moved back.
The layout of the village and design of the buildings is very simple and typical of what you would find in this specific area of Bohemia.
There are 23 different brick farmyards that contain approximately 120 buildings.
Each of these farmyards faces the central square area where there is a large green space surrounded by trees and right in the center is a small pond.
Many of the buildings and homes were built between the 18th and 20th century with the majority of them having been built between 1850 and 1900 and are designed in a traditional Baroque style that’s common in Southern Bohemia.
At one end of the square is a chapel and a plague column can be found at the other end.
The chapel is the Chapel of St.John of Nepomuk and is one of the oldest remaining structures in the village having been built in 1755.
Today, Holašovice is a popular place for those looking to escape the tourist-filled streets of nearby Cesky Krumlov.
Apart from the main row of houses in the very center there isn’t much to do in the village and even if you’re taking your time you don’t need much more than an hour to thoroughly explore everything.
There are a few different small restaurants that serve traditional Czech cuisine, a ceramic shop, a souvenir shop right in the center of the village, and even a tourist information office.
Plenty of biking paths and hiking trails are accessible nearby and these offer even more opportunities to explore the surrounding region and get a better feel of what Southern Bohemia has to offer.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, I would definitely recommend taking the time to make a quick visit to Holašovice – you’re bound to fall in love with its charm and its picturesque setting is simply unforgettable.
If you enjoyed your visit why not consider checking out the nearby village of Kasperske Hory?