The dominating feature of the historic core is a vast square surrounded by burgher houses with arcades. The most charming building is the grand town hall. The traditional symbol of the square is the Baroque Samson fountain.
In České Budějovice you can find numerous late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses, the arcades and the remains of a Gothic fortification. A visible symbol of the previous wealth of the city is the Black Tower (Černá Věž). This is a 72 meters high bell- and watch-tower from the year 1577.
The largest brewery is Pivovar Budějovický Budvar, which has legal rights to market its beer under the „Budweiser“ brand name in much of Europe. The same product is also sold elsewhere under the names „Budvar“ and „Czechvar“. The American lager was originally brewed as an imitation of the famous Czech original but over time has developed its own identity and attained remarkable commercial success.
Last update: 2009-03-30