TOP - a recommended destination in České Budějovice
Přemysl Otakar II Square is famous for its regular square shape and an area of more than a hectare. This makes it one of the largest square town squares in the Czech Republic. It is named for the founder of the town, King Ottokar II of Bohemia, in 1265. The square was marked out at the founding of the town. It is made even more interesting by the 48 Baroque and Renaissance townhouses with arcades along its perimeter. All the houses, except the Town Hall, used to belong to the wealthiest burghers and nobility. They still stand on their medieval plots and have Gothic cores for the most part. Their present-day appearance dates to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Since the founding of the town, the square has served as the primary landmark, a place for markets, secular and religious festivals, and executions. The exact location of the execution place can still be determined in the square by the so-called Lost Rock, the only remainder of the original pavement. It is a few steps from Samson Fountain (where the pillory used to stand), toward the Hotel Zvon. But be careful around the Lost Rock in the evening. Legend says that if you step over it inadvertently after ten, you won’t find your way home until morning and will have to wander the city streets.