The historical centre of the town was founded by the Moravian Prince Otto II, who was victorious in his battle with the Bohemian Prince Břetislav in 1099. The town enjoyed its greatest boom in the 2nd half of the 16th century and played an important role throughout the whole of the region at the start of the 19th century.
The charming historical centre is separated from the rest of the town by gates and surrounded by romantic fishponds named “Staroměstský”, “Ulický” and “Štěpnický”. The extensive Renaissance chateau grounds with impressive interiors and valuable collections are surrounded by a luxurious garden and park.
Apart from the chateau, the square is also an impressive sight here, representing the cultural and tourist centre of the town. It is made up of original historical buildings in a Renaissance and Baroque style which are decorated with frescoes, sgraffito and the decorative gables really do stand out. The dominant feature in Telč is the Tower of the Holy Spirit, offering luxurious views of the town and its surrounding areas. Points of architectural interest on the square include the Marian Colum, the Church of St. Jacob with a tower reaching 60 metres in height and two fountains decorated with statues.
The lovely arcades which were built according to a uniform plan provide luxurious space for cosy cafés, restaurants, little shops and discreet little hotels. A walk around the town followed by a short rest over a delicious coffee in one of the cafés thus becomes luxurious balm for your soul.
From the town of Telč, you can set out along a beautiful avenue to the Church of St. Charles Borromeo. The path leading from the Lower Gate to the Štěpnický Fishpond, which you can walk all the way around, is also certain to provide some romantic moments. You can also follow the avenue along the green nature trail from the town to the extensive ruins of Štamberk Castle and then continue on past the Horní and Dolní Mrzatec Fishponds.
Several cycle paths also lead through the surrounding area which you can use to visit even more magical places in this beautiful region.