Ceske Budejovice, Czech Rep.

$1=28.70 Aug 25 2003

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High Season: July/August Best time: May-September
Located 144km from Praha (2-3hrs), 100km from Brno, close to the Austrian border. Founded in 1265 by Pfemysl Otakar II, king of Bohemia. Ceske Budejovice, the capital of South Bohemia, is a relaxing Czech city with an attractive medieval town center. World famous as the home of the original Budvar (Budweiser) beer. It is a convenient base for day trips to the major sights in South Bohemia.
Warning, the city center is dead on weekends.
i Tourist Office: Nam Premysla Otakara II, 2 T38-6801413 (Closed 12:30-13:00) Jun-Sep M-F8:30-18, Sa8:30-17, Su10-12, 13-16Oct-May M-F9-17, Sa9-15:00 Staff speak good German and English. Free map, leaflets, sight & city info, train/bus info/printouts,
Accommodation booking service: (Pensions from s290kc/d480kc, hotels s750kc/d990kc), no charge. They have an accommodation file with photos, price info that also includes student dorms (summer only). Also have comprehensive list of all types of accommodation.
City info system: Computerized guide to the city (in English, German). Yellow-colored terminals at the bus station and in front of Tourist Office which is supposed to show the lists banks, accommodation, sights, etc, but most of the info are not available at this moment

Tourist Office at the train station. Next to the international train info. M-F9-18, Sa9-16. Map and many other info are also available.
There are many banks and exchange bureaus around the main square and Lannova. All major currencies (cash & TC) accepted in banks and exchange bureaus. Generally Banks give higher rates and charge less commission(2% for T/C or cash). Banks open M-F only. CTS on the S side of the main square is saying "Lowest commission in town" Not true. 'Chequepoint Exchange' is the worst liar. They say "No Commission" and with the small letters "selling transaction" Their real commission could be 10% - very high Many ATMs through out the town.
$1 Exchange Bureau Petra Change: Karla IV 3 M-F9-18, Sa8-13, $1=28.70, GBP=45.55kc Eu32.05 probably 1% lower than the bank rate, but still the best deal in town.
$2 Komercni Bank: Krajinska, N from tourist office, com. 2% min 50kc for cash and T/C. Cash $28.490, GP45.39, Eu31.63, \24.03. TC $28.677, GP45.835, Eu31.94.
$3 SMW Bank: Nam Premysla Otakara II Near tourist office. com 1.5% min 30kc. cash $28.79, GP 44.94, Eu31.70
$! Changeomat Bank Austria: Krajinska 24h Exchange machine, takes all major currencies, cash notes only.
P Police Station Prazska tr. 5, T38-7312241
Foreigners Dept. T38-7621304
H1 City Hospital: B. Nemcove 54 T38-821911,
Ambulance - T155
Hp Pharmacy/Lekarna any around town.
Nam Pr. Otakara II -E side. M-F7-18:00, Sa8-12:00 Emergency: T38-7314444
M0 Post Office/telephone office Senovazne nam. M-F6-19, Sa8-12 Exchange (3% com.)
M2 Branch: Nadrazni 16
M1 Telephone Office: at M0, M-F6-19, Sa8-12:00

Ceske Budejovice is the main transport center of South Bohemia. Many international buses and trains are passing here.
T Train Station Nadrazni 4, 10min walk from center. Luggage storage: International Services to Austria - Linz, Vienna. National services to Ceske Krumlov, Telc, Brno, Pilzen, Praha. See transport. Information office for train M-F6:50-18:15, SaSu 7:15-18:40: coin locker 10kc
They can print out train schedules. To go to the town center, go out the station and cross the street and take the pedestrian street to the end and continue walking the same direction. City tourist information is also available, next to the train info.
B Bus Station: Zizkova 32, near train st. Buses to everywhere in Czech. International services to Vienna, Linz, Bratislava, Milan, Nice, Many in Germany. See transport sheet. Left luggage 8kc, M-F6:30-18, Sa6:30-14

Local Transport
The central area is walkable, bicycle trip to towns near by is excellent experience.
City Bus has a good bus service however it is not necessary unless you are staying out of town. Pension owners will tell you which bus/tram to take.Services are reduced on weekends. Buy tickets from newsagents, ticket machines, Validate the tickets in the machines on the bus.
Fare: 10min ticket-6kc, 20-8kc, 40-12kc, 60-14kc, 24hr-40kc. Ticket from a driver 20min-12kc. Large luggage 6kc for any length of ride.
Bus to suburbs
Hluboka Castle.
Take bus heading for Tyn nad Vlt. 12kc from Bus St. Get of at Hluboka nad Vlt. Walk up through town, past the Castle-like luxury hotel
Taxi Train Station. Cost?
rb Rental Bike Sport BP: Sokolovna, S from stadium. Entry from Swimming pool parking.M-F9-12,13-18, Sa8-11:30 100kc/day.
ta1 Travel Agent CTS Travel Nam Pr. Otakara II, C38, S side. M-F9-18 (Closes for lunch), Sa9-12. Books accommodation (from around 300kc) and transport.
ta2 GTS: Lannova 63, T38-7425750, M-F8-17:00, across the street from the train station.
Discount and student tickets for buses/flights.

s Supermarkets Julius Meinl: Lannova, behind Prior Dept. Store M-F7-19, Sa7:30-18. Some store, SPAR (main store) or Kauflannd opens on Sunday as well.
s Vetsi Obcha: Branisovka, (One of the few stores open on the weekend).
s4 Dept. Store: Prior: Lannova 22 M-F8-18:30, Sa8-13:30. Exchange bureau.
la Laundry: Pradelna Stojdk: Kmensteho 43, MWTH6-16, Tu6-15, F6-14:30, When you find the #43, DO NOT knock the door. It is the private room. Go around the building for the laundry. T-shirt 8kc, long pants 30kc. expensive.

Classical music performances take place in churches and historic buildings (including auditorium next to tourist office) check with Tourist office staff for details.
c1 Cinemas: CineStar: multiplex Milady Horakova. 79-119kc.

No proper festivals in town. Mostly concerts.

@ Internet @
@1 X Files Internet Cafe: Na Sadech,just E from the town center. M-Sa10-22:00 Su16-22:00, 1kc/min
@2 Na Pude: Krajinska 28 9:00-22 1kc/min minimum 15kc. print 3kc/sheet.
@3 EDUCO: Stiteho 12 off Lannova, the pedestrian street near the train station, T6355133, M-F7-15, Sa9-17, 1kc/min, 1 hr-50kc

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