South Bohemian Region

South Bohemian Region (Czech: Jihočeský kraj) is an administrative unit (kraj) of the Czech Republic, located mostly in the southern part of its historical land of Bohemia, with a small part in southwestern Moravia. West part of South Bohemian Region is former Prachens (Prácheňsko), an huge archaic region with distinctive features with its capital, Písek. The region borders (from the west clockwise) the regions Plzeň, Central Bohemia, Vysocina and South Moravia. To the south it borders Austria and Germany. The region was also previously referred to as Budĕjovický kraj or Českobudĕjovický kraj but since 2001 these terms are officially obsolete. Its capital is České Budějovice.


The highest elevation in the region is the 1,378 metre high Plechý in the Bohemian Forest, the lowest elevation with 350 metres above sea level is at the Orlík Dam.

A big part of the Šumava National Park is situated in South Bohemia. The Bohemian Forest is a popular holiday destination because it is excellent hiking country. Most interesting natural and cultural sights are connected with more than 500 km of summer marked trails and many bike trails.


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