The Nová Bystřice area is part of two natural parks and the city centre has been declared a protected heritage site.
When walking around Nová Bystřice, you will run into a number of significant historical sites made from stone. Right in the city centre, you will see a tall plague column rising in thanksgiving for the end of the plague period. In the centre of the square stands a fountain with a statue of St. Luke, the patron of physicians and artists. Not far from the centre you can visit a parochial church from the 12th century. Originally just a story, later verified to be true, stored inside one of the church's pillars lies the heart of Adam Pavel Slavata, a nobleman who had a very near relationship to Nová Bystřice and the city grew to be close to his heart. In one of the side streets, you will run into a small renaissance chapel from the 16th century, but you will only be able to have a look from the outside as the chapel is closed to the public.
The first written remark regarding the Nová Bystřice castle dates back to the 12th century even though some sources mistakenly quote the 14th century. The castle's fame began to decline after the castle had been both captured and burned down several times. The castle belonged to several sovereign families who transformed the compound into a chateau over the course of many years. Currently, this extensive, protected cultural site of the Czech Republic is accessible to the public only upon approval from the local steward, meaning you won’t have to wait in any lines and a tour of the chateau can be confirmed in advance.
Which museum to visit? The Regionální úzkokolejné (Regional Train Museum) or the Veterans Museum? Each museum is unique in its own way and both of them entice visitors with their exhibition pieces. At the train museum, you can check out an authentically furnished office of transportation from the period of the first republic, freight carts, a printing machine for the production of Edmondson-style tickets or period photography and written documents about the development of local railways.
Gems in the form of various historical vehicles can be found in the Veterans Museum. This is the first and largest museum of American cars in Bohemia. 50 beautiful vehicles in 9 differently themed halls will help you along on your trip into the past. An experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.
The relatively new Nová Bystřice brewery can be found close by the Veterans Museum and was established only two years ago. Here they follow the threads of making traditional beer that reaches as far back as the 15th century in Nová Bystřice. If you find yourself craving a refreshing hoppy beverage, come on down.
Oh, and also, we will be writing about Jindřichův Hradec next time, so now you will be able to plan a trip from one interesting place to another.