Nová Bystřice

Nová Bystřice
Our last instalment was in Slavonice and today's lies a mere 20 km from there - in Nová Bystřice. Nová Bystřice is another discreet city on the map that sits right on the border with Austria. Also, another city with an interesting history and some hidden “gems”.

The Nová Bystřice area is part of two natural parks and the city centre has been declared a protected heritage site.

Precious and Sacral Sites

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.

Chateau or Castle    

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.             

A city of museums

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 Brewery

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.   

What's going on in Nová Bystřice?

  • You can choose from a wide range of offers, from the summer cinema, exhibitions, the woodcarving symposium, craftsmen workshops, running or fishing races all the way to the Strawberry Festival and the strawberry dumpling eating contest.
  • You also have the option of going through a historical tour of the city in July and August that starts every Tuesday at 13:30. The tour takes about 45 minutes. It starts at the town hall, goes around the ramparts and ends in the dungeon. You've got something to look forward to.
  • Nová Bystřice offers a golf course for sports fans. The near-by golf resort has received a number of significant awards, so come on down and play on the green and hit a couple fades.
  • Have you ever gone for a ride on a train from the 19th century along narrow-gauge tracks? The railway from Jindřichův Hradec to Nová Bystřice is 33 km long and is a sought-after attraction, especially thanks to the nature one can see as the train passes through the state park, Czech Canada.

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.