Photo by Laurent Sinzelle

The Historic Centre of Telc is a medieval planned town that has preserved its original layout and the castle-settlement relationship very clearly.

The quality of its architecture is high, particularly the Renaissance market place and chateau.

The triangular market place possesses great beauty and harmony as well as great cultural importance, surrounded as it is by intact and well preserved Renaissance buildings with a dazzling variety of facades.


Community Reviews

Christer Sundberg - March 2014

Please find a link below to my latest film, this time from the town of Telc in the Czech Republic, a visit that coincided with their 20th anniversary as a World Heritage Site including market, food and a medieval feast.

john booth - December 2012

Visiting Telc was coveniently accomplished as a stopover when travelling by train from Ceske Budejocice and Kutna Hora.

The main Zacharia Square contained a very colourful collection of buildings, somewhat overshadowed by hordes of parked vehicles. Surely they should be parked somewhere else? The chateau at the end of the square was delightful, with minstrels playing in the gallery overlooking the courtyard. Beyond were verdant meadows adjoining the fish ponds

Hubert Scharnagl - June 2012

Having seen many historic town squares in Europe, I have to say that the one in Telc is one of the most beautiful. The WH site consists of the main square, the adjacent streets of the old town, the castle and the surrounding fish ponds. The main square is a coherent complex in the form of an elongated triangle. All the well-conserved Baroque and Renaissance houses have high gables and arcades. It was a great pleasure to stroll around the square and under the arcades and to study in detail the sgraffiti and the colourful decoration of the facades. We skipped a guided tour through the interior of the castle, we visited only the courtyard and the nice garden. And we went for a walk in the twilight around the fish ponds, which was wonderful after a rich Czech dinner and a few cold Pilsner beer. We stayed overnight in Telc and rented a room in a private house at the town square (it was really cheap, 15 Euro for one double room). That was a quite good choice, the atmosphere changed in the evening when most of the tourists were gone. The main square was only dimly lit and we felt almost like set back in time - if there were no parked cars. The view from our window in the morning (photo) has finally made ​​Telc a highlight of our trip to Moravia.

Pavel Matejicek - December 2010

Telc is small but pretty town nicely located between three fish-ponds. I think that it is an eyewash for tourist, because the main quality of houses on market square stems from their unity and cohesion and not from thier architectonic importance. This is not absolutely true for castle, which represents a landmark of renaissance architecture in central-european region.

Klaus Freisinger

Telc is a historic city in the south of the Czech Republic, close to the Austrian border, and one of the country's main tourist attractions. It's really very small, not much more than the main square and the castle (the historic part of the town, anyway), but what there is is very pretty indeed. Since the whole town was rebuilt at the same time after a fire destroyed the old wooden buildings, the city boasts a rare architectural unity and cohesion. Most of the buildings are in Renaissance style, another rarity in a region full of Baroque buildings. Together with Prague and Cesky Krumlov, this place should be on any traveler's list of things to see in the Czech Republic.

David Berlanda - January 2006

I have been many times in the town of Telè, a beautiful town founded in the 14th century that was prosperous especially under Zachariáš of Hradec. It has a very small centre on a low hill, encircled by three defensives fishponds (Štěpnický, Ulický and Staroměstský; there are also remains of the stone walls and two decorated gates), and consists only in a stunning huge market square, dedicated in 1990 to Zachariáš of Hradec, in the form of an elongated triangle, and in the surrounding streets. The beautiful porticated Gothic and Renaissance houses on the square are conformed on a standard plan and have nice Baroque or Rococo or classical façades, reconstructed also after a fire in the 19th century, decorated or painted, and all of almost the same height; they were damaged by a war in 1359 and were wooden until a fire in 1386, when were reconstructed in stone, and then in Renaissance style after a second fire. The castle is a big Renaissance masterpiece (originally Gothic, reconstructed in High Gothic style), constructed by Baldassarre Maggi from Arogno. The pentagonal main court has porticated and arcaded aerial passagges; the chapel of All Saints has vaulting with stucco and some tombs. On the ground floor there are four rooms: the Banqeting Hall, with graffiti showing biblical and mytological scenes, the Treasury, with graffiti representing architectonic elements, the Chapel of St. George with ceiling with stucco and walls with relieves, and the Armory, with Gothic vaults. On the first floor there are many rooms. The second and biggest Banqueting Hall, that was also used as theatre, has a stucco, fresco and graffiti decoration, a fireplace and an adjacent studying room with a library; near that are some rooms where are displayed arms, furniture, portraits, ceramics from Faenza and many african hunting trophies that belonged to the last owners of the castle, the family Podstatský. The Hall of the Riders, that was used for the hearings, has a false marble floor, a beautiful painted coffered ceiling, portraits and a nice fireplace. The Golden Hall, that was used for events and balls, has a stunning ceiling, with octagonal coffers with mythological relieves, and a fresco representing also some castles fighting for the inheritance of the family Witkowitz. The Blue Hall has a coffered ceiling and a tapestry and the Small Hall has portraits of emperors on the ceiling, mythological scenes on the walls and displays ceramics from Delft. A starcaise, where is also displayed a Baroque sledge, brings to the nice garden. There are also the church of St. James, that was reconstructed after the fire in 1386 and has two Gothic naves, a tower with a Baroque dome and a Renaissance choir, the church of the Holy Ghost, with a beautiful Romanesque tower, the Baroque jesuitic complex formed by the church of the Name of Jesus, with two towers, and the college and the column of the Virgin.

This town is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen because of the quality of the architecture and of the decorations also of the interiors; it's the most picturesque town in Moravia. It's absolutely worth to be visited (if you go there you must leave the car outside the centre and visit the castle only with a guided tour) and justifies the inscription, even if could be inscribed together with Slavonice, that is currently on the Tentative List.

Photo: Telè - Square with the houses, the castle, the town hall, the jesuitic college and the churches of the Name of Jesus and of St. James

Ian Cade - September 2005

In a country that has plenty of pretty town squares this one has to take the prize for the prettiest. The town centre is small and as said below is little more than a square. It is encircled on three sides by ponds that were used as defensive moats originally and now are used for rowing boats. Most of the houses on the square are gabbled and ornately decorated; many have private rooms to rent, many work out to be quite cheap and offer a great central location.

There is a chateaux at one end of the square that has some immaculately kept gardens and a clock tower that gives you a good over view of the whole town.

When I visited there was a medieval fair in the main square so there were a lot of tourists. However my friends that visited before me said it was very quiet, and I guess from Rob's quote below that it is most of the time pretty well most tourists itineraries. This may have to do with the fact that it can be quite a hard place to get to; as the train links are very infrequent, only really two trains of any use service it a day. The best way to get here is by bus. It is only 20km along the road from Trebic which is also a WHS and it is a pretty simple trip to make.

It is well worth making a trip here as it is one of the prettiest places in Central Europe and a perfect place to spend some time relaxing.

Rob Wilson

Telc is a wonderful place to spend a day or so. It isn't a large site - really nothing more than a town square, but that square is well worth it's place on the list. The facades of the buildings are in excellent condition and are some of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic. It is also relatively free of tourists. A visit to Telc is recommended.

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Human Activity

Individual People

  • Liechtenstein Family Castle owned by Franz Anton von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn during the 18th Century

Religion and Belief

  • Jesuits "Baroque elements were introduced by the Jesuits, who built a college (1651-65) and the Church of the Name of Jesus (1666-67)." (ICOMOS)
  • Jewish religion and culture Jewish street, with its synagogue now a police station
  • Legends and Folk Myths Within the [castel's] chapel in a white marble sarcophagus lie the remains of Zacharias z Hradec and his wife Katharina Valdstejn. According to legend, the young wife was implicated in her own death. She allowed her portrait to be painted while she was pregnant - despite warnings that this meant she would die within a year of her birth.


  • Built in the 14th century As a planned settlement of the Later Middle Ages: "The town itself was probably founded in the mid 14th century". (AB ev). A fire in 1386 lead to reconstruction of the buildings in stone.


  • Built or owned by Germans Josef Lang's cloth factory [Im ehemaligen Hof Slavatas entsteht im 19. Jahrhundert Josef Langs Tuchfabrik, die fast 600 Mitarbeiter hatte.]

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