Holasovice is a historic rural village which has preserved its typical vernacular architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
From the 16th century on, settlers from Bavaria and Austria arrived. They brought with them the tradition of masonry building for domestic structures.
The village was deserted after the Second World War, allowing its medieval plan and vernacular buildings in the South Bohemian Folk or Rural Baroque style to remain intact. It was restored and repopulated from 1990.
Nan Mungard - February 2015
As stated by others, there isn't much to do or see in Holasovice apart from walking once around the fish pond. It's listed as a typical example for a peasant village of the time. And I think it's a fine choice.
** Getting There
I was travelling in winter and wasn't able to figure out when a bus would run. I also had limited time, so I got a cab (fixed price) to take me from Cesky Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov via Holesovice. Price was very reasonable. Scenery was great with snow everywhere. And even though I don't speak Czech me and my cab driver had quite some fun on the road. Very nice memory.
WHS: Cesky Krumlov
** While you are there
Cesky Budejovice is quite nice, too. And drinking a REAL Budweis beer in the REAL Budweis brewery a great treat.
tsunami - January 2015
I visited Holasovice on Sunday by bus from the Ceske Budejovice bus station in front of the train station. I don't remember how many buses run on Sundays, but I had 3 hours in Holasovice. Yes, 3 hours! There is a pond in the middle of the village? I didn't know that, as it was apparently frozen and covered by snow! But I think the village looked prettier with the snow. I don't see it mentioned here, but there was also a little museum with no attendant and with the door kept open. I also had more than enough time to check out the nearby Holasovice Stonehenge, the next WHS in Czech Republic.:) After that, as no cafe/bar/restaurant was open that day, I basically waited for the bus at the bus stop for the last two hours until 17:15, alone, frozen, and in the winter darkness. The bus was 4 mitutes late, and it was the longest and most unsettling 4 minutes in my life! :)
Hubert Scharnagl - December 2014
In October 2013, we spent a long weekend in Ceský Krumlov, we travelled by car and thus it was easy to visit also the nearby Holasovice. Just like the previous reviewers, I would not have visited Holasovice, if it were not a WHS. But we were pleasantly surprised, pretty houses with decorated gables around the village pond and a small chapel. Everything is very well kept, but it does not look like a museum, it seems to be a lively little village. We walked around for half an hour or so, which is enough to properly visit the site. And to be honest, I spent a good part of the time taking pictures of the reflections in the pond from different positions and angles. After a cup of coffee we went on to our final destination Ceský Krumlov.
Certainly, this kind of WHS is not my favorite, but Holasovice deserves to be on the list, it is a fine example of vernacular architecture.
Holasovice is a small vilage in Southern Bohemia. The site itself is very small so your visit won't take long. Architecture is very nice and it is visible that the locals are taking care about their visit. I am just not sure if there would be any visitor if this village is not an WH site.
I recommend to enjoy local food in one of the restaurants and local czech (!!!) beer called Budvar. Southern Bohemia is one of the nices part of Czech republic so there are many other locations for visit, so take your time. Another WH site is 20 km south - Cesky Krumlov.
Holasovice has been on my to-do list for a while, but to be honest, if this place were not on the WH list, hardly anybody would ever go there. It´s really very, very small, just a village green, a fish pond, a chapel, and some houses, all well preserved and tidy, to be sure, but World Heritage material? UNESCO says it´s a representative example of South Bohemian folk Baroque..., well, I´m no expert, but why is there no example of, say, East Moravian folk Baroque on the list, then? It just doesn´t seem to be that remarkable. If you come on a weekend, it´s not very easy to reach, either, since there seems to be only one bus a day from Ceske Budejovice (Budweis). Taking a taxi is a pricier, but more comfortable option, since you can tell the driver to wait all the ten minutes it takes you to see everything (and I mean, really everything) without having to wait an eternity for the next bus. If you are not into WH sites or South Bohemian folk Baroque, skip this one.
This is a quaint little village seemingly untouched by the modern European world around it. It is a decent place to visit if you have a few hours to kill on your way to/from Èesky Krumlov or Èesky Budejovice. From the later it is about a 45 minute bus trip from the central bus station, located opposite the train station.
The village is basically four rows of houses around a green with a little pond and very very small chapel.
All of the buildings are built in the Bohemian Folk Baroque style and are pretty nice to look at. Two of them have pub/ café’s in them so provide you with a bit of entertainment whilst you wait for the next bus. They seem to be scheduled to give you about an hour in the village, which to be honest is more than enough time as there is not much to see at all.
I very much doubt I would have visited if it were not for it being another site to tick of the list. Whilst it is not exceptional it is well preserved example of vernacular architecture, something which is mostly over looked in Europe in favour of more monumental sites.
Overall it makes a nice day if teamed with a few hours in Èesky Budejovice which should include a trip to the Budvar (Original Budwiser) brewery which has a fantastic and really cheap restaurant.
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Full name: Holašovice Historic Village
2015 - Name changeFrom "Holašovice Historical Village Reservation" to "Holašovice Historic Village"
1998 - InscribedReasons for inscription
The site has 5 connections.
Religion and Belief
- Cistercian ... who gave the village, along with several others, to the Cistercian Monastery at Vyšší Brod, which retained possession until 1848. ... The Cistercians brought in settlers from other possessions of the order in Bavaria and Austria (AB ev)
- Built in the 18th century The buildings date from the 18th to 20th century, including the chapel of St. John of Nepomuk in the city centre (1755) (Wiki)
- Built or owned by Germans Initially built for settlers from Bavaria and Austria
World Heritage Process
- Name changes From "Holašovice Historical Village Reservation" to "Holašovice Historic Village"