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Destinations » Czech Republic » Ceske Budejovice
Ceské Budejovice, the hometown of the original Budweiser brand beer, is now more a bastion for the beer drinker than a protector of Bohemia. But its slow pace, relaxed atmosphere, and interesting architecture make it a worthy stop, especially as a base for exploring southern Bohemia or for those heading on to Austria.
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Mercury Centrum is a two-story shopping mall that shares space with the city's main bus terminal.
At Naměstí Přemysla Otakara II visitors can wonder around the large old square and surrounding streets to find many specialized stores (i.e. butcher, produce, tea & spices, fabric, etc.).
IGY Centrum, a shopping mall which also contains a pool and fitness centre (includes gym, squash, solarium, sauna, kickboxing etc.) located about 20 min. by foot from the train station.
U královské peceti (At the Royal Seal)
This typical Czech-style pub serves up hearty food at reasonable prices. It offers a tasty goulash as well as svícková or game dishes. Located in the popular Hotel Malý pivovar, this is a very good choice for a Czech food experience.
A wonderful place to get great local food for a reasonable price is at a "pivnice" or beer pub, sometimes referred to as a "hospada". Pivnices have lively and authentic atmospheres and serve up simple yet delicious food. At the Maly Pivovar beer hall, national and international cuisine is served. Try Czech classics like fried cheese or goulash. Freshwater fish, duck, rabbit and chicken are on the menu as well. There is also a coffee café here with homemade baked goods.
Modry Dvere "Jazz and Blues Restaurant"
This hip pub has a lovely outdoor seating area. Local fare is served here; try the borscht with sour cream and pork or chicken schnitzel with vegetables and lemon. Familiar favourites like nachos, kebab skewers and potato pancakes are on the menu as well. Reservations are accepted and there is live music on Wednesdays.
Grand Hotel Zvon
The hotel is home to Restaurant Symphony and Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant. Restaurant Symphony serves lunch and dinner and is upscale in price and atmosphere. They serve Austrian and South Bohemian food with gourmet flair. They are known for their organic beef and veal dishes that come from their own farm. Be sure to save room for the plum cake with ice cream.
The original Budweiser, from the town of Budweis (German spelling) of Ceske Budejovice. It is possible to tour the Budvar (Budweiser) brewery and taste the original Budvar-Budweiser (12% proof) in some of the local pubs. During the tour you will hear about the process for beer production which uses the excellent local water drawn from the artesian wells more than 300m deep, you will see how the fresh mash and wort originate and how the full taste and smell of the beer develops with a characteristic of long-lasting foam using original Budvar yeast .
Besides the premium lager, Budvar produces three other kinds of lighter and alcohol-free beer with a speciality of extra strong beer namely Bud that is 16% proof. Budvar has about 250 trademarks registred in more than 80 countries.