Having been entranced by Český Krumlov we were completely overwhelmed by Telč. Telč (pronounced telts) was built in 14th century as a fortified settlement and is surrounded by artificial ponds rather than a river. Zachiarias of Hradce was responsible for the building of the town in the style that it is found today and the main square is, fittingly, named after him and he is buried in St George’s Chapel in the Chateau.
On both sides of the square are stunning rows of town houses which are in the renaissance or baroque style, each of which is a little gem as you can see from the photos below.
At one end of the square the castle and Water Chateau look onto the extensive ponds surrounding the town. There are pretty gardens within the Chateau which include a charming loggia with faded murals and lots of blossoming shrubs and peonies – the latter seem to be a very popular garden plant here in the Czech Republic.
Like Český Krumlov this is a World Heritage Site and attracts the coach parties but these clearly have a tight timetable (they seem to be in and out within the hour) and often we found ourselves in an almost deserted square. Bearing in mind some of the other places we have visited in the last three years of motorhoming around Europe Telč will take some beating.