By Rachel Heller
What is Holašovice Historic Village?
Holašovice, Czechia, is a small village near Český Krumlov and České Budějovice, made up of two rows of farmhouses set around a long, rectangular village green. There’s a small chapel and a forge as well.
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Why is Holašovice a UNESCO World Heritage site?
According to UNESCO, Holašovice is “an exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a traditional central European village, containing a number of high-quality vernacular buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries …. it represents the fusion of two vernacular building traditions to create an exceptional and enduring style, known as South Bohemian ‘Folk Baroque’.”
What can you expect on a visit to Holašovice?
The two rows, comprising 23 farmhouses, are very pretty, and each one is decorated differently, yet simply. It makes for a pleasant stroll that won’t take more than 15 minutes. The farmhouses are generally U-shaped around a small farmyard, and include both housing and farm-related spaces. You can’t enter any of them except the one that operates as an agricultural museum.
Is Holašovice worth visiting?
Probably not, unless your particular interest is vernacular architecture. You will see similar farmhouses all over this part of Czechia as you drive through the countryside. The difference here is that so many of them are original and intact in Holašovice, giving an impression of what such villages used to be like.
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What sorts of travelers would like Holašovice?
If you are particularly fascinated by home-grown vernacular architecture, you would like this. For pretty much anyone else, it’s only worth a short stop and only if you happen to be close by. It’s near enough to another UNESCO site that’s much more impressive, Český Krumlov, that if you’re in a car, you might as well stop here too.
Tips for visiting
The main things to do here, besides looking at the farmhouses and the tiny chapel, are to see the museum, if it’s open, and possibly to have a drink or snack at a café. There are no other tourist facilities here.
Where is Holašovice Historic Village?
Holašovice is north of Český Krumlov (24 km/15 miles, or about a half-hour’s drive) and west of České Budějovice (17 km/10.5 miles, a 25-minute drive). Public transportation seems to be scarce.
For more information about Holašovice, its opening hours and admission fees, see its official website.
Text and photos provided by Rachel Heller of Rachel’s Ruminations, a travel blog focusing on historical and cultural sights/sites for independent travelers. Rachel is also the owner of this website.
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