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Telč is a charming, rather sleepy town. It is certainly worth a stop if you are passing nearby, but there is not enough there to warrant more than a short stay unless you are particularly interested in history or architecture - it is the best preserved of all the Bohemian and Moravian Renaissance towns and the historical heart of the town was registered in 1992 on the UNESCO's List of World Cultural Heritage sites. It is astonishingly beautiful thanks to the surrounding fish-ponds that prevented the town spreading, thus preserving the perfect town square, built in the sixteenth century. There is also an interesting chateau from the same period.
Railway connection from Kostelec u Jihlavy (Wolframs) near Jihlava (Iglau). Not far from Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), Cesky Krumlov (Krumau), Brno (Bruenn) and Linz. Trains are quite slow on this relation. The fastest variant is a combination of train and bus, see the online timetable. There is also a direct bus from Prague - Florenc bus terminal to Telč and back (6 times a day, 2 hours and 40 minutes).
There is a relatively large parking lot within about a five minute walk away from the city center to leave a car; tour buses also seem to stop here. The parking lot utilizes a typical automated system found elsewhere in Europe that accepts coins and issues a voucher slip that one leaves on the dash of their vehicle. Signs on the roads leading to Telč direct travelers to the lot.
Telč is small. You can manage it all by foot. Most of the interesting parts of Telč are on the irregularly shaped square in the center of town. There are some scenic views on the old moat outside the center.
Boats can be hired to row on the moats surrounding the Town Centre.
There is a Tourist Information Office on the main square (Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 10 588 56 Telč, Phone: (+420) 567 112 407, 567 112 408)
The ground floor of many of the Renaissance houses contain a variety of shops, art galleries, and tourist traps.
There are a number of restaurants and bars in Telč, but none of them warrants any special attention. The restaurants serve typical Czech fare.
Many of the private houses on the Square hire rooms out at rates favourably comparable with a standard hotel.