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With ties to the Hussite Movement and Wars, Tabor was established by Bohemian military leader, Jan Zizka. The town was deemed royal in 1437 by King Sigismund of Luxembourg. The town didn’t begin to follow the King until after it was taken over by the army of the Bohemian Governor in 1452. Appearing fortress-like, the town has continued to flourish over the centuries.
There are a few things to do when making a day trip to Tabor. One is visiting the Hussite Museum. Located in the Town Hall of Jan Zizka Square, the museum is made up of more than one building. The building on the main square is home to the Museum’s art collection, as well as the history of the Hussites and their movement. Of course, the main square is also where people learn about the city’s founder, Jan Zizka. Other displays and exhibits are held in the other buildings. The museum is open on weekday, from November to March, from 8:30am to 5pm. The cost of entry is about 60Kc at full price and 30Kc at half price.
Underground passages that were built under the town in the 15th century are also a major attraction. The passages and accompanying cellars were used to store food and beer at one time. They were also used as shelters. Only a portion of the passages are open for tour groups of five or more people. Access to the passages is gained through the Hussite Museum. From November to March, the passages are open on weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm. The full price cost of entry is 40kc. There are also half price rates.
A third attraction of Tabor is the Kotnov Tower. This round tower is what’s left of the Kotnov Castle from the 13th century. From the top, one can see both the old and new Tabor; as well as the Luznice River. People are warned that climbing the steep flight of wooden steps is done at their own risk. However, it doesn’t stop visitors from taking the climb and many would state that it’s safe. The historical tower is open daily to the public from October to April, from 8:30 am to 5pm. Full price entry costs 20Kc and reduced price is 10Kc.
Tabor is located about 60 miles south of the Czech’s capital city. There are a few ways to travel between the two cities:
Driving: When traveling by car, take D1 to E55, traveling towards Tabor / Ceske Budejovice.
Bus: There is a bus that travels along a direct route between the two cities. The ride can take anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours. The bus runs frequently and there are several every day from Florenc or Roztly stations in Prague. The buses arrive at the city bus station in Tabor and then there is a 15 minute foot trip.
Train: Trains to Tabor from Prague are also frequent and the trip takes about 1.5 hours. The trains leave from the Prague Main Station or its Vrsovice Station. Once in tabor, there is a 15 minute walk.
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