Telč: Introduction
The text for our Telč pages was contributed by Greg Chandler

Telč is one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, and the facades of the houses that surround its main square must be some of the most photographed buildings in Moravia. The historic centre of Telč was added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 1992, thanks mainly to the chateau and beautifully preserved town square.

The appearance of the Telč town square is a result of a catastrophic fire in 1530 that destroyed much of the town. When Lord Zachariáš of Hradec chose Telč as his seat shortly afterwards, he set about turning the stone castle into a stylish residential chateau, and rebuilt most of the devastated centre to a uniform plan. The main square is completely encircled by arcade-fronted townhouses all of similar size and proportion, but with fascinating and intricate surface decorations unique to each building. Though it's a colourful, busy place ringed with outdoor cafes and restaurants, the Telč square has essentially kept the same appearance for centuries and is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture north of the Alps.

Three large ponds surround the small historic centre and provide some beautiful reflections for photographers, as well as opportunities for boating or hiking along the shoreline paths. Only around 6000 people live in Telč, so it has a gentle pace and is a perfect place to relax and unwind.

Telč sister cities:
Belp, Switzerland
Figeac, France
Rothenburg ob der Thauber, Germany

Šaľa, Slovakia
Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria
Wilber, Nebraska