It would be hard to imagine a more fairytale-like little town than Telč. A square which looks like it has come straight from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, a romantic chateau and crystal clear fishponds surrounding the city. Telč is the most perfect example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps and a town with one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is rightly thus also part of UNESCO world heritage.
This town, which was created as a moated fortress, has the competitive nature of its inhabitants to thank for its appearance. This is to say that they tried to demonstrate their wealth and social standing via the magnificence and size of the gables of their houses. Thanks to this, each house is literally more beautiful than the next. The fact that the actual roofs are in many cases significantly lower than the decorative gables will not escape the sharp eye of the visitor.
When visiting Telč, you must not forget to visit the chateau, which ranks among the Moravian gems of Renaissance architecture. It was especially Zachariáš of Hradec who took merit in transformation of the Gothic castle into a Renaissance residence after having taken part in a trip by Bohemian magnates to Genoa, where he succumbed to the charm of the Renaissance. Thanks to the care of the owners, the original interiors which reflect Italian art have been preserved in the chateau. In the Golden Hall, you can admire portraits of Zachariáš’ ancestors and valuable carvings in the panels of the coffered ceiling. The Knights’ Hall and African Hall will certainly captivate children, who will gape at the curious trophies here. In terms of the tour, you can also take a peek into the rooms of the last inhabitants of the chateau, the library, bathrooms or dressing rooms with their collection of historical clothing and accessories.
With regard to the precious objects on display, you should pay particular attention to the Renaissance jewel-box with the inlaid works dating from 1566, to the armour which is situated in the Knight Hall and dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and to the collection of fire arms containing beautifully decorated rifles from the 17th century.In this hall you will also find the portraits of Zachariáš of Hradec, of his first wife Kateřina z Valdštejna and the one of famous “White Lady” Perchta of Rožmberk.
In the premises of chateau you will also find a branch of the Museum of Highlands. The Telč Museum founded in 1886 is the oldest one within the region of south-west Moravia. Along with the outstanding exhibits of the museum there belongs also a large model of the town dating from 1890, a movable Christmas crib, rich collections that are not only ethnographic, but also historical and archaeological.