Jindřichův Hradec

Jindřichův Hradec  is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  The beginning of Jindřichův Hradec is connected to the existence of a Slavic fortified settlement, located at a favourable position on the promontory of the Nežárka river and Hamerský stream, which was an administrative centre for its wide surroundings already from the 10th century and at the same time an important southern strategic point of the state headed by the Přemyslovec dynasty.

The city castle and palace is the third largest in the country after those in Prague and Český Krumlov. It covers three ha. and contains 320 rooms. More than 10,000 works of art and a similar number of books may be found there.

The district museum, which is in a renaissance building that was once the Jesuit seminary appeared in the city in 1882 and is one of the oldest regional museums in Bohemia. The most well-known item in the museum is the Kryza, the largest mechanical Christmas manger scene in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.