Písek is a middle-sized town in the South Bohemian Region. The city, spreading on slopes of several hills, radiates from the vicinity of river Otava. Písek is colloquially called „The Athens of the South“ even though Athens is located much further south, because it has many high schools and schools of higher education, e.g. the Film School in Písek.
In the Písek stands Stone Bridge from the 13th century, the oldest standing bridge, Czech royal castle, the Gothic Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary with the clock tower – landmark of the city and partially preserved walls demolished during the industrial revolution.
Písek historically economically very successful city that grew rich in the Middle Ages from the gold panning on the Otava river, collecting pearls or trade was in 18 to 19 century witnessed the rapid industrialization of many neighboring cities