Tábor was the site of my first overnight stay in the Czech Republic. I had flown into Prague, picked up a rental car and was looking to stay somewhere for the night that was an easy drive and out of the Prague metro area. Tábor, about 30 miles south of Prague, seemed like a good bet and indeed fit the bill admirably. What I didn't expect was that the town would be worth a visit on its own merits and I am sorry that I had so little time here.

Tábor has a well-preserved historic area, the central focus of which is Žižka Square, named in honor of the 15th century Hussite military leader. Tábor was a stronghold for Hussite reformers. Between 1419 and 1434, the town was involved in many battles against Catholics and others. Žižka Square and the center of town were designed to be easily defended. The streets around the square were intentionally made narrow and confusing, so as to confound would-be invaders. Further protection came from a network of tunnels dug by residents under the town. (Visitors today can visit the tunnels, though I didn't have time).

Not far from the center, the remains of Kotnov Castle (Hrad Kotnov) contains a small museum and offers sweeping views of the Lužnice River and the countryside beyond.

All in all, Tábor deserved more than the couple of hours I was able to give it.