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Písek and Jaroslav Hašek´s Good Soldier Švejk

Písek is known for its association with many well-known Czech figures whose lives or works have been somehow tied in with the city. The city, and especially its surroundings, are also known (especially to literature buffs) for one fictional character, but all the more famous for it – the Good Soldier Švejk, immortalized by the writer Jaroslav Hašek.

Švejk's Budějovice Anabasis

In the chapter entitled "Švejk's Budějovice Anabasis", our hero sets off on foot from Tábor to the city of České Budějovice, but his journey actually ends in Písek. If we were to connect all the points that Švejk traversed, we would get a very peculiar zigzag nearly 200 km long! Whether Hašek had a map at hand while writing the novel, or if he chose Švejk's stops along the way to his regiment simply at random, one thing is for sure – he sure set the way for an original hiking route. Even if nobody ever absolves this route completely, we can still cover part of it. Every village and town along the way has its own colourful and picturesque charm. Even as Švejk said himself: "I like it everywhere in Bohemia; all along my travels I met very good people."

The best-known stops along the route of Švejk's march

Tábor, Milevsko, Květov, Vráž, Malčín, Čížová, Sedlec, Horažďovice, Radomyšl, Putim, Štěkeň, Strakonice, Volyně, Dub, Vodňany, Protivín...

One of the most well-known films made around Písek is called "Poslušně hlásím" (1957, directed by Karel Steklý), based on Hašek's famous novels of the Good Soldier Švejk. There is one scene shot in Putim in which an old grandmother is serving Švejk potato soup. In the book, however, Švejk receives the grandmother's soup in the village of Květov, which is also in the Písek region.