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Písek - Sightseeing

A stroll through the city

Hotel Dvořáček

We continue on along Budovcova Street until we reach the intersection with Chelčického Street. Here, on the site where the Budějovice Gate once stood, we look across the street to see a magnificent Art Nouveau building with an ornately decorated façade – this used to be one of the most luxurious hotels in South Bohemia, the former "Dvořáček Hotel by Archduke Franz Ferdinand". It was built from 1898 to 1899 on the design of architect Štech and commissioned by the local pharmacist Rudolf Dvořáček.

At the time, the hotel was quite the accomplishment, boasting the most modern equipment and furnishings of the time (electric lighting, central steam heating). The hotel even had its own "bus" which transported its guests to and from all train connections. The hotel is also remarkable for its exceptionally decorative façade, dominated by a strip of eleven sgraffito pictures with thematic scenes from the history of Písek and the region (panning gold from the Otava, rafters, Písek town celebrations, etc.). The author of the sgraffito, depicted between the windows of the first and second floors, is painter Josef Bosáček, who worked from the sketches of Mikoláš Aleš. During the 1920's and 30's, part of the hotel also served as the Otakar Ševčík international violin school.