Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs:

Towards the true picture of fish stock


September 11-15, 2007


Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

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The town of Ceske Budejovice is located ca 150 km south of Prague in South Bohemia region. For info on how to get to Ceske Budejovice, and how to find the Conference Centre, click here, or visit the section "How to get there".

Region and history

The landscape of the South Bohemia has its own unique charm. The numerous forests, marshland and hills (Šumava, Blanský les, Novohradské hory, etc.), along with the river valleys and artificial lakes on the River Vltava provide a varied pallet of landscape sceneries. The central part of South Bohemia with the River Luznice is made up of a high plain containing thousands of fishponds. The pond sets and connecting artificial river systems founded as far back as the 16th century are

unique in Europe and have become almost a natural part of the landscape.

Anybody who comes to see the historical monuments here will understand how enlightened and rich the noble families must have been and what exceptional artists and craftsmen worked here. Together, they have left countless cultural monuments for the future generations as testaments to the rich history, ancient cities, majestic Gothic churches, monasteries, folk architecture as well as interesting technical buildings.

More info about:

Ceske Budejovice          Cesky Krumlov          Hluboka nad Vltavou 

Reservoirs of the Vltava River Cascade         Trebon       Prachatice

Ceske Budejovice

The largest city of the region, with a population of 100 thousands people is located on a confluence of the Rivers Malse and Vltava (Moldau).

The town was founded by king Premysl Otakar II. at the confluence of the rivers Vltava and Malse in 1256. The town centre, according to the medieval town planning, is represented by a tetragonal square, one of the largest squares in the Central Europe; it is fringed by town houses. The square was used as the principal point of orientation, a place to hold markets, secular and religious ceremonies, executions, etc.

The baroque Samson fountain, which supplied the town with water from the River Vltava, located in the centre together with a nearby 72 m high Black tower, is among the characteristic dominant features of Ceske Budejovice. The Black tower used to be a belfry and a watch- tower from which the town was permanently guarded against the danger of fire. Recently, the tower has been among the sought-out tourist destinations for the wonderful outlook from the gallery built 46 m above the ground.

The Samson Fountain


Sumava.  Photos by G. Montes de Oca Valadez

The location of the town on a significant transport and trade route conditioned the building of the first railway on the European continent, the so-called horse railway, which connected the town of Ceske Budejovice and Linz (Austria) at the end of the 19th century. The remnants of it are still preserved.

Trips can be set out to the hilly surroundings of Blansky les (Blansky Forest), Novohradske hory (Nove Hrady Mountains) and Sumava (Bohmerwald; Bavarian Forest). Admirers of historic sights will not miss the visit to a Neo-Gothic chateau in a nearby Hluboka nad Vltavou or the village of Holasovice, the village architecture of which is included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural heritage.

Hluboka nad Vltavou

The small town of Hluboka nad Vltavou (10 km north of C. Budejovice) is famous especially for its chateau built in the style of Windsor Gothic, with interiors furnished in a splendid style. A unique experience is the sight of the chateau kitchen with a plenty of maintained kitchen equipment from the turn of 19th and 20th centuries. This national cultural monument is surrounded by wonderful gardens in the centre of an extensive park in English style. 

Two kilometres from Hluboka nad Vltavou a hunting manor called Ohrada is located; it is the oldest hunting museum worldwide.


Hluboka chateau. 

Gardens at Hluboka chateau.  Photos by G. Montes de Oca Valadez


Trebon chateau

Trebon is the centre of the protected area and the UNESCO biospheric reserve, a renowned spa town, where the patients with the diseases of locomotive organs are treated.


The historic centre of Trebon, having been built since the beginning of the 12th century, is a municipal historic reserve. The local chateau with four sightseeing tours, which make the visitors familiar with the people’s life under the rule of the most powerful South Bohemian noblemen - the families of Rozmberk (Rosenberg) and Schwarzenberk (Schwarzengebrg) is a national cultural memorial. The Schwarzenberk tomb in the Neo-Gothic style is found in the vicinity of the town.


The tradition of brewery in Trebon dates back to the 14th century. Those who are fond of the foamy beverage can taste the brand “Regent”.


Trebon is surrounded with numerous ponds connected with one another to form a sophisticated water system, used since the 15th century for fish farming, namely carp (Cyprinus carpio). Often visited are also notable marshlands, which are protected for their variety of flora and fauna.



Ponds.  Photos by K. Motyckova a J. Šír

Cesky Krumlov

The medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, spread on a meander of the River Vltava had acquired its name from the German expression “Krumme Aue”, translated as “Krivy luh” - a crooked mead. The first reference of Krumlov as a town maintained in the written sources dating back to 1253.


The name of the town surpasses the frontier of the region and our republic. The town founded by the family called Vitkovci (Vitek’s descendant family), the lords of Krumlov, has maintained its original floor plan, crooked narrow lanes, and the dominant of the chateau, the second largest historic architectural complex in the Czech Republic. 


Downstream the Vltava River the cloister of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown) is located, which provided a remarkable backing for the royal power in the past. Worth seeing is also the ruin of the medieval castle called Divci Kamen (Maiden Stone).


Cesky Krumlov, castle and detail of tower.  Photos by G. Montes de Oca Valadez



Prachatice, main church.

Prachatice originated on a significant medieval trade trail starting from Bavarian Passau and passing via the towns of Waldkirchen and Volary to Prachatice. This connecting line with the Danube basin was later on named as the Golden trail. The pack animals with loads of salt, exotic fruit, wine, overseas spice, and expensive textiles used to come to Bohemia through this passage. They used to bring loads of all sorts of corn, malt, hops, beer, special brandy from Prachatice, butter, and other products back to Bavaria.

Prachatice, a municipal historic reserve, is among the most beautiful and best preserved towns in the Czech Republic.


The parental home of the Czech preacher and reformer Jan Hus (John Hus) is found in a nearby town of Husinec.

Prachatice, square.  Photos Archive

Reservoirs of the Vltava River Cascade

The Vltava River, the longest river in the Czech Republic accommodates nine reservoirs along its way to the River Labe (Elbe), so called the Vltava River Cascade. The most upstream reservoir and the largest in the Czech Republic (area of 4870 ha) is the Lipno Reservoir. The following reservoirs of the cascade are Hnevkovice, Korensko, Kamyk, Slapy, Orlik, Vrane and Stechovice, some of which have been influencing the river since the 1930's (see table). The original purpose of the cascade was generation of electric power. Next to it, the reservoirs have been used as a supply of water for industry, as drinking water supply, recreation areas, and a tool of flood protection. Despite all that, many beautiful parts of the river had been lost forever. 






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Height of dam [m]

Built in


Slapy Res.  Photo Archive

Lipno I

Lipno II













































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