A defining aspect of your experience at Townshend is the peaceful and serene environment. Located in the village of Hluboka nad Vltavou, a township of 4,600 people, “Hluboka” draws visitors from around the region. The town of Hluboká nad Vltavou lies on both banks of Vltava river. Its history is closely related to the Hluboká castle, founded in the 13th century by king Přemysl Otakar II.
Attracting tourists who come to see the castle, and experience the natural beauty, Hluboka, though small and quiet, has a wide range of amenities and activities including hotels, guest houses, restaurants, swimming pool, cinema, tennis courts, ice skating ring, baseball complex, football field with artificial turf, riding hall, golf course, rope center, fitness gyms, and a network of bicycle paths, many of which you will take advantage of.
On any given day you may walk to the local market in Hluboka to shop for a few items, go for a run with a friend along the trails that surround the campus, bicycle around the many lakes dotting the valley, have a picnic on the campus grounds with a teacher and your class, go with friends to eat at one of the local restaurants, or when the weather gets warm, head to the swimming pool to cool off.
On Friday afternoons, many students head to the nearby town of Ceske Budejovice, just a 20 minute bus ride away. A town of nearly 100,000 people, Ceske Budejovice was also founded in the 13th century. At its center is the beautiful town square, lined by buildings with gothic, baroque, and renaissance elements. The square is said to be the largest regular medieval square in all of Europe, measuring a full hectare. Radiating from the square are narrow cobblestone streets, lined by shops and restaurants, and a favorite place for students to explore. Within the city, along the bus route, are also several shopping centers with stores familiar to those coming from European countries.
Beyond our immediate area is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ceske Krumlov, just 40 minutes away. It is a is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries, and students and classes visit it occasionally.
Within two to four hours drive of Townshend are the cities of Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna, in Austria; Nuremberg, in Germany; and of course, Prague (just an hour and a half away), in the Czech Republic. All cities of cultural and historical significance, you may visit them as part of day trips taken by the dorms. These dorm trips are days to explore a new city, and to experience the rich culture and history near Townshend.
The peoples of the Czech Republic are a warm-hearted, kind and welcoming nation, open to new ideas and generous in their friendships. The majority of the older generations speak German, in addition to Czech, while the younger generations are learning English.