České Budějovice

České Budějovice (sometimes referred to as Budweis in English) is a statutory city in the Czech Republic. It is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region as well as its political and commercial capital, the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of České Budějovice, theUniversity of South Bohemia, and the Academy of Sciences. It is located in the center of a valley of the Vltava (Moldau) River, at the confluence with the Malše.

 The city was founded by the King Ottokar II of Bohemia, and was granted itsmunicipal charter in 1265. The location and projection of the city was carried by the king's knight Hirzo. The royal city was created as a platform of the king's power in South Bohemia and to counterbalance the powerful noble House of Rosenberg, which finally became extinct in 1611.