The railway line was the first built in continental Europe. It connected the city of České Budějovice with the city of Linz (an Austrian city) that was a part of the same empire. The railway house is the most famous proof of this unique technical work in the Czech Republic. It is fascinating that the construction was of such high quality; many sections of the original tracking are still being used today as a part of the recently modernized railway connection to Austria.
As part of the Southern Bohemian Museum in České Budějovice, you can visit the Museum of Setouts. The horse-drawn railway line was built in 1825-1836 between České Budějovice, Linz, and Gmunden. It was the oldest railway on the European mainland. The museum includes the Guard house No. 1 located in Mánesova Street in České Budějovice, which is a national cultural sight. Not far from the house, there are other sights related to Setouts such as the Lanna Boathouse (Čtyři Dvory) where boats were built and where the businessman Vojtěh Lanna was born. There is also the inn called “U Zelené Ratolesti”, where the original coaching inn, wool spinning facilities and warehouses of Lanna’s shipping company, flats for coachman, stables, and sheds for cars were located. In the Nisslov house (the corner of today’s Česká and Piaristická Street), there was a ticket box for passenger transport and railway offices.
How to get there?
It is possible to use public transport lines No. 7, 13, 15, 16 or 19. The stop in the direction from the city center is relatively far away; in the opposite direction it is much better. However, thanks to its location in the wider city center, we recommend a short walk.