Towns according to the microregion
The village Černá v Pošumaví is an ideal place for anyone visiting Lipno for its wind sports opportunities such as sailing, windsurfing and kiting because of the perfect location at the widest point of the dam. Černá v Pošumaví is also the ideal spot for winter sports lovers, as the lake freezes first at this part, and you can therefore do some recreational skating but also endurance activities such as Nordic skating. This location is great for ice kiting and snow kiting, and if there is snow lying on the ice, even for cross-country skiing or extreme jogging on the frozen water.
Frymburk is situated on a peninsula on the left bank of Lipno. This village never disappoints its visitors. Its exceptional location is breath-taking and the bird's eye view leaves no doubt that this is clearly the only place on the banks of the Lipno dam which literally juts out into the water. The dominant feature of Frymburk is the church tower, which cannot be overlooked from a great distance. If you sail across from the ´South Bohemian Sea´ (Lipno), whether from the direction of Horní Planá or Lipno nad Vltavou, a unique panorama will emerge from behind the bay attracting many tourists.
The village of Stožec, situated in the valley of the Studená Vltava River, about 7.5 km southwest of Volary, consists of three local parts - České Žleby, Dobrá and Stožec. The village also consists of seven settlements: Černý Kříž, České Žleby, Dobrá, Horní Cazov, Nové Údolí, Radvanovice and Stožec. Besides the mentioned settlements there also used to be the settlement Krásná Hora.
The village of Nová Pec is located in the Prachatice district and deserves the nickname "The Gateway to Lipno" because it is situated at the very beginning of the reservoir. Once you cross the bridge over the river Vltava, which flows into Lipno, you will find yourself on the edge of the village, where a very nice and maintained cycle path leads to the border with Austria.
The town Horní Planá is the largest and only town on the left bank of the Lipno reservoir. Its location can also be geographically described as lying on the interface of the Vltavická furrow (Vltavická brázda) and the Želnavské hills (Želnavské hornatiny), on the hillside of Houbový hill (Houbový vrch) at an altitude of 776 m, and therefore it is also the highest situated town in the South Bohemian Region.
On 16th March 2017, after 63 years, Hořice na Šumavě regained the status of town with more than 800 inhabitants, and its historical core has become an urban conservation zone. Hořice na Šumavě is one of the oldest settlements in the region of Český Krumlov. The first time the local rectory was mentioned was in 1248 while the village has been referred since 1272. Hořice na Šumavě is an important cultural and historical destination of the Lipno region. It is connected to the cultural centre of South Bohemia - Český Krumlov (German: Krumau), which is just a stone´s throw away.
The village of Přední Výtoň, situated on the right bank of the Lipno dam, extends to the state border with Austria. Přední Výtoň is just 6 km away from the nearby Lipno nad Vltavou and just 4 km from Frymburk, directly opposite the town of Frymburk. The highest placed Czech castle ruins Vítkův kámen are only 8 km from the village and only 5 km to the Austrian border crossing - Guglwald. It´s no coincidence that Přední Výtoň is nicknamed the "Austrian Gateway to Lipno". The history of the village dates back to 1377, when the first written mention was made.
Lipno nad Vltavou is located near the dam on the left bank of the Lipno reservoir, better called the Vltava River, and also the most famous coastal village of the Lipno region thanks to its location and a development boom in recent years. In 2016, the temporary Olympic village of Rio-Lipno was built right here and since it has attracted many tourists interested in cultural and sports events.
The village of Loučovice lies on the river Vltava between Vyšší Brod and Lipno. There used to be a renowned paper mill and the Vltava mill. Water sports enthusiasts know Loučovice very well. Every year, they pass through this wildest part of the Vltava River, which is also one of the most difficult water sports track in the world – it´s called the Devil´s Stream and starts before Loučovice. It is no coincidence the World Championship in 2003 and the European Rafting Championship in 2012 took place here.
Rožmberk, the smallest town in the South Bohemian region, is only 23 km south of Český Krumlov and belongs to the most attractive tourist destinations in the Krumlov district. The town deserved this designation because of the number of landmarks, but also due to its unique location in the hilly landscape along the Vltava River.
The town of Vyšší Brod can be very well described as a treasure trove of cultural and natural beauties. It´s a small town lying on the Vltava River surrounding a no longer existing ford, where a medieval merchant road used to lead from Linz to Bohemia over the Vltava River. It is situated on the easternmost outpost of the Bohemian Forest and it is also the southernmost village of the Czech Republic due to the local part called Studánka. From there, a road leads directly to the road border crossing Studánky / Bad Leonfelden.