Ceske Budejovice (German name: Budweis) is a small city in the south of the Czech republic, known for the Budweiser Budvar brewery. The city was founded in 1265 by king Premysl Ottokar II, due to its convenient location, ideal for the defence of a medieval fortress. The city prospered over the centuries due to trade and silver mining. After World War II the German speaking population was expelled. The historic centre is located around the Premysl Otakar II square, on which the town hall, Samson fountain and other baroque buildings are situated.
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