Located about halfway between Ceské Budejovice and Brno, Telc can be reached by taking Hwy. 23. Driving from Prague, take Hwy. D1 in the direction of Brno and exit at Jihlava, where you pick up Hwy. 38 after going through the town. Then head west on Hwy. 23. You can leave your car in one of three large parking lots at the town's northern and southern gates. It's a 2-hour drive from Prague.
Train connections to Telc aren't great, so be patient. First-class fare from Prague costs 310Kc, and second-class fare is 250Kc. The town lies on the Havlíckuv Brod, Kostelec u Jihlavy line, where you'll have to change in Kostelec u Jihlavy. Once you get there, you'll find several trains departing daily to Telc. The train station offers storage, though its hours aren't the most dependable. Figure on a journey time of 4 to 5 hours if you are lucky.
Better than the train is the more direct route by bus, costing 142Kc. Buses leave from Prague's Florenc bus station four times a day, and take about 3 hours. The castle and town square are a 10-minute walk from the bus station. To get to town, exit through the station's back entrance, turn right on Tyrsova, and then turn left on Rudnerova. Follow this street as it bears left, and turn right at the second small alley. This will guide you to the main square.
Since UNESCO gave its backing to Telc in 1992, services for visitors have blossomed, and none more so than the information center on the main square. At the Informacní Stredisko, námestí Zachariáse z Hradce 10 (tel. 567-112-407; www.telc-etc.cz or www.telcsko.cz; firstname.lastname@example.org), you'll find bountiful information on accommodations, cultural events, guided tours, and even hunting; brochures are in Czech, German, and English. The staff is eager to arrange reservations. Open April Monday to Friday 8am to noon and 1 to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to noon and 1 to 4pm; May and September Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm; June to August Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm; October Monday to Friday 8am to noon and 1 to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to noon and 1 to 4pm; November to April Monday and Wednesday 8am to noon and 1 to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday 8am to noon and 1 to 4pm, and Friday 8am to noon and 1 to 3pm.
The Prázdniny v Telci (Holidays in Telc), a season of concerts, recitals, and fairs, runs from the end of July to the middle of August. For details, contact the Informacní Stredisko or www.prazdninyvtelci.cz.
Telc's historic center is shaped like a trapezoid and is surrounded by lakes on three sides. At the center is a very large square named after the town's former owner, Zachariás z Hradce.