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Municipal Island

The Municipal Island is an oasis of peace close to the historical centre of Písek, which you can reach if you walk across the footbridge from both banks of the Otava River. There you will find a restaurant with indoor as well as outdoor service, guest rooms, children’s playgrounds and romantic seating opportunities with a great view of Písek.

The Island was created by sand deposits upstream of the large river bend before a weir was built on the Otava River underneath the town walls. In the late 19th century the Island was taken over by the town and underwent large modifications – the banks were reinforced and ice guards were set up. An outing restaurant for tourists was opened on 4 May 1890 and was in operation until the closure of the swimming pool in the 1950s. In the 1980s, the building burnt down and fell into disrepair. A replica of the building made of wall framework was opened in 1996. In 2002 the restaurant and other facilities were damaged by one-in-a-thousand-years floods. Fortunately, its renewal was swift and the Island is once again a popular destination for the town’s residents as well as tourists.