The small village Rataje lies about 7 km north of the town Bechyně on the Smutná stream (Unhappy), 405 m a.s.l.

A lot of burial mounds from the 11th and 12th centuries can be found around the village. About 100 burial mounds, which lie in the direction of the near village Radostice, and many archaeological discoveries here support the theory of living here in the Bronze Age.
The first mention of the village dates from the 14th century. A small fortress originally stood here, but it was destroyed in the 15th century. The remains can be seen on the small hill on the north-eastern outskirts of the village.

The other sight is the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, which was founded at the end of the 14th century.

The name of the village originates in the word "rataje" - it means ploughmen.

Rataje is a hometown of the well-known Czech archaeologist Jan Hraše.