The castle city
The southwestern castle city of Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites. Its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov castle.
The city is a pearl of Renaissance architecture. It boasts unique preserved medieval core. Rosenberg family chose the town as their residence and gradually came to rule a large part of South Bohemia. They built a town and residence and contributed to the prosperity of the entire region. One of the most famous members of the family was Petr Wok von Rosenberg who gathered a remarkable collection of art and products of nature that rivalled that of Rudolph II at Prague Castle.
Among Český Krumlov’s attractions is its Baroque theatre, which is one of the oldest preserved castle-theatres in Central Europe. Visitors can view hundreds of decorations, costumes as well as an orchestra pit, theater machinery and an extensive collection of original scripts. The theatre serves only as a working theatre museum nowadays. However, a unique auditorium set against the natural backdrop of the Castle Park offers unforgettable theatre performances beneath the night sky.
The town offers Renaissance facades of painted houses, traditional artisan shops and medieval taverns where you can stroll all day long. While visiting Český Krumlov you should definitely see the renowned Egon Schiele Gallery where you can discover the city through the artist’s pictures. There is also the Seidel Photographic Studio which is worth visiting. The place boasts an inexhaustible number of unique period photos, photo-postcards and glass negatives.
Throughout the year Český Krumlov offers numerous cultural events, such as FIDELIO classical music concerts, the Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations, an International Music Festival and a festival of Baroque art.
Location: South Bohemian region
Nearby sights: Cesky Krumlov Castle, The Castle Garden, Church of St. Vitus
Nearby hotels: Hotel Ruze, Hotel Bellevue, Penzion de Lanta