This lovely town in the Czech Republic is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its Old Town which has 300 protected medieval buildings. It also has a fascinating castle complex which is the second largest in the Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is situated among rolling hills and the Vltava River. It has many cobblestone streets and is a most picturesque town.
It offers visitors a chance to get guided tours in several languages and these tours include an in-depth view of the history, legend, architecture and culture of this town. One tour includes the 400 year old Eggenberg Brewery and a chance to sample the local brew. The tourist season begins in May and goes on throughout the summer delighting visitors with music and art festivals, theater performances, concerts, film festivals and children’s events.
Since Cesky Krumlove is situated in a valley that has the Blansko Forest to the north and the Sumava foothills to the south and west visitors can take nature hikes, ride bikes and take part in cross-country skiing.
The surrounding Vltava River gives the opportunity to enjoy wooden raft, canoe or kayak rides on the river. The adventurous can do some white-water rafting on the upper part of the river and the region found near the Lipno Dam on the outskirts of town. If you prefer to spend some more time with nature there are campgrounds, pensions and hotels available for a longer stay by the river.
No visit to this town is complete without visiting the castle complex. It includes forty buildings and palaces, gardens, courtyards and a moat which is home to bears. A modern addition is a revolving outdoor auditorium where visitor watch plays in the summer.
The well-preserved Baroque Theater is one of the highlights of the castle dating back to the 1400s. You can see the unique machinery used for changing scenes and the wall and ceiling murals from the 18th century.
For fantastic views you can go up the 180 foot tall tower that has a gallery displaying wall murals that date back to the 16th century. There are four bells from the early days and a breathtaking view of the Old Town.
In the Old Town you’ll also find many wonderful museums and galleries to explore. The Regional Museum has a permanent collection with about 34,000 objects on display among them Bohemian antiques and archeological finds from the region. There is a detailed model of Cesky Krumlov at the turn of the 19th century.
On the first floor of the historic house located at Dlouha 92 you’ll find the Museum of Architecture and Craft. It displays the architectural details of the burgher houses of Cesky Krumlov from the Middle Ages to modern times. The museum also has timber ceilings, portals, doors and windows, framing and facades and colorful interior decorations.
In mid-June visitors enjoy the 5-Petalled Rose Celebrations that last for three days and turn Cesky Krumlov into a Renaissance town once more. Here you can delight in concerts, dances, daredevil performances, duels, theater, arts and crafts and a whole lot more.