Český Krumlov

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If you would like to let yourself be caried away for a while by the beauty of Medieval architecture, let us invite you for a walk through the one of the most beautiful towns in the world

  • Japanese Chikyou no arukikata 2016 : "Český Krumlov is the most beautiful town in the world"
  • National Geographic Traveler 2008: The survey of most authentic historic destinations conducted annually by the National Geographic Traveler magazine lists only one Czech town. And it is not Prague. A body of almost 300 panelists has selected top one hundred historic destinations around the world for the National Geographic Traveler magazine. Český Krumlov took 16th spot, beating famous destinations such as Damascus, Sydney or
    Verona

The two most valuable Czech historic monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List are the cities of Prague and Český Krumlov. Both cities are each year are admired by millions of visitors from all around the world. Prague and Český Krumlov, historic cities are connected by an inexhaustible amount of carefully reconstructed Medieval monuments, a growing interest among tourists, and the River Vltava (Moldau), which once inspired the master of Czech classical music, Bedřich Smetana. Anyone who visits historic Prague should certainly not miss the opportunity to also visit historic Český Krumlov. Just as Prague was always the seat of the Czech kings, Český Krumlov was the seat of the most powerful of Czech aristocracy. Among the points of interest in Český Krumlov are the castle complex (second only to Prague in size among Bohemian castles) and the unique castle Baroque Theatre (the oldest of its kind in the world). Still retaining its original layout from the 14th century, the town is called a living textbook of Medieval architecture.


Český Krumlov castle interiors

 Tour is provided only together with town tour

Route I.

Historic castle interiors from Baroque and Rennaissance period. Route covers Gothic chapel of St. Georg, original Golden carriage from the 17th centuryand and famous rococo Maskarade Hall.

Route II.

Historic living rooms from the 19th century. Route covers picture gallery, collection of original Brussels tapestories and part of unique one kilometer long "Coat bridge" coridor since the 17tcentury.




Český Krumlov castle baroque theatre


Tour is provided only together with town tour

The oldest and the most unique preserved castle baroque theatre in the world. Completely preserved original mobile stage machinery from the 18. century. Original baroque costumes, acoustic tools, props and decorations.



Holašovice - UNESCO World Heritage Site


Holašovice is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Central European village. A number of high-quality village buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries in a style known as "South Bohemian Folk Baroque" have been preserved on a ground plan that dates from the middle ages.

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Hluboká castle


The castle in Hluboká is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles  in our country. The castle got its current romantic form influenced by English Windsor gothic in 19th century. The pastoral picture is completed by a large English style park.



České Budějovice


Elegant townhouses gathered around one of the largest squares in Europe, an idyllic salt store and a brewery cooking up the original Budvar beer - this is České Budějovice, the capital of South Bohemia. This city has preserved its historical character over the centuries.





REVIVAL OF CESKY KRUMLOV


Centuries ago, the small Southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov was considered to be the second most important political and cultural center in the Czech Kingdom. Krumlov's rulers, the Lords of Rosenberg desired for the title of Czech Kings, and enriched the original medieval town with many extremely valuable Renaissance houses. They built the dark gothic castle  into the magnificent chateaux worthy of their ambitions. The Rosenberg's  court of Krumlov became one of the important centers of political life in Europe. Krumlov became a strong and unwelcome opposition to the capital city of Prague. History did not allow the Rosenbergs to fulfill their royal ambitions. In the beginning of the 17th century, just at the moment of the biggest bloom of the town and castle of Krumlov, the most powerful Czech nobles suddenly disappeared from the earth. With their departure the magnificent town of Cesky Krumlov was slowly falling asleep. The town was sleeping for almost four centuries. Sometimes it woke up for a moment, under the rule of Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs, but the fall of its prosperity was unavoidable. During the communistic regime in former Czechoslovak Socialistic Republic, Krumlov was as the Czechs often say,"The town forgotten by God." Only the most necessary maintenance was being done and all those valuable medieval buildings were allowed gradually to deteriorate. With the fall of the communist regime in Czech Republic, the town of Cesky Krumlov suddenly woke up. Extremely tremendous and expensive work of numerous restorations and renovations began. It took more than 20 years and now the historic town has got quite a new face. The most important fact is, that the town has preserved its historical authenticity. Today visitors can enjoy a great number of very carefully restored buildings with facades decorated with original graffiti or wall paintings. Krumlov boasts of many well preserved Renaissance houses, picturesque gothic lanes and refreshed baroque facades. Just like in history the town of Krumlov is competing with Prague in the field of tourism. Visitors coming to Krumlov have a sense of moving backwards in time to the 16th century. They can admire a well preserved town's historic core in its complexity, and noting the new almost obstructs the feeling of Middle Ages. Thanks to its many preserved historical buildings the town of Krumlov is often called a Pearl of medieval architecture. It is not only a question of architecture, the town also has its medieval spirit. Set in a beautiful countryside, and with 13,000 inhabitants, far away from commerce and frantic life, it seems to be a charming, quiet and peaceful place. On the other hand, Krumlov was just recently discovered by tourists. The number of visitors is rapidly increasing and every year more than one million visitors from all over the world come to Krumlov to admire its beautiful architecture. The town officers also want to attract visitors and so they offer them many musical festivals, new museums and other attractions. We can say that the town of Krumlov is emerging from the darkness of forgotten history and again, just like in the 16th century, enjoys its great REVIVAL. Just to play with words, Krumlov owes its current popularity with thanks to its many well preserved genuine examples of Renaissance architecture. The name renaissance in English means REVIVAL. So the town of Cesky Krumlov lives its Revival of Revival now. Let us hope history will not regress again and this beautiful town won't become forgotten once again.

Written by Oto Šrámek