As a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, (joined the list in 1992) located not far from the Austrian and German borders, Český Krumlov was built above the river Vltava around the originally gothic castle from the 13th century.
The town Český Krumlov is dominated by two grate landmarks – the chateau complex and the gothic Church of St.Vitus. Under the Castle Complex lies the old town with its galleries and Gothic, Renaissance and Art Noveau houses. There are several little shops, galleries, many antiques and modern restaurants or just simple, but nice pubs.
Český Krumlov chateau complex is one of the largest in Central Europe and second biggest in Czech republic. It dates back to 1240 when the first castle was built by the Witigonen family. The whole complex is composed of approximatelly forty two historical buildings. The castle itself contains five courtyards and fine collection of Renaissance and Baroque art, though some has been moved to nearby castle called Hluboka. Across a bridge there is a scenic Baroque Theater could be find. Further up are the castle gardens and open-air theater.
There are a series of music festivals during the year – the Chamber Music Festival, the Early Music Festival and the large International Music Festival. Lovers of opera and ballet can visit performances in the open-air revolving theater in the Castle gardens.
The Český Krumlov Regional Museum has a wonderful, detailed model of old Krumlov.
Another tip to visit is Wax Museum of Český Krumlov.
Typical gifts are wooden toys – these will be found in the many gift shops in Český Krumlov. You will also find in these shops various examples of Czech ceramics. The Czechs are famous for their puppets, as evidenced by the two puppet museums in Český Krumlov.
Last update: 2015-09-30