Welcome to Český Krumlov
Welcome to Český Krumlov, the pearl of South Bohemia, which will charm you with its history, medieval alleys, mystical places and stories, romantic nooks and picturesque gables of the bourgeois houses. You will find many cosy cafés and even medieval taverns in the town! This town has a unique magical atmosphere and since 1992 has been enlisted among the UNESCO heritage.
Český Krumlov, an enchanting medieval town is located in the meanders of the Vltava river. Its historical centre, enlisted by UNESCO is full of crooked aisles, which are lined by houses from the times of gothic, renaissance and baroque. The dominant of the town is a castle standing on a rock - the second greatest monument after the Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Official web pages include needed information and cultural tips.
Český Krumlov State Castle
Český Krumlov State Castle with its architectural standard, cultural tradition, and expanse ranks among the most important historic sighs in the Central European Region. The riginally Gothic castle from the 13th century was enlarged in the 14th century and it was rebuilt into the Renaissance style in the 16th century. In the 17th and the 18th century, the castle was modified into the Baroque and the Rococo style.
Castle Theatre in Český Krumlov
The baroque theatre in the chateau in Český Krumlov represents an enhanced baroque scene. It is one of the most preserved baroque theatres in the world, which includes the original building, orchestra pit, stage, stage machinery, stage sets, librettos, costumes etc. The baroque theatre has become an extraordinary, fully preserved sight of its kind.
St. Vitus Church
Architectural gem, the neo-Gothic octagonal tower has become the second dominant of Český Krumlov. The church occasionally turns into a venue for concerts of classical music. St. Vitus Church has a three-nave Gothic structure dating from the period between 1407 -and1439. It was, however, built on the foundations of an older building dating from 1309. In the 17th and the 18th centurys the church was extended and modified. Its Gothic portal dates from 1410.
Monasteries of Český Krumlov
A unique complex of three lately renovated medieval monasteries, which is not only historically connected with the Castle, attracts the general public, especially families, youth and children to learn about monastic life. Interesting exhibitions devoted to craft, alchemy, interactive exhibitions and replicas of rare exhibits such as the statue of the Madonna of Krumlov can be seen here.
Synagogue Český Krumlov
Built in Nouveau-Romanesque style in 1909 by the local Jewish community, the Český Krumlov Synagogue features an eight-sided tower with Torah-shaped windows.
Egon Schiele Garden Studio
The little house on a terraced hillside was built during the Neoclassical building boom around 1800. In 1911 the painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) lived and worked here. Willi Lidl, a pupil at the local grammar school, found the house for Schiele, negotiated the lease and requested the undertaking of a series of repairs and modifications. Thanks to the helpfulness of the owner at the time – a dry goods merchant called Max Tschunko – Schiele was able to live here for free with his redheaded girlfriend, the model Wally Neuzil.
Regional Museum in Český Krumlov
The Regional Museum administers currently 34 000 registered objects. The museum library contains a set of 5 000 books, whereas more than one fifth is of collectible quality.
Do you like to travel in time? The new Castle Museum will bring you to the times of the Lords of Krumlov, Rosenbergs and other noble families that reside in Český Krumlov and transformed its appearance over the centuries. You can see a number of precious artefacts from the Castle depositories as well as films from the beginning of the 20th century in the cinema.
Museum Photographic Studio Seidel
A unique place where in the 19th century, the tradition of photography began, a place where time has stopped. Experts and lay people can familiarize themselves with the unique photographic work of Josef Seidel and his son Francis, numbering nearly 140,000 glass plates and celluloid negatives.
Moldavites are the world rarity and beautiful precious stones bound exclusively to Southern Bohemia. Let‘s discover the story of the highly valued stone of transformation, born in the impact of an asteroid 15 million years ago. Enjoy the stunning exhibition created as an interactive game that will take you through the entire story - from the collisions of planets and asteroids through a large extinction of animals to the creation of moldavites, their properties and use in jewellery.
Complete baroque puppet theatre, including the Baroque machinery. If you are lucky, there is an occasional marionette performance for groups and puppet operas Don Giovanni, Magic Flute, Baroque opera Orfeo ed Euridice.
Puppet Museum – Fairy-tale house
You can come and see the astonishing collection of more than 300 original wooden puppets in the Puppet Museum. You will discover puppet dragons and knights, dwarves, thieves and many others fairy-tale creatures.
Museum of torture instruments
A unique exposition of criminal punishment and instruments of torture, spread throughout the newly-reconstructed 15th cellars below the Český Krumlov Town Hall on the main town square.
Below the town square at Kájovská ulice no.68 in a newly reconstructed Renaissance house, a new wax museum has been opened in May of 2001. In the area of 600 m² you can meet the Emperor Joseph II., his mother Maria Theresia, Lords of Rosenberg, John Paul II., Václav Havel and Mick Jagger and other personalities of Czech history and contemporary times.
Lately opened castle blacksmith shop is located on the first castle courtyard in the original smithy from 1654. Except for your personal experience to try the craft and to feel the heat of the forge you can learn interesting facts about the history of this blacksmith craft.
Apotheka cafe bar
Apotheka bar is situated in the historical centre of Český Krumlov. The building had originally served as the old town hall. Then there was the castle pharmacy, where Mgr. Kelly used to prepare his elixirs, so the bar got its name from this period. The bar offers a pleasant intimate atmosphere with a professional service that is able to mix your drink according to your mood and star constellations.
City Lounge Club
City Lounge is a new concept of a bar and dance club in the heart of Český Krumlov. The club is located close to the town fortifications from the 13th century near Egon Schiele Centre. The main entrance is dominated by preserved fortification tower. The club was opened in June 2012 and is popular mainly because of its location, professional service, attractive program, a wide range of DJs and drinks.
MUSIK & COCKTAIL BAR
Musik & Cocktail Bar is part of the hotel buildings Golden Angel. It offers a wide selection of spirits, especially malt whiskey and premium rums. The highlights of the Music & Cocktail Bar are top-notch cocktails, which are prepared exclusively from premium products and fresh fruit juices.
Chateau Hluboká nad Vltavou
One of the most visited chateaus in the Czech Republic, chateau Hluboká looms at the northern edge of the Budějovická pond basin, on a steep promontory above the Vltava river. This originally royal castle was founded in 13. century by the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II. and the town of České Budějovice. For its present neo-gothic look from the year 1871 owes this chateau to the Schwarzenberg dynasty. Today’s look gained the Hluboká chateau during the reign of Jan Adolf II. Schwarzenberg. The castle is situated in a beautiful English garden. Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions are displayed in the original riding-hall. A part of the grounds is also Ohrada castle, built as a hunting castle with a museum of forestry and a zoo.
The spa town Třeboň lies on the shore of the biggest south bohemian pond Svět. In the centre of the urban historical preservation is a long town-square with a town hall and many typical townhouses. There still remain parts of bastions from the original bulwark. There is also a chateau with a broad park.
The town Jindřichův Hradec lies on the fifteenth meridian, which cuts through the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, with a near high tower in the historical core of the town. The greatest locations are the gothic castle, the renaissance chateau and the pond Vajgar, also a whole range of religious sights and the well-known narrow gauge railway.
The castle from the half of the 13. century belongs to the oldest castles of Vítkovci dynasty. It is a complex of originally two castles of Rožmberk. Inside the castle, there is a museum open to the public, whose interiors are full of valuable collections of paintings, weapons, furniture and glass. In the Rožmberk hall, you can see the portrait of the White Lady Perchta Rožmberk, whose ghost appears here according to a legend.
The Cistercian monastery Vyšší Brod is a precious pearl of gothic architecture on a bank of Vltava river in the deep woods of Šumava. Visitors may admire an extraordinary gothic core of the monastery from the outside as well as from the inside and also a baroque and classicist set of buildings around it, in which you can also visit the Museum of the Czech Post.
Přemysl Otakar II. founded the Zlatokorunský convention with the aim of raising a solid point on the edge of Vítkovci domain. He donated one of his biggest valuables to this convention, the thorn from the crown of Jesus, which he got from the Saint Ludvík IX. Thanks to this relic, this location is called Sancta Corona.
Holašovice is certainly the most famous rural baroque village. This village belongs to the UNESCO heritage list. The greatest advantage of the village is the coherence of style. You will see no new buildings on the town square. A specific signature of the Holašovice style are straight gates and not a very rich decoration of the gables.
The Lipensko region is a unique connection of a beautiful and untouched nature with a variety of historical as well as technical sights and wide offer of sport and cultural activities in the summer as well as in the winter with a broad offer of other services.
The Kleť mountain with its 1 083 metres is the highest peak in the surroundings. It is an ideal spot for a circular view of the countryside. The observation tower has been erected in the years 1882-1825 and is the oldest stone-made observation tower in Bohemia. You can rest and relax before the trip in the nearby mountain cottage.