Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Less well known than the Czech capital, Cesky Krumlov is perhaps 'Prague in Miniature'. As in Prague, there's no shortage of attractions here with the magnificent castle watching over the elegant town square, and an abundance of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. With it's inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1992, Cesky Krumlov now attracts vast numbers of tourists every year, particularly in summer, and not many of them go away disappointed.


Cesky Krumlov tower


Ceský Krumlov State Castle and Chateau is a first-class attraction for history lovers but also for people who simply want to enjoy the tales of the experienced guides and peek into its many rooms, both splendid and gloomy and learn their stories. The uniqueness of this castle and chateau is further sealed by the well-preserved baroque theatre where you can admire the art and skill of past masters, including sceneries, decoration, stage equipment and also costumes.


You will also come across the works of contemporary artists within the Castle complex. On the 4th Castle courtyard you can visit the International Art Gallery and on the 2nd courtyard the Czech Culture Gallery. Ceský Krumlov, a town of immeasurable charm and power, has also impressed the controversial painter Egon Schiele. This year marks the 120th anniversary of the artist's birth and to commemorate the occasion, the Egon Schiele Art Center has prepared a unique exhibition. You will be able to view Schiele's paintings from various collections around the world, even works that were never publicly displayed before. Our town had also been a source of endless inspiration for two local photographers, Josef and Frantisek Seidel. You can find their 19th-century photographs depicting the town and its surroundings in the Museum Photo Studio Seidel. In the Museum you can also come across a number of period photo cameras, a dark room from that period or a flat with its original furnishings.


Cesky Krumlov view


There is more to experience in Ceský Krumlov however: you can take a mine train to the underground of the graphite mine, discover the secret of brewing Czech beer in the Eggenberg beer brewery and both adults and children alike will happily visit the puppeteer's house in the Fairytale house or in the Marionette Museum or indeed several other museums in the town. The Regional Museum will commemorate with a special exhibition last year's celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the town. The visitors will have a unique opportunity to view the original roll of Jindrich I. of Rosenbeg where Ceský Krumlov is referred to as a town for the first time as well as many other written documents, chronicles and maps.


The town is living a colorful life throughout the year - the nobles celebrate its palatial town, the town and Castle are both filled by music of various genres and ancient stories are being played out on the stage of the Baroque theatre and in front of the revolving auditorium.


The active side of Ceský Krumlov is also worth knowing. Do not hesitate and start exploring the beauty of the nature around the town on foot, by bike or on a scooter. You can make the mountain of Klet your destination, the highest peak of the Blanský les protected nature preserve and enjoy a splendid view of the countryside. The river of Vltava, twisting its way through the town is an ideal spot for some water fun. You can sail the river on a canoe or on a flatboat and let yourself be gently carried by the stream. You can also enjoy a romantic horseback ride or an adventure-filled quad drive. Alternatively, you can spend the day on the golf green or on a tennis court. And inclement weather is no deterrent to a sports-filled day. You can visit the covered swimming stadium, a fitness centre or play a game of bowling or skittles.


In fact, all visitors, no matter what their interests or age, can find something to interest them in this magical town and its surroundings. Ceský Krumlov is a town of many faces and experiences... Come and get to know them all!

In 2014 I visited Cesky Krumlov and wrote about my visit and recommended things to see and do.

Article courtesy Cesky Krumlov Tourism