Český Krumlov

The town of Český Krumlov is one of the most important tourist centers in southern Bohemia. Every year, thousands of visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad are attracted here not only by the beautiful and extensive castle and chateau complex, but also by the historic city center with its distinctive atmosphere. The entire historic core, together with the castle, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992.

Information for visitors

Adress: Chvalšinská 138, Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.81072670, 14.31464640
Český Krumlov map

Interesting facts Český Krumlov

The history of the town is of course closely connected with the history of the castle, later the chateau. It was founded in 1274 in the bends of the river around the castle, which was built here about forty years earlier. As the castle changed owners, so did the city. The great boom came in the 14th to 16th centuries with generations of lords from Rožmberk, who gradually gained importance as a family and could thus afford to build their estate. Most of the Gothic and Renaissance monuments, which are so much admired today, were created during the ownership of the manor by this family.

The biggest tourist attraction is the Český Krumlov chateau, the second largest fortification and chateau complex in the whole country after Prague Castle. Its very valuable part is the castle theater and the beautiful park with a cascading fountain and the Belárie summer house then forms the imaginary cherry tree during the castle tour. In the summer months, you can indulge in a cultural experience in the form of a theater performance in the castle garden. You can see it from the revolving auditorium, which is built opposite the summer house and has served its purpose for more than fifty years.

The Latrán district is interesting, which is the castle grounds that surround the 15th century walls. The Latrán is connected to the Inner City, the historic core, by a wooden bridge over the Vltava. The Vltava River flows in several bends under the castle and around the city center and is one of the favorite sections of paddlers. Directly under the walls of the castle there is a passable and famous dam among paddlers.

The inner city consists of the central regular Svornosti Square with many burgher houses, mostly from the Gothic and Renaissance periods, and a system of streets and alleys around it. While walking through these streets, you will discover many beautiful nooks and picturesque buildings.

You can visit almost a dozen different museums in the city, the most important and interesting ones being, for example, the Český Krumlov District Museum or the Wax Museum.

The city has a very wide network of accommodation and catering facilities, which offers visitors its services. Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the city's economy.

Author: Martina Limbergová