They did not put this down on the UNESCO world Heritage site list for no reason. The combination of a gorgeous castle from the Middle Ages, strips of lovely Renaissance buildings, almost perfectly preserved pedestrianized historical centre, tourist attractions that are unique from each other in every way, innumerable locations with deep historical heritage, incredibly beautiful countryside, and great food all come together to make the city a true Fairy Tale Town.
The main thing to do here is walk. Walk your heart out. Head to the historical centre and stroll from one building to another without a pause. Read up on each of the locations you plan to visit before you actually step out, because even though you’re not going to be able to enter all of the locations, having an appreciation for their history creates an immersion and intimacy like no other.
Most of the tourism and sightseeing appeal is focused on history and architecture, but the nightlife is not too bad. Neither is the souvenir shopping. And you can head out into the countryside to an old castle close to the border of Austria, and observation tower that is a three hour hike out of town, and then add venture into a graphite mine.
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What to Do in and around Cesky krumlov
Enjoy 43 best Cesky krumlov attractions and points of interest to choose from!
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Zamek 59, 381 01 Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
If you love architecture, if you love history, and/or if you love castles in Europe, you may want to never leave this castle. The first thing you should know before your visit is that this Castle is huge. It's so big, that its various sections have their own unique individualized tours. This is because over the years that has constantly grown. First constructed in the 13th century in Gothic style Page received a Renaissance makeover end 16th century and in the 17th and 18th century was again refreshed by Baroque and Rococo styles.
Tour 1: Starting from the IIIrd Courtyard of Cesky Krumlov Castle, takes you inside the castle's Renaissance and Baroque area such as Saint George´s Castle Chapel, Eggengerg Hall, and the Masquerade Hall.
Tour 2: Focuses on the Schwarzenberg family history - the Schwarzenberg Portrait Gallery, the lifestyle exhibit in the 19th century Suite and the Suite of EleonorazuSchwarzenberg.
Baroque Theatre: The exquisitely lavish theatre is among the best preserved of the period and the tour shows you the complete inner workings of the stage shows - auditorium, orchestra pit, stage technology, machinery, costumes.
Hradnímuzeum: In a beautifully appointed room, check out the precious artifacts from the Castle depositories and how they relate to the nobles who lived here.
Castle Lapidarium: Once, these cellars served as stables, for possibly a hundred horses. Now, they preserve and exhibit the collection of priceless statues at the castle including those from the Cascade fountain. Castle tower: This 6 story high structure is the city's landmark. After The Climb lyrics Beautiful lower levels you can get to the top for the finest views of the city.
Stables: The Princely stables hold historical transport - lavishly decorated carriages, saddles, and other riding paraphernalia
Wenceslas Cellars: Currently used for local ceramic exhibitions
Bear Moat: There are literally bears living in this moat.
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Kostelni, CeskyKrumlov, Czech Republic
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
It is said that the two towers of the city which make up page Maine landmarks it represents the two ruling powers of its history. While the castle tower represents the royalty, the church tower represents God. The Soaring multi-storied structure was built to accommodate the Region's quickly growing population. Consecrated in 1439, after the end of the Hussite Wars, The architectural style of the church has neo-Gothic and Baroque influences. The church is a treasure chest of beautiful religious art. Check out the Rococo style altar, the Resurrection Chapel, the St. Jan of Nepomuk chapel, late gothic choir parapet, and the baptism fountain. Anna Maria of Baden and Wilhelm von Rosenberg are entombed here, as are the relics and remains of various other historical figures. During summer and New Year's, the church organizes classical music concerts.
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Siroka 71, 381 01 Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Austrian painter EgonSchiele's works were famous for three things - his many self-portraits, the intensity of his landscape imagery, and the sheer twisted sexuality of his art. This very town once reviled him for painting too many of its younger women in the nude. This centre was founded in 1992 to create a permanent exhibit for his works; find it on the top floor, along with an exploration of his life. Enter through a courtyard dressed in vines. See insightful temporary exhibitions of paintings by other contemporary masters such as Picasso, Dalí, and Klimt; these are exhibited without any added ruffles to the gallery, so you're attention remains on the art.
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Namesti Svornosti 2, 38101 Cesky Krumlov
12:01 am - 12:00 am
In the 16th century, there was just a stone fountain at this site, and it looked nothing like what you see today. Poor function led to the fountain's reconstruction in the 19th century. It resulted in a beautiful hexagonal monument, with a 17th century column rising from its centre. The column was built in commemoration of the plague victims of the late 17th century. The sculptures at its base represent the town's protectors and saints associated with fighting the plague. On top of the column is a statue of the Virgin Mary. Take a picture, and continue your tour of the historic centre.
In the late nineteenth century when photographing was becoming the next big thing, Josef Seidel and his son Francis were at the Forefront of its artistic value. but this Museum does not merely record their art but also their lives. It provides a unique insight into the lifestyle of two photographers, their habits and routines, and an exploration of their techniques. You get to see the tools they used - paper scissors, a photo press, polishing machines, a hand-operated printer. Even more engagingly, the entire Museum intimately links the artist to their Czech heritage. It is recommended that you take the guided tour.
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Latran 56, CeskyKrumlov, Czech Republic
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The street Latran begins at Lazebnicky (Barber) Bridge, ends at Budejovicka Gate… but the attraction refers to all the houses in this town quarter. The area was home to the all the people and staff that made the functioning of the castle possible. If you look near the red gate, you'll see a huge arch - it contains a 900 metre corridor that allowed the nobility to move from the castle to the monastery without having to go through the common people. The houses themselves show late Gothic and Renaissance architectural influences, and a handful of them are historically or artistically significant in their own right. The steeple of the Renaissance style St. Jost Church rises from these roofs.
Town Halls - they are the obligatory architectural attraction of every touristically important historic European town. This one is a Renaissance typing building, created when two adjacent 15th century Gothic buildings on the same spot were linked together. See the bell at the side of the building? Somewhat recently, in the year 2000, during renovations, the walls of one of the buildings revealed 15th century frescoes. It's what the counselors used to call for meetings. In the basement of the town hall is the Torture Museum.
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Horni 152, 381 01 CeskyKrumlov, Czech Republic
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
The main Exhibition at this museum has a mouthful of a name - Historic Presentation of the CeskyKrumlov Region from Prehistory to the End of the 19th century - But it's pretty accurate. It's recommended that before you check out the other attractions in the city, you pay this Museum a visit first to get some perspective into how the settlement developed. With a catalog of 22000 items in the main registry and another 5,000 items in the Museum library, the Museum's smaller size is definitely no barrier in its role as a research and preservation Center. The collections cover archaeology, Gothic sculpture, history, fine arts, furnishings and weapons. The main exhibit is a exquisitely detailed ceramic model of ÃÃÃ‚„ŒeskýKrumlov.
Check out the great views from the garden right next to the museum.
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Soukenická 160/14, 397 01 Písek, Czech Republic
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
This Romanesque Revival style synagogue was built in 1909 with support from the local Jewish community. The building is famous for its 8 sided tower. In the last days of World War II, American soldiers used it as a non-denominational church - there is a small monument in the main prayer hall that serves as a record of their presence. Today, however, the synagogue's main role is to document and preserve and exhibit the history of this city's Jewish population from the 14th century onwards. It tracks their economic, social and political influence in a permanent exhibition titled "The World of Jews from CeskyKrumlov".
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
The tallest mountain close to CeskyKrumlov at 1084 metres above sea level, Klet' would be joy even if all you could do is ride a scooter to get there. Once you reach the foot of the mountain at Krasetín station near the village of Holoubov, you can either take the chair lift, or you could ditch the crowd and simply hike up the forest trails. From the city, it's a gentle three hour uphill walk - from the train station, follow the trail marked in green on the road and on the trees. The chair lift is nearly two kilometres long, and rises 383 metres. The countryside is somewhat fairy-tale like, full of woodland animals.
At the top, you'll find an observatory tower built in 1825, easily identified by the red and white TV aerial. The 360 degree view from the top… there's no words to describe it. You just have to be there. Let's just say that on a clear day you can just about see the Alps in the distance.
When descending, the red trail leads down to Zlata Koruna, and the yellow trail down to Plesovice. You can rent footbikes at the tower to cycle back to town.
There's an interesting legend associated with the mountain's castle - see if you can get someone to tell it.
Built in the 14th century, this is one of ceskykrumlov oldest buildings. Large Gothic and Renaissance makeovers in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. When you visit, ask the people there to tell you the legend of the pearl oyster boy - t's a very charming tale. Today the mill is a hodgepodge of different kinds of attractions.
A restaurant serving traditional dishes (with a capacity for 100 people)
A gallery for local artists (Wilhelm Fischer and BohuslavCoufal)
A vintage car and motorcycle museum (which also has assorted antiques such as clocks and steam engines)
A bar that looks like the inside of an engine room,
rooms for rent,
An antique shop with an incredible collection ( jewelry, coins, pocket watches, pipes, glass and porcelain, as well as wall clocks, paintings, musical instruments and furniture),
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Kajovska 68, 381 01 CeskyKrumlov, Czech Republic
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
Madame Tussauds this is not. The museum's exhibits all represent important historical figures from CeskyKrumlov and the surrounding Bohemian region. Inside, the figurines are arranged and displayed in moments of frozen actions - working inside an alchemist's workshop, or drinking in the old tavern, attend a meeting in the King's court - and the whole scene is brought to life by excellent light and sound effects. There are even some modern figures - Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong and the like. The museum is inside a renovated Renaissance building in the main square.
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C.6, Latran, 381 01 CeskyKrumlov, Czech Republic
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
CeskyKrumlov's attractions all unusual in their own way… even so this one takes the cake. Housed inside what looks like a gorgeously appointed warehouse (a Gothic church that became a hospital that became this museum) is an incredible collection of marionettes and puppets, stage curtains and related merchandise. The Czech are famous for their long history of puppet theatre, a tradition that thrives even today. The museum brings together the elements of this heritage - old and new. You can actually buy these locally handcrafted treasures from the museum. The main exhibit is a fully appointed model theatre (machinery, stage designs) in Baroque style. And yes, the museum organises puppet theatre even today. Visit the attraction website for details on upcoming shows such as Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute.
Smaller, intimate and with dim lighting, the bar's atmosphere is like something out of America's Roaring Twenties. The fantastic jazz music always playing must have something to do with it. But of course the main attractions are the drinks. These are cocktails, or as the locals like to call them, mixed drinks. Blends of alcohol from the country, the rest of Europe and the rest of the world are all experimented with to come up with original in-house mixtures. For tourists are the end of a long day of walking the many winding streets of CeskyKrumlov there is no better place to unwind. The staff and the bartenders are really cool.
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Dlouha 31, 381 01 Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
03:00 pm - 11:59 pm
If you were in CeskyKrumlov and you did not deserve this bar... well, just visit this bar before you leave the city, all right? The name is not just a marketing tactic. If you're lucky enough you'll come in on the day that the local gypsy band decides to put on a show. The atmosphere in those days, there's nothing like it. The rooms, of which there are two, are both pretty small and there's only limited seating space at the bar. And still business is thriving. The food isn't bad - Eggenberg cuisine - and no one has ever complained about a bad meal. Or even bad service. Basically your trip to the city would be incomplete without visiting here.