Cesky Krumlov is one of the prime destinations in Czech Republic. For lovers of medieval town, this idyllic town is a must visit. In many ways, it sums up one’s Bohemia experience. Located at the southern part of Czech Republic, this 13th century town was also added as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992.
Getting to Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov is four hours away by train from Prague. The bus ride takes three hours. So ones planning to finish their Cesky Krumlov tour in one day should look to leave early in the morning. However the place has many to offer tourists and it is best that you spend at least one night at Cesky Krumlov, if not more.
Cesky Krumlov Attractions
The biggest attraction in Cesky Krumlov is the Cesky Krumlov Castle located at the heart of the town. This gigantic structure built by the Vlatva River will be a treat for any architecture freak.
The oldest part of the castle dates back to 13th centuries, but newer parts show architectural influences from 14th to 17th centuries. It is also the second largest castle in Czech Republic, next only to Hradcany castle in Prague. A total of forty buildings form the whole complex.
Castle tour guides are available in three languages- Czech, German and English. For English-speaking tourists, it is best to take the tour of the castle with an English guide since the colorful and the spectacular history of the castle and the town accounts for much of the charm of the place.
Once you have done your rounds of the castle, you can stroll down to Church of St. Vitus or Kostel Sv. Víta. Lovers of Gothic architecture will regale at the sight of this 15th century church. One can next take a ride out to the village of Zlatá Koruna or “The Golden Crown”.
Apart from the obvious attraction of the Czech countryside which opens up here in all its splendor, the village also houses one of the country’s oldest monasteries.
If you are prepared to stray further, in about 30 km distance from Cesky Krumlov falls the site of Hluboka Castle. The Whitestone castle is a delightful blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and you will miss it at your own risk.
Five-Petalled Rose Festival
The best time to visit Cesky Krumlov is the summer solstice weekend in June as it is the time of the most famous festival of Southern Bohemia- Five-Petalled Rose Festival.
During the festival, a part of the town is re-fashioned as a medieval town and various Middle Ages activities and entertainments are enacted to relive the town’s affinity to history.