During the past weekend, I got the opportunity to go to a nice town which can send you to the Medieval Times. It combines a great architecture with the magic of Vtlava River and great landscapes. The town is called Český Krumlov, it’s located at the South of Czech Republic and if you go from Prague, you can travel like three and half hours by Bus. A round trip ticket costs approx. 14 Euros.
Let’s start with some History (from Wikipedia)
Český Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic where Český Krumlov Castle is located. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district.
The construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia. In 1302 the town and castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. Emperor Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his natural son Julius d’Austria. Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg. From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries; the town’s structures are mostly in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. The core of the old town is within a horseshoe bend of the river, with the old Latrán neighborhood and castle on the other side of the Vltava.
The town was seat of Duchy of Krumlov. 8,662 inhabitants lived in Krumau an der Moldau in 1910, including 7,367 Germans and 1,295 Czechs.
During the interwar era it was part of Czechoslovakia. Between 1938 and 1945 it was annexed by Nazi Germany as part of the Sudetenland. The town’s German-speaking population were expelled after World War II and it was restored to Czechoslovakia.
During the Communist era of Czechoslovakia, Krumlov fell into disrepair, but since the Velvet Revolution of 1989 much of the town’s former beauty has been restored, and it is now a major holiday destination popular with tourists from Germany, Austria and beyond, as far as China. In August, 2002, the town suffered from damage in the great flood of the Vltava River.
Enough history! What you have to visit
In my small trip, I took a walking tour through some of the most important streets of the town and later we went to visit the Český Krumlov Castle, its Tower, the Cloak Bridge and the great garden. Of course, the main attraction of the town (Inside of it you can check different art exhibitions and go to the Castle Tour.). It’s at the top of a hill and it’s really huge related to the size of the town. You can check some pictures below.
Another great surprise, it’s the tradition to have some bears in the Castle. 😀
Where to eat, drink & spend a great time
We had the lunch at one restaurant called Two Maries. It’s small house, you’ll feel you were in the past and you can order some Traditional Czech food. If you are lucky enough to get a sunny day, you can enjoy to eat at the riverside garden.
About drinks, you cannot miss the Eggenberg Beer (made at the town), and you could visit the brewery.
After visiting all the touristic places, I just dedicate time to go to two Cafes:
- Deli 99: It’s a cozy place where you can enjoy of great sandwiches, cakes, coffee and hot chocolates and it has a great service.
- Egon Schiele Art Centrum Café
Definitely, this town deserves the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition. 😀 I hope you have the opportunity to go there, enjoy it!