Explore Český Krumlov

Explore Český Krumlov
The town of Český Krumlov, nestled into the hills of Bohemia, offers an amazing look at 16th century; it feels like you are stepping back in time, with cobblestone streets, cafes, and of course a castle upon the hilltop! It even has a natural moat. The Vltava River, which runs around the hill, served as an excellent fortification position in ancient days. Český Krumlov was a hot spot during the 16th century for European artists, scientists, and the nobility. Many travellers today make Český Krumlov a day trip from Prague, but it is so beautiful and relaxing, we recommend staying for a couple of days.
Krumlov Castle
Český Krumlov Streets
Revolving Theatre

Places to Visit in Český Krumlov

  • Okrensi Museum
  • Hotel Ruze
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Radnice
  • Český Krumlov Castle
  • Castle Theatre

Unique Sights nearby Český Krumlov

  • Slata Koruna (“The Golden Crown”) Monastary
  • Hluboka Castle modelled after the Windsor Castle
  • Sumava National Park- the largest in Czech Republic
  • Pivovar Eggenberg Brewery

Český Krumlov’s Coveted Baroque Theatre

A true highlight of this little town, besides the elegant Renaissance architecture and stunningly beautiful city streets, is the Baroque Theatre. There are only two fully functional theatres, one in Stockholm and the other in Český Krumlov. What makes this theatre so unique is the way the production could captivate its audience. In the 16th century indulgence was everything, and that included stimulating all senses. The Baroque theatre would offer dramatic performaces with elaborate costumes, orchestra music, poetry and the piece-de-resistance was the sounds of the weather. They had engineered wind sounds, rain sounds, and even thunderstorm sounds. This added a very dramatic and intense sense of being there with characters. You can still see performances today.

Another gem for theatre lovers is a night out enjoying the Revolving Theatre which was designed by Joan Brehms in the 1950’s. This outdoor theatre allows the production to use the natural landscape as the backdrop. The theatre seats are quite literally on a revolving (by electric motor) platform which is angled for the best viewing possible. It can seat up to 644 guests and can rotate both directions.  On an interesting note, there are no umbrellas allowed in the theatre (they are big viewing obstacles for other patrons!), and consequently performances will continue even if starts to rain slightly. If a storm rolls in the theatre will cancel/stop the production, but be prepared to dress warmly and bring a raincoat with a hood if you suspect iffy weather! As you know, in show business “the show must go on.”

Did you know…?

Český Krumlov managed to come out of WWII unscathed. There were no serious occupations, fighting, or bombings in Český Krumlov, resulting in a UNESCO’s designation to the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

The Church of St Vitus

Getting to Český Krumlov

The only train line into Český Krumlov from Prague is to go through Ceske Budejovice, which means the ride is a little longer taking up to 3 hours before you have to change over to a commuter train in Ceske Budejovice. This train can take another 45 minutes. When you do arrive at the station it will take another 30 minute walk, but the best bet is to take a taxi into the town. Purchasing tickets with RegioJet is currently 7.50€ (2015). The historical town centre does not allow cars on the cobblestone streets, so you will do quite a bit of walking. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for hill conditions.

Busses are commonly used throughout the Czech Republic because many towns are not serviced by trains or the train stations are too far away from residential areas. The bus ride from Prague takes about the same amount of time as the train, 3 hours, and it drops you off close to the town’s main square, about a 15 minute away.

Best time of year to travel to Český Krumlov

In the summer months Český Krumlov can get quite crowded, particularly in recent years, and because of this we recommend travelling here in the off seasons in order to miss the crowds. The Castle only offers one hour escorted tours and the queue can take awhile on crowded days.

During the winter months it can get quite cold in this little town, dropping below 0C. During the summer months, the temperature can rise to an average of 24C.  The green countryside and the river bring the temperatures down during the summer, making it a perfect spot to visit almost any time of the year.

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