All those who visit Český Krumlov will be enchanted by the town. Narrow lanes, a car-free centre, romantic cafes and restaurants with antique styling, lots of galleries, shops and cultural events. The town is packed with locals during the summer, Czech tourists, foreign visitors and also water sports enthusiasts who navigate the Vltava here.
Most of the buildings in the historical centre of the town date back to the 16th century. You can see all there is to see in the small centre in one afternoon and you will want to take a seat wherever you go, to have a look into every single one of the little shops. You should not miss out on a visit to the luxury premises of the Egon Schiele Art Centre, where there is a permanent exhibition devoted to the prominent artist who fell in love with Český Krumlov and lived there for a long time. The exhibition is always supplemented to include interesting short-term examples of works by other Czech or foreign artists.
The castle and chateau grounds in Český Krumlov are the second largest in the Czech Republic (first place being taken by Prague Castle). A castle dating back to the 13th century originally stood here. This was extended during the 14th century and converted into a Renaissance chateau in the 16th century. It gained a somewhat Baroque and Rococo appearance during the 17th and 18th century. The luxurious chateau gardens themselves are also worth a visit, as is the theatre which is the most beautiful example of a Baroque theatre in the world.
Some bears have found a home in the castle moat. They probably don’t really guard the grounds, but they do provide a pleasant diversion for visitors of all ages.
It is surely not possible to be bored in Český Krumlov. Thanks to the Vltava, there is fun to be found here for everyone. What about floating downstream on inflatable rings, trying your hand at rafting, night rafting or floating around Krumlov by starlight while listening to the truth about the legends of this amazing town? Or do you rather long for an excursion to the luxurious local brewery? The choice is yours! Whatever you do choose, Český Krumlov is certainly worth a visit.