Český Krumlov


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Český Krumlov is a small historic town in the region of South Bohemia in Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is famous for its beautiful architecture, rich history and pleasant atmosphere. The city dates back to the 13th century when it was founded on the banks of river Vltava. One of the centerpieces of Cesky Krumlov is its extended castle. Although the military citadel dates back to the medieval times little is left of its previous might. Over centuries it was reconstructed, rebuild or torn down. Few remains of the original Cesky Krumlov Castle is seen in the latter buildings, palaces and gardens.


Cesky Krumlov is a small town located in the South of the Czech Republic. It might be small in size, but it has an impressive number of monuments that have been preserved. The historic city center of Cesky Krumlov is listed on World Heritage Site List of UNESCO. Newer buildings keep the overall medieval feel of the town. Cesky Krumlov was born around a castle that holds a strategic hill above the modern day town and Vltava river that flows below. The citadel grew in size and complexity over time. Today it consists of several buildings that belong to different historic epochs and mixed architectural styles including Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.


Cesky Krumlov Castle

Cesky Krumlov Castle is located on a rocky bank above Vltava River. First historic records about its existence date back to 1240. Historians believe that Cesky Krumlov Castle was constructed by the Vitkovich dynasty. Subsequent owners of the citadel changed the appearance of the fortress several times. It has elements of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles. In 1992 complex of Cesky Krumlov Castle including towers, bridges, castle theater and other facilities were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Upper Castle is located in the third courtyard of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. It was constructed in stages between 14th and 18th centuries under supervision of architects Eritsera Vlach, Baltazar Maggi of Arogno and artist Gabriel de Blonde. Cesky Krumlov Caslte lost much of its original military importance so their alteration to the overall citadel were decorative in nature.

The main building of the Upper Castle is a Palace of the Rosenbergs surrounded by two squares. Cesky Krumlov Castle is constructed on a rocky outcrop that serves as a foundation of the palace. Stone base is honeycombed with underground passages that served for storage. Elements of the Gothic style are only preserved in the Eastern part of the Upper Castle. It includes Saint George and Saint Catherine Chapel and Romanesque House.


Castle Theatre (Cesky Krumlov) (Městské divadlo)

Kaplicka 2, Horni Brana

Tel. +(420) 380 711 775

Official site

The Castle Theatre of Cesky Krumlov Castle is small theatre that was constructed in the 5th courtyard of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. It is connected with the Cloak Bridge via a covered corridor that leads from the Masquerade Hall to the royal box of the Castle Theatre. The building that houses Castle Theatre was renovated in 1993 adding new technologies while keeping its 500 year old charm. Today the theater is open to the public. Its season lasts from September to June holding performances of various genres: drama, plays, musicals, operettas and others. City Theater is not very big by size. It holds only 280 spectators with a total of 20,000 visitors each year.

Church of Saint Vitus (Cesky Krumlov)

Constructed: 1340

The main church of Cesky Krumlov is Saint Vitus Cathedral that was constructed in 1340. It stands on the bank of the Vltava river on the hill opposite side of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. Church of Saint Vitus is 44 meters long, 20 meters wide and high. It was consecrated a full century after its construction began. Over a course of several centuries the church was rebuilt and reconstructed several times.

The main altar of Church of Saint Vitus was added in 15th century along with beautiful frescoes that surround it. Just to the left of the altar you can see a small chapel of Saint John of Nepomuk with red marble tombstones and the burial place of the Rozhemberk family as well as Scwarzenberg dynasty.


Former Jesuit Seminary (Cesky Krumlov) (Bývalý jezuitský seminář)

Horni 152

Former Jesuit Seminary is a former Roman Catholic University intended to prepare new Catholic priests. Original education complex was consisted of six Baroque buildings that were constructed in 1650- 1652. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order in 1773 Jesuit Seminary was abandoned by the church and instead it was nationalized by the state. In 1950 government of Cesky Krumlov turned Former Jesiut Monastery into a vast historic museum that holds a collection with nearly 34,000 artifacts dedicated to the history of Cesky Krumlov and the surrounding lands. This include items discovered during archaeological digs,  ethnographic tools, artistic masterpieces and many others. One of the most famous artifacts is a unique ceramic model of the historical center of Cesky Krumlov as it existed in 1800. All the buildings of the time period were made at a scale of 1:200.