Český Krumlov history

History of the town

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This charming town experienced its greatest prosperity during the rule of Lords of Rožmberk (1302 - 1602), who chose Český Krumlov to become the seat of their kingdom. At this time, Krumlov lay on the crossroads between the Czech, Austrian, Bavarian and Northern Italian lands. You can see the influence of these different cultures that have left their mark on the town and Castle with brushstrokes of the Italian Renaissance. At the end of 17th century, during the reign of House of Eggenberg, the Castle Baroque Theatre was built and the Castle Gardens were renovated. Under the rule of House of Schwarzenberg, Český Krumlov gained its Baroque appearance. Český Krumlov's Old Town hasn't experienced major changes since the 19th century, other than the demolition of the town's fortification walls and guard towers, and has maintained its historic character.

Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a lively, cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Dominated by a Castle stretching over the meandering Vltava River, Český Krumlov's narrow cobblestone streets wind along romantic nooks between patrician houses where you'll find attractive exhibits of world- renown artists, music festivals and concerts, and theatre performances. The cosy inns, coffee shops, and ancient taverns entertain a diverse international crowd.

Český Krumlov je ...

The city of cultural heritage - 300 listed objects in the historical center, second largest castle and chateau complex in Czech republic protected by UNESCO, oldest baroque theatre in the world

The city of art and culture - Egon Schiele Art Center, International Art Gallery, 7 museums and 4 galleries, numerous shops with objects of art, 5 music festivals, theatre festival, unique rotary front

The city of various adventures - historical pageants, beer tasting in local brewery, raft cruise on Vltava river, night city tours, gastronomic specialities

The city of congress and incentive tourism - conference spaces, 4* and 5* hotels, exclusive historical premises, chateau garden, sports and historical games, gastronomical experiences

The city with beautiful nature - hilly country ideal for hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, rafting and Vltava waterways, in the vicinity recreation area by dam Lipno, protected landscape Blansky les, National park Sumava