Český Krumlov

Jewel on the bank of the Vltava

The best of Český Krumlov 

  • Cesky Krumlov Castle
  • Castle gardens with open-air theatre
  • The Marionette Museum
  • Puppet Museum – Fairytale house 

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV – “Jewel on the bank of the Vltava”

You could hardly find two places offering such beauty and history as Prague and Cesky Krumlov.  The Vltava River runs through the centres of both cities, and along the banks spread magical towns with a medieval character. A walk through the historical city centre will leave you in no doubt as to why Cesky Krumlov is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cesky Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It was established in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, an important Bohemian trade route. The present plan of the town perfectly matches the period of its establishment. From the Main Square in the middle of town you can wander the picturesque narrow lanes, bordered by brightly coloured town houses and traditional little shops. Some of these houses are now restaurants and taverns in medieval and First Republic style. Exploring the lanes and hidden corners is the best way to experience the fairytale beauty of the historic centre of Cesky Krumlov.

A walk through the historical city centre will leave you in no doubt as to why Cesky Krumlov is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At Cesky Krumlov Castle, visitors can take sightseeing tours and climb the Chateau Tower, which offers one the most beautiful views over the old town. You can also visit three-level cellars and collections of statues, or enjoy a peaceful stroll in the Chateau Garden. A variety of plays and performances take place in the Garden’s revolving auditorium. A special point of interest is the bears in the castle moat, an inherent part of the town’s character. 

Take a look at the impressive panorama of this town and you will see why National Geographic magazine ranks Cesky Krumlov among the most beautiful and historic places in the world.