Český Krumlov is best enjouyed if you put away your map an “lose your way” in its back alleys. It is not difficult to find one's bearings in this medieval town, so go ahead and just wander. A thorough and enjoyable tour of this UNESCO-protected city requires at least one full day.
Český Krumlov, the jewel of South Bohemia, is located on several hills on a meander of the Vltava River. Its most imposing feature is the local castle, built on a rock overhanging the river, and second only to Prague Castle in size. The lords of Krumlov built this awe-inspiring fortress in 1250. Composed of early fortified buildings, it was rebuilt in the Renaissance style during the 16th mcentury. The castle's theatre, built by prince Johann Christian during the 17th century, is - together with the Drottningholm Theatre in Sweden - the oldest in Europe. Inside, visitors will discover original rooms, decors, lights, costumes and archives. During the summer it is also possible to attend performances here.
Above the castle stretch the castle gardens, where we will find a replica of the Vienna garden in the baroque style, built in the 17th century by the Eggenberg dynasty. The gardens are reached by crossing a magnificent covered bridge. On a pleasant stroll through the courtyards, explorers can enjoy the shoreline of the lake - lined by beautiful trees.
Back in town, there is more than Renaissance and baroque to be seen. The Egon Schiele Centre is named in honor of the famous Austrian painter whose mother was a native of Český Krumlov. Schiele stayed here many times and painted many pictures inspired by the city’s motifs. In 1993, the centre was created as a foundation and international cultural centre.
If you happen to be here on the Summer Solstice, you will be blessed to see the Festival of the five-petaled rose, which starts with a historical parade. Many citizens dress in Renaissance costumes and there are street theatre performances.