Cesky Krumlov travel guide
Český Krumlov, a picturesque town in southern Bohemia, is located approximately 170 km south of Prague. The historic center of the city is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic.
The city stretches along both banks of the Vltava River, surrounded by hills and forests. It is dominated by a gothic castle from the 13th century, built on a hill above the town. In the 16th century, the castle was rebuilt in the renaissance style, and in the 18th century, a baroque garden was added.
There are many monuments and picturesque streets in the historic center of the city. Náměstí Svornosti, the largest square in Český Krumlov, is surrounded by historic houses with beautifully decorated facades. The right bank of the Vltava (Moldau) river is dominated by the church of St. Vitus from the 15th century, one of the most important sacred monuments in the city.
Other interesting places in Český Krumlov are, for example, the lantern, the former seat of the Krumlov lords, or the baroque theater, which is located in the castle grounds.
The name Krumlov is derived from the German name for "crooked river". In summer, in addition to traditional tourists, Krumlov is also filled with paddlers going down the river in canoes and rafts.