This city on the Vltava will enchant you during the winter with its intimate atmosphere
Český Krumlov is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic. The city centre with its narrow medieval lanes and Renaissance houses complements the extensive complex of the castle and chateau, the second largest chateau complex in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle. Surprise your other half with an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend in Český Krumlov!
Escape from the bustle and banality of everyday life to a unique place where you will have time for each other. A wide range of programmes with various things to experience has been prepared for you. The hidden corners of the medieval city are perfect for taking romantic walks and especially at that time when you only meet a few tourists in the city, so you can enjoy those few moments spent together uninterrupted by others.
In the historical centre of Český Krumlov, encircled by a loop in the River Vltava, a muddle of narrow and winding lanes, little squares, historical monuments and mysterious corners awaits you. It is no surprise that this city has its place of honour among the UNESCO monuments.
For those who love a magical atmosphere, there is no better place
The historical seat of the Rosenberg family includes several chateau buildings, the famous Masquerade Hall, a unique Baroque theatre, chateau gardens with a Rococo fountain and the Bellaria summer palace. Although the chateau is closed until March, you can visit the recently opened Castle Museum which is open all year round and is located right under the famous Krumlov chateau tower in the building called Hrádek. This will provide you with an insight into the Rosenbergs, the Lords of Krumlov, the Eggenbergs, the Schwarzenbergs and other important noblemen who lived in Český Krumlov over the centuries and changed the face of the city. You will be welcomed right at the entrance by a magnificent model, which captures the late Gothic appearance of the residence in Český Krumlov in around 1550. The interiors of the museum will remind you of the golden age of European museums in the 19th century, typical for which was variety and imaginativeness, going hand in hand with the outstanding quality of the handicrafts used.
What should you definitely see?
Several artists took a liking to Český Krumlov; these included the eminent Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890–1918). You can visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, an exhibition which is open all year round and which documents his life and work. Another popular destination is Museum Fotoateliér Seidel – a unique location where a tradition of photography emerged in the 19th century. The house with the photographic studio itself is an architectural gem and a place where time has stood still. Another popular excursion is a tour of the Eggenberg Brewery, which has operated in the city since 1560 and where you will gain an insight into the secret of brewing the amber nectar.
What can you look forward to in 2013?
The fairytale beauty of this medieval city and the magic of the eve of May Day from 30 April to 1 May will become the scene of celebrations to mark the month of love. The celebratory evening entitled Magical Krumlov will include a gathering of witches, the tradition of erecting a Maypole, music and a lantern procession.
The high point of the season is the traditional Festival of the five-leaved rose, which will this year be taking place from 21 to 23 June and during which Český Krumlov comes alive with a colourful Renaissance atmosphere, the court culture of the Rosenberg residences. And if you set out for Český Krumlov in the summer, you can enjoy sightseeing trips on rafts, a performance in the unique revolving auditorium or other interesting events, amongst which the highpoint is International Music Festival Český Krumlov which is held on 19 July to 17 August 2013.