The 13 best places to see in Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov (Český Krumlov) is located in southwestern Bohemia region in South Bohemia. This fabulous Czech town is famous for its medieval churches, castles, and a variety of recreation in the riverside area. Here’s a brief description of the best sights in Cesky Krumlov that are worth seeing when visiting the city.
The huge architectural ensemble of Cesky Krumlov towers over the ancient city and offers visitors a glimpse into the atmosphere of life of the medieval aristocracy that ruled Bohemia for centuries. The history of the castle’s construction dates back to 1240.
However, most of what visitors see today was built in the 17th century, including the beautiful Masquerade Hall of Rosenberg, the marvelous Chapel of St. George, the Renaissance halls and the royal chambers. Another of the castle’s highlights is the magnificent Baroque theater, which was built in 1682.
One can still find working stage equipment and antique theatrical props of the 18th century. The Krumlov complex which consists of 40 structures and castles, five courtyards and a park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors have a possibility to see a number of valuable collections of paintings, tapestries and fine antique furniture.
Address: Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov, Zámek, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
St. Vitus Church
Church of St. Vitus. | Photo: Yuan / Flickr.
This is another structure that towers over the cityscape of Český Krumlov – the Roman Catholic Church of St. Vitus, the largest of the city’s ancient cathedrals. Its origins date back to the 13th century – it was erected on the site of the first wooden parish church.
In addition to its unique construction, the church is notable for its stunning facade, 19th century spire and extremely high roof (it impresses not only from the outside but also from the inside – if you look at it from the richly decorated nave). The church is also notable for being the burial place of members of influential Bohemian dynasties, including the Rosenbergs and Schwarzenbergs. You will have an unforgettable experience if you are lucky enough to visit the cathedral during classical music concerts.
Address: Kostel svatého Víta, Kostelní, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Egon Schiele Art Center
Egon Schiele Art Center. | Photo: Momoko Kumagai / Flickr.
Works of art are everywhere – you can see them just strolling through the old streets of Český Krumlov. The city is famous for its frescoes – traditional murals with a centuries-old history. There is also the Egon Schiele Art Center, founded in 1993.
It is a large private gallery whose temporary exhibitions often include works by famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Another feature of the gallery is the permanent exhibition of works by the Viennese artist Egon Schiele, as well as exhibits related to the artist’s life and time spent in Český Krumlov. Conferences, seminars and concerts are regularly held in the art center.
Address: Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Široká, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
It is one of the oldest preserved buildings in Český Krumlov. Its construction began in the middle of the 14th century and lasted until the end of the Baroque period. A visit to the monastery during the performance of chamber church music and recitation of prayers dedicated to important religious festivals is an unforgettable experience.
One of the most interesting features of this monastery complex is the harmonious combination of different architectural styles – Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Other attractions include a gate decorated with intricate carvings; beautiful statues of saints; a high altar in the early Baroque style and several ancient organs.
Address: Minoritský klášter, Latrán 50, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Sajdel Museum Estate Photo Studio
Sajdel Museum Farmhouse.
This attraction will interest those who are fond of photography. The museum traces the history of photography, starting from its origins in the XIX century. It is housed in the studios of two generations of photographers Seidel – Josef and his son Frantisek.
The museum exposition presents a wealth of information about the early stages of European photography, numerous historical snapshots and postcards, glass negatives, as well as many antique artifacts, including cameras and darkroom equipment. In addition, personal artifacts, belongings and original furniture of the Saidel dynasty of photographers are included in the exposition of the museum-estate.
Address: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Linecká, Plešivec, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
The best of the two city museums devoted to the art of puppetry and marionettes. It is a branch of the National Puppet Theater in Prague and is located in the building of the former church of St. Joschta.
The museum shows all sorts of Czech marionettes and puppets that have been used for centuries in theatrical performances. In addition, you can see antique decorations and stage props.
Address: Marionette museum, č.6, Latrán, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Regional History Museum.
In this small museum you can see works of craftsmen from the Šumava region, permanent exhibitions of archaeology, history, fine arts, furniture, and weapons. Of special interest is a huge and unique model of the historical center of Český Krumlov dating back to 1800, which occupies an entire hall.
Not far from the museum there is a green grassy area with a stunning view of the castle.
Address: Regionální muzeum v Českém Krumlově, Horní, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Place of Concord
Place of Concord. | Photo: G Travels / Flickr.
Place of Concord is located in the heart of the old town. The main landmarks of the square are the town hall of the 16th century and the Marian Plague Column from 1716. There are also several beautiful structures with rich stucco and paintings.
Address: Náměstí Svornosti, 381 01 Český Krumlov Czech Republic.
Graphite mine. | Photo: wikimedia.
The mine is situated 1.5 km to the north-west of the city center. You can take a 2 km ride in a special wagon through the underground workings of the last abandoned graphite mine in the Czech Republic.
Address: Grafitový důl, Chvalšinská, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Synagogue Cultural Centre
Synagogue cultural center.
The restored Cesky Krumlov Synagogue was built in 1909. This Neo-Gothic architectural building with Art Nouveau elements survived the Nazi occupation during World War II. Soon after the war the American soldiers began to use the building as a Christian church. Various photo exhibitions are currently held there.
Address: Synagoga Český Krumlov – Cafe Synagoga, Za Soudem, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Museum of Wax Figures
Museum of Wax Figures.
This museum is housed in a completely renovated historical Renaissance building. Here you can see many interesting wax figures, which appear in costumes and genre scenes typical of medieval Europe.
You can visit an old blacksmith’s workshop, an alchemist’s shop, a medieval tavern, and beautifully recreated scenes from the life of the royal court under Emperor Rudolf II. Wax figures of famous people of the 20th and 21st centuries are also on display, including rock stars, movie stars and members of royal families.
Address: Museum of Torture, náměstí Svornosti, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Museum of Torture
Museum of Torture.
This museum is clearly not for the faint-hearted (and squeamish) visitors. It is located on the main square, in the medieval cellars of the old town hall. The museum’s dark halls are filled with more than 100 gruesome exhibits – devices used to brutally torture criminals and sometimes wrongly convicted people over the centuries.
You can also see a terrifying exhibit recreating the details of a gruesome witch burning ritual.
Address: The Museum of Torture, Cnr, nám. Svornosti, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.
View from Mount Kleť.
Mount Kleťov in the vicinity of Český Krumlov is 1084 m high. If you want to take your mind off of sightseeing in the historic Old Town, you can make a fascinating hike up the mountain. You can get to the top on foot, following the serpentine, or by chairlift.
Near the top there is an observatory and on the summit there is the Josef Tower, built in 1885. It is now used as an observation deck, which offers a beautiful panorama of the Alps. Mount Cletus is a protected area, so the descent on foot is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the local flora and fauna.
Cesky Krumlov sights
Synagogue Town Hall Wax museum Krumlov Castle Reconciliation square Municipal theater Rozmberk castle
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The synagogue was built in 1909 in the Neo-Gothic style with Art Nouveau elements. It was the first building in the whole Austro-Hungarian monarchy, in the construction of which a reinforced concrete structure was used. The ceiling of the synagogue is decorated with the Star of David.
The building faces Jerusalem and is surrounded by a park. The money for the erection was raised by the Jewish community, which used the building until 1938.
Since obtaining its own building for worship and prayer, the Jewish community in the city doubled, but after World War II the authorities turned the temple over to the Hussite Church. It was not until the end of the twentieth century that the synagogue was returned to the Jewish community.
Coordinates : 48.80758800,14.31761000
The town hall is a wide white three-storey building on the main town square in Český Krumlov. The building was created in the 17th century by merging two old Gothic houses. On the first floor there is a wide corridor connected to the streets by large arched spans. On one of the vaults were found fragments of wall paintings, dated to the first half of XV century, with the image of the adoration of the Magi to the Savior born.
The building served administrative purposes for the administration of the city, so there were rooms for meetings inside. In the basement of the Town Hall there is a Torture Museum with 100 exhibits of torture instruments and 10 wax figures.
Coordinates : 48.81097400,14.31522600
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Museum of Wax Figures
The Wax Museum is a place where you can meet and take pictures with Bill Clinton, John Paul II, Elton John, Rasputin and Tina Turner. The museum is one of three, the others are located in Prague and at Karlstein Castle. In Český Krumlov there are 48 wax figures of world celebrities, leaders and dictators, the exposition is accompanied by sound effects.
In addition to those mentioned, Chaplin, Casanova, Amstrong, Schweik, Dalai Lama, Lenin, as well as political figures of the Czech Republic and cultural figures are presented here. It is equipped with a medieval workshop, an alchemist’s room and a meeting room with political leaders.
Coordinates : 48.81026600,14.31381500
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Museum of Wax Figures
Cesky Krumlov Wax Museum was opened in 2001. It is placed in the basement of a historical Renaissance building.
On an area of 600 square meters you can walk through dark and narrow corridors and see an old alchemist’s laboratory, an old inn, a medieval craft shop, kings and residents of old Český Krumlov and important personalities of South Bohemia.
Each exhibit is accompanied by appropriate sounds: in the laboratory – gurgling, in the inn – clinking of dishes, conversations and so on. In the halls visitors are welcomed by elaborate figures of František Josef, Rudolf II, Charles IV, as well as Picasso, Dali, Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson, the Dalai Lama and many other famous people.
Krumlov Castle is the second largest castle in the Czech Republic. It has been under construction for six centuries, all the while conquering the vast territory around it and getting covered with tales and legends. The Vitkovic family laid the first stone in the foundation of the castle, and the city of Cesky Krumlov began to grow around the castle. You can get to the castle through a stone bridge, which displays Renaissance and Baroque features. A moat was dug around the Krumlov Castle itself, which has been housing real bears since the 18th century.
Legends say that the castle is full of ghosts. One of them goes by the name of White Panna. In life, it was a girl who was forcibly married off to one of the descendants of the Lichtenstein family. Marriage brought the girl only pain and suffering. There is a belief: if the ghost is wearing black gloves, you can expect misfortune, but if the gloves are white, you can expect happiness and prosperity.
Place of Concord
The main town square of Český Krumlov is located in the historical center of the town, surrounded by the meandering Vltava River, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Around the square covered with cobblestones stand houses preserved from medieval times.
In the middle of the square stands Plague Column with gilded elements, built at the beginning of the 18th century. The column is decorated with statues of eight saints, patrons of the city and defenders against the plague. Crowning the pillar is a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Another of the main attractions of the square is the town hall, it was formed by joining together two old Gothic houses in the early 17th century. In addition, there are three museums, stores, cafes, restaurants, rest benches and much more on the square.
Coordinates : 48.81068200,14.31507300
The Municipal Theater of Český Krumlov is located on the Upper Street. The premises, which house the theater, were reconstructed and opened to the public in 1993. It meets all the technical requirements to satisfy the sophisticated audience of the town, which has a five hundred year history of theater.
The city theater season lasts from September to June, with productions of various genres: dramas, plays, musicals, operettas, and plays for both adults and children. In addition, city cultural and social events, jazz and classical concerts are held there. The theater is visited by up to 20 thousand spectators per year and it has a 280-seat auditorium.
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The castle Rozmberk nad Vltavou is one of the oldest in Bohemia. The date of its founding dates back to the thirteenth century. The founders were the Knights of the Five-Petalled Rose, who went down in history as the Rosenbergs (also known as the Rozmberks). This family was the owner of the castle for several centuries.
During its existence the Rosenberg Castle survived a major fire and a lot of reconstructions. The castle has also embraced the most popular architectural styles from the Italian Renaissance to the Romantic Gothic.
Rozmberk Castle is famous for its ghost of the White Lady. The ghost does not appear often, but if you see him – be sure to pay attention to the color of the gloves. If it is white – expect good luck. But if it’s red – there will be a fire.
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