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You know, Cesky Krumlov is a real fairytale town. The second fairytale city I’ve seen in my life. The first was the German Goslar . I knew nothing about Cesky Krumlov, except for the name. I was not ready for such an abundance of beauty, red roofs, paved streets, etc. etc. It was a long time ago. Since then, a lot of water has flowed, I’ve seen and seen too many cities, but Cesky Krumlov – one of the few where I want to go back not just for a pass, but at least for a week. So the story – to be. Albeit with a delay.
- Czech Krumlov – a little history and literacy
- Legends of Cesky Krumlov
- Events at Cesky Krumlov
- What to see in Cesky Krumlov
- How to get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague
Czech Krumlov – a little history and literacy
In fact, the correct name of the city is Cesky Krumlov, without the “sh” and “i”, but with a hyphen. When you search in search engines, give the name correctly, you’ll find more information. And I’ll call it both ways.
Cesky Krumlov means “crooked meadow” in Old German. It stands in a bend of the Vltava and looks like a crooked meadow indeed.
Český Krumlov first appeared in chronicles in the 13th century, when the construction of a castle began in these lands, around the pre-existing settlements. The castle soon became the seat of the Rosenbergs and the second most important town in Bohemia. The Rozmberks spent 300 years building and rebuilding the castle in Český Krumlov, decorating and redecorating it. And so carried away that, as a result, went bankrupt. They were forced to sell the place to Rudolf II of Austria to pay off their debts. Although the red rose, which was the symbol of the family, still decorates the coat of arms of Český Krumlov.
It reminds us a little of the Baltic:
Legends of Cesky Krumlov
The town is shrouded in many legends and fables, most of which are strongly reminiscent of fairy tales.
One legend tells of a count who could not control his male hormones in favor of women. And one day he once flamed with unbridled passion for a certain girl. The girl was brought to his chambers, left for the night… And in the morning they found her on the steep castle walls – barely alive. The poor girl survived on her own head and a year later was once more given to the Count as an amusement. But in the morning… In the morning the room resembled a massacre – all the walls were splattered with blood, the individual parts that had been the count a day before were scattered across the room, and the dead body of the girl lay on the bed. Since then, two ghosts have been roaming the castle of Český Krumlov and scaring the tourists.
And here is a bear, sleeping in a moat under the walls, we discerned. But we could not photograph it properly – it was too deep in the bushes.
The second legend associated with the castle is no less sinister. Once upon a time there lived a girl named Markita. And Rudolph the Second lodged his crazy bastard son in the castle. The son saw Markita and fell in love with all the perversity of consciousness. She was flattered by love, but… One day, in a fit of madness, the bastard strangled Markita and threw her body out the window. Emperor Rudolph, as punishment, locked up his son for the rest of his life in the room in which he committed the murder. And Markita’s ghost still haunts the castle of Český Krumlov.
There are about a hundred ghosts in Český Krumlov. At night, a court alchemist, who died in the castle dungeon, wanders the streets. Occasionally, you might come across an innkeeper who broke his neck for the joy of being engaged to his beloved (he jumped too high for joy and fell into the cellar). Occasionally one meets a white-haired seamstress who was tricked by a visiting merchant and committed suicide. Dwarves seem to wander when the sun goes down. They wander about, holding gold bars in their hands and pestering passers-by with the question – what to do with the zloty? If a passer-by asks for his gold, he gets a piece of graphite. If you meet the gnomes, answer them: “Where you took it from, take it to”, and then after a while you will become rich.
Believe it or not in these legends – it’s up to you. If you want to know new ones, come to Český Krumlov, walk around the castle and listen to the passers-by.
Events at Cesky Krumlov
The main festival here takes place in the summer, in June. The holiday has its roots in the Middle Ages and is called the Feast of the Rose with five petals (this very rose decorates the emblem of the city). During the festival every second person wears an ancient nobleman’s dress, every third person becomes a knight in shining armor, every fourth person changes his or her clothes to a monk. They say the procession is unforgettable. I do not know, we have not seen it. We walked through the Czech Krumlov in August. At the festival there is a fair, where all the goods are exclusively of the Middle Ages. Not by their age, but by the manner of manufacture.
What to see in Cesky Krumlov
First of all the castle itself. The Cesky Krumlov Castle is the second biggest castle in Czech Republic after Prague Castle (but obviously more beautiful and interesting, if Prague fans will forgive me). The interiors of the castle are varied, with stone sculptures, a cylindrical Castle Tower and Baroque theater – you will not get bored. Hours of the castle Cesky Krumlov – from 9:00 to 17:00, open from April to October (here I do not understand the principle of European museums and castles – why are they closed in winter?) Ticket prices walking – ranging from 60 to 250 CZK and depend on the route, your language and age. If you are going to Český Krumlov – check closer to the trip.
There is one attraction inside the castle that is listed in all of the Czech Krumlov TOPs. The three-story Cloaked Bridge, built in the 18th century, connecting the residential structures of the castle, theater and garden.
Secondly (or maybe I should have mentioned this point first) – the city itself is worth seeing in Český Krumlov. You can photograph every house here. The whole city, even on normal weekdays – as a high-class decorations for the movie about knights. And the center of Český Krumlov is included in the UNESCO heritage list – one big attraction.
Some unreal geometric shapes – almost no ordinary rectangular houses and simple roofs:
Thirdly, walking around the city, it is worth going around (at least around) the Church of St. Vitus, which has been standing here since the distant year 1340.
Fourthly, a must-see is the open-air theater with a rotating auditorium. The show is impressive and unforgettable. To tell you the truth – we have not been. Because there was no one to leave Tanya with, because of her age she was not able to endure 2.5 hours of shows.
After the inclusion of Cesky Krumlov in UNESCO, they tried to tear down the auditorium, but the locals stubbornly resist.
They say Cesky Krumlov has an interesting wax museum. But we only know about it from internet reviews; no one we know has ever set foot inside.
Where to go without the plague pole…?
How to get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague
By car. The distance to Cesky Krumlov from Prague is 175 kilometers. By car you go through Ceske Budejovice and Tabor, or through Pribram and Pisek.
By train. There is no direct connection between Prague and Český Krumlov, so you’ll have to travel through Ceský Budějovice. Trains run every two hours. But taking into account the waiting for the second train, the road one way can take up to 4.5 hours. If you want to see Ceszský Krumlov, you should plan an overnight stay, because there are lots of hotels and guesthouses.
By bus. It takes only 3 hours to get to Cesky Krumlov by bus. You can get there from the Na Knížecí bus station, by the subway station Anděl. From the same station you can get to other places of interest in the Czech Republic, not only to Cesky Krumlov.
As one would expect, we didn’t want to leave… But we had to.
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Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) – reviews
This winter I was lucky to visit a medieval fairy tale – the city of Cesky Krumlov. A truly atmospheric place. Rich history, a majestic castle on a rock and a beautiful town at the foot of the castle – all this is Cesky Krumlov. In just two.
The city from children’s fairy tales
In Prague, we were offered an excursion to Cesky Krumlov, we gladly agreed, the city is new and should be interesting. The city is 175 kilometers from Prague, the road goes unnoticed. It is very old, the construction of the city began in.
Charming and mysterious city
Would you like to find yourself in a quiet, peaceful town, saturated with mysterious legends and the spirit of the Middle Ages? Then you should come to Krumlov! I just fell in love with this town, I want to return there again and again. Very nice low houses, in a quiet residential area.
An unusual medieval town
We visited this unusual beauty and architecture in September 2010. We went on a trip from Prague. Krumlov is a city of the Renaissance, located on the banks of the river Vltava. I have not seen anything like this before.
A medieval fairy-tale town, with a castle and quiet cobblestone streets!
When we arrived to Cesky Krumlov – was the impression that we got into a fairy tale. The town is very clean, well-groomed with narrow cobblestone streets, restaurants, a small square, river, of course, the castle. You can get from Prague by bus from the station.
I advise you to visit castles.
We took this trip just to see the castles. Put us on the bus and forty minutes to drive to the first stop (the stop was made at the gas station, to go to the bathroom, etc.) only hurt that.
A fabulous city full of legends.
In the city of Cheskiy Krumlov I was most surprised by the castle. When we went through the castle on the stone bridge, I looked down. It is hard to imagine how people in those ancient times could build such a structure. If.
It’s amazing, suddenly you find yourself in a real medieval fairy tale!
Krumlov is a city for lovers of medieval history, for romantics, a city with inimitably beautiful views, architecture and its own mystery.
If you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic, you should not miss Krumlov. Immersed in this little town you feel as if you are transported back to the times of kings, nobility and commoners. In general, the Middle Ages (if you do not pay attention to the same tourists). Here.
Nice, quiet place + photos
Czech Krumwol was the first place we went after Prague. We went there by car, got lost in the city, because we could not find our mini-hotel. We got there very late, quickly threw things and.
I really liked the city.
interesting interesting interesting beautiful informative kind people cool stores clean city beautiful nature beautiful pamayatniki
Today I want to tell you all about such a wonderful city as Český Krumlov.I certainly do not force everyone to go there immediately, but it is worth a visit.To be honest I did not want to go there at all, you know.
In the Czech Republic vacation with my husband in January 2010, in cheskiy Krumlov included in the tour and visit the city. The city is striking for its architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. despite the fact that we were in winter, and winter was on.
Amazing medieval fairy tale castle town.
This year I was in the Czech Republic again and visited the Český Krumov. Was there more than once and every time I wondered about this ancient wonder in our modern life. It is amazing how this atmosphere of the Middle Ages is preserved in our time.
Very-very beautiful place! And even in winter! Just fantastic architecture. Cesky Krumlov listed by UNESCO as one of the most protected historical centers in the world. Walking through its streets, you feel like you’re in another time, transported to another place.
Great! I want to go there again.
I love the Czech Republic since 1998, when I visited it for the first time. We went to Cesky Krumlov this year with a tour. We planned to go on our own, but we counted the costs, and decided to go on a guided tour. Cesky Krumlov is impressive.
Amazingly beautiful city.
Went on a tour to Cesky Krumlov in January 2012. Only positive emotions left. On arrival, I had the feeling that we went back in time, like, 5 centuries. A beautiful castle with a very interesting.
An old Czech fairy tale
In 2004 I went abroad for the first time. I chose a bus tour to Prague. I have already written reviews about this trip, because first I visited the Polish city of Krakow http://otzovik.com/review_738190.html, then the salt mines of Wieliczka http://otzovik.com/review_735788.html. Then there was Prague.
Cool city, lots of shopping, you can walk around with your boyfriend/girlfriend. I would recommend this city to honeymooners. You can go on rides and water
Fourteenth Century Excursion.
A beautiful old town, good food and beer, excellent handmade sweets, jewelry prices are cheaper than in Prague, there is something to see.
If you find yourself in Prague, you should definitely visit the old town, which is called Cesky Krumlov. It is called the City of living legends. The historic center of the city in 1992 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is.