Exploring Places LXVI: Český Krumlov, the Czech Republic

The second postcard received this school year comes from the gorgeous Czech town of Český Krumlov.

Cesky Krumlov. Czech Tourism

Český Krumlov is situated in the southern part of the Czech Republic near the Austrian border.

Location of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

The town is situated 492 metres above sea level in the Vltava river valley at the foothills of the Blanský Forest Nature Reserve.

Blansky Forest Nature Reserve

...being a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cesky Krumlov UNESCO
·  having been used as filming location for films such as The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist poster. Wikipedia


Český Krumlov State Castle

Cesky Krumlov Castle
Český Krumlov Castle is unusually large for a town of Krumlov's size; within the Czech Republic it is second in extent only to the Hradčany castle complex of Prague. Inside its grounds are a large rococo garden, an extensive bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built, and the castle itself, which in turn consists of many defined parts dating from different periods of time.

The fountain on the main square in Český Krumlov

Fountain Cesky Krumlov
The first mention of the water run on the square in Český Krumlov appeared in fire and police regulations for Český Krumlov burghers compiled by Jan from Rosenberg in April 1388. At that time the water tank was made of wood.
The stony fountain first appeared in the town in 16th century.
In 1843, because of the rusty condition the fountain was abolished, and a new one was built by the Plague Column in the upper part of the square.


Latran quarter. Czech tourism
Latran is the name of both the town quarter and the street passing through this quarter. At first it was the name of the area below the castle of Český Krumlov, which Wilhelm of Rosenberg linked to the inner town to form a whole in 1555. Latrán Street starts at Lazebnický (Barber) Bridge and ends at Budějovická Gate. Apart from a number of important burgher houses, the former St. Jodock’s Church is found here, and the street leads to the castle complex and the Monastery of the Order of Knights of the Cross with a Red Star.

The Revolving Theatre

The Revolving Theatre
The first improvised revolving stage first turned in 1958 so that sixty spectators could see the play Lantern by Jirásek. The original revolving stage was driven by human power, but not many people knew about it at that time. The first night was such a success that 22 performances followed and as can be seen, it was the first step in establishing a tradition of modern summer seasons in the Open-air Theater.

The best way to get to know the fairytale beauty of the historical centre of Český Krumlov is to walk around its picturesque narrow lanes, take in the multicoloured facades of the town houses, wander into the traditional little shops or visit one of the many cultural events.



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