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Cesky Krumlov attractions

The small town of Cesky Krumlov has preserved its medieval appearance, so it is all in General, and not just single attractions, is of interest to tourists. The Vltava river makes two sharp bends at this point, where a powerful castle and a small town were founded in the 12th century.

Story of Cesky Krumlov was started from feudal family Vyatkovich. For his loyal service Prince Przemyslowych rewarded his steward Vyatek land in Bohemia. He had 5 sons, and decided to divide these lands equally between his sons. So the coat of arms of the family Vyatkovich appeared in the form of a rose with 5 petals. The land in the bend of the Vltava river went to the eldest son Vyatek II, who in 1240 founded a castle on the rock. The town of Krumlov, which means "crooked meadow" in German, began to develop rapidly around it. However, the Vyatek family quickly died out, and in 1302 the castle passed into the possession of the feudal family Rozhmberks (Rosenbergs), a related branch of the Vyatkovichs.

The family of the Rosenbergs became rich quickly. They owned more than 50 cities not only in the Czech, but also in Moravia, Silesia and Austria. At the same time, the castle in Cesky Krumlov remained their main residence for 300 years. They invested a lot of money in the reconstruction and strengthening of the castle, as well as in the development of the city. The best Italian architects and landscape artists were invited here.

In 1602, the Rosemberg Family went bankrupt, and they sold their possessions to Rudolf II of Habsburg, Emperor of Austria-Hungary. His son, Emperor Ferdinand II, gave Krumlov castle and its estate to the representative of the Austrian princely family, Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg. In 1719, the Eggenberg family also died out. Ownership of the castles and the city passed to the Schwarzenberg family.

The town of Cesky Krumlov is located on one of the trade routes of Bohemia, which was actively used in the Middle ages. That’s why town developed so actively. The appearance of the town, which we can see nowadays, has been preserved since the 18th century. The historical center of Cesky Krumlov is listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site. Today, the city has only 13 thousand inhabitants.

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The bend of the Vltava river separates Krumlov castle and the old town of Cesky Krumlov
Concord square - the main square in the old town of Cesky Krumlov
Five-tier Cloak bridge between the main courtyards of Krumlov castle and the fifth courtyard, which is located on a nearby rock
The Clock bridge in Czech Krumlov is similar to a Roman aqueduct. It is 30 meters wide and 40 meters deep
The Clock bridge offers a very picturesque view of the old town of Cesky Krumlov
The plague column on the Concord Square in Cesky Krumlov was installed in the early 18th century after getting rid of the epidemic
Krumlov castle was founded in 1240 and is now the second largest castle in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle
Houses of 17th-18th century on the bank of the Vltava river in Cesky Krumlov
Map of the historical center of Cesky Krumlov - here you can clearly see the bends of the Vltava riverbed
The main pedestrian streets Latrán and Radnicni in Český Krumlov starting from Lazebnicky bridge
The Church of Saint Jost was built in Czech Krumlov in 1330
Church of St. Jost in Cesky Krumlov on the banks of the Vltava river
View from the Castle tower on the bend of the Central Latran street in the old town of Cesky Krumlov
Krumlov castle is built on a rock overlooking the old town of Czech Krumlov
Krumlov castle was rebuilt and expanded over several centuries, so all buildings have different styles
View of Krumlovsky castle from the tower
The Upper Castle - the oldest part of the Krumlov castle, where lived the owners
Lower Courtyard of Krumlovsky castle. It was also called the Guard Courtyard, since the guards who protected the castle lived here
Red tile roofs of the old town of Czech Krumlov
Medieval houses in the old town of Czech Krumlov
St. Vitus Cathedral in Cesky Krumlov was built in the Gothic style in the 14th century
St. Vitus Cathedral is built on a hill above the old town of Cesky Krumlov
Gothic interior of St. Vitus Cathedral in Czech Krumlov
On Latran street in Cesky Krumlov, houses from the 16th and 17th centuries have been preserved, many of them have beautiful decor
House on Latran street in Cesky Krumlov, where the City hospital was located
Pedestrian streets in the area of Concord square in the Old town of Cesky Krumlov
The Church of St. Jost in Cesky Krumlov is located on the main street of Latran
Some streets of the old town of Czech Krumlov pass over rocky ravines
The walls of the medieval Krumlov Сastle rising above the Vltava river in the old town of Cesky Krumlov
The Minorite monastery in Cesky Krumlov was built next to the hospital so that nuns could care for the sick people
The buildings of the Minorite monastery in Cesky Krumlov are built in the Gothic style