Nearly every Czech, when asked where else in the Czech Republic you should visit would say the charming town of Český Krumlov. The unique layout of the town resides on the meander of the Vltava River.
Towering over the cobbled streets on the opposite side of the river, is the original Gothic castle dating back to the 13th century.
The castle and castle grounds are even one of the largest in central Europe. For more than five centuries this charming town has mostly maintained its original architecture, making it feel as though you have stepped right back in time.
Český Krumlov has been listed amongst the best 25 secret towns in the whole of Europe and once you visit you can certainly see why. It’s a perfect day trip too, you can see every part of the town and delve into the local cuisine all in one relaxing day. Meander through the cobbled streets lined with shops selling homemade gifts, independent art galleries, traditional inns… or enter in the gothic Church of St.Vitus. Or simply relax next to the river with a spectacular view and live like a true Czech with a local beer in hand.
Český Krumlov is even home to the world’s unique revolving amphitheatre, the only one known of its kind. It is also home to The Baroque theatre; one of the oldest Baroque theatres in Central Europe and one of the best preserved Baroque theatres in the world. Theatre in Český Krumlov has a long, rich tradition, going back to the 15th century. During the second half of the 16th century, theatre flourished in the town with performances of Greek classics as well as German, Latin and Czech dramas. You can still see plays such as Shakespeare and classical Czech plays and shows here today.
For really great panoramic views, you can climb the castle tower, still original after refurbishment in the 16th century, and even take a visit to the castle museum right beside it. Essentially, Český Krumlov is a hidden gem, and the perfect place for to visit if you have not already. And finally just to prove how beautiful it really is, it even made its way onto the UNESCO world heritage and natural heritage lists.