Český Krumlov is a town in the South Bohemian Region, 22 km southwest of České Budějovice. It is situated under the ridge of Blanský les and it flows through the river Vltava. It is a tourist and cultural center of South Bohemia. It has approximately 13,000 inhabitants.
Český Krumlov - Chateau
Český Krumlov Castle is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic after the Prague Castle. The originally Gothic castle was rebuilt especially during the Renaissance period under the rule of Wilhelm von Rosenberg. The first Baroque rebuilding in the Baroque style took place in the 17th century under the reign of Duke Jan Kristián I of Eggenberg, but the complete and last significant reconstruction that gave the complex its present form was under the reign of Joseph I Adam of Schwarzenberg, both today's castle theater and the unique Cloak Bridge.
One of the rarities of Český Krumlov is also the castle bears, which have been kept since the Rožmberks in the castle moat between the 1st and 2nd centuries. courtyard.
The chateau complex, which is divided into five courtyards, today consists of several larger units:
Lower Castle - the most important part of the castle, called Hrádek with the dominating tower
Upper Castle - the main part of the chateau surrounding the III. and IV. courtyard
Cloak Bridge - a multiple-storey bridge overlooking the Deer Garden, which connects the castle, the baroque theater and the castle garden from 1764
Castle Baroque Theater - one of the few preserved Baroque theaters in the world from 1681
Summer and Winter Riding School
Castle Garden - founded in the second half of the 16th century, 700 m long, with a total area of 10 hectares
The castle garden is divided into French and English. In the first one there is the Cascade Fountain, the second one is the Baroque Summer Palace Belárie, along with the rotating auditorium, used in the summer season for theater and opera productions in the open air.