We recommend starting the trip with a tour of the historic centre
. You can begin in Horní street, where you will have a chance to admire three historic buildings – the former Jesuit College, the Prelature and the Parish Priest’s House
. After sampling the atmosphere of the glorious past, you can proceed to the Fairytale House – The Puppet Museum
and visit its exposition of puppets as well as a unique, well-preserved puppet theatre.
If you become hungry, you can move to the nearby Šatlava
tavern, an interesting medieval-style tavern, which is recommended not only by tourists but also by the locals.
On your way to the castle, stop by the Wallachian Court.
The largest part of the trip is devoted to the magnificent complex of the State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov
. If you take the first tourist route, you can peek into the representative as well as private chambers
of its inhabitants. You will see the splendid golden carriage
and the Masquerade Hall
with a carnival party consisting of 135 figures painted on its walls. Can you spot the stock characters of the famous commedia dell'arte
among them? The tour will take you to the 5th Courtyard of the chateau, where you can find the unique Baroque Chateau Theatre
. Make sure you pay a visit to this unique building. There is only one theatre stage in Europe that is so well preserved as this one and you would have to go really far to see it, because it is the Baroque theatre in the Swedish royal palace of Drottningholm.
After that, you can spend some more magical time in the Chateau Gardens. Do not forget to take a look into the Bear Moat. There is an almost three hundred years long tradition of bear-keeping. If you still have enough energy after this demanding programme, feel free to try out one of the many local cultural events or go see an open-air theatre performance from the unique Revolving Auditorium
. You won’t regret it.
Český Krumlov is about 180 km away from Prague.
There is, however, no direct train route. With a transfer in České Budějovice, the train ride takes about 4 hours. A bus ride (private bus companies) takes 3 hours. If you want to go by car, the best option is to take the D1 motorway towards Brno and exit to the E55 towards Linz (Exit 21). You will go through Tábor and České Budějovice.