This picturesque town lies in a deep, meandering valley of the Vltava river
in the very South of Bohemia. Its golden age came about during the rule of the
Lords of Rosenberg, in 1302-1602, who made their residence there. At that time,
Krumlov was a point of contact between the Czech interior, the Austrian/German
Danube region, and Northern Italy. The Italian Renaissance greatly influenced
the appearance of the town and its castle.
At the end of the 17th century, during the rule of the Eggenberg dynasty, a
Baroque theater was built and the chateau garden remodeled. During the rule
of the Schwarzenbergs, Krumlov received a decorative Baroque makeover. However,
Cesky Krumlov equals more than an exceptional complex of 300 historical buildings.
The town presents itself to visitors also as a hub of culture, conventions and
tourism. The International Music Festival takes place annually in August, as
does a festival of Renaissance music; theatrical productions are held in the
castle garden, the Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose is a major summer attraction,
and the Egon Schiele Center is open to visitors the year round.
Cesky Krumlov is situated some 180 km south of Prague, near the border with
Austria. A network of long-distance bus lines connects it to major cities. In
the summer, an express train from Prague (the umava) comes here daily.