Cesky Krumlov © Hans Weingartz
A small medieval town in Southern Bohemia, Ceský Krumlov is one of the most picturesque in the Czech Republic, nestled in the S-bend of the River Vltava and dominated by the fairy-tale chateau on the ridge overlooking the town. Its appearance has remained almost unchanged since the 18th century and it is a delight to wander through the traffic-free old town with its cobbled lanes, ramshackle red-tiled roofs and colourful houses providing many picture-perfect photo opportunities. It only takes about two and a half hours to reach this charming town from Prague, making it a wonderful weekend trip or overnight excursion. However, it could easily occupy visitors for many days and the surrounding countryside is also very beautiful.
The castle on the hill, greatly enriched by the Italian Renaissance style, has fine views of the town setting with covered walkways, courtyards and terraced gardens where theatre and music productions are held. Apart from the incredible architecture, tourist attractions in Cesky Krumlov include the Egon Schiele Art Centre, the Eggenberg Pivovary (brewery), and the Czech Marionettes Museum. Since the town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, the summer months have become somewhat crowded; it is now a buzzing tourist haven instead of a sleepy secret spot, but its charm is not diminished.