To be honest, before this tour I had never heard of Cesky Krumlov.
But the minute I walked in, it felt like a fairytale. Definitely one for The Bucketlist. I’d love to hear what other locations are on yours?
As soon as you cross the fortress walls – it feels like you’ve stepped back in time.
We took a walk throughout the city, passing countless boutique shops & cafes.
We didn’t have a lot of time here, so I didn’t get to see any of the museums or galleries here, but here’s a few if you have a bit more time.
Museum of Torture: exhibits medieval torture instruments including period pictures and documents.
Český Krumlov Museum of Building History & Crafts: documents the expert restoration of the town’s houses including their interiors, facades and craftsmanship. It would be great to learn how they preserved the city to such a high standard.
Museum Fotoatelier Seidel: exhibits the works of Josef and Frankisek Seidel – from photographic postcards and glass negatives to old cameras and darkroom equipment.
Czech Culture Gallery: features individual exhibitions by leading personalities of the Czech visual arts (paintings, sculptures, glass and textiles).
House of Photography: exhibits photography and visual arts.
International Art Studio: offers workshops to renowned international artists as well as beginners.
After exploring the town some more, we ventured over to the Ruze Hotel for a traditional lunch. On the right of this hotel is a great viewing platform, make sure you pop over there to get some pics.
I’ve been told that Prince Charles & Camilla have stayed here before. I thought that was pretty cool.
The hotel is beautifully decorated and has a gorgeous garden out the back.
After lunch we made our way up to the Castle which was quite a hike, but we could spy the tower in the distance – so we knew it was going to be worth it.
The bridge leading over is so picturesque with great views of the town.
We even found a busker playing the didgeridoo.
As you get closer, you can see the beautiful detail in the tower.
As you approach the castle there are gorgeous gardens on the right hand side that are worth a peek.
The Castle and Chateau complex, is second largest in the Czech Republic and is one of the most important historic buildings in Central Europe. The Castle exteriors are open 1 April – 31 October, every day except Mondays.
I loved the how the castle looked like it was built up from the rocks.
We strolled through the arches, stopping to look at the viewing platform.
There are lots of little peep holes which I am sure were used for bow & arrow attacks back in the day – but now they are perfect for pictures.
The view was just magnificent.
After a gigantic hill, we reached what I called the High Gardens. Nestled into the sky, we found these amazing landscaped gardens.
All I needed was a tea and a good book (paper one of course).
We had such a good day exploring this fairytale town that we fooled around all the way to the bus.
Even though Cesky Krumlov wasn’t on my bucket list, I definitely think you should add it to yours.
If you’re looking for other bucketlist destinations, don’t miss this post on Lake Bled.
And San Marino.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx