Ema Destinová (1878 - 1930), or Emmy Destinn, was a famous Czech opera singer in the pre-World War I era. She was considered one of the best dramatic sopranos of her time. Everywhere in Europe and the USA she was celebrated - everywhere except in her hometown Prague.
After World War I she resigned, only did occasional concerts. She died in Ceské Budejovice during eye surgery in 1930. Both Czech and Slovaks consider her a national hero. Her portrait is depicted on the 2000 koruna banknote.
The city of Ceské Budejovice set up a monument with her protrait bust on the right bank of the river Malce, close to Dr. Stejskala bridge at the southeastern corner of the old town.
All artists and hobby-artists know this brand and its products. Few know the history behind it, though. In 1790 an Austrian chemist named Joseph Hardtmuth invented a method to produce artificial leads for pencils by mixing graphite powder and clay. He refined the method to distinguish various grades of hard- or softness. Hence he can be called the inventor of the modern pencil. He then started his own pencil factory. In 1848 the business moved from Vienna to Ceské Budejovice, where it is still operating and thriving. The assortment has been extended to coloured pencils, pastels, crayons, mechanical pencils, erasers, letter paper and other office and art supply. The factory grounds are located in Gerstnerová just south of the old town and the river Malce. A shop can be found in the old town at the corner of Siroká and Knezská, one block in southwestern direction from the main square. Other stationery shops will also sell their products.
My favorite building in Ceske Budejovice was across the street from Masny Kramy, on the corner of Krajinska and Hroznova Streets, the Komercni banka palace built during 1912-1913 in the Art Nouveau style. I believe it's still a bank but we didn't try to go in, the reference to the building I saw suggested that the interior might be interesting if you have a chance to go inside.
The whole area is rather muddy and the castle is built on thousands of oak-trunks (like in Venice). These trunks have to be kept wet in order to be strong enough to hold the heavy building. That is one of the reasons, why the artificial lake around the castle had to constructed, and will permanentely be supplied with sufficient water.
Great frescos on the wall
of the castle, that was used also for the living-quaters of the servants.
Just walk around the whole walls, in order not to miss anything - the best frescos will
be seen between the entrance-tower and the church !
a great painted door
will take you into one of the rooms with a lovely oven, made completely of tiles, and with another great ceiling.
The building's outside fassade is under restauration at the moment, and at many places you may see also great frescos on the fassade.
Kratochvile - inside the castle
each room has different decorations on the ceilings.
There is a permanent exhibition about "animated films" , that was not so very special...
...BUT the different paintings and graffitis were simply excellent and unique.
Simply follow the signs through the rooms in order not to miss anything.
Kratochvile - the church
is the first place you will visit on the tour. They play choral-music inside the church
all day long, turned off only during the tours.
The church is rather small, but has a great ceiling with wonderful decorations.
After visiting the church, I left the tour, as I had seen the castle already on my own,
just with my camera
The entrance tower is still used today as the only entrance, with the ticket-office and souvenir-shop.
Some parts of the castle may be visited by GUIDED tours only ( like the church ), while the castle itself may be entered also on your own.
These guided tours are in Chech language only, but foreigners get in advance a leaflet
with great explanations, that may be read before the tour.
It is a pity I do not understand ANY Chechian...
...as the lady said something about Fotografia at the beginning - I am sure she was telling us, it is NO problem to take pics... :)
( as there were also NO signs telling me the contrary )
Kratochvile was built 1583-1589
in a very unique style with a castle in the middle, surrounded by a small artificial lake,
that was surrounded by a great garden and finally fenced by a wall, an entrance-tower and
a small church.
Kratochvile - built for Vilem von Rosenberg
who was a rich merchant and wanted to have a summercastle in the Italian Renaissance style.
So he ordered this castle from his italian architect Baltazar Maggi di Arogno.
The Renaissance-castle of Kratochvile
is about 1 Km west of the village Netolice, and is easily to be found, as it is directely
on the main road.
There is a big parking for your car and a man collecting a fee of 24 Kronen ( less than 1 $ )
Kratochvile means "amusement / fun / pleasure" in Czechia
and it is the name of a small summer-castle about 40 Km west of Cesky Budejovice.
You will have to take the street to Pisek first and finally follow the streets
towards Netolice.To drive that distance will take about 1 hour on the small roads
of that area.
I suppose CB would count as off the beaten path in itself, as from my experience, most visitors to the Czech republic just go to Prague and maybe head down to Ceske Krumlov in South Bohemia. CB is reachable from Ceske K and I suppose if it werent for the Budvar brewery, we would not have considered going there.
The SUMAVA is beautiful and very nice in sommer and also in winter for skiing !
LOOK ON: http://www.sumavanet.cz/vopin - there are a lots of nicest pictures and texts about this mountains ! This men loves Sumava a lot !