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    Hrad a Zámek - Castle and Palace

    by Kathrin_E Written Nov 2, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Is it a castle or a palace? It is both, a castle that has been extended, remodeled and modernized over and over again through the centuries according to each era's fashions and needs. It was owned by most important families from the Bohemian aristocracy - Rosenberg, Eggenberg, finally the Schwarzenberg who owned it until 1947 when their property was confiscated by the state. The result is a huge complex of buildings lined up on the steep rock along the outward side of the river bend.

    Fondest memory: There is quite a lot to do in and around the castle, so take your time. There are two different tours of the historical rooms, there is the baroque theater, the tower can be climbed. Watch the bears in the moat, walk through the four courtyards and over the bridge, then up to the baroque gardens on the ridge. I will write more detailed tis in the things to do section about some individual features.

    Please consult the official website for historical details and all practical information concerning your visit: http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu

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    Latrán

    by Kathrin_E Written Nov 2, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Latrán is the quarter on the outward river bank below the castle, opposite the old town. It has always been associated with the castle as residential quarter of the servants.

    It is the "tourist highway" from the old town and the bridge towards the castle and back - as you can imagine, the concentration of tourist shops and tourist traps is the highest in town. The architecture is authentic, though, and worth looking for details.

    Fondest memory: The prettiest feature is surely the church of St Jost with its photogenic grey and white steeple. The main street then slowly rises uphill to reach the gate into the castle grounds. Further onwards it passes underneath an arched gate and leads through a quieter area. The small yellow gate tower marks the far end.

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    Old Town

    by Kathrin_E Written Nov 2, 2013
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    Favorite thing: The old town covers the "peninsula" in the omega-shaped river bend. It is a small hill that drops towards the river on all sides except the "neck" to the mainland. The market square by the town hall is its centre. The network of the streets around follows no geometrical pattern; although the old town is rather small there is a lot to explore. Don't miss walking the side streets.

    Fondest memory: Yes it is a touristy place. In the morning, though, when the streets are still quiet even the main routes are pleasant to explore. Look for details: renaissance and baroque architecture, paqinted facades, shop signs, and the views and perspectives of the townscape which open up round almost every corner due to the hilly topography.

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    Come Early - or Stay Overnight

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Cesky Krumlov is, after Prague, the most visited tourist destination in the Czech Republic and overrun with day trippers. Getting there from Prague takes 3 hours, though. The load of tour buses hardly arrives before 11 a.m. The earlier you arrive in the morning, the more you'll be able to enjoy the old town relaxed and quiet. If you are able to stay overnight, even better. The old town must be magical at dusk and after dark.

    Fondest memory: We stayed Ceské Budejovice, which is only one hour away, and our tour leader made us start early, which turned out to be an excellent idea. We were there before 9 a.m., two hours earlier than the Prague crowd, and the streets were still almost empty. When the crowds arrived we had finished our walking tour of the old town and were already inside the castle. Perfect planning.

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    Shop Signs

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 16, 2013
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    Favorite thing: When exploring a a new place I like finding a topic that attracts my attention, and start a collection of detail photos. In Cesky Krumlov, it was the shop signs that caught my eye. There are old ones, old style ones, and new ones in all varieties. They all look handmade and hand-painted. Some are hung from wrought-iron holders in the traditiional way, others are attached to the walls. Some are almost art works, others playful or even kitschy, but all of them are eyecatchers. The few modern ones in between look rather misplaced. Professional advertising people will shake their heads about these naive designs but they fit into the general picture of the town much better than the modern stuff you see everywhere else.

    Fondest memory: More examples in my travelogue page

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    Stay longer than just for the day!

    by riika Written Jun 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I know many people think that they can go take a side trip to Cesky Krumlov just for the day and back, but you will just make yourself sorry if you don't at least take time to spend the night there. There is so much to see, eat, and drink, and many budget accomodations to choose from, so why not? I learned my lesson last time and will be spending much more time there during my trip in July!

    Fondest memory: The scenery, getting there, the beautiful buildings, the weather, the delicious gypsy gulas, the Eggenberg beer!

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    Don't go away, stay there for a night

    by Xdrive Written May 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Don't think this is a small town, and have a day trip. Stay there for a night. Because the castle and the tower will be spot light up at night. it is beauiful to see during night time, and especially it is so quiet around. This is just like a heaven on earth. But be careful when you walk out at night, sometime the drunker do trouble you. I guess they are no the local people....

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    Evidence of the Flood

    by JetlagCity Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: As you may recall from the international news stories, in August of 2002 the Vltava River overflowed its banks, causing the worst flood in Bohemia in about 500 years. Most of the press focused on Prague, but many smaller towns were devastated, too. Cesky Krumlov, which is built right up to the edge of the river, was about half under water. When we were there you could see evidence of this by the flood lines on buildings like this one. The entire ground floor was under water.

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    The Vltava River

    by JetlagCity Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Vltava River

    Favorite thing: The Vltava River (the same one that flows through Prague in the north) is an integral part of the town, and there are several pedestrian bridges crossing it. It curves back on itself so much here that it almost forms a complete circle, and the town was originally built on the peninsula in the middle. The name of the town refers back to the bend in the river, too. In summer lots of people, both local and tourists, rent canoes from here and float downstream.

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    Frescoes

    by JetlagCity Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Beautiful frescoes and sgraffito cover many of the pastel buildings both in town and within the castle complex. Just wandering through the streets, seemingly untouched by time, soaking up the charming scenery, is my favorite memory from here, along with our lunch at Satlava. Cesky Krumlov has changed so little over the centuries that it's been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Outside Cesky Krumlov...

    by coceng Written May 5, 2004

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    Fondest memory: This photo was taken outside the vicinity of Cesky Krumlov.
    I walked pass the Castle Bridge & kept on walking until I reached a carpark.
    Just wandering around the area I should say & snapped this photo !
    Even from here the Cesky Krumlov Castle looks amazingly perched on the hill...

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    Puppets...

    by coceng Written May 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Puppets or rather marionettes can be seen through Cesky Krumlov; In fact, there would some puppet performances in the town if we are lucky !
    This photo was taken by me where a shop was selling the puppets to us passers-by.
    Did I buy one ? I would love to but again, I had to watch my money, sadly.

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    The Castle Tower...

    by coceng Updated May 5, 2004

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    Fondest memory: These are the photos taken by me around Cesky Krumlov !
    Being tipped as one of the most beautiful medieval town in Europe ! Added to UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST in 1992.
    The chateau here is the 2nd largest in Czech Republic after Prague's.
    Wander around the cobble-stoned streets around Cesky Krumlov !

    This is the photo of the castle tower which can be seen from all over directions if you are in Cesky Krumlov !

    Location :
    The tower, surrounded by the residential palace of the Little Castle, is situated on a narrow rocky promontory towering above Latrán and the Vltava River between the Ist and IInd Courtyard of Èeský Krumlov Castle.

    Description :
    This is a rounded six-storied tower. The lower part (first two stories) is much wider and is separated from the upper one by the cornice, with the original ceilings dating from the 1580's. The facade is decorated with illusively painted architecture. The second floor has a rounded ceiling as well. The ceiling above the third floor is a simple joist ceiling with a porthole and rounded windows with semicircular vaulted niches placed in the circular stonework. The belfry is on the fourth floor, where four bells are set on the bell supporting construction located in the high ceiling room. The fifth storey is an arcaded barrel-vaulted gallery with triagonal segments. The corridor passes upwards through the Renaissance portal into a segmental hutch-vaulted room. The room with the clock is situated on the sixth floor and is lit by small rounded windows. Above the simple joist ceiling is a garret with the lower part of the truss. On the top of the tower is a lantern with bells.

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    The Castle Tower...

    by coceng Written May 5, 2004

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    Fondest memory: These are the photos taken by me around Cesky Krumlov !
    Being tipped as one of the most beautiful medieval town in Europe ! Added to UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST in 1992.
    The chateau here is the 2nd largest in Czech Republic after Prague's.
    Wander around the cobble-stoned streets around Cesky Krumlov !

    Technical parameters :
    Height 54,5 m
    Height to arcade 24,6 m
    Height from arcade to the top 29,9 m
    Height above Vltava river 86 m
    Number of steps 162
    Number of steps in the tower
    (from bottom of the tower jail) 79
    Number of Tuscan columns 19
    Maximal diameter of the tower 12 m
    Maximal thick of the wall 3,7 m
    Depth of the tower jail 4,28 m
    External length of the Arcade 32,91 m
    Internal length of the Arcade 24,31 m
    Voltage 220 V 50 Hz

    Bells :
    Number of Bells - 4 Weight Produced Diameter
    1st bell 1800 kg 1406 1,47 m
    2nd bell 1400 kg 1671 1,36 m
    3rd bell 410 kg 1406 0,84 m
    4th bell 75 kg 1744 0,52 m

    Historical building development :
    The origins of this structure are partly Gothic and partly Renaissance, as is evident from the tower's external appearance. The tower as well as the Little Castle is a segment of a structure dating from the first half of the 13th century. The oldest part of it is the groundfloor and first floor. The origin of the second floor is around the 14th century, while the third floor is part of the Renaissance belfry. We can not eliminate the Gothic origin, however, due to the bell dated 1406. Under the architect Baldassare Maggi of Arogno, the castle was remodelled and converted from a plain Gothic palace into a Renaissance residence, and the tower was provided with an arcaded gallery at the top in 1581. In 1590 the tower was decorated with mural paintings and figural and architectural motifs by Bartolom?j Ber?nek - Jel?nek. In 1947 an ambitious reconstruction of the tower was realized. In 1994 - 96 the paintings and murals underwent reconstruction as well.

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    Townscape

    by iwys Written May 4, 2005

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    Fondest memory: What I liked best about Cesky Krumlov was the beautiful townscape as viewed from the tower. There can be few more photogenic towns anywhere in Europe.

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