Also located in the former St. Jost Church, is the Marionette Museum, housing exhibition's of both old and current marionettes, complete puppet theatres, including stage designs and curtains.
I didn't go into this one, as I ventured into one earlier in the day.
Evidently, this Museum comes with a complete Baroque theatre with functional Baroque machinery, stage designs and properties.
The exhibition area also includes two galleries, sales of Puppets and historical marionettes.
ADMISSION ......Adults 80czk
Thanks for joining me on a tour of Cesky Krumlov.
After locking the car, we are following the pathway that leads towards the Castle.
What a surprise it was to see an enormous Viaduct before my eyes. This Multi-storied viaduct is actually part of the Castle, and the Grey building, an 18th century Rococo Theatre and "Cloak Bridge"
It was 1766, when the Baroque theatre was opened at Krumlov’s chateau. What is unique about this Theatre, is the original state it's still in, including all the backstage machinery, scenery, costumes, props, light bowls used to illuminate the stage, a flying carriage, a water fountain and a piece of equipment that produced the wave, lightning and thunder effects.
It is one of few Theatres that produced a typical comic opera that could have more than 40 scene changes without interrupting the action.
It's worth booking at the ticket office at least one day in advance for a tour.
OPEN....... May– Oct Tues– Sun 45min tours 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Price: 200KR & 350KR for an English tour
As Cesky Krumlov is tourist orientated, there are plenty of shops to please everybody, especially in the old historic centre.
Some souvenirs I saw were different to else where, I would have bought only for "customs" at home!
If you are making a DVD, then at the Music shop you might find some good background music.
This is a Pension, and no, I didn't stay here, I just liked the building.
Its loction was at the intersection of Upper and Rooseveltova streets, not far from the City theater and Regional museum.
The main feature is an irregular rectangular layout with baroque gables, nice architectural details which are painted nicely in grey & white. The building is part of an original older building, probably from the 16th century.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was the blacksmiths, and this is what it is named after.
Don't just rush into the Museum, make sure you take some time in the Park, because from high up on the viewing Terrace, there is an excellent view over the Town.
The Museum was once a girls school, and this park with the vista terrace was used for study, sport, and relaxation.
At the end of Upper Street, and directly at the bridge of the former Upper Gate, stands the large building of the of the former Jesuit seminary. Painted in a bright Yellow in 2011, you couldn't miss this building which today is the Regional Museum. It is the oldest early Baroque building in Cesky Krumlov. It was built with its decorative western facade on the site of six older burgher homes from 1650-1652.
The former seminary has been used as a museum and archive since the end of the Second World War in 1946.
If you visit, you will find a ceramic model of the historic part of town, something I have never seen elsewhere. The ceramic model was created from 1977-1984, it shows 800 buildings, the winding Vltava River, and town fortifications, walls, and gates no longer existing today. The oldest part of the entire model was the Budejovice Gate with its adjacent Budejovice suburb, Latran.
There is of course, more than this in the Museum.
OPEN....Tuesday - Sunday 9-12..... closed for lunch...... 12.30 - 5pm
ADMISSION .....Adults 50kc
I found this lovely building as I was looking for the Castle entrance.
Its located on the corner of Latran street, and this is where I found the stairs that led to the Castle
This Baroque building really stood out, as it was painted white and outlined in dark Brown.
Built in Gothic style in 1513, its thought to have been converted to Renaissance style around 1624, and then to Baroque in 1653, quite a lot of renovations!
In 1513, the house was owned by a sword-cutler.
The Church of St. Jost is no longer a Church, it is now a Restaurant!
The church was established before 1334 by Peter I. von Rosenberg, and was a part of the Rosenbergs Men's hospital.
In 1790, the municipal council sold the building in auction for 1245 gold coins. Sold to a local, it was rebuilt as a burgher house, and then in 1802, it was rebuilt as a Burgher house where beer and dance flowed freely in its bar and dance hall.
It is now known as the Bolero Restaurant, and is open for business.
Leaving the 4th Courtyard, I am now crossing the "Cloak Bridge" to enter the 5th courtyard.
This covered three-storey corridor was erected on massive pillars vaulted together on each story. The corridor in the lower story, connects the Masquerade Hall with the Castle Theater, and the Connecting Corridor located in the upper story of the bridge, enables passage up to the castle park.
From here, there are wonderful views over Cesky Krumlov.
The 4th courtyard was very close to the 3rd courtyard, and very similar in appearance.
What was different, was a bay window, and a room and window across the corner of the building, creative back then!
The palaces situated around the 4th courtyard came about during the building activities from the middle of the 14th century to the 18th century.
The facades in this courtyard also depict allegorical and mythological scenes and figures from the Greek and Roman history. The author of these paintings is still unknown!
In the years 1909 - 1912 the paintings were restored.
The Upper Castle interiors can be visited on guided tours.
On entering the small 3rd courtyard, I was greeted by an amazing sight!
I was surrounded by four walls, each one of them covered with well-preserved Renaissance paintings. On all these walls there is graffiti in four different coloured stones - grey, ochre, brownish-red, and black, with figural and ornamental motifs. In the niches inbetween the windows on the North and South sides of the courtyard, are painted busts of renowned and respected people. On the East and West sides there are decorative vases. The façade is finished off by a strip of Doric frieze, where the paintings are of stylised human heads, animal heads and pieces of armour.
The paintings on the walls have deep symbolic meanings, most of which is still unknown, a clever way of expression in the older times.
Wilhelm von Rosenberg, ordered these to be painted to make his residence conform more closely to the fashionable art style which he was familiar with. This was as a result of his journeys to Austria, Poland, the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, and especially from his residence in Italy between the years 1551 and 1552.
As such, Italian artists took part in decorating the Rosenberg residence. Interesting is that he didn't ask an architect, but asked a painter to create the ideal residence for him. All the paintings at the courtyard date from after the year 1577.
Located on the Southern side in the 2nd courtyard, is the Mint.
The Mint only has one floor from the Courtyard side, but it does have two basements on the embankment side. Construction began in 1686 and wasn't complete until 1693. It was then used a lodging house, and never was used as a Mint.
The building is in Baroque style, and has been restored because of fire in 1728. Instead of replacing the half-timbered building with wood again, it was reconstructed in brick in 1731, and still looks the same as then.
Time to move on as I had seen everything here.
A walk up the cobblestone driveway led me to the "corridor" which connects the 2nd & 3rd courtyards. This was built in 1577 by Wilhelm von Rosenberg, proved by the date along side Wilhelm's coat of arms at the top of the entry portal.
This corridor was built because of the need for a better entrance to the Upper Castle, as all that was here before, was a small wooden pedestrian bridge.
The vaulted corridor has a solid-beamed wooden floor, and is decorated with painted ornaments dominated by a big five-leaf Rosenberg rose, and the arches with floral motifs.
Stop for a 'breather" and enjoy the view of the historical centre of the city and landscape.
One of my favorite buildings was "The Little Castle," the oldest part of Cesky Krumlov Castle.
In 1591, the Renaissance facades were decorated with mural paintings and figural and architectural motifs. These wonderful mural paintings and frescoes, were partly restored in the 20th century.
As the Upper Castle grew in size and became a residence, the Little Castle was then only used for fortification and storage space.
Still today, it is being preserved.
Located in the 2nd Courtyard is what was once known as the Buchhalterie.
It's now known as the "New Burgrave's House," built on the site of the former castle fortification where the drawbridge and gateway separated the castle and settlement around the castle.
I came across this building after viewing the Bear Pit, and entering this south wing through the gateway.
The palace building still has its original Renaissance facades, portals, window jambs, vaults, original mural as well as Renaissance decorations on the first floor. The building has enormous vaulted cellars which only Prague Castle matching them for size!
The colour of the building is painted in dark grey, made to look like bricks, but it is under the eaves where I found the more interesting frescoes, so check them out!
Originally there were offices and flats situated in the above floors, then in 1602 a bakery and the residence of the superior district administrator was here. In 1752, a Brewery was started, then in the 1760's, the Schwarzenberg Guard used the building as Barracks.
In the basement of the eastern wing, there were prison cells, the Prisoner's neighbours were the Bears! Wonder if any were brave enough to escape!
More changes in 1842, when a Casino was opened. Now, its used for an Archive and Library.