Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic


Cesky Krumlov is an enchanted town located in the Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  The old Cesky Krumlov Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  It's an amazing example of a quaint European medieval town whose architecture has remained safe for five centuries.  The castle is set high on the hill with a wall of protection.  Below is the town of winding cobblestone streets filled with shops selling Czech Crystal, jewelry, and pottery.

Vitkovci began building the castle in 1240 by the Vltava River because it was an important trade route in Bohemia.

  Most of the architecture dates from the 14th to 17th centuries.  There is a combination of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

The House of Rosenberg acquired the castle in 1302.  Gold was found in the 15th century so miners came to explore for their own treasures.  Emeror Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and passed it down to his son Julius dAustria.

 Power kept passing hands and Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg which made the town the seat of Ducy of Krumlov.

The House of Schwarzenberg had a long relationship with the castle because it took control from 1719 to 1945.

  The core of the town is next to a curve in the river with the castle on the other side.  Germans and Czechs both lived in Cesky Krumlov in 1910.  But by the end of 1918 the Czechoslovak army gained power of the area.

Visit the museum to see jewelry worn by royalty.
The table setting is all set for a regal dinner engagement. All of the silverware must be in the right place with a white crisp napkin in the center of priceless china.
Leave the castle with a bear in the moat for protection.
After a historic tour of the castle have fun shopping in quaint shops full of old Bohemian gingerbread at Cesky Pernik.
Stroll the streets of Cesky Krumlov to find the town center.  

As the sun sets on the quaint town people visiting feel blessed to see such a glorious place.  Sign up for a day tour from Prague.  Our guide Sarah was amazing.  

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