Zámek 59, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czechia
How to get there
By car: It’s a 2-hour drive from Prague.
By bus: FlixBus from Prague is $5-$10. The bus station in Cesky Krumlov is just a short walk to the centre. The bus takes 2.5 hours each way.
By train: The train also travels between Prague and Cesky Krumlov taking 2.5 hours.
By day tour: If you’re visiting from Prague and can’t spare the time for an overnight stay in Cesky Krumlov, there are several day tours that will whisk you from Prague to Cesky Krumlov Castle and bring you back by evening.
Full list of admission prices can be found here:
Cesky Krumlov Castle dominates the small, historic town of Cesky Krumlov in the heart of Southern Bohemia.
Despite Cesky Krumlov’s many attractions, the Castle should not be missed. For starters, it appears to be everywhere. You’ll have a hard time finding a street from which you can’t see the tower.
Cesky Krumlov Castle was established in the 1240s by a Czech aristocratic family. It changed hands between influential families, each of which made their stamp on the building.
Emperor Rudolf II. von Habsburg took it to Austria in the 1600s, and it eventually made its way to the Eggenbergs (who likewise had no living forebears) and finally the Schwarzenbergs. During this time, the castle was renovated to reflect contemporary Vienna and became a hub for intellectual gatherings.
Cesky Krumlov was a part of German Austria before WWI, Czechoslovakia after the war, Germany’s annexed it, and then it was returned to Czechoslovakia before becoming part of the Czech Republic once that country split from Slovakia. And what a ride it was!
Cesky Krumlov Castle, like the rest of the city, fell into disrepair during the Communist era.
In the wake of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, progress was made. Cesky Krumlov’s historic centre (containing the Castle) was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992, solidifying the city’s status as a popular tourist destination.
The Castle Gardens in Cesky Krumlov are among the city’s most picturesque spots. They are the largest portion of the complex at 10 hectares, and are a great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the summertime throng with a picnic or a good book.
Multiple names have been used to refer to the gardens that were established in the 17th century. Castle Gardens is a much better name than “New Princely Garden” or “Court Garden,” which were both considered.
Terraced with towering lime trees, the grounds also feature manicured beds of pink and orange flowers and a stunning Rococo Cascade Fountain in the lower grounds.
Many visitors to Cesky Krumlov come to see the world’s best-preserved Baroque theatre. The historic auditorium, orchestra pit, props, decorations, and more may be seen on a tour of this outstanding theatre for 250 CZ per person.
The theatre was built in the 15th century, but it wasn’t until the 17th through 19th centuries that it really started to flourish as a place where wealthy royals could host lavish parties for their guests.
Many of the paintings and ceiling murals in the Theatre were done by leading carpenters and artists from Vienna, as the Viennese style was at the height of its popularity at the time. The services of an informative guide are included in the price of your ticket, so you may find out more about the theater’s amenities.