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The country's second most popular tourist destination after Prague itself, Český Krumlov draws throngs of visitors, especially in summer. The town offers a classic Czech experience: a beautiful castle, a breathtaking central square, a local brewery, and river activities like boating and rafting.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture


  • Český Krumlov's castle is a Renaissance marvel. The theater, added in the late 1700s, is particularly fascinating, especially the display of instruments that were used for sound effects.
  • Explore Unity Square, lined with shops and overlooking the castle; the Town Hall, built in 1580, is famed for its Gothic arcades.
  • The Egon Schiele Center features work by the artist, once a Český Krumlov resident, as well as by his contemporary Expressionists.


  • The International Music Festival is held from mid-July to mid-August. Acts run the gamut from opera stars to singers performing Broadway-style musical numbers.

Side Trips

  • The Hrad Rožmberk, 18 mi/29 km south of town and worth exploring, is slowly returning to glory after years of misuse and is a nice bike ride from Český Krumlov.
  • Get a peat mud-mask treatment in the town of Třeboň, 30 mi/48 km northeast of Český Krumlov. The soil here is rich in iron and supposedly good for bone health.

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