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Český Krumlov Castle

Explore the magnificent gardens, palaces, salons and theater of this Renaissance castle complex, which looms over Český Krumlov’s historic center.

Relive the lavish lifestyles of influential, noble and venerable Czech families at Český Krumlov Castle. Visit opulently decorated rooms, admire portrait galleries, stroll amid manicured gardens and spot bears. Český Krumlov Castle dates back to the 13th century, when it was established by the Lords of Krumlov. It has been a residence of the aristocratic Rosenberg, Habsburg and Schwarzenberg families.

The entire castle complex covers an area of 17 acres (7 hectares) and consists of 40 buildings set around five courtyards. Stroll between the courtyards and marvel at the fusion of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. Imagine a time when the complex was a center for the arts, economy and politics of Bohemian aristocracy.

To experience the majestic beauty of the building’s interiors, join one of the guided tours. Take a journey through the castle’s Renaissance and Baroque rooms, a masquerade hall and St. George’s Castle Chapel. Another tour concentrates on the history of the Schwarzenberg family and includes a visit to an exquisite portrait gallery. The third tour takes you on a behind-the-scenes visit to the Castle Theater.

Learn more about the lives and events of the castle at a well-presented museum. Climb the 162 steps to the top of the Castle Tower to enjoy uninterrupted views over Český Krumlov’s rooftops. Find collections of antique statues and exhibits of modern art in the castle’s cellars. Don’t miss the moat, which continues an 18th-century tradition of bear-keeping.

Walk around the castle’s pristine garden, established in the 1600s. Gaze in awe at the perfectly groomed lawns and hedges interspersed by paths and ornamental fountains. Look for a music pavilion adorned with a mural by Czech painter František Jakub Prokyš.

Garden visits and guided tours in English are available from April to October. The main cellar, museum and tower are open year-round. Admission is free to the garden while other areas have fees. Visit the castle’s official website for more information.

Reach Český Krumlov Castle by a 10-minute walk from Český Krumlov’s main square, Náměstí Svornosti.


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Hotel Grand $84
Hotel Grand

Hotel Grand

Namesti Svornosti 3, Cesky Krumlov
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St. Vitus and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Jakoubek House and Regional Museum are also within 5 minutes.

    Monastery Garden Bistro & Rooms $101
    Monastery Garden Bistro & Rooms

    Monastery Garden Bistro & Rooms

    Klášterní 49, Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Minorite Monastery and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Church of St. Vitus and Jakoubek House are also within 10 minutes.

      Hotel Dvorak $80
      Hotel Dvorak

      Hotel Dvorak

      Radnicní 101, Cesky Krumlov
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this hotel is steps from Church of St. Vitus and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Jakoubek House and Minorite Monastery are also within 5 minutes.

        Hotel Ruze $94
        Hotel Ruze

        Hotel Ruze

        Horni 154, Cesky Krumlov
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Regional Museum and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Church of St. Vitus and Jakoubek House are also within 5 minutes.

          Castle View Apartments $51
          Castle View Apartments

          Castle View Apartments

          Šatlavská 140, Cesky Krumlov
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St. Vitus and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Jakoubek House and Regional Museum are also within 5 minutes.

            Hotel OLDINN $74
            Hotel OLDINN

            Hotel OLDINN

            Námestí Svornosti 12, Cesky Krumlov
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this hotel is steps from Church of St. Vitus and Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Cesky Krumlov Castle and Ballroom of the Rosenbergs are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Krumlovská pohádka $65
              Krumlovská pohádka

              Krumlovská pohádka

              Široká 74, Vnitrní Mesto, Cesky Krumlov
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Cesky Krumlov, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Egon Schiele Art Centrum and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Jakoubek House and Church of St. Vitus are also within 5 minutes.

                Hotel Bellevue $99
                Hotel Bellevue

                Hotel Bellevue

                Latrán 77, Cesky Krumlov
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Cesky Krumlov hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Minorite Monastery and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Regional Museum and Egon Schiele Art Centrum are also within 10 minutes.