Český Krumlov is the second most favourite sight in the Czech Republic (after Prague). It is popular not only for the castle, but for the whole city. Its center was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.
The first written references about the town come from the 13th century. For more then 200 years it was the important part of the manor of Rožmberk´s family, then it passed into the hands of Habsburks - but only for a couple of years. The manor was aquired by the powerful noble family of Schwarzemberks and became their residential seat.
Český Krumluv is the second largest castle complex in the Central Europe and (with more the 300 000 visitors/year) one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic.
The castle is located in the South Bohemia, knows as the wonderful region with a lot of ponds and rivers.
The castle complex is really large and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. It is a dominant of the historical centre, laying at its foot.
The former Gothic castle was founded in the middle of the 13th century and underwent multiple reconstructions. Its current Renaissance appearance comes from the 17th century. The eye-catching castle tower with Renaissance ornamentation of the exterior was beautifully restored in 1993. The castle houses one of the most completely preserved Baroque theatres in the world.