One of the most beautiful historic towns in Europe, included on the UNESCO list of world cultural and natural heritage sites, is located in South Bohemia. Its labyrinth of narrow and mysterious medieval alleyways has grown up within the grip of uncompromising rocky slopes, on a plain as large as the hand of a friendly giant. The Gothic town of alchemists and stonemasons, court jesters and proud aristocrats, crowned with a beautiful Renaissance chateau – the largest in the Czech Republic outside Prague – is full of mysterious magic and secrets. The winding alleyways running from the charming square are shaped by the omnipresent river Vltava, meandering through a town criss-crossed by its many bridges. Losing yourself in the maze of proud Renaissance and Gothic houses, sombre monasteries and dignified churches is a real delight as there is a new surprise and a new secret around every corner. The town seems like a dream that changes with each exploration. And if you get tired of being lost, take a seat at the chateau theatre’s revolving
auditorium, tour one of the city’s many galleries and museums or board a boat and enjoy the views of the town from the river. Don’t miss the Castle Museum. Its imaginative exhibition includes a model of the castle as it looked in the 16th century, a lapidarium, presentations on life in past eras and even a cinema. The museum is open year round.
Enjoy one of the many theatre performances that take place from spring to autumn from a unique revolving auditorium. Getting there from Prague: 173 km, 2:25 hrs, 3:40 hrs, 3:00 hrs Nearby sights: • Vyšší Brod Cistercian Monastery • Lipno Dam • Rožmberk nad Vltavou Castle • Zlatá Koruna Monastery www.ckrumlov.cz