Cesky Krumlov…A Jewel in
the Czech Republic
The Old Inn
It is truly a jewel among the towns in the southern Czech Republic of Bohemia and one of the most visited towns, especially since it was listed as remarkable by UNESCO.
Just north of Linz, Austria, the highway north goes to Prague, via Budejovice, the beer town we refer to as Budweiser. At one point the road has a smaller artery going slightly west. This will lead you to the outskirts of a Castle town in a valley below stately mountains. This is Cesky Krumlov, accessible by foot and, aside from fire trucks, ambulances and certain delivery devices, vehicles are not permitted. The streets are generally narrow and the meandering river can be cross by narrow foo bridges. The houses are typical of the country and there are museums, restaurants and stores to supply every wish.
On the main square, you can easily identify one of the city’s most inviting Hotels. The Old Inn. Formerly named Mestrak, it offers 52, 4 star rooms, refreshments, and three restaurants. Specially prepared dishes, cooked on charcoal in their Pilsner beer hall, Plzenska pivince, can be enjoyed within the unique catacombs and the recently discovered vaults dating from the 13th century. Due to the warm atmosphere, we chose to eat out of doors.
For reservations go to Info@hoteloldinn.cz or consult www.hoteloldin.cz. The actual address is Namesti Svornosti, 381 01, Cesky Krumlov.
Other hotels include Traveller’s Hostel (B&B) www.travellers.cz or the Hotel Mesta Vidue, recently renovated right in the center of the UNESCO site. See more on www.hmv.cz
There is an easy walk to the castle and surroundings, but a local guide can point out things you might miss. They operate for individuals or groups. All town information, including guides can be arranged through the Infocentrum. Go to www.ckrumlov.cz/infocentrum or call from your hotel,
This safe haven is from the oldest Neolithic
period (6000-5000 BC) and it became the seat of the House of Rozmberk after
1302. It was soon afterwards that Krumlov was first mentioned as a town. The
St.Vitas Church was started, a Minorite monastery was established and Wenceslas
(Vaclav) IV was imprisoned in what is now the most remarkable castle.
This complex is the second largest in the
Republic. It was built on high rocks over-looking the valley of the River
Vltava. It now contains 40 different structures of a medieval castle and newly
designed chateau with eleven hectares of gardens which gradually merge into the
peaceful countryside. It is all dominated by a huge, round tower that looks down
on the hills into the tiny town below. Because of the number of workers
required, the castle and the town became one large community.
The musicians played from the balcony which still depicts their age old instruments.
Add numerous courtyards, sculpture displays, old wine galleries, now open and displaying art, and a renaissance dairy , a golden coach, and ornate chapel. It is one of the great wonders of the Czech Republic.
Story by Arnie Greenberg: firstname.lastname@example.org