The enormous castle complex in Cesky Krumlov can easily take half a day to explore by itself, so those who choose to only visit this romantic fairytale village for just one day will surely miss out on everything the charming town has to offer.
You simply shouldn’t visit the castle without climbing the winding stairs of the tower to the observation platform for absolutely royal views over the town. (This is included with the Cesky Krumlov card.)
Venture through the five castle courtyards, starting at the red gate, emerge on the complete opposite end of the complex and continue on the path leading to the gardens. Here you will find even more incredible views over the village below.
Though the black door pictured below appears inconspicuous… DO NOT walk past! It leads to possibly the best place in town to capture great photos of the village, St. Vitus church, and the rolling hills beyond. There is also a food/beer stand located on the patio where you can enjoy some deliciously cold Eggenberg brew.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on the day we visited the castle.
Blue skies, billowing white clouds, rolling green hills, and colorful buildings created postcard worthy images that left us asking ourselves, “Is this place for real?!”
Cesky Krumlov Castle Gardens
While many people might visit the castle buildings and then move on, we made it a point to explore the entire grounds, including the majestic gardens, which is actually the largest part of the castle compound.
Designed in the 17th century, the Baroque castle gardens are situated on 3 different levels.
The most notable feature in the gardens is the Cascade Fountain, adorned with sculptures representing the water Deities and an allegory of the four seasons.
Situated near the middle of the gardens stands a colorful Rococo Summer Manor Bellarie.
Opposite the summer manor is a uniquely designed revolving auditorium with a 360-degree natural stage. Though it took some criticism from locals for its modern design within the medieval town, we thought the structure was fantastic and wish that we had the opportunity to experience a play in this innovative outdoor theater.
Stroll through the rest of the castle gardens, pass a beautiful wooden bandstand/gazebo, and come upon a small picturesque lake complete with lily pads and luscious trees along the waterfront.
The castle and its gardens are just a fraction of the worthwhile attractions to visit while in Cesky Krumlov. Did you know that you can actually raft on the river that meanders through town? Or experience the trade of blacksmithing? All of this and more awaits you in beautiful Cesky Krumlov!
We’d like to thank the Cesky Krumlov Tourism Board for providing us with an extremely informative city tour and a Cesky Krumlov card during our stay.