Walking Tour of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

     Walking Tour of Cesky Krumlov
    This incredibly well-preserved Medieval village of South Bohemia is extremely popular with tourist (and rightly so), thus you can expect crowds during your visit. The charming town, which occupies a bend in the Vltava River, has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.
    This walk begins at the Horni Bridge on the east edge of the town. Follow Horni Street into town and look for St Vitus Church, to the left about 200 meters ahead. Check out the interior of this imposing Gothic structure.
    Go back out to Horni Street and turn left to the reach the Cesky Krumlov’s adorable Main Square (Namesti Svornosti). Here you will find the Town Hall (Radnice). In the middle of the square is the Plague Column, erected in 1716 to commemorate the town’s escape from the Black Death.
    Exit the square at the north end (next to the Town Hall), on Radnicni Street to the Lazebnicky Most (Barber’s Bridge) which leads across the river to the Latran section of town and to the Castle (Cesky Krumlov Chateau).
                 CastleChateau, Cesky Krumlov
    As you approach the castle, notice the striking Round Tower (Zamecka Vez), with its interesting decorations. The complex dates to the 13th century. As you cross the moat, notice the Brown Bears in the Bear Pit below. To take an English language tour of the castle, be sure to arrange ahead of time. Tour I is the most popular.
    At any rate, explore the castle grounds, especially the Baroque Castle Theater with its beautiful stage set and painted ceilings, and the Castle Gardens to the west. Exit via the Na Plasti Most which has excellent views of the entire town.
    When you cross the bridge back into town, stay right and follow the contours of the town back to Horni Street, take a right to return to the starting point of the walk.


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