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Overview to Cesky Krumlov: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

The View over Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov may not be the biggest town in the Czech Republic, but it’s a place of rare beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its ancient houses and twisting narrow streets make up one of the most strikingly picturesque examples of a Central European town.

The River Vltava winds through the Old Town, splitting it into two distinct quarters: the Stare Mesto, lassoed into the bend of the river, and the Latran Quarter. At the heart of the Stare Mesto - and surrounded by snaking alleyways - is the central square, Namesti Svornosti,

Sitting atop the Latran quarter, meanwhile, is the town’s main attraction: the impressive Krumlovsky Castle. Inside, there’s a dramatic tower, bear pits, courtyards and a fantastic theater, many of whose complicated scenery-changing devices can still be seen.

Scenic so often means sleepy. But in Cesky Krumlov’s case, given the numbers of backpackers who make the trip from Prague, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In summer, particularly, the town’s taverns can offer a seriously lively night out.

Beyond the town lies the stunning scenery of Bohemia. There’s the whispering forests of Sumava National Park. great trekking on Mount Klet, lounging on the beach at Lipno Lake… The town itself is beautiful, but it could also hardly be more spectacularly situated.

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