On my trip in South Bohemia ll. – Castle of Český Krumlov. Zámek.

Český Krumlov was also German, so is known as Boehmisch Krumlau. Now it is the state castle. The State Castle of Český Krumlov, with its architectural pearls, deep cultural tradition, and expanse, ranks among the most important historic sights in the Europe.

This incredible building development from the 14th to 19th centuries is well-preserved in the original groundplan layout, material structure, interior installation and architectural detail. 

You are now in the city of the real Czech fairy tale. I haven’t been here also for a long time… But the first time I came here, I was just so amazed how beautiful, impressive, and still so pure historical and mystical this small town at the river Vltava is. It is even more mystical, more picturesque… I can look for some other adjective just bring you closer this city, unknown in the middle of Europe, in the heart.  

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The mighty complex of the castle is erected on the rock promontory which has been sculpted by the Vltava river.

 The town’s structures are mostly in GothicRenaissance, and Baroque styles. The castle towers proudly above the refined Renaissance and Baroque burgher architecture of the town below. The town, together with the magnificent Church of St.Vitus and the complex of the castle, creates an unique feature of the whole region.

 

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Foto: Ignác Topalante.

We arrived at night… so much more magical was the view on the city… and the walk around, breathless like in a fairy tale.

If you still haven’t seen any Czech fairy tale, you should see it, and then come… and you will understand why we Czechs make one of the best movies- fairy tales… here in Český Krumlov you can discover, but not only here… see the pictures. I try to show you the castle, the pearl… founded in the 13th Century, Family Rožemberg- House of Rosenberg – with the blue rose in their sign. Here you can see the renaissance sgraffiti. From the House (and today´s brewery named after) House of Eggenberg came into the ownership, when all family died, to the House of Schwarzenberg which I have already mentioned. Today is the city floated, and overwhelmed by the tourists from the whole world, most Japanese, and also already from China.Image 

Finally till the end of the 1918 was the castle in the House of Schwarzenberg. Many rich families lived here, had the castle as their residences, so far the city and the parts of the castle are so various and colorful. 

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In Cesky Krumlov was born mother of the famous austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918), he was a friend of Gustav Klimt. I like Schiele, as well Klimt; he is famous with his painting: Kuss -Kiss. With this painting, and the whole calendar of Jugendstil I got to the christmas from my aunt from Coburg, from the West Germany, at that time, 1988,- I started the history of art. Schiele moved with his model to Krumlov and was inspired by the roofs and the unique architecture. Image

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Today it is here the site of a museum dedicated to Schiele. Despite Schiele’s family connections in Krumau, he and his lover were driven out of the town by the residents, who strongly disapproved of their lifestyle, including his alleged employment of the town’s teenage girls as models. General his output was prolific, and his work reflected the maturity of an artist in full command of his talents. He was invited to participate in the Secession’s 49th exhibition, held in Vienna in 1918. 

And here I met a ghost of me, it was a White Lady of the Castle… likely being a lady with a cute dog upon that time, as a good Czech princess… in Krumau — Krumlov.  

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I cannot forget that Old town Krumlov is a UNESCO World heritage site. To restore the garden helped by financial support of American Express. The overview on the city with Vltava, Zamek…Castle.

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Garden is beautiful, very romantic. I was inspired by some poems.

I published already here, or see here.

There you can also see the turning theater.

 

Krumlov is close to the Šumava National Park, the Czech Republic’s largest national park. The Šumava mountains lie along the border with Austria and Germany and offer a range of natural habitats – peat bogs, Alpine meadows, old-growth forests, lakes, and rivers. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists, and canoeists on the Vltava. Cesky Krumlov is only a short distance from the man-made Lake Lipno, on which many people take boat trips to various small towns on the lake and also to the Dam, which is a Hydro-electric power plant.

 

 

Foto: Topalante.
Foto: Topalante.
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Egerland says:

    Very nice description – thank you very much!
    Did you know that in 1910 Böhmisch Krumau / Cesky Krumlov had 8662 inhabitants?
    7367 were German-speaking, 1295 were Czech-speaking.

    Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%8Cesk%C3%BD_Krumlov

    1. Egerland says:

      The best interpretation about these facts for me is:
      This town in these times already was very “European” – there was obviously no real problem for people of different origin living together – and complementing.
      I am sure that was why Bohemia was so advanced and had such big influence in these times.
      Our ancestors obviously had a big natural wisdom…
      🙂

  2. Amaan Ahmad says:

    interesting blog… i like it.

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