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Cesky Krumlov, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 48° 48.778 E 014° 18.878
33U E 449683 N 5406890
Quick Description: Cesky Krumlov - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 11/13/2010 2:33:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMA423
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 166

Long Description:
Cesky Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Old Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia. In 1302 the town and castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. Emperor Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his natural son Julius d’Austria. Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg. From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries; the town's structures are mostly in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.

During the Communist era of Czechoslovakia, Krumlov fell into disrepair, but since the Velvet Revolution of 1989 much of the town's former beauty has been restored, and it is now a major holiday destination popular with tourists from Germany, Austria, and beyond.

Krumlov Castle is unusually large for a town of Krumlov's size; within the Czech Republic it is second in extent only to the Hradcany castle complex of Prague. Inside its grounds are a large garden, an extensive bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built, which contains a bear and the castle itself, which in turn consist of many defined parts dating from different periods of time.
Name of Source Book: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List

Page Location in Source Book: 291

Type of Waymark: City

Location of Coordinates: Photographed site

Cost of Admission (Parks, Museums, etc.): 200.00 (listed in local currency)

List Available Hours, Dates, Season:
City 24/7 Castle see Tourism Website

Official Tourism Website: [Web Link]

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