What to see in Český Krumlov
Za svou jedinečnou krásu vděčí město Český Krumlov z velké části krajině, do které je vsazeno. Je postaveno v ohybu řeky Vltavy, nad níž se zdvihají dva skalnaté vrchy. Ty vytvořily ideální základnu pro architektonické dominanty města - hrad a zámek. Vztahy a symbolické významy, které se v takto zabydlené krajině otevírají, jsou hlavním zdrojem atmosféry místa a lze je vnímat při všech dálkových pohledech i v ulicích města.
The town owes its unique beauty largely to the natural conditions in which it is set. It was built in a meander of the Vltava River, above which there are two hills looming. They presented an ideal base for the architectural landmarks of the town - the castle and the church. The relationships and the symbolical meanings which unfold in this inhabited countryside are the main source of the atmosphere of the place and they can be perceived while observing the town from a distance as well as in the streets of the town.
It is, however, not only a lucky combination of the town and the countryside that appeals to the visitors; also particular houses, often preserved in the rare state of intactness are a treasure trove of impressions. Those who are not merely content with observing the façades, and look behind them will be surprised by a variety of vaults, stucco decorations, wall paintings and other authentic elements, which give precise evidence about the time that they were made and about the people who created them. Even those that are not first class works of art attract visitors’ attention by their shape, inventive colourfulness or uncommon composition of materials. One feels like touching the wrinkled surface of walls, the paintings covered with patina or a stone portal bearing traces left by a medieval stonemason’s chisel, and thus experiencing - almost palpably - the current of time and the echoes of remote events. This and much more is offered by taking a tour of the town, to which this website invites you to do.