Cesky Krumlov nowdays belongs to the most attractive cities amongst the visitors - mainly due to its unique character and its preserved hisotry. It is famous for its Old Town, with 300 protected medieval buildings, and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic.
This small picturesque city is situated on the banks of the Vltava River (Moldau in German) in Southern Bohemia and is about a 2 hour drive from Prague. The town was built around a 13th century castle with gothic, renaissance and baroque elements. Despite the passage of time, the town together with chateau complex has retained its exemplary mediaeval character for more than five centuries.
The town Cesky Krumlov is dominated by two grate landmarks: the chateau complex, which was included to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monuments in 1992, and the gothic Church of St.Vitus. Cesky Krumlov chateau complex is one of the largest in Central Europe. Complex is composed of more than forty historical buildings, a cylindrical tower reconstructed in its preset form in the 16th century, unique Baroque theatre with original equipment and fittings. Under the Castle Complex lies the old town with its winding alleys and venerable Gothic and Renaissance houses, many galleries, little shops and inns.
The International Music Festival in Český Krumlov has an extensive tradition starting from 1992. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic said about this festival: “This Festival has been for a long time a well established event, which far exceeds the borders of Český Krumlov. Today, it is considered an event of national importance. I have had the chance to visit many of the concerts and I must say that that last year´s opening concert was the most impressive - thanks to its repertoire and excellent performances.I have a soft spot for the International Music Festival Český Krumlov and if I didn’t visit, many people would be disappointed. And I wouldn´t like to do that.”
One of the three Prizes in Category Conservation has been awarded to the conservation of the Southern facade of Horní Hrad (Upper Castle) of the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau in the Czech Republic, European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2008. This project estabilishes new standards of Czech monument care and is appreciated as an excellent example of a respectful approarch to conservation in Europe.