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Cesky Krumlov's beauty is obvious from all angles |  ©Donald Judge / Flickr
Cesky Krumlov's beauty is obvious from all angles | ©Donald Judge / Flickr
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These Beautiful Photos Prove why Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Picture of Diana Bocco
Updated: 28 February 2017
A small but very old city, Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is a town made for walking, as some of its best features are hidden around corners or at the end of narrow crooked cobble stoned streets. The following photos will give you a taste of what the city has to offer.

With less than 14,000 residents, Cesky Krumlov feels very intimate and it’s slow pace of life is reminiscent of a by-gone age. While tourists flock to the town during the summer months, the rest of the year Cesky Krynlov retains its magic sleepiness.

View from the hills of Český Krumlov / ©Marjolein Knuit / Wikimedia Commons
View from the hills of Český Krumlov | ©Marjolein Knuit / Wikimedia Commons

Stepping away from the city centre and venturing up into the hills will give you a fairytale view of one of the oldest and most magical towns in Czechia.

Fairytale view of Cesky Krumlov / ©El Coleccionista de Instantes / Flickr
Fairytale view of Cesky Krumlov | ©El Coleccionista de Instantes / Flickr
View from Cesky Krumlov hills / ©Joe Ross / Flickr
View from Cesky Krumlov hills | ©Joe Ross / Flickr

Snow can add a special something to most places but Český Krumlov is a town that looks even more magical with snow covering its red roofs.

There's a special magic in a snowy Cesky Krumlov / ©Asahiko / Wikimedia Commons
There’s a special magic in a snowy Cesky Krumlov | ©Asahiko / Wikimedia Commons

The Vltava river, which also runs through Prague, offers a beautiful background for traditional houses and some of the best cafes and restaurants in town.

Hidden streets are full of surprises / ©Donald Judge / Flickr
Hidden streets are full of surprises | ©Donald Judge / Flickr
Some of the oldest structures in town | ©Joe Ross / Wikimedia Commons
Some of the oldest structures in town | ©Joe Ross / Wikimedia Commons

The old town center is full of colorful buildings, cobblestone streets and original frescoes.

Architectural beauties abound around town / ©Donald Judge / Flickr
Architectural beauties abound around town | ©Donald Judge / Flickr

Historical buildings come alive at night when the lights go on.

Cesky Krumlov is especially magical at night | ©Donald Judge / Flickr
Cesky Krumlov is especially magical at night | ©Donald Judge / Flickr

The Český Krumlov castle complex is the second largest in the country (after Prague Castle). It dates back to 1240, although it was heavily renovated and expanded during the Baroque period (16th-17th century).

Cesky Krumlov has one of the largest castles in the country / ©Norbert Aepli / Wikimedia Commons
Cesky Krumlov has one of the largest castles in the country | ©Norbert Aepli / Wikimedia Commons

The Baroque Theater, located inside the Český Krumlov Castle, complete with the original machinery and stage technology, costumes, librettos, looks almost exactly the same as it did when it was built in 1682,. The theater is only open to the public twice a year for opera performances held in simulated candlelight.

Zámek 59, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czechia

Cesky Krumlov castle stage | ©Alexwardle / Wikimedia Commons
Cesky Krumlov castle stage | ©Alexwardle / Wikimedia Commons