Český Krumlov, a picturesque southern Bohemian town of medieval origin, and the official residence of the Rosenbergs for some 300 years, lies close to the Austrian and German border, 170 km south of the capital city of Prague.
None of the surrounding towns or villages, with their open squares and mixtures of old and new buildings, will prepare you for the beauty of the Old Town. Here the Vltava works its wonders as nowhere else but in Prague itself, swirling in a nearly complete circle around the town. Across the river stands the proud castle, rivaling any in the country in size and splendor.
The unrivalled status of the town led it as early as 1963 to be declared a Historical Municipal Reservation. The significance of Český Krumlov as a unique historical monument has most recently culminated in its 1992 inclusion onto the lists of the International Association of UNESCO. Český Krumlov was added to those monuments of world importance to which exceptional care, attention and support has to be essentially devoted. The unique urban core comprises more than 300 historical buildings and its atmosphere is undoubtedly matchless.
The castle, second largest in Bohemia after the Prague castle, has five courtyards and a large park. It also prides on an extensive collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. Cultural and social events, international festivals of theater and music, art galleries, and historical festivals help to spread the fame of the city today. Due to its vast possibilities for both culture and tourism, Český Krumlov has become a significant cultural, social and business center.