The Cesky Krumlov State Castle, or commonly known as just Cesky Krumlov Castle, consists of a number of separate attractions. Not all of them were open when I went there, since it was during the off-season. So this review will just focus on the ones that are opened all year-round.
The castle dates back to 1240, and had been in hands of the Rosenberg family for a few centuries. The Rosenbergs were a royal family that ruled Bohemia, which was the name of the land, consisting most of the present-day Czech Republic. The castle has changed hands between royal families, from the 17th century to the 20th century, when the government took control of the castle in 1950. After the end of Communism, it became an UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are steps leading to the castle grounds. Along the way, is a bear pit, where there is an actual brown bear in it. Continuing on, leads to the castle grounds, and the various attractions on it.
One of them is the climb to the top of the Castle Tower. A narrow staircase, as this is the only way to get to the top. There is no elevator. And a dungeon cell along the way, but hard to see, since it is dark. But very much worth it, as there are great views of the town and the river that runs through it.
There is also the Castle Museum, which got into the life inside the castle and the families that lived there. Plus displays of various rooms with period furniture, along with collection of silverware and plates, showing what it was like in the 19th century. Plus paintings of the royalty that stayed there at one point. Worth checking out if time permits.
Other things that may only operate include 2 different tours to 2 different parts inside the castle, and the Baroque Theatre. All of which, can only be seen on a guided tour. Since I did not do these things, I can't really comment on them.
What I can comment on, is that the visit to the Castle Tower is a definite must, as the views from there, can not be any better. And the Castle Museum is worth a look, for those more interested in castle life. These attractions are enough reasons to visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle.
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