My Kind of Place: Český Krumlov, Czech Republic; David Whitley; The National

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

The Unesco-listed town of Ceský Krumlov, which sits on the banks of the Vltava River, has its historic centre built around a 13th-century castle, writes David Whitley.


It is 25 years since this little town in southern Bohemia was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list, and in that time it has gone from being one of Europe’s best-kept secrets to being a firm fixture on the tourist map. But that doesn’t mean its appeal has dimmed – you would be hard-pushed to find a more beautiful town anywhere on Earth.

Ceský Krumlov is built around a loop in the Vltava River, and most of the buildings in the centre are hundreds of years old. Many architectural styles are represented – from Gothic to rococo – but  Renaissance that gets prime billing.

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