Ambling around the town’s crooked ulices is the best way to get lost in Český Krumlov’s 750 years of history. Bring solid walking shoes for the uneven cobblestones.
Part of the fun is to get lost in its maze of cobbled ulices, while the Vltava River rushes along from almost every direction, adding to the confusion. Walking the length of Latrán from Budějovická Gate (map) to the town square, Náměstí Svornosti (map), up Horní (map) and across the bridge to the Barbakán (map), will take about an hour if you’re interested in stopping and gawping at sites.
State Castle and Chateau (map) is the most-visited site in town and is composed of the Little Castle (Hrádek) hosting the Castle Museum, the six-storey Chateau Tower (map) from the Renaissance period, the Chateau, the Baroque Castle Theatre, the Chateau Garden, the Gothic Wenceslaus Cellars, and a lapidary with stone sculptures.
Český Krumlov hosts a number of festivals and other events each year including the Five-Petalled Rose Festival (a reference to the rose of the Rosenberg crest), which is held on the summer solstice weekend.
There are no bad places to eat in Český Krumlov, but some are better than others. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from the tourist restaurants.