Friday, 16 January 2015

Česky Krumlov

Česky Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Old Česky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is named Česky Krumlov to differentiate it from Moravsky Krumlov in South Moravia. Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14th through 17th centuries. The town's structures are mostly in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles.  Česky Krumlov was seat of Duchy of Krumlov.

8,662 inhabitants lived in it in 1910, including 7,367 Germans and 1,295 Czechs. During the interwar era it was part of Czechoslovakia. Between 1938 and 1945 it was annexed by Nazi Germany as part of the Sudetenland. The town's German-speaking population were expelled after World War II and it was given to Czechoslovakia. During the Communist era of Czechoslovakia, Krumlov  fell into disrepair, but since the Velvet Revolution of 1989 much of the town's former beauty has been restored, and it is now a major holiday destination popular with tourists from Germany, Austria and beyond, as far as China.
In August, 2002. the town suffered from damage in the great flood of the Vltava River.

This was only a little about the history of the city. And as for me, well, this is the second time I've been to Krumlov and every time I felt like I've entered into a fairy tale, especially this winter when it was covered with snow. It's a beautiful town, I get the impression that Andersen, while he was writing his fairy tales, had in mind  city such as Česky Krumlov.
I'll be baaaack!

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