South Bohemia: The Historic Town and One or Two Chateaux
Thanks to its sumptuousness and the beauty of its interiors, the Hluboká chateau is probably the most stunning of the surprising number of Czech and Moravian chateaus. It was reconstructed in the 19th century in a Neo-Gothic style by Eleonore of Schwarzenberg, who wished to make it into a mini replica of the Windsor chateau. Visitors can admire truly luxurious interiors, mostly richly inlaid with various kinds of wood, parlours boasting endless works of art from various periods and countries, a splendid library, as well as an armoury. Also, the surroundings of the chateau are exceptionally beautiful, as the chateau is located on a hill and surrounded by an English-style park. Tours are available from January to December.
Český Krumlov is a fairy-tale town that has sustained its Gothic and Renaissance character despite the centuries that have swept through it since. Its main focal point is a chateau proudly towering on a rocky promontory. When we look at the town on the opposite bank of the Vltava River from here, it seems as if it was a small island encircled by a meandering river. It’s an architectural gem set among the forests of South Bohemia. Picturesque medieval houses, some of which were reconstructed in the more majestic Renaissance style, characterize the historic center of the town. The area is a pedestrian zone, with cobblestone winding streets lined with tiny shops, cafés and restaurants, offering surprising views of the town. We can also find the Cultural Center of the iconic Austrian painter Egon Schiele, whose mother was born here. The town often became an inspiration to this exceptional expressionist artist. The Center is located in the former Renaissance brewery, hosting various temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
On the way to Krumlov, your guide will inform you of the many wonders of the Czech Republic, and once there, you will enter the chateau garden, the castle courtyards, and the town. You may have lunch in a typical restaurant with medieval cuisine on the bank of the Vltava River and enjoy the wonderful view. We highly recommend this tour.
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THIS TRIP, ACCOMPANIED BY YOUR PRIVATE GUIDE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS:
Tour of the largest chateau complex in Bohemia includes a visit to the chapel, Renaissance interiors of the Rosenbergs, Baroque interiors of the Schwarzenbergs, a hall displaying a golden carriage and the impressive Masquerade hall. The tours are available from April through October.
An absolute rarity of its kind – the only theater in the illusive Baroque style that is so well preserved it still occasionally hosts period operas. The tours are available May through October and require prior booking.
The price of the tour includes the cost of transportation and guide services. We calculated the listed basic price for transportation using a luxury minivan for the minimal duration of the tour. Please add 15 € or $20 for every additional hour.
|Krumlov, Hluboká – minimal duration = 10 hours / minivan*|
|Minivan 1-3 people + guide||350 € = $425|
|Minivan 4-7 people + guide||375 € = $455|
*Alternate modes of transportation are available for this tour by train or bus. The price is considerably lower than using the minivan. We’ll be happy to provide you with a tailor-made calculation.
Why is there a surcharge for a longer tour? Occasionally the tour is prolonged in order to visit a particular monument or allow more free time. In any case, all of this depends on your desires.
Entries to the monuments form a rather small part of the overall cost of your trip. You will pay for them separately and directly. We will include information about entry costs in our e-mail communication.
IN THE FOLLOWING FORM, WE WILL BE ALSO ASKING YOU ABOUT:
Which of the above sights highlighted with a mark would you like to visit inside, beyond the scope of the basic walking tour? You will be asked to pay for entries to the sights directly on spot to their respective box offices.