Private guide in PRAGUE
ČESKÝ KRUMLOV CASTLE
I would like to invite you to a fairy tale town Český Krumlov (situated cca 180 km from Prague), which has been part of the UNESCO cultural and natural heritage since 1992. The town is situated in Southern Bohemia in a romantic area of ponds with beautiful countryside along the river Vltava. In the centre there are 300 historical houses and the second largest castle in the Czech Republic with magnificent baroque gardens. There you will see a unique theatre with a rotating auditorium. The castle used to be place of famous aristocratic families - Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs. The oldest baroque theatre in the world is part of the castle as well. The historical city centre has preserved its medieval atmosphere and picturesque narrow streets. You will find lovely little shops with hand made souvenirs there.
|The Masquerade Hall|
|The Gold Carriage|
|The Portraits Gallery of Schwarzenberg family|
|Dutch and Flemish tapestries|
The Baroque Theatre
That is not all the castle complex has to offer. The Baroque theatre is one of the oldest Baroque theatres in Central Europe and one of the best preserved Baroque theatres in the world. Theatre in Český Krumlov has a long, rich tradition, going back to the 15th century. This theatre was built in 1682 by Johann Kristián von Eggenberg and then restored during 1766 by Josef Adam von Schwarzenberg. In 1898 it was closed, only to occasionally be used for festivals in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 it was closed again and did not reopen until 1997. Nowadays, performances take place here several times a year, with actors wearing Baroque attire. There are 13 basic sets, such as those depicting a forest, military camp and prison. The set of the temple features flying putti, suspended blue clouds and spiraled columns reaching into the horizon. Fifty special effect machines have been preserved. Turning a lever of one machine produces the sound of wind. Pushing another machine makes the rumble of thunder. Under the stage the visitor sees how scenery changes were made within eight to 12 seconds, incorporating winches, pulleys and ropes that were attached to the side wings. The inventory also includes 573 original costumes and 2,400 props, stage and lighting equipment. Sixty percent of stage machinery functions today.
The Baroque Theatre
The Chateau Garden
The Baroque Garden with ornate statuary decorating its 18th century, four-tiered, cascade fountain, Neptune perched at the top. Twenty decorated vases also adorn the park. A revolving auditorium used for performances in the summer and the Bellarie summerhouse are also on the grounds. Straight out of a Claude Monet painting, a pond covered in water lilies is another attraction.
Other Places to Visit at the Castle
On the Castle grounds it is also possible to climb the tower with the brightly decorated Renaissance facade
Official web sites of The Český Krumlov Castle : http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu/en/
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