81.trip: Chateau Hluboká, Holašovice a Český Krumlov – UNESCO

Visit the sites inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List, on which the Czech Republic has 12 sites in total.
Visit Holašovice and Český Krumlov. Take a stroll along the oldest stone bridge in the Central Europe

  • Visit one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic
  • Explore the so called “rural baroque” architectural style in Holašovice
  • Admire Český Krumlov, a true architectural miracle
  • Have a tour in the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic
  • Seat of the Rosenbergs
  • Monuments inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1992 and 1998

You will get to know the part of the UNESCO, the town of Písek and its oldest stone bridge in the Central Europe, the most beautiful castle in the Czech Republic, you will be accomodated in a historical rural baroque house and you will see a true architectural gem – Český Krumlov.

SCHEDULE Duration of the tour
2 days
DAY 1.  DAY 2.
 Departure from Prague: 8.30 am  Departure to Č. Krumlov : 9 am
tour of city Písek
tour of the town Český Krumlov
lunch in a local restaurant lunch in a local restaurant
tour of Hluboká chateau
tour of the castle Čes. Krumlov
tour of Holašovice  tour of the town Český Krumlov
accomodation in a guesthouse including refreshments
dinner in a local restaurant  
End of Day 1 at approx. 5 pm Return to Prague approx. 7 pm

The town of Písek first appeared in written history back in 1243, when its name was mentioned in a royal decree. However, the history of the place it self is much older. Lots of evidence was found that the surrounding area was inhabited by men tens of thousands years before our time.

Písek lies in the Southern Bohemia on the Otava river, whose borders are connected by the oldest preserved stone bridge in Bohemia. Building of large stone bridges was relatively rare in the Middle Ages due to the technical difficulties and excessive costs. The construction of this bridge began undoubtedly during the reign of Přemysl Otakar II., in the second half of the 13th century.

In that times, there was a “Golden Route” going also across this bridge, which connected Bohemia with Bavaria and Upper Austria. In the 16th century, more than 1300 packhorses travelled along this route per week. Nowadays the bridge is declared the National Cultural Monument and is regarded as one of the towns rarest jewels.

Hluboká Chateau was founded as a sentry castle in the middle of the 13th century by Bohemian kings, and as a royal property it was often put to pledge. Several noble houses has ruled the Chateau since its construction.

In 1661, Hluboká was purchased by the Schwarzenbergs, who reconstructed the Chateau twice. First one was in the beginning of the 18th century in Baroque style and later they conducted an extensive reconstruction in romantic Neo-Gothic style. The second reconstruction took place in the years 1840-1871 and included the renovation of the parks Chateau surroundings.

The main influence behind the reconstructions were the journeys of Prince Jan Adolf II. Schwarzenberg and his wife Princess Eleonora to England.

The royal chateau of Windsor was the ideal pattern that the reconstructions tried to attain.

Village of Holašovice was inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1998. It contains nearly completely preserved complex of houses and silos. Those are connected by enclosing walls with gates and arched entryways to the central square. These architectural motives, as well as the preserved decorations (so called Folk or Rural Baroque) on most of the facades give the whole village an unrepeatable ambience and expression.

Český Krumlov is a remarkable architectural jewel, whose importance was sealed by the inscription of the city on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1992.

A unique town area, mainly from the 16th century, has developed over the picturesque meanders of the Vltava river, along with the extensive castle and chateau grounds, which is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, just after the Prague Castle. The first written mentions of Český Krumlov date back to 1253.

The first family who ruled here was Vítkovci and after them, both the castle and their five-petalled rose coat of arms was inherited by their relatives the Rosenbergs. Under their rule, the castle and the town thrived and prospered. In their times, the Rosenbergs were the most powerful family in Bohemia, shadowed only by the king. Český Krumlov is the historic seat of the Rosenbergs.

The Rosenbergs have been discontinued and so the castle went to the Eggenbergs in 1622, and then, after three generations, when they didn’t have direct successors, the heritage comes to the Schwarzenberg family, after 1719.

  Price of the trip 248,- Eur / person

more or less than 4 persons – individual calculation

– If you require a guide, specify it and we will prepare individual price calculation.

  • On all the sights local guides are available and if they can’t speak in your requested language, prepared texts in your language will be provided.
    And of course, we will provide basic information about the trip, sights, and the Czech Republic in written form, possibly accompanied by audio recordings.

Organizer TA Pavlína Fulnečková  https://www.grandafrika.cz/


Město Písek   http://www.pisek.eu/barokni-domy-cp-31-32-v-jungmanove-ulici/d-1039/p1=53
Zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou http://www.zamek-hluboka.eu/fotogalerie/interiery/
Holašovice   http://www.holasovice.eu/fotogalerie/holasovice/
Holašovice Selský dvůr http://www.selsky-dvur-holasovice.cz/fotogalerie/
Unesco Czech http://www.unesco-czech.cz/fotogalerie/
Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov  http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu/fotogalerie/
Město Český Krumlov   http://www.fotogalerie.ckrumlov.cz/php/fotogalerie/