Český Krumlov (pronounced Ches-key Kroom-luv) is fairy-tale town of 15,000 buried in the hills of the southern Czech Republic. With its delightfully cobbled Old Town and colorful castle, Ceský Krumlov is one of those very special places we were lucky enough to visit.
We visited the mighty castle of the Rožmberk family, who ran the city from this perch for three centuries, until about 1600. The strikingly colorful round tower, featuring a 162-step climb to the top, was built to guard the medieval river crossing. You must take a guided tour throughout the castle, which provided us with excellent information about its history.
These two little boys were so cute at the castle so I just had to take their photo.
Český Krumlov is known for being a picturesque town built on a bend in the Vltava River. It is lovely to walk along the river or float down if you have the chance. More to come on that....
Český Krumlov was full of little cobblestone streets and alleys like this one. Even though it's a small town, we spent hours wandering its winding streets that climb towards the castle on the hill.
The Czech people have always been a peaceful people it would seem. They rejoiced when the Nazis left in 1945 and had one day of their own government before a government influenced by communist Soviet Union came into power. They existed as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. On November 17, 1989 a student demonstration in Prague started what is known as the Velvet Revolution. With the collapse of other Warsaw Pact nations and increasing protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced that they would relinquish power. It was called the Velvet Revolution because it went so smoothly. So smoothly that not one Czechoslovakian died or was injured during the coop.
We sat on a bench in the Old Town centre where Hitler once stood in 1938 and a Russian tank rolled through it in 1968 to intimidate locals who were demanding freedom. Very peaceful today.
Czechoslovakia split peacefully into the separate nations of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1,1993. The Slovakian areas which had a different language (Slovak) and demographics than the rest of the country, felt that they would be better served and represented by their own government. The country divided itself along language and cultural lines.
Almost everyone speaks English but I try a few words in Czech anyway which is a very difficult language to learn. Czech these words out:
Hello / goodbye (casual)- Ahoj pronounced AH-hoy. That one's easy but after using it we were told often little children use this..
Hello (more formal)- Dobrý den pronounced DO-bree DEHN
Goodbye (more formal)- Na shledanou pronounced NAH SLED-dah-noh
Thank you- Děkuji pronounced DICK-kwee