Český Krumlov is close to the Šumava National Park, the Czech Republic's largest national park at 70,000 hectares. These mountains lie along the border with Austria and Germany and offer a range of natural habitats - peat bogs, Alpine meadows, primeval forests, lakes, and rivers. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists, and canoeists on the Vltava plus skiers come winter. See www.npsumava.cz for further information. Some other day trips are listed below…
Rožmberk Castle (Hrad Rožmberk)
Rožmberk nad Vltavou
Tel. 380 74 98 38
Rožmberk Castle is perched upon a rocky outcrop above the Vltava 24km (40 mins by bus) from Český Krumlov. It was the seat of the powerful Rožmberk (or Rosenberg in German) family in 14th century but the castle was actually begun in the early 13th century. Reservations are recommended for tours that include various legends and ghosts, an armoury, art gallery and various collections, as well as the magnificent castle and two-storey chateau. Explanation sheets in 12 languages are available free of charge.
Admission 140/80Kč, grand tour 200/150Kč, torture room 20/15Kč.
Open June to Aug 09:00 - 17:15; May & Sept 09:00 - 16:00; Apr & Oct Sat & Sun only 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Mondays. Off season tours must be arranged in advance.