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State castle and chateau in Český Krumlov

State castle and chateau in Český Krumlov, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is a touristy place of great importance. It is open to the public from April through October and each year there are estimated 340,000 visitors. It you take a stroll around the complex, you may see the impressive architectural elements typical for an important aristocrats’ residence built between the 16th and 18th centuries. All five courtyards are adorned with precious Renaissance and Baroque frescoes on the walls. Ten-hectare Baroque garden divided into French-style and English-style parts feature cascade fountain and a small chateau lake popular for its relaxing and soothing atmosphere.

images+ck+1.jpgThe interior parts offer two guided tours taking you through historical expositions reflecting interior designs of 16th – 19th centuries, castle tower with a dungeon and a lapidary with a collection of Baroque sculptures. Yet, the most important sight is a true gem of the world’s theater heritage, the famous Baroque chateau theater. It is one of the best preserved theater stages of the 18th century in Europe, still with an almost complete collection of scenes, costumes, and stage technologies.

Visitors are also welcome to visit three galleries showing contemporary ceramics, glass and visual arts in the first, second and fourth castle courtyards. The highest reachable point is the lookout balcony on the castle tower at the height of 35 metres above the second courtyard. The deepest accessible point is the Václavské cellars in the fourth courtyard, 12 meters under the yard surface.

The whole high season is rich in many cultural, social and conference events.

Revolving theater in Český Krumlov

Theater has been a great phenomenon in Český Krumlov since medieval times – it used to be here where new theatrical reforms and traditions were born. If you leave aside the activities of the Jesuit and royal court theaters, then you may say that the local theater is a benchmark for “modern” outdoor theater. The revolving theater came into existence thanks to Joan Brehms (1907-1995), an important stage setter and designer, and the Budweiss theater director Otta Haas.

The first trial performance was produced on June 9, 1958 and it was the Weisenborn’s “Lost Face”. The first revolving auditorium only had a capacity of 60 viewers and had to be operated with manpower. A year later, there was a “large-scale” revolving theater built to seat 400 people. On that day, Haas and Brehms produced Jirásek’s “Lantern”. In 1960, the capacity grew to 550 seats and the whole theater is firmly put in the ground and is operated by electric motor.

The “new” revolving theater put in operation in 1994 was made in Škoda Plzeň. Theater’s capacity is 644 viewers and can be smoothly revolved in both directions with the total weight of 650 tons. This allows bringing in life the original idea which is “to show action as if on a wide screen built around a revolving auditorium standing in front the ‘Bellarie’ gazebo ".

Technical details:

Capacity: 644 viewers, total weight: 650 t, base diameter: 21.3 m, elevation 7.6 m, movement: 4 electric motors 15 KW (1460 rpm), number of wheels bearing the theater: 120.

The revolving theater has hosted 2,810 stage performances and 1,700,000 viewers since its opening in 1958.

Contact details:

Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov
Zámek čp. 59
381 01 Český Krumlov
Orders: +420 380 704 721
e-mail: castle@ckrumlov.cz
fax: +420 380 704 710

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