I Czech it out

Bo­hemian city is a gilded repos­i­tory of cul­tural trea­sures

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page - JU­DITH ELEN

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IN the deep heart of Mit­teleu­ropa (Cen­tral Europe), long iso­lated from the West, the Czech Repub­lic has pre­served a his­tory of gilded baroque palaces and me­dieval monas­ter­ies. Less than three hours by train south from Prague, Cesky Krumlov in south­ern Bo­hemia has sur­vived war, Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion and Soviet com­mu­nism.

The city is on the UNESCO World Cul­tural Her­itage list. Gaze through a win­dow on to ev­ery­day town life through the ages at the Re­gional Mu­seum (Horni 152).

Ne­olithic axe heads, Re­nais­sance suits of ar­mour and painted wooden saints stand next to a Baroque town phar­macy (the Je­suit apothecary), tra­di­tional cos­tumes, fur­ni­ture and a unique 1:200 scale model of the his­toric town cen­tre.

A parch­ment of 1309 con­tains the first known men­tion of the town. More: mu­seum-krumlov.eu.

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The city of Cesky Krumlov in south­ern Bo­hemia is on the UNESCO World Cul­tural Her­itage list

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