The colored castle tower is the highest point and symbol of this town. From there, the view is absolutely stunning.
This tower also houses the castle's museum. The Rosenberg, Eggenberg and Schwarzenberg families have ruled in this castle from 1302 to the 20th century. The tour of the museum shows us what it was like to live a life of luxury in the past. La vie de chateau. The dining room has a large collection of various porcelains from Europe, China and Japan. It's not always easy to tell the early European porcelain apart from the Chinese, because we used to imitate the Chinese styles and paintings!
This visit reminded me of my blog post about the Favorite Palace 4 years ago. Well preserved European castles are excellent places to find genuine ancient Chinese porcelain and teaware. They show that the tea link between China and the West has been strong for several centuries. And it also shows that today's gongfu cha drinkers are enjoying the same pleasures as those of a castle lifestyle!
|View from the castle tower|
|Early 20th century Yixing zisha teapot with qinghua enamel decoration.|
|Krumlov's Renaissance garden|