Always changing, yet never truly changed
Hotel OLDINN has preserved all of its authentic atmosphere and architectural heritage for nearly 600 years. Entering the hotel, you can feel all magical stories and legends of Český Krumlov. The hotel consists of three historically and architectonically connected buildings.
- The first building (Golden Crown) was built in the Gothic style and has a wonderful room on the main floor. It is called the Chapel and was constructed with Gothic arched rib vaults.
- The second building, the Municipal Court, originally served as a place to house the town’s official visitors. It was rebuilt in the 19th century and since 1850, it has been used as the District Court.
- During renovations of the last building, Hodek’s House, wooden Renaissance ceilings and wall paintings from the 16th century depicting scenes of Ovid’s Metamorphoses were found on the second floor.
We are proud of many stories connected to our hotel. Such as the one about the town painter Simon, who lived here for several years around 1424. Or Petr of Rosenberg, a civil servant and educator of Václav z Rovného, who made late-Gothic renovations. After 1599 the buildings were used to brew and serve a homemade beer. Records from 1716 tell us a story of a baker who baked famous sweet gingerbread here.
If you want to explore all stories and legends, there is no better place to start from.
10 SHORT STORIES
1. First, written memory is from the year 1424 and speaks about a painter Simon who was known for his magical colors. The lord Rosenberg himself once asked the talented painter to paint all the rooms in his castle to get rid of ghosts.
2. Václav z Rovného, a Rosenberg civil servant and educator initiated construction of the domestic chapel in 1484. He wanted to make a place where knowledge, prayers, and beliefs come together in harmony.
3. In 1510 a businessman and town council member Ondřej Fridburgar was importing foreign spices. One story says that local actors from the castle theater-used his chilly to make them cry on stage.
4. Around the year 1658, Jan Nygrín was brewing and serving beer, which was so strong that one lord, after drinking a couple of them, lost his memory for the whole week.
5. Between years 1678 and 1689 a master coin minter Filip Ignac Háckel was making coins here. An old legend says that each Christmas he gave half of the coins to poor people of Český Krumlov.
6. In 1716 young Abbott Osvald started to make gingerbread because he fell in love with a lady from the castle. He sent her these sweet presents as the sign of his affection until she fell in love with him.
7. In years 1739 – 1784 couple of friends were making hand-crafted cabinets from linden trees supplying the whole town. For some time Český Krumlov was known as linden town.
8. If you lived in the town in the year 1849 you could be sentenced and imprisoned at the same time in the same building. First, two floors served as a county court and the ground level as court jail.
9. In the 20th century, all inhabitants of the town were washing dirty laundry in this building. Some say that the richest people in the town, came here to wash their dirty money.
10. From the 1950s the building has been used as the town hotel. Many of our guests claimed that sometimes they could hear a soft voice telling exciting stories from the past. So listen closely maybe you will hear one too.