Get a glimpse of shopping life during the old empire
An unexpected find in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov has nothing to do with the town's well-preserved medieval period.
The museum of commerce may not sound like a top attraction - and it isn't - but the 10-15 minutes it takes to visit is perfect for a short detour from the picturesque streets of the old town. This unique collection, displayed appropriately in a centuries-old merchant house, is devoted to business in the late 19th and early 20th century. Shop scenes with old cash registers, scales and products give visitors a quick glimpse into life just before and after the turn of the last century, prior to the Czechoslovakia gaining independence from the Habsburg Empire in 1918. For the design lovers in particular, the old advertising plates are a real treat.
It's short and sweet, and also free. The shop, which is about half of the floor space, has plenty of reproductions of vintage signs and other memorabilia available to buy for unique souvenirs.