When we think about visiting Czech Republic, Prague is the most visited and famous destination, but only three hours away there is a less known travel gem, included in the UNESCO heritage list, which we invite you to discover: Cesky Krumlov.
This medieval town, located in the South Bohemia region, is a really special place to visit that will make you feel like going back in time.
Main reasons to discover Cesky Krumlov:
- this charming medieval town built between the curvy waters of the river Vltava is considered to be one of the most picturesque towns of Europe
- the majestic 13th century castle on top of the hill, dominating the town, is an architectural pearl, built with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque influence
- the river offers exciting activities such as rafting or floating city tours
- you can discover many interesting stories and legends, including about local beers.
Our recommendation is to visit Cesky Krumlov for one day or for one weekend trip, combining it with your visit to Prague, as it is a very calm town. Of course you can spend more time here if you are in search of the tranquility you will find around.
How to get there:
If you don’t travel by car you can take a bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and the journey will take about 3 hours. There is also a rail station in Cesky Krumlov, but not with direct connections with Prague.
We booked our bus tickets online from https://www.studentagency.eu/en/
Where to stay:
Since Cesky Krumlov is a small town most of the options for accommodation are in B&B houses, villas or boutique hotels. Have a look online for availability, reviews and prices. You will find plenty of charming rooms and with quite reasonable tariffs.
Where to eat:
Most of the restaurants are either in the centre of the town or by the river. Some are very traditional, others are more standard, but they all serve good food. We ate in a cute traditional restaurant by the river and also in a pizzeria close to the castle. We were not looking for any gourmand experiences, but only for good food to enjoy and then continue our visit.
Top 5 things to do in Cesky Krumlov:
Leap on an imaginary journey back in time
Walk through the narrow medieval streets, admiring the town, and allow yourself to feel taken back in the middle ages. There are charming small squares, bridges, arcades, even a mill, that will feed your imagination and impulse this experience. Also, every year in June there is a special event, the Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations, which will recreate the medieval atmosphere.
Take a guided tour of the Cesky Krumlov castle
If you look up towards the hill the castle and its main tower will surely offer you an impressive image and you will want to explore it. It is easy to reach and it’s a great opportunity to hear the stories and legends of the area from the very knowledgeable guides. Discover the impressive construction, the medieval dungeon and the rich interior that also includes a 17th centre Baroque theatre. Last but not least, it offers great spots for observing the amazing panorama from either the high tower or from the outside terraces.
Explore the 11 hectare castle park
After visiting the castle the best way to continue your visit is by taking a walk through the castle gardens that are impressive both in size and in beauty. Depending on the season the park will have a specific charm and you will find here also beautiful fountains and alleys.
Have a floating city tour or rafting experience on the river
We recommend you to read the reviews of the local agency (Maleček rafting & canoe) and decide which one is more suitable for you: the calm floating tour around the city or the more exciting rafting on the river waters.
Visit the buildings of the historical Pivovar Eggenberg brewery
The brewery has a history that dates back to 1560 and has had quite an interesting course, but still keeping the spirit and tradition. Unfortunately, the inside tours are currently cancelled, but you can still have a walk near the buildings of the brewery. More information about it can be found here: eggenberg.cz.
So now we hope Cesky Krumlov will be included in your next travel plans for Czech Republic and you will like it as much as we did.