Out in the countryside of the Czech Republic, lies a small town beaming for exploration. It’s quaint, cobblestone streets beckons travelers from all over the world to come and stop in for the day or even stay a night or two.
Just a quick bus ride from Prague, Cesky Krumlov should be at the top of your list when visiting this region of Europe. The old town of Cesky Krumlov is an UNESCO World Heritage Site based in the South Bohemian Region. The charm of an old town is alive and well, after a visit I can see why many people are drawn here.
Each twist and turn of the narrow streets led to a new surprise. Small boutique cafes, hot trdlenik sold on each corner, and little shops made for postcard moments. Taking the ride out to the town from Prague, we had done little planning before arriving. We ascended into the town and could see the castle across the river bend, and knew we wanted to make our way there. As we climbed up the steep hill and looked back into Cesky Krumlov, the views were just breathtaking. Fall foliage framed each view, making each brick roof top pop out a bit more.
Out of the many places in Europe, Cesky Krumlov has to be one of my favorites to date. There was this old world charm that brought you back into another era, and made you “ooh and ah.” It’s the kind of place that sweeps you off your feet.
A Quick Travel Guide to Cesky Krumlov
How to Get to Cesky Krumlov
- It is easily reached by bus at the Náměstí Míru station. Tickets range in price, and I highly suggest booking in advance as the seats do fill up. Book with Student Agency, as their busses are equipped with great chairs, individual televisions and complimentary beverage service. The total trip time each way is 2 hrs 50 mins with buses leaving almost every hour.
What to See in Cesky Krumlov
- There is much to take in, and the views are breathtaking. See the Cesky Krumlov Castle, walk to the top and take in the views. When you walk over the draw bridge, keep your eyes peeled for the bears that guard the gates (yes, real live bears!). Making your way to the top, you’ll want to stop every ten feet to snap photos, so have your camera ready. At the top, take some time to explore the extensive Castle Gardens that are delightful. Making your way back into town, head to the historic center, and checking out the historic buildings. The church of St Vittus is also worth heading into to see the gothic style. If you have time, Museum Fotoatelier Seidel is an interest not only for photographer enthusiasts.
Where to Eat in Cesky Krumlov
- The dining may be somewhat limited in town, so keep that in mind when coming in for a few days. For lunch, MLS Creperie can be a good choice for a lighter fare with hearty salads. Of course, some Trdelnik is a must for an afternoon snack. For dinner, we got lucky and stumbled upon the famous Krcma v Satlavske Ulici, which is known for their local fire-roasted meats and sausages. This was a highlight meal, didn’t cost much at all, and I’d recommend not missing it when you’re there.
Where to Stay in Cesky Krumlov
- Penzion Delanta, Hotel Zlanty Andel, and Hotel Konvice would be great choices for places to stay.
Where to Take Photos
- Top of Castle
- By the river bend
- Ascending into town
- Town Square
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