Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

In the south of the Czech Republic, where the Vltava River makes a loop, the city of Cesky Krumlov is located on both sides of it. Famous primarily for its stunningly beautiful castle complex (no wonder it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List), it attracts outdoor enthusiasts, fans of festivals, and romantic couples. To visit Cesky Krumlov means to visit a real Fairy Tale. At every step: in the castle, in the park, over the river, in the narrow streets and in the salt caves, legends and traditions come to life here. And it seems that it is really possible to meet a dwarf carrying a gold bar home at night – after all, this is Cesky Krumlov!

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How to get to Cesky Krumlov

When planning a trip to Cesky Krumlov, it is very important to decide where you will get there from. There is no airport there, it is located away from major Czech cities, and even the railway station is about 20-30 minutes walk north of the center. If the idea of ​​walking after the train does not seem attractive to you, you can always take a taxi to the city: the cars are in the parking lot near the station and at the first call of the client (for about 5 EUR) they will drive him to the city.

But more about the train itself. Unfortunately, there are no direct trains to Cesky Krumlov. But getting with transfers from Prague is actually not at all difficult and not difficult. First you need to get to Cesky Budejovice, and then by train to Cesky Krumlov. Trains from the capital of the Czech Republic depart literally every two hours from the Hlavní Nádraží station, go to the intermediate station from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. In Český Budějovice, after walking a little along the platform, you need to transfer to a commuter train. The schedule is thought out, and if the capital is late, the local is waiting for him. From Cesky Budejovice another 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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By bus you can get from Prague to Krumlov without transfers! Direct flights go from the metropolitan bus stations Florenc (Florenc metro station) and Na Knizhetse (Andel metro station, opposite the Staropramen plant). The last point of departure is becoming more popular, since now you can leave from there every two hours, while from Florenets only once a day, in the morning.

It is better to immediately buy tickets there and back. In all buses, you can pay the fare from the driver too, but then you run the risk of driving without a seat, sometimes even standing, because passengers with tickets with mass printed are always the first to sit down. And only then the remaining empty seats and, sometimes, the remaining space are filled.

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Cesky Krumlov Hotels

Although Cesky Krumlov is a small town and you can get around it in a day, many tourists do not deny themselves the pleasure of staying here for a few days. Fortunately, the city can offer its guests hotels for all tastes. In summer, in the forests along the Vltava (outside the city), you can spend the night at a campsite – very convenient for those who travel by car. Everything is very civilized there: shower, toilet, electricity and lighting.

In the city itself, budget housing is represented by inexpensive hostels such as Hostel 99 or Hostel Merlin. The rest of the hotels and apartments are distinguished by great comfort and democratic prices.

Cuisine and restaurants

In fact, among the great variety of local cafes, bars and restaurants, there are simply no bad ones. Examples of inexpensive and decent restaurants are Hospoda Na Louži, Restaurace Don Julius (there is a menu in Russian), Krčma v Šatlavské, Restaurace Konvice and others. From What is important for long excursions, in the castle complex itself there is also where to eat – in the knight’s inn Tavern Markéta. And then, at the exit from the castle, on the way to the river, you can enjoy marvelous chocolate ice cream in the Bon Bon cafe.

Shopping and shops

In addition to shops with a traditional assortment of beer mugs and magnets, almost every museum has souvenir shops. So in Cesky Krumlov you can buy not only beer brewed at the local Eggenberg brewery. In the puppet museum for children, you can pick up a toy, in the Seidel Photo Studio museum – calendars with views of the city of past centuries, in the Graphite Mine – souvenirs of the corresponding theme, and do not forget to buy a bear cub in the bear shop – the symbols of one of the local rulers.

Entertainment and attractions of Cesky Krumlov

Of course, the main thing people come to this city for is a tour of the castle complex and its beautiful park, where the very beautiful Cascade Fountain is located. You can go wandering around the castle on your own, buying a ticket and a guide in your native language at the box office, or you can wait a bit at the entrance and join one of the groups. It is also necessary to visit the church of St. Vitus, built in the Gothic style, wander through the narrow streets of the city (oh, how beautiful they are at night!), sit on the Vltava embankment and visit numerous local museums. Here is the Fairy Tale House and the puppet museum, the wax museum and the local history museum, the graphite mine and the brewery, and many others. And if you are lucky enough to visit the June “medieval” festival of the Five Petal Rose, then the impressions received will last for a very, very long time.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic