Prague often gets the credit for being the most picturesque city in Czech Republic. In fact, it typically takes the cake for the most picturesque city in all of Central Eastern Europe. But tucked away in the secret lands of South West of Czech Republic is a fairy tale town that gives Prague a run for its money. If it isn’t on your bucket list- it is now. Say hello to the charming medieval UNESCO world heritage site of Cesky Krumlov.
What does Cesky Krumlov have that Prague doesn’t? Well, for starters, the city is encompassed with lush rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The fertile green backdrop compliments the warm crisp orange and red rooftops. Also, similar to Prague, there is a river dividing the town, yet, instead of offering ritzy expensive restaurants along the coast, Cesky Krumlov offers the cutest cafes, neighborhood pubs, and eco-friendly restaurants up. While meandering through the city, you will take notice of the eclectic styled buildings ranging from gothic, renaissance, and baroque trends.
And to top it off, there is a beautiful castle (second biggest in Czech behind Prague’s Pražský hrad Castle) overlooking the rest of the city. The castle was first contructed in the 13th century and has many additions since then. The best view of Cesky Krumlov is from atop the castle tower (use a student discount).
Unfortunately, we only had a day in this magical town, therefore, we were not able to explore to extensively. With that being said, the town is fairly small and you can definitely capture all of the major sights in one day. But this is the kind of place that makes you want to go off the grid for awhile.
Tips and Advice for visiting:
- Though you can get there by bus, I highly recommend driving if you have a group of people. Since it isn’t the hottest destination, the bus will stop several times before depending on the city. In most cases, it almost doubles travel time
- Use you student id when exploring the castle. I don’t remember the costs exactly but it was a pretty decent discount
- Eat along the river. I highly recommend eating Laibon. Although it is a vegetarian restaurant, don’t be fooled. You can find any cuisine to satisfy your hunger after along day of exploring! Plus, the guy who runs the place is extremely friendly, cultured, and kind (rare to have this type of customer service in Czech Republic)
- Explore the royal gardens
- Holašovice, another UNSECO world heritage site, is a small historic village about 45 minutes outside of Cesky Krumlov. We stopped by here on our way back. Take a look here.
- Klet’ is a 2h30 walking trip from the village of Cesky Krumlov where you will find yourself on the top of this mountain with a really beautiful view when you go on the tower (10-20czk). Perfect if you want to get away of the touristic centre of Cesky Krumlov
For more tips and advice on travel in the Czech Republic- check here!