A Town Called Český Krumlov

A Town Called Český Krumlov

Making our way from Prague to Vienna, we wanted to break up the journey so we decided to spend one night in Český Krumlov.

All week we had heard people mention this small town, and it seemed like no one had actually been there themselves, but had heard it was a great place to visit. We didn’t really know what to expect or what to do while we were there, but as more and more people began to ask me if I would visit there on this trip, I knew I had made the right choice to stop there.

And let me start by saying, this town didn’t disappointed.

As the bus arrived it had just started drizzling. I worried that the rain would ruin the one night we had, but even with grey skies as the backdrop, Český Krumlov sparkled in the distance.

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I couldn’t believe how adorable this town was. And here I’d thought Prague was the most fairytale-like city in EuropeOh how I was wrong.

Český Krumlov’s is a medieval town now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings dating back to the 13th century were so colorful and covered in beautiful trompe-l’œil. At the center of the Old Town stood Český Krumlov Castle, fit perfectly for Rapunzel herself.

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We had been given a Český Krumlov Card in order to make the most of our day there, which allowed us to access the castle and many museums. As the rain cleared up we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to take Wiseman’s free walking tour to learn more about the adorable town we found ourselves in. Our guide Ondrej was simply delightful!

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Wandering up and down the cobbled streets, we eventually made our way up to the colorful castle atop the hill. We stopped to marvel at the bears down below in the castle’s moat– Yes, real bears! How badass is that? I mean, who needs water and alligators or whatever, when you can have BEARS??

We then found out the tradition of bears being kept in the moat actually dates back to the early 1700s.

At the top of the castle we were given stunning views out over the whole town. While we were marveling at the city down below, the sky actually began to slowly shift from grey to blue.

It truly looked like a postcard. Look at these views!

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There isn’t a whole lot to do in the town itself, but there is a lot of biking and hiking that can be done nearby.

I was actually glad there wasn’t much to do as that meant just being able to wander the narrow alleys and enjoy lots of delicious Czech cuisine (and Pilsners) without having to worry about missing out on something.

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I can now see why people raved about this town. It has the fairytale-like charm of Prague without all the tourists, the partying backpackers, and the obnoxious touts.

Český Krumlov was the perfect, quaint European town that I had been hoping for.

Getting to Český Krumlov: we took the Bean Shuttle from Prague and then continued to Vienna with CK Shuttle.

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Have you heard of Český Krumlov?

Disclaimer: we received the Český Krumlov Card from the Tourism Information System Český Krumlov. All opinions, as always, are my own.

 

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6 Comments

  1. November 29, 2014 / 12:11 am

    Český Krumlov!! LOVE this little town. It’s been a few years since I visited, but it was fun “traveling” there through your photos :D Great shots. I have a few from the same vantage point, but yours are much more dramatic than mine! Thanks for sharing :D

    • Beth Williams
      December 15, 2014 / 3:48 am

      Haha, well, the drama came from the unfortunate fact that most of time there was rainy. It did make for fun cloud pictures though!

  2. November 3, 2014 / 2:52 am

    I LOVE Cesky Krumlov! I spent two days there last summer – did the castle and gardens and wandering one day, and then rafted lazily down the river the second day. I much preferred Cesky Krumlov to Prague (while it IS touristy, it’s not nearly as crowded), and definitely tell people they need to stop there for at least a day or two! Glad you really enjoyed it, too – your photos are fantastic!

    • Beth Williams
      December 15, 2014 / 3:47 am

      It is touristy in its own way, but far, far less so than Prague. Rafting down the river sounds like so much fun! We saw a few people doing that while we were there, it’s something I would look into for next time!

  3. October 29, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    So glad people are getting away from Prague. I’ve recently decided to base myself in SE Czech for various reasons. The people are fantastic, the transport links to the rest of Europe are well established, the food and if course te plethora of pilsners are a delight and it is cheap living but to a good western standard. The cycling is immense with a choice between quiet back roads through countless picturesque villages to hiring the hills around the Austrian and Slovakian borders.

    So pleased to read you ventured out of Prague! There are many adorable places like Cesky Krumlov all over the country and it’s a place I’m looking forward to living in and exploring more!

    • Beth Williams
      December 15, 2014 / 3:46 am

      Everyone was so friendly in Cesky Krumlov, it was amazing! I really wish to explore more of the CR outside of Prague on future visits.

      How long will you be living there for?