Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful town of 13,300 inhabitants located in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Like Prague, the town is situated on the Vltava River and is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars, features a spectacular castle (the second largest in the Czech Republic), and an old-town square. The town’s appearance is little changed since the 18th century and the buildings have been well maintained and restored. In 1992 Cesky Krumlov was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List
How to get there
Take a plane to Prague and then you can take a bus from the city, (or if you are already in any other nearby city or town of Bohemia) and get to Cesky Krumlov this way is easier, faster, and cheaper than by train (we talk about public transport). Upon arriving in Cesky Krumlov, there are two bus stops: the first is north of the castle, the second is the main terminal and is located east of the main square. Both stations are about a five to ten minute walk from the main square. Check which stop is closest to your accommodation before your trip.
If you decided to go there by train, Czech Railways operates train service to Cesky Krumlov, via Ceske Budejovice (from Pržíue Hlavni Nadrazi train station). The train leaves every 2 hours, and in 3 hours 22 minutes you will arrive Cesky Krumlov. The train trip requires a transfer at Ceské Budejovice.
What to see
First Cesky Krumlov State Castle and Chateau; this is a castle complex and is the most-visited site in town. You can walk through the castle complex for free, or you can pay for either a guided tour of the interiors and the unique Castle Baroque Theater or pay a small entrance fee to walk up to the top of the castle tower. You will need at least two hours for this sightseeing (get some food with you). The best approach to the castle is from Latrán. As you approach the castle, you cross the Bear Moat, where you can see the famous Krumlov bears. Put a few coins in the slot to keep them fat and happy. The second castle courtyard features the entrance to the castle tower. The staircase is extremely steep so be careful, but once you climb the top you will get a 360-degree view of the town.
Regional Museum has permanent exhibitions of Bohemian antiques, geological fossils, archaeological finds from the nearby Celtic oppidum, and interesting rotating exhibits of local interest.
Muzeum vltavínů is something unique you can find in the South Bohemia only. The moldavite is a precious stone born in the big meteorite impact 15 million years ago. The brand new museum describes the whole story in an entertaining way. The exhibition is trilingual (English, German, Czech) The funny thing is, the meteorite fell into today’s Germany, but the moldavites were blown away by the impact and are to find only here, 300 km from the crater.
Egon Schiele Centrum Museum is devoted to one of the world’s most famous artists, Gustav Klimt. He set up his easel for a short time in Cesky Krumlov, painting the tortured landscapes of his famous Dead Town series, and young girls in compromising poses.
What to do
Rafting on the Vltava River. You can rent rafts on several locations and hostels in and out the town, and near the camping area as well. The river can become faster flowing in summer months after rain. Tubing on the Vltava River. Get proper instructions on how to navigate the weirs through town, or you could end up with some small injuries as a souvenir of your visit.
The Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations is a great chance to feel the spirit of the Renaissance. For three days you can enjoy jousts, craft fairs, medieval music, street plays, and fencing duels to culminate with the highlight of the festival – a spectacular procession in historical costumes featuring knights on horseback and many notables linked with the history of the town. This year it will start 19 of June and end on 21 of June 2015. Admission fee to the historical center in those days is usually 150-200 CZK per person. Book your rooms in advance, because the town is packed during this festival.
International Music Festival Cesky Krumlov has indoor and outdoor concerts during the months of July and August. If tickets are sold out, you can still find an outdoor pub and soak in the sounds and post-concert fireworks.
The good thing about Cesky Krumlov is that all accommodation is within an easy 10-minute walk to the town square. You can stay in any of the numerous hostels, pensions or hotels, but also you can go camping at the Vltavan Campground, Novi Spoli suburb (next to the Vltava River, about a 30 minute walk from the main square.