Cesky Krumlov Guide
Discover this South Bohemian Beauty
Český Krumlov is the second most-visited town in the Czech Republic and for very good reason. This UNESCO momument is the jewel of South Bohemia. The small medieval town on the Vltava river is filled with old world town houses, taverns, and twisting cobblestone streets. A magnificent castle rises above like out of some fairy tale.
There is tons to do in Český Krumlov: Castle tours, river rafting, live classical music, a visit to the Eggenberg brewery, or simply enjoying a local beer at one of the many restaurants on the riverbank.
A trip to Kurmlov is essential for anyone who lives in or visits the Czech Republic.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can catch a train to České Budějovice from Prague's Main train station and in Budějovice change for a train that goes directly to Český Krumlov. A ticket from Prague to Krumlov costs approximately 250 CZK and it takes for about 4 hours to get there. If you don't like travelling by train, going by bus will probably be a better option for you.
The best and easiest way to get to Krumlov from Prague is by bus. To travel by bus to Český Krumlov, you can choose to leave from Florenc, from Na Knížecí or from Roztyly, in the south of the city. Though public bus services are good, the fastest and most comfortable are the yellow Student Agency buses that depart several times a day from the Na Knížecí station in Prague (located above Anděl Metro station). They have WIFI, a free beverage and in-ride movies. Seats do sell out fast however, so try to book ahead. A basic ticket costs 195 CZK (7.70 EUR).
For schedules of all the buses visit: www.idos.cz.
WHERE TO STAY:
Malý Vítek is a small hotel with a restaurant, located in the heart of the Český Krumlov historic centre. All three buildings run by the hotel are originally Gothic with some architectural modifications from the Reneissance and later.
Hostel 99 is a friendly, family-owned hostel in a restored 16th century building located just on the edge of the town's center. The hostel offers a variety of accommodation from dorm rooms with unique atmosphere, to private doubles and triples. You can enjoy a meal and a beer in adjoined Hospoda 99 or a cup of coffee in their Deli 99.
Travellers Apartments is located in the heart of the town's historical part, just a few steps from the main square. It offers unique atmosphere, fully equipped kitchen and Internet access. You can chill out after a day of sightseeing in their courtyard restaurant and then get a drink in the hostel bar that is also frequented by locals.
Built to accommodate every budget, Krumlov House offers beds in six-bedded ensuite dorm rooms (no bunks) or private doubles, triples and quads with shared facilities, or private, self-catering apartments. You can cook in the hostel's kitchen, use the wireless internet or watch a movie. All just ten minutes away from the town's centre.
Pension In The Tower
If you're looking for uniqueness, you won't find a better place than Pension In The Tower. It is a little 15th century tower with several small rooms on a couple of levels. It is located near the town's brewery, a 10 minute walk from the main square. The pension has its own parking spots.
WHERE TO EAT
Enjoy a medieval feast cooked on the open fire and czech wine and beer in the stylish medieval themed tavern Šatlava. This reconstructed renaissance building with a capacity of 80 seats inside and of 40 seats on the outside terrace is located in the center of Český Krumlov.
If you've had enough dumplings and you crave something different, you can enjoy southern style cooking in Papa's Living Restaurant. You can try out their wine selection while tanning on the riverside terrace.
Laibon has excellent vegetarian food for fair prices with riverside seating.
U dwau Maryí
U dwau Maryí specializes in cooking czech traditional food - but forget svíčková, here you can taste delicious meals prepared from millet, honey, eggs, legumes, milk, cabbage, mushrooms and fruits. Just what our predecesor used to eat.
Restaurant Krumlovský Mlýn is located in an old mill. You can enjoy czech food in the special setting.There is a vintage motorcycle museum upstairs.
ENJOYING THE NIGHTLIFE
If you feel like having a refreshing cocktail, cocktail bar Apotheka is exactly the place you're looking for. You can even enjoy your drink on the outside terrace.
The Gypsy Bar known locally as Cikánská jizba is the best spot in town to try the flavours of the Roma with pumping live music at weekends.
Antré is the town's theatre café, but apart from coffee, you can also enjoy grilled food in summer. Or you can order one of their varieties of beer and drink it on the terrace. It is the only fully non-smoking bar in Český Krumlov.
Traveller's Bar, adjoined to the Travellers Hostel, is famous for its wild parties, great concerts and delicious absinthe cocktails. Open till the early morning hours, it serves as an excellent meeting point. No matter where your night starts, you'll turn up in Traveller's eventually!
The bar U Krumloše is located outside of the center, but walking 15 minutes to get there is totally worth it. The bar offers a wide selection of rare whiskeys and exotic rums.
WHAT TO DO FOR FUN
Rafting on the Vltava river has become a national sport for many Czech people, but you don't have to be Czech to enjoy it too! You can go for a full two to three day adventure, sleeping in one of many camps in a tent, or you can opt for just going through the town, which can take anywhere from two hours to whole day (depends on how many pubs you visit on the way). There are several boat rentals in Krumlov. Renting a raft is the safest bet for unskilled rafters, but you can also rent a canoe, which is not as stable as a raft. And if you just want to chill out and let the water take you wherever it wants, you can rent a water tube!
Prices depend on the length of the trip and the type of boat you choose. You can pay from 700 CZK to 1500 CZK for a day trip.
You can rent water tubes in a pizza place on Ostrov (across from the Castle) for a 100 CZK.
Český Krumlov's Castle is the town's greatest attraction and for many people is the main reason to visit the town. It wasn't added to the UNESCO list for nothing!
You can choose from two routes, visiting the Castle Theatre or Castle Lapidarium.
Main visiting hours for May - September: 9 - 17
For more than a half of century, the revolving theatre in Český Krumlov has been a significant and world’s unique representative of a natural outdoor theatre with an original design and utilisation of the scenic space. It's located in the castle gardens. This year's program includes the opera Pagliacci or the ballet Romeo and Juliet. For more information go to the theatre's official site.
IN THE AREA
If Český Krumlov is not enough for you, you can always visit some other local places of interest.
Hluboká – This town was a favourite of Charles IV, who often visited when residing in České Budějovice. It is best known for its famous Windsor style chateau.
Kleť - If you want to go for a hike, Kleť is the nearest place to go. It rises 1,084 metres (3,556 ft) above sea level, and on a clear day affords a view of the Alps to the South. You can also visit the observatory.
Lipno – Český Krumlov doesn't have outside pools, but it has Lipno, the largest reservoir in the Czech republic just 20 kilometers away. You can just stop wherever and jump into the water, but if you want to lay down on a beach or even rent a boat, there's a couple of villages you can go to – for example Černá v Pošumaví, Frymburk or Lipno. If you don't have a car, you can easily go there by bus or a train.
Ukradená galerie, or Stolen Gallery in English, is a unique streetart project started in 2010 by two young Krumlov based artists. It's a weekly exhibition, with a different artist every week. Every Sunday at 10 p.m. in Hradební Street people gather around, look at the exposition, talk with the artist and drink wine. Everyone is welcome. The concept is so popular that it has spread to a few different cities and towns, for example Prague, Banská Štiavnica and Linz. If you want to know more, check out the official site (in Czech only).
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