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Cesky Krumlov/ Český Krumlov (in Czech), which is located in the southern part of the bohemian region of Czech Republic is a very beautiful and picturesque city. Cesky Krumlov has also acquired the stature of UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is just like a mini version of Prague. It has the same medieval charm just like Prague. It is an ideal town to witness the magnificence of Renaissance and Baroque architectural era.

 Entry to Old Town are of Cesky Krumlov

Entry Arch and Wall for the Old Town

Wooden Bridge Connecting the Old Town of Cesky Krumlov

Wooden Bridge Connecting the Old Town

At the entrance of the castle complex of Cesky Krumlov is a huge high rising arch wall overlooking the typical brown rooftops of the building of the town. On entering the arch the complete feel of the city changes. I felt like I was entering a fairy tale land for real. An entrance arch, followed by a wooden bridge and surrounded by a river. I felt as if I had entered some kingdom from the “Once upon a time in the kingdom of…..” era. To where the vision extended, everything was so picture perfect.

How to go to Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is located close to the German and Austrian border of Czechia thus making it easily accessible from these countries as well. Prague has the best connectivity for Cesky Krumlov. Multiple and frequent buses and train options are available to get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague. Direct bus connections are also available from Vienna (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia). Direct Shuttle Service is also available from many cities like Prague, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Budapest, Bratislava.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Irrespective of its size, Cesky Krumlov has a lot to offer. The majority of the tourists take a day trip. But, Cesky Krumlov is also ideal for a weekend relaxation trip. During the months of July and August, the city becomes a very popular Canoeing and rafting destination. Cesky Krumlov is also popular amongst hikers or people taking 4-5 days long cycling trails.

Here are a few things that can be done in Cesky Krumlov:

1. Visit the Castle

A trip to Cesky Krumlov is incomplete with the visit to the castle. The tour to the castle is a guided one. There are two different routes which tourists can take. Both the routes are an hour long. Route 1 takes you through those areas of the castle which are inspired by Renaissance architecture. Route 2 concentrates on the baroque style of construction. There is also a Theatre tour of 40 minutes which takes you through the famous baroque styled rococo theater. It is one of the best-preserved theaters of the 18th century.

view of the castle complex of Cesky Krumlov

A view of the Castle Complex

 

entry to the castle complex of Cesky Krumlov

Entry to the Castle Complex

area inside the Cesky Krumlov Castle

An area inside the Castle

2. Visit the Chateau Tower and the Castle Museum

A separate ticket has to be bought to visit the Tower and the Museum. You can either buy separate tickets for both or a combined ticket. The museum has a great collection of paintings and artifacts that were used by the castle nobility. If you are not a history enthusiast, the museum tour is not recommended. A visit to the tower is a must. During the peak season, it can get a bit crowded on the top, but Cesky Krumlov looks spectacular from such height

Cesky Krumlov Castle Tower

The Castle Tower

View of Cesky Krumlov from the tower

View of the city from the tower

view of cesky krumlov from the tower

View of the city from the Tower

3. Visit the Castle Gardens

These castle gardens which were founded in the 17th century form the largest part of the castle complex. There are no entry fees for the gardens. They are well maintained and beautifully decorated. During summers the gardens are full of colorful exotic flowers. As the area is very huge it is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes while visiting the gardens or castle complex.

cesky krumlov castle gardens

Castle Gardens

cesky krumlov castle gardens

Castle Gardens

4. Visit the St. Vitus Church

The tower of the cathedral is the second tallest construction in the town. It is built in the very center of the town. The church was built during the reign of the Rosenberg family. It’s as beautiful from the inside as well. Entry inside the church is free. Photography is not allowed inside the church.

cesky krumlov church view

Aerial View of St. Vitus Church

cesky krumlov church view

Entrance of St. Vitus Church

5. Visit the medieval Town Square

The town square is a spectacular area with the lay of land full of cobbled streets. It’s bustling with restaurants, shops, souvenir shops, businesses, and museums. The buildings at the town square are painted in different colors and grant the area a very vibrant appearance. The tall Plague Column is one of the prominent features of the square. Many musicians keep playing beautiful music throughout the day. Taking out some time, sitting on the benches and listening to live music is very soothing even amidst the hustle bustle of the square.

cesku krumlov plague pillar

The Plague Pillar- Town Square

6. Enjoy a Fine Lunch in any Riverside Restaurant

The banks of the Vltava river in Cesky Krumlov are full of restaurants offering mouth watering food from various cuisines. As I am a vegetarian, it becomes difficult for me to try out many food items. But I found this gem of a vegetarian restaurant  ‘Laibon‘. The river becomes more lively, especially during summers. A glass of chilled beer, flavorsome food, the frequent exchanges of Ahoj!!! With the fellow canoers and the company of your loved ones. What else does one need?

7. Attend the International Music Festival

The international music festival is one of the very popular cultural events of Cesky Krumlov. It’s a month long music festival and it started in 1992. If you are visiting somewhere in July or August, you are most likely to witness the festival. The concerts are held mostly inside the castle or in the grounds. Information if the dates, details, and tickets can be found on  TicketStream .

8. Visit the Graphite Mines

In special mining wear and gear, exploring the 70 m deep graphite mines in small trains and on foot is a unique experience. It’s a guided tour through underground tunnels lasting for about an hour and a half. The tours are available in Czech, English, and German. The bookings have to be done in advance.

9. Canoeing and Rafting in the Vltava

During summers many tourists come to Cesky Krumlov for these activities. The depth and flow of Vltava in Cesky Krumlov is ideal for canoeing and river rafting. All it needs is just the right amount of rainfall. Many kayaks, canoe and raft rental companies are there in Cesky Krumlov. They drive you to the start location and also pick you up from the start location.

canoeing in cesky krumlov

Canoeing and Rafting in Vltava

10. Visit the Mirror Maze

Mirrors are always very amusing. Every day we spend a lot of time looking at ourselves in the mirror. So why not have some fun with a mirror maze. The mirror maze in Cesky Krumlov is the largest in terms of the number of mirrors used to construct this maze. It’s a nice activity to have fun and lighten the mood and stress levels.

mirror maze cesky krumlov

Mirror Maze

There is also a variety of museums to be explored in Cesky Krumlov. But I did not visit those as it was summer time and all I wanted to do was be outside in the pleasant weather of Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a jewel town of Eastern Europe. It does not disappoint any tourist. Not only the tourists but the town has enticed the Czechs as well.  The charm of the city makes me want to go back there again and again.

 

 

 


6 thoughts on “Cesky Krumlov- Things to Do”

Claire (@clairebeary94) · July 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Seems like a fun place to visit!!

Zee · July 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

Even though the name of the place itself was too hard to pronounce even by the end of the post, but it sure is a splendid place to visit! I loved taking this virtual tour ☺️

    Prajakta Pendharkar · July 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Haha.. the pronunciation is like chesky kroomlov in english. I am glad you liked the post

ashu@ashstylegourmet · July 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

Hello Prajakta, I was visiting Prague on the 13/14th of this month 🙂 , it sure is beautiful.

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