Cesky Krumlov is a little, quaint and absolutely stunning fairytale town located in the Czech Republic. From the picturesque cobblestone streets to the delicious food, to the panoramic views – this town is worth the trip.
Stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage site and prepare for an adventure that will take you back in time. The State Castle of Cesky Krumlov is a MUST see on your list. It’s worth your while to go inside and tour the castle, tower, and museum. For history buffs and leisure travelers alike the sights are spectacular. Plus you might even learn something about Bohemian history or at least I hope you do. The top of the tower offers some of the best views of the city and is a great spot to snap a few pictures. While the castle is perched on a large hill, the castle gardens cannot be missed (sightseeing & a workout all in one). The fountain, pond, and greenery in the castle gardens are absolutely breathtaking and are a great picnic spot.
If you’re looking for a little adventure, I highly recommend rafting some of the Vltava River. You can go for a couple hours or the entire day – it’s totally up to you. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day but don’t forget your sunscreen. There are a few places along that river that you can pull over and go for a quick little dip. However, the currents can be extremely strong especially if there’s been a lot of rain so be careful if you decide to go for a swim. The Jesuit Walk up through the mountains leads to the old Jesuit Church in Krumlov and is a beautiful little adventure. This hike is quite short, about an hour there and back but it’s steep and uphill. Though, I would argue the breathtaking views are totally worth the burning hamstrings. It’s a great way to squeeze a little workout into your vacation.
There is no shortage of food in Cesky Krumlov but I ended up frequenting my favourites as I was there for a month. The top of my list easily goes to Laibon, a quaint vegetarian restaurant, with a patio right on the river. The owner, David is an absolute sweetheart and just a wonderful human being. The dragon’s tongues were my favourite dish on the menu and the ice cream sundae comes piled high with fresh fruit and cinnamon. DELICIOUS! Another favourite was Traveller’s Restaurant – designed with the tourist in mind the food is delicious and cheap. You could almost always find me with a sausage and roasted potatoes at this restaurant. Papa’s was a great place to stop in for some pasta or a Margherita pizza overlooking the river. While, Latran was my favourite place to grab a Hawaiian pizza complete with a cream sauce. I highly recommend you check out some of the smerzlina (ice cream) stands. No trip is complete without sausage, potatoes, halusky, ice cream, honey cake, and beer.
BEER. The beer is literally cheaper than water on most menus… so it’s kind of a no brainer right? If you’re not a beer drinker, don’t worry there’s lots of wine and other beverages to satisfy your needs. Apotecka is one of the tastiest bars I’ve ever been too. Their drinks are absolutely delicious and with a full menu, they’re guaranteed to have something just for you. (P.S. They make a stellar Cosmo)
This fairytale town is a treat for the senses and the child in all of us. Frolic through the castle gardens, sip some beer, enjoy the history, take in the architecture and fall in love with the winding cobblestone streets. If you have the chance to visit during the Five Petal Rose Festival – it’s an absolute treat. The entire town goes back in time for a weekend. I won’t say anymore as the rest is up to you. Embrace the adventure.
Have you been to Cesky Krumlov? What are some of your favourite places in the Czech Republic?