If you missed my Instagram story the other weekend, I went to some really cool towns just across the border in the Czech Republic, with Český Krumlov being one of them. Believe it or not, there is more to the Czech Republic than just Prague!
What’s so special about Český Krumlov? Well, it’s an amazingly well-preserved medieval town dating from the 13th century complete with a castle, winding river, cobblestone streets, and historic buildings. It’s so authentic that it was given the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 1992.
Through world wars, communism, and industrialization, Český Krumlov has retained it’s original medieval roots, making it a wonderful city to visit if you want to be swept back in time.
The tiny old town can be quite crowded, especially in the summer, but the rainy weather helped me get some quieter pictures of the historic city.
P.S. Some practical tips for visiting are at the bottom of the post.
What to Do
- Visit the State Castle and Chateau of Český Krumlov – Even if you don’t pay for the tour inside, you can walk among the courtyards and get the gorgeous views of the city by the Vltava River.
- Canoe the Vltava River – Get a different perspective of the city by canoeing or rafting your way along the Vltava River. You can see some rafters in one of the pictures above. If I had more time in Český Krumlov I would have definitely done this!
- Wander the streets – You can admire the historic buildings, pretty murals, and meandering alleyways of the medieval town.
What to Eat
- Homemade sweet and savory strudl at the appropriately named Cafe Strudl, which is connected to Hotel Latrán. Pictured above are the cherry and cottage cheese and the spinach, blue cheese, and mushroom strudls. Delicious and under 3€ each.
How to Get There
- Český Krumlov is only about a 3 hour drive from Munich. If you’re using public transportation from major cities nearby, this FAQ page has information on buses and trains.
Wondering where else to go in the Czech Republic? Consider a spa town like Mariánské Lázně.