Cesky Krumlov: A picture-perfect medieval town
Escape into the Czech countryside and back in time
Cesky Krumlov offers a can’t miss medieval Old Town, nestled among rolling green hills. Visiting this Czech town is a journey both into the South Bohemian countryside and back in time.
Our favorite activity was just wandering the charming maze of streets – eating, drinking, shopping and snapping photos. The Czech Republic tourism site describes this perfectly: “The Renaissance facades of painted houses, traditional artisan shops and medieval taverns create an inimitable labyrinth in which you’ll want to simply lose yourself.”
The South Bohemian countryside offers natural wonders as well. Float or paddle the peaceful Vltava River, both in town and further afield, among castles and monasteries. Active opportunities include biking, hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
Historic Cesky Krumlov
It’s well-preserved historic center is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, with picturesque highlights including a dramatic castle, beautiful churches, and colorful historic buildings.
Founded in the Middle Ages to support the estate of notable noble families, Cesky Krumlov’s peaceful history means that many Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features are still intact.
A 13th century castle complex watches over the town from its hilltop perch and is a must visit.
Enjoy the architecture, history, the famous Baroque theater, and a moat with bears in it. Interior and exterior tours are available. Be sure to climb the tower and/or visit the gardens or nearby viewing platform for sweeping city views.
Visiting Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov can be visited as a (long) day trip from Prague, but it’s worth spending one or two nights. The morning, evening and nighttime hours are a gorgeous respite from the day tripper crowds. There are many quaint places to stay in the heart of the car-free Old Town.
Travel from Prague via train, bus, shuttle or car. We took the train one way and a bus the other to experience both. Cesky Krumlov can also be visited from Vienna, Austria.