Cesky Krumlov Czech medieval Old Town

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.

Cesky Krumlov is the perfect getaway from Prague and should be part of any trip to the Czech Republic.

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.

Historical Czech town: Cesky Krumlov
The Czech town of Cesky Krumlov is historical and colorful

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.

Cesky Krumlov Castle over Old Town
Cesky Krumlov's 13th century castle watching over Old Town

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.

Historic street in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Explore historic buildings, colorful facades and cobbled streets
Cesky Krumlov Old Town view
Brave the crowds at the small Seminarni zahrada park/garden for Old Town views
Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov
Relax, eat and drink along the Vltava River at cafes or parks
Cesky Krumlov river view: Old Town and Saint Vitus Church
This riverside cafe offered views of the Vltava, Old Town and Saint Vitus Church
Castle garden view of Cesky Krumlov
Visit the castle's gardens and nearby viewing platform for sweeping views of this picture-perfect Czech town and surrounding countryside