View of the city from the Castle

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Why did we go to Český KrumlovRick Steves said it was amazing and I am so glad we took the chance. Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and we can see why.  The town and the castle began in 1240, but really became big when the town was acquired by the House of Rosenberg – a well to do influential Bohemian noble family.  The town mostly had Germans with very few Czech speakers.  It stayed that way until after WWII when most of the Germans were expelled from the area.  The entire town is a huge tourist destination, with most people doing day trips from Salzburg or Prague.  We decided to stay a few days, and not rush through anything.

 

How We Got There and Around

From Prague, we had to take two trains to get there.  The first train took us to České Budějovice which is home to the Pivovar Budějovický Budvar (Budweiser Budvar Brewery).  We arrived in Český Krumlov around 3PM and it was raining pretty good.  We asked the information booth how to get to town and that proved to be not helpful as they said “There is bus that comes every so often or you might see a taxi out front”.  We decided to stop at the bar and wait out the storm with a delicious beer.  We ended up seeing a person who sat next to us on the train, and enjoyed a beer with him.  Dean had traveled to Český Krumlov many times before, and is actually one of the most well-traveled people we have ever met.  After our beers, we walked the 20 minutes into town with our friend Dean.

České Budějovice Train Station
České Budějovice Train Station

Within Český Krumlov, we walked everywhere.  The roads are all cobblestone, which is why we are happy we brought comfortable shoes, still, some people were walking around in heels – yikes!

 

Where We Stayed

We were not able to find an AirBnb, so we stayed at Pension Na Kovárnê.  It really wasn’t like a hotel, but more of a B&B (only had 8 rooms).  The breakfast was quite good and the hotel was comfortable.  Our only complaint was that our room was by the street, and at 6AM we could hear people rolling their bags down the cobblestone.  Note – bringing a wheel bag to an old town like this one is really challenging and probably not recommended.  We actually saw one of those bags wheel’s get busted.

Pension Na Kovárné
Pension Na Kovárné

What We Did

 

The major sight of the town is the castle, which we spent a lot of time at.  The castle has a tower, and a museum about the Rosenberg family and we did both.  We also spent time looking at the Bear Moat, and only saw one bear.  The castle gardens are quite impressive, and done in rococo style.  We spent a full day just walking around the town, gardens, window shopping and tasting beers.  We even met up with our friend Dean twice for dinner and drinks.  Here are our highlights from the town:

View of the town from the Regional Museum
View of the town from the Regional Museum
View of Saint Vitus Church from across the river
View of Saint Vitus Church from across the river
City Street
City Street
Castle and River
Castle and River
View of the city from the Castle
View of the city from the Castle
Main Square
Main Square
View of the city from the Castle
View of the city from the Castle
Castle gardens
Castle gardens
Fountain in the Castle gardens
Fountain in the Castle gardens
Lake in the Castle gardens
Lake in the Castle gardens
Bear in the bear moat at the Castle
Bear in the bear moat at the Castle
View of the city from Castle Tower
View of the city from Castle Tower
View of the Castle from the Tower
View of the Castle from the Tower
View of the city from Castle Tower
View of the city from Castle Tower
Panorama of the City from the Castle Tower
Panorama of the City from the Castle Tower
View of the Castle from Lazebnický most
View of the Castle from Lazebnický most

Overall

Český Krumlov was our last stop in the Czech Republic.  We loved spending time here, enjoying the food, people and beer culture.  For the most part, the Czech Republic was relatively on the cheap side, which helped our trip’s budget.  I can see us coming back and exploring more of what Czech has to offer.

 

What’s Next

Vienna, Austria

Andrea

Loves adventures with Steven, family & friends. If not adventuring with loved ones, I am usually running half marathons, reading books, trying new food, cuddling with Sparky, Brady or Tachy, hiking, playing ice hockey, or rooting for a local bay area sports team. “...when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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