In this guide, I’ll talk about how to go to Cesky Krumlov, what to see in the city and which hotel to choose for your vacation.
Český Krumlov (Český Krumlov) is a traditional South Bohemian town on the banks of the Vltava. Colored houses with tiled roofs, a castle on a rock, a wooden bridge, stone pavements – when you find yourself here, it seems that you find yourself in a fabulous medieval city. However, this is a real city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The first mention of the city dates back to the 13th century. The construction of the city was then carried out at the ford across the Vltava. At that time there passed the important trade route of Bohemia. The city takes its modern look around the 18th century.
How to get to Cesky Krumlov
There is no airport in the city, so you can only get from Prague. The distance from the capital is 175 km, by car this distance is covered in 2 hours.
If you arrive at the Prague airport and the hotel is booked in Cesky Krumlov, it is better to book an individual transfer to get to the hotel faster and relax. Transfer will cost you from 110 euros (at this price you can order a car on this site ).
You can also get to Cesky Krumlov from Prague by rented car. You can rent both at the airport upon arrival, and later, in the city. I wrote all the details about car rental in Prague in a the article , I recommend that you read it. On the way, you can drop into the cities of Pisek and Ceske Budejovice , as well as the famous Hluboká nad Vltavou castle , or visit other Czech attractions.
If you are looking for a budget way to get to Cesky Krumlov, then it is worth using public transport – by bus or train. The bus service is very well established, buses on the route depart every hour. It takes 3 hours. The most popular carriers on the route are Leo Express, RegioJet, Flixbus . Tip: in order not to check the website of each carrier, go to omio.com and find there a suitable bus or train flight. There you can buy tickets without commission (it is better to do this in advance, especially in high season). Tickets cost from 5 euros.
It is difficult to get directly by train – only one flight per day. If you arrive in the afternoon, you have time only for flights with a change in Ceske Budejovice. Tickets cost from 10 euros.
Map of Cesky Krumlov
Below is an interactive map of Krumlov with hotels.
Sights of Cesky Krumlov
Sights of Krumlov are located quite compactly, you can even see them in a few hours (of course, you need to allocate more time to visit museums or the castle).
Place de la Concorde (Náměstí Svornosti)
Concorde Square is the main square of the city. In the center of the square there is a plague column, and houses surrounded by sgrafitto technique surround the square.
Also on the square is the City Hall (Stará radnice) , dated 1580. In the cellars of the Town Hall there is now a museum of torture (entrance 100 kroons).
In December, the Christmas market unfolds in the main square . They say Christmas Krumlov is very beautiful!
Church of St. Vitus (Kostel svatého Víta)
The Church of St. Vitus of the 15th century is the main Cathedral of the city. Built in the traditional Gothic style at that time. Entrance to the Cathedral is free.
Krumlov Castle (Chateau Český Krumlov)
Český Krumlov Castle is perhaps the main attraction of the city. By the way, he is the second largest in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle!
The Krumlov Castle was built in the 13th century on a rock and is a complex of various buildings: 5 courtyards, more than 40 buildings, a theater, a park and several bridges.
You can walk around the open territory of the castle for free, including a walk to the observation deck by the restaurant.
Entrance to the castle is paid – 150 korunas, and to the tower – 50 korunas. Excursions around the castle during the summer season are held from 9:00 to 18:00. The tower offers panoramic views of Krumlov, but, in my opinion, the view from the observation deck is just perfect!
A separate attraction is the Plášťový most in the castle, which is a three-story arched corridor.
Another unusual attraction is the Rotating Auditorium (Otáčivé hlediště) in Krumlov Park. Very interestingly done – during the performance, the hall rotates, making the performance more interactive.
Monastery of the Knights of the Red Cross (Minoritský klášter)
Or a minority monastery. Another attraction of Krumlov. Entrance to the monastery is free from 9:00 to 17:00. In the center of the monastery is the Church of God’s body. There is also a brewery in the complex – as without it!
Museums in Cesky Krumlov
The most popular museums in Krumlov:
- Museum of Local Lore
- Fairytale house (300 historical puppets and puppet theater on display), entrance 80 CZK
- Vltavin Museum (its exposition is dedicated to the unusual Vltavin stone, or “bottle stone”), entrance 150 CZK
- Motorcycle Museum in the building of the old mill (more than 20 motorcycles of different production) – entrance 50 korunas.
Photo by Cesky Krumlov
A few more photos of the city:
Transport and parking in Cesky Krumlov
The historical center in the city is a pedestrian zone, so transport does not go there, and it is not needed. All within walking distance. The railway station is 30 minutes from the center.
Parking is paid – from 5 to 35 korunas per hour. But in the yards you can find free ones – you just need to drive off a little.
If you are staying overnight in Krumlov, it is highly likely that your hotel or guest house will have parking. We were allowed to leave the car right under the window for free. The main thing is to indicate your car number when checking in.
Hotels in Cesky Krumlov
Hotels in Cesky Krumlov are much cheaper than in Prague, therefore, you can greatly limit your choice. Guest houses (Pension) are very common in the city, they differ from the hotel in that there is no reception and no additional services are provided, but the hostess of this house meets you and hospitably escorts you to your cozy room (with its own amenities, as a rule) . Almost all hotels are located in a 5-maximum 10-minute walk from the central square.
Hotels in the center of Cesky Krumlov
If you basically want to live in a hotel. And not a guest house, then here are a few options:
Hotel Garni Mysi Dira 3 * (8.6) – the most budget option from 50 € per night for a double room
Hotel Grand 4 * (8.6) – from 62 € with breakfast
Krčínův Dům 4 * (8.5) – very beautiful interiors, from 90 €
Hotel Bellevue Cesky Krumlov 4 * (8.7) – a chic hotel with a restaurant, a wine cellar, a free sauna, everything is very worthy in the photo – why can’t I just say 4 *.
There are 1 or 2 five-star hotels, but the rating is less than 8 points, therefore, I will not recommend it, if you’re interested, look for yourself – I wrote how to use hotel reservation systems here .
Guest Houses in Cesky Krumlov
Price for guest houses starts from 22 €. I will recommend a few.
Penzion po Vode 3 * (9.4), from 37 €. We lived in this guest house. Friendly hostess (explained by a mixture of Russian and Czech, understand each other without problems), everything is clean, comfortable. The house has 3 guest rooms. We lived in a small room in the attic. They allowed the car to be left right under the window for free. The view of the Vltava is both relaxation and peace. Breakfast (for an additional fee) was not ordered, because early left for Hallstatt – drank tea in the room (there are different mugs, glasses, a teapot, tea coffee). Walk to the main square for about 10 minutes (very slow steps), the nearest restaurants – literally 5 minutes, just cross the river.
Two more highly rated guest houses:
Pension Galko 3 * + (9.1) от 39€
Pension Jana 3 * (9.5) from 40 €
Excursions to Czech Krumlov from Prague
If you do not plan to stay overnight, then you can book excursions to Krumlov from Prague.
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