I always like to visit the ‘less visited’ places and although Cesky Krumlov is no longer a complete hidden gem, it’s still pretty hidden and unheard of.
Cesky Krumlov is a town 3 hours south of Prague, to get there it’s best to take a bus from Prague with the company Student Agency which will cost £5 one way.
Once there you can see everything on foot.
I had read that it’s a popular day trip from Prague (and I can certainly see why) and therefore if you have the time then to stay overnight so that you get to see the town a little quieter in the evening and the next morning when the day trippers aren’t there and as I was heading south anyway and didn’t need to go back to Prague this is what I did!
I stayed at Krumlov house which was a great choice. The owners- a Canadian couple are so welcoming and friendly and it feels more like a guesthouse than a hostel, I paid £13 which was more than I had wanted to pay but the quality of the hostel was really worth it.
Once I had checked in the only thing to do was to head out and explore. I had seen a few photos online of the town especially from above from the castle which is prominently located where it can be viewed wherever you are in the town so I wound my way through the streets (which were pretty busy with groups of tourists) and I couldn’t believe how picture perfect it was. I felt like I had gone back in time with the cobblestone streets, barely any cars and the beautiful buildings.
The great thing about the castle is that it’s free to walk around the grounds and although it was a bit of a dull day the view over the town was amazing and just what I had seen in the photos. As you keep walking around the castle you come upon some amazing and beautifully kept gardens too.
The afternoon was pretty much spent in awe of the town.
There’s one vegetarian restaurant in the town which the hostel highly recommended and as I sat outside by the river and enjoyed my food and a very cheap Czech beer the sun started to appear behind the clouds and later followed an amazing pink and purple sunset.
I woke up the next day to blue skies and if i thought the town was pretty the day before it was even better today! I headed straight for the castle so I was there when it opened at 9:00am and although there were a few people there it was beautifully quiet so I took some photos and soaked up the views before it started to get busy, I took a walk down the river and then did some people watching in the main square before I had to leave.
I loved Cesky Krumlov so much and it quickly flew to the top of my favourite places list. I had some expectations for it but it was even better than I imagined!
If you are visiting Prague then you have to make time to visit this charming town and if you have the time I would recommend staying for a night (or even two nights as there’s plenty of activities to do around the town) and you’ll get longer to appreciate it but if a day trip is all you can do then the 3 hour journey there and back is really worth it!
I got picked up from my hostel by a company called CK shuttle who took me to Vienna and this cost about £22. To leave Cesky Krumlov your only options are to go back to Prague or to head into Austria.