Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful town of 13,300 inhabitants located in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Like Prague, the town is situated on the Vltava River and is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars, features a spectacular castle (the second largest in the Czech Republic), and an old-town square. The town’s appearance is little changed since the 18th century and the buildings have been well maintained and restored. In 1992 Cesky Krumlov was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
How to get there
Take a plane to Prague and then you can take a bus from the city, (or if you are already in any other nearby city or town of Bohemia) and get to Cesky Krumlov this way is easier, faster, and cheaper than by train (we talk about public transport). Upon arriving in Cesky Krumlov, there are two bus stops: the first is north of the castle, the second is the main terminal and is located east of the main square. Both stations are about a five to ten minute walk from the main square. Check which stop is closest to your accommodation before your trip.
If you decided to go there by train, Czech Railways operates train service to Cesky Krumlov, via Ceske Budejovice (from Pržíue Hlavni Nadrazi train station). The train leaves every 2 hours, and in 3 hours 22 minutes you will arrive Cesky Krumlov. The train trip requires a transfer at Ceské Budejovice.
What to see
First Cesky Krumlov State Castle and Chateau; this is a castle complex and is the most-visited site in town. You can walk through the castle complex for free, or you can pay for either a guided tour of the interiors and the unique Castle Baroque Theater or pay a small entrance fee to walk up to the top of the castle tower. You will need at least two hours for this sightseeing (get some food with you). The best approach to the castle is from Latrán. As you approach the castle, you cross the Bear Moat, where you can see the famous Krumlov bears. Put a few coins in the slot to keep them fat and happy. The second castle courtyard features the entrance to the castle tower. The staircase is extremely steep so be careful, but once you climb the top you will get a 360-degree view of the town.
Regional Museum has permanent exhibitions of Bohemian antiques, geological fossils, archaeological finds from the nearby Celtic oppidum, and interesting rotating exhibits of local interest.
Muzeum vltavínů is something unique you can find in the South Bohemia only. The moldavite is a precious stone born in the big meteorite impact 15 million years ago. The brand new museum describes the whole story in an entertaining way. The exhibition is trilingual (English, German, Czech) The funny thing is, the meteorite fell into today’s Germany, but the moldavites were blown away by the impact and are to find only here, 300 km from the crater.
Egon Schiele Centrum Museum is devoted to one of the world’s most famous artists, Gustav Klimt. He set up his easel for a short time in Cesky Krumlov, painting the tortured landscapes of his famous Dead Town series, and young girls in compromising poses.