City of Cesky Krumlov

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Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov (map) is a beautiful town in Southern Bohemia. Like Prague, the town is situated on the Vltava River and is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars.

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. The complex of Český Krumlov Castle is one of the largest in central Europe with an area of 7 hectares (17 acres). It is formed by forty buildings and palaces, situated around five castle courts and a castle park.

The town is very popular among tourists, who outnumber the local population in the summer and are still a notable presence during Christmas time.

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Ambling around the town’s crooked ulices is the best way to get lost in Český Krumlov’s 750 years of history. Bring solid walking shoes for the uneven cobblestones.

Part of the fun is to get lost in its maze of cobbled ulices, while the Vltava River rushes along from almost every direction, adding to the confusion. Walking the length of Latrán from Budějovická Gate (map) to the town square, Náměstí Svornosti (map), up Horní (map) and across the bridge to the Barbakán (map), will take about an hour if you’re interested in stopping and gawping at sites.

State Castle and Chateau (map) is the most-visited site in town and is composed of the Little Castle (Hrádek) hosting the Castle Museum, the six-storey Chateau Tower (map) from the Renaissance period, the Chateau, the Baroque Castle Theatre, the Chateau Garden, the Gothic Wenceslaus Cellars, and a lapidary with stone sculptures.

Český Krumlov hosts a number of festivals and other events each year including the Five-Petalled Rose Festival (a reference to the rose of the Rosenberg crest), which is held on the summer solstice weekend.

There are no bad places to eat in Český Krumlov, but some are better than others. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from the tourist restaurants.

Public transport

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IDOS | Seznam – Both sites cover all Czech trains, buses and city transport and many train and bus lines abroad.

 BUS >   Good service is offered by Eurolines and RegioJet. Cheap tickets from Poland are offered by FlixBus.

 RAIL >   Taking a train to Český Krumlov is possibly the most comfortable way how to get there. You can use connections with transfer in České Budějovice. The train leaves every 1-2 hours, the trip takes 2h 50min-3h 40min. For more details look at IDOS. Most trains are operated by the state company Czech Railways (České Dráhy – ČD) + LEO ExpressRegioJet. *Rail travel in Czech Republic

 AIRPORTS >   Václav Havel Airport – about 10 km west of the centre of Prague.

 WATERWAYS >   Canoe, kayak or raft are the most popular vehicles to reach Český Krumlov in summer (especially among Czech people). The boat trip usually starts at Vyšší Brod, a small town with historic monastery just beneath the Lipno dam. Korn FerryRiver Boats Prague – is a good source for cycling information – switch the map (via Změnit mapu – Turistická) to see cycling routes in violet color.

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