Cesky Krumlov: An Overview and Travel Tips

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A Brief Overview of Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a quiet town hidden away in the southern region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, nestled closely to the Austrian and German borders. It is well known for its medieval presence and renaissance influenced surroundings. Cesky Krumlov is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, largely due to its unique architecture and interesting design with the Vltava River wrapping its way around the town. The city is located 160 km from Prague and is very close to the Austrian border, which means getting too and from the place is not too difficult.

The town was once really quiet and considered to be “off the beaten track”, however in the last several years more and more tourists have been coming to check the place out. In saying that, we would still encourage people to go and explore the town. Don’t let the big crowds put you off. If you can survive the masses of people in places like London, Paris and Prague, then of course you can handle Cesky Krumlov.

There is more than enough things to do here. Whether you want to be active and explore or just be a lazy fuck and drink beer, we are sure you won’t have any troubles while in town. Have a read of our article on The Best Things To Do In Cesky Krumlov to help you out.

In our opinion, Cesky Krumlov is a must visit for those who are serious about their travels and exploring a country in depth and detail. It’s a great excuse to also see a lot of the Czech country side along the way. We’d suggest spending at least two nights here.

Top Tips and Things To Know

  • Do a Walking Tour soon after you arrive – it’s a great way to orientate yourself to the city.
  • To see the city from a different perspective, try River Tubing. You’ll float along the river and take in the sights of the city.
  • Avoid eating in the main city square, it’s quite touristy and prices are generally higher.
  • For at least one of your meals, try one of the medieval themed restaurants on the river. It’s a really unique experience, and they have a great atmosphere.
  • You can download an offline map of Cesky Krumlov on google maps before you go. Zoom to Cesky Krumlov, search ‘okmaps’, and then download the area you have selected.
  • The Czech Republic uses the Czech Koruna as its currency. Check the exchange rates before you go.

Where to stay in Cesky Krumlov

There is no specific area of town best for accommodation. The town is very small, so no matter where you stay you will always be close to the action. Naturally if you choose to stay very close to the main square, expect higher prices.

For something a little different, we encourage you to stay on the outskirts of town amongst the local residents. You might even get some great views of the town and river if you stay further out. Staying in ‘local’ neighbourhoods can help give you a more authentic experience and a better appreciation for the Czech way of life. In fact there are some really quirky and unique hostels on offer on the outskirts of town.

Check out the following websites to compare prices and locations for accommodation that will best suit your needs: Hostelworld, Hostelbookers, Booking.com and Airbnb.

Getting Around Cesky Krumlov

Walking:

Cesky Krumlov is a very small and compact town which means it is very easy to get yourself around. You don’t need to worry about public transport here, as the best way to navigate the place is by good old fashioned walking.

Getting around and exploring can be really simple. We suggest either getting a map from your hotel or hostel, or simply using a map on your smartphone. The old town or town centre, is where most of the restaurants and main attractions are situated. So it is best to start your day there and venture to the outskirts later in the day.

However, for those of you who don’t enjoy walking the cobblestoned streets or the many uphill paths, there are Taxis on offer. Taxis are also useful here if you have a lot of luggage and need to get from the train or bus station to the centre of town.