Český Krumlov

A view of Český Krumlov from the castle tower

Český Krumlov (German: Krumau) is a beautiful town of 14,600 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 . The town is very popular among tourists, who outnumber the local population in the summer.

Get in

By bus

From Prague, and other nearby cities or towns of Bohemia, getting to Český Krumlov by public bus is easier, faster, and cheaper than by train.

Student Agency runs up to 8 buses per day between Český Krumlov and the Na Knízecí bus station in Prague, near the Anděl metro station. A one-way journey takes ~3 hours, and costs Kč 200. The bus stops at Pisek and České Budějovice. Cheaper and more comfortable than other public buses.

A local bus from České Budějovice takes 45 minutes and costs 32Kč.

Upon arriving in Český 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—from the North, walk down Latrán ulice, from the East, head westward and look for Horni ulice off the main road. Check which stop is closest to your accommodation before your trip.

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By train

Czech Railways operates train service to Cesky Krumlov, via České Budějovice. From Prague Hlavní Nádraží train station (Praha hl.n.), the regular fare is Kč 261 (for two or more people, group rate, "skupinová sleva", is available, second person pays Kč 157, each extra person pays Kč 131). The online discount called "SporoTiket" gives you a price of Kč 180 to Kč 200.

The train leaves every 2 hours, trip takes 3 hours 40 minutes and requires a transfer at České Budějovice.

A train from České Budějovice takes 55 minutes and costs 49Kč, although the more people travel the cheaper it costs (e.g., only 81Kč for 2 people).

The train station in Český Krumlov is located north of the main square and the castle; the walk to the center is 15–20 minutes downhill. Taxis often wait in the parking lot for tired travelers - it may be worth the Kč 100 ride into town, especially at night. Some local buses although travel between the train station and the bus terminal (hat isn't much closer to the old town though, but may be closer to your accommodation). Price: 10Kč.

Get around

By foot

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. Český Krumlov is a jumble of 750 years of architectural design, and for this reason was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 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 to the town square, Náměstí Svornosti, up Horní and across the bridge to the Barbakán, will take about an hour if you’re interested in stopping and gawping at sites.

By bike

Many good biking paths lead you to and from Český Krumlov, but you're not encouraged to ride through the streets once you get here. Park and lock your bike and enjoy not pedaling for a while.

View on the downtown with castle

Do

Festivals

Eat

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 that charge more than 40 crowns for a half-liter of beer. The following restaurants are a good value (listed alphabetically):


Desserts

Drink

Pub Crawl

The only pub crawl that operates is a river paddle crawl that goes from Hostel 99 daily at 1pm..

Bars

Don't be afraid to walk into a pub alone. Locals are friendly, menus are in English, although a bit of Czech please (prosím) and thank you (děkuju) can go a long way. A night on the town (5 half-liters of excellent Czech beer) will cost you less than 200 Kc.

Sleep

The good news is that and all accommodation is within an easy 10-minute walk to the town square. The bad news is that accommodations tend to be on the smaller side, so in the busy summer months you will need to book ahead. The Infocentrum on the town square or Unios Travel Service at the 1st Castle Courtyard are happy to book hotels or bed and breakfast accommodations (also known as pensiony) for a nominal fee.

Camping

Hostels

Pensions

Hotels

Go next

The Infocentrum on the town square has a wealth of information of where to go next, and are happy to provide maps, train and bus schedules and even book you a bed to your next port of call. Do your homework: Sometimes it’s a good idea to keep your bed in Český Krumlov and go on day trips to the following places (listed alphabetically):

Also see the Get Out section of České Budějovice.

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