If you love to get lost in charming cobblestone streets and travel back to medieval times, then the South Bohemian Jewel, Cesky Krumlov, is a city you should definitely visit.
Located just 2 hours away from Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for having the second largest castle in the entire Czech Republic (the first one is in Prague). This beautiful little town is chosen as the perfect location for a day trip for hundreds of tourists visiting Prague, since you can see most of it in a single day.
The winding Vltava river and the surrounding nature enhance Cesky Krumlov’s beauty and offer visitors excellent opportunities to relax. There are several viewpoints by the castle that allow visitors to take in the beautiful scenery of Cesky Krumlov and its surroundings.
The Old Town of Cesky Krumlov will take visitors back in time with its excellently preserved colorful buildings and its winding cobblestone streets. This town offers great photo opportunities due to its unparalleled beauty.
Since this town is very popular with tourists, there is a plenitude of cafés and restaurants where visitors can grab something to eat. From local dishes to worldwide staples, Cesky Krumlov’s restaurants have it all.
What to visit in Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle
This 14th century castle is one of the largest castles in Europe and the second largest castle in the Czech Republic. The castle’s gardens are over 10 hectares long and host several festivals and events throughout the year. The Cesky Krumlov Castle tower is visible from most places in Cesky Krumlov and offers its visitors an amazing overlook of the town and its surrounding countryside.
Church of St. Vitus
Right next to the Cesky Krumlov Town Square the Church of St. Vitus overlooks the Old Town of Cesky Krumlov. This Gothic church dates back to the 14th century and has been preserved in its original state. There is a 17th century altar inside, as well as several frescoes and original paintings.
Latrán is a spectacularly preserved part of the Old Town of Cesky Krumlov. The buildings have retained their original medieval charm and will make you feel like you have travelled back in time. There are several restaurants and souvenir shops along the cobblestone streets of Latrán, which eventually lead to the Cesky Krumlov Castle.
Once upon a time, Cesky Krumlov had 9 city gates built into its fortifications. However, most gates did not survive the test of time. The Budweiser Gate is the only gate that is still standing and a preserved piece of the town’s history. There are beautiful Renaissance decorations in the side that faces the town.
As with most European towns, the Main Square was where markets and most town events took place. Nowadays it is a hub of cafés and restaurants and the perfect place to wind down have a strenuous day of sightseeing. The square is decorated by a 19th century fountain, built to replace its 17th century predecessor.