Prague » Český Krumlov
A pearl of Renaissance architecture in Bohemia’s deep south
It’s a place where the sumptuousness of the local castle, maze-like alleyways, richly decorated coats of arms of burghers houses, and wonderful floral gardens are harmoniously interwoven. At the same time, Cesky Krumlov boasts plenty of lively medieval pubs, ale-houses, galleries, graphite mines and riverside picnic spots – in summer it’s a popular hangout for backpackers. It can be a magical place in winter, though, when the crowds are gone and the castle is blanketed in snow.
It’s a little like Prague in miniature, a Unesco World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava River, an old town square, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and hordes of tourists milling through the streets. But a little smaller, you can walk from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes.
Sights in Cesky Krumlov
Český Krumlov State Castle
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Museum Fotoateliér Seidel
Castle Museum & Tower
Český Krumlov is best approached as an overnight destination; it’s too far for a comfortable day trip from Prague. Consider staying at least two nights, and spend one of the days hiking or biking in the surrounding woods and fields.
From Prague, Český Krumlov is served by both bus and train. The 200-kilometer journey takes 2:50 hour.