As I sat on the Busabout bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov, I had one of those travel moments that just makes you laugh.
Hardly any of us headed to this small Czech town knew anything about it. We didn't know anything about its history, what there was to do there, or even how to properly pronounce it (in fact, there was one Aussie who, in a rather hungover state, simply announced that he was on the “not Vienna” bus that morning). We had all just seen pretty pictures of the place and decided to add it to our North Loop itineraries.
Funny how just seeing the right photo can influence your travel plans.
I'm so glad I saw those beautiful images of Cesky Krumlov months before my trip to Europe, though — because this little Czech town absolutely charmed my socks off.
For those of you who have never heard of Cesky Krumlov, let me give you a quick lesson. It's a town in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, roughly 3-4 hours south of Prague by bus. The town is an old medieval one, with a big, colorful castle on top of a hill, narrow cobbled streets, and a river (the Vltava, which also runs through Prague) coursing through it. The Old Town in Cesky Krumlov is even a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Basically, Cesky Krumlov is a postcard come to life.
At least, that's how I felt while wandering through its streets, or while sitting on a terrace overlooking the river and having traditional Czech food for dinner.
It really doesn't get much better than this.
As it turns out, there's not actually a whole lot to “do” in Cesky Krumlov. But that made our scheduled 2 nights in the town the perfect amount of time.
My time in Cesky was spent exploring the castle and gardens (which are free to visit), wandering through the cute cobbled streets, and eating on as many terraces as possible. I also spent an afternoon floating down the Vltava River with my fellow Busabouters, but that is a topic for another post.
There are so many little details to love in this town, from the vibrant colors to the talented buskers to the affordable prices. It would make a perfect weekend getaway from cities like Prague and Vienna, or even just a nice spot to relax for a week and take a break from the more hectic cities of Europe.
In fact, I think Cesky Krumlov may just be one of my favorite spots in Europe so far.
Have you been to Cesky Krumlov? If not, is it a place you'd like to visit?
*Note: I visited Cesky Krumlov as part of my Busabout trip around Europe. They provided me with transport on all 3 of their Europe loops, but all opinions of the destinations I visit are entirely my own!
Amanda Williams is the award-winning blogger behind A Dangerous Business Travel Blog. She has traveled to more than 60 countries on 6 continents from her home base in Ohio, specializing in experiential and thoughtful travel through the US, Europe, and rest of the world. Amanda only shares tips based on her personal experiences and places she's actually traveled!