How Cesky Krumlov Charmed My Socks Off

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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.

Cesky Krumlov

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.

Cesky Krumlov

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.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

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.

Cesky Krumlov

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.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

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!

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. I have never been, but it is definitely a place I would like to visit. I just love all the colors in your photographs!

      It’s such a pretty and photogenic place. I definitely recommend a visit!

    I have never been but was debating about adding it to my trip next year. Although I’ll be going in February which is probably not the ideal time, I think this would still be a nice day trip. These pictures are gorgeous.

      It would still make a great day trip, I think. Plus, in the winter there might be some snow, which would only add to the atmosphere, I would think.

    Ahh! A fairytale land! I’ve never heard of this place and it’s definitely going on my list. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

    Happy travels 🙂

      Fairytale land indeed! That’s exactly how I describe it to people!

    Beautiful photographs! I am adding this to my bucket list, what a great city!

      Thanks, Michelle! It’s a good one for the bucket list.

    So how do you pronounce it then??

    I’d never heard of it until recently and now it seems like everyone is going there! I’ve never been to the Czech Republic so maybe when I get there I’ll have to stop here!

      The Krumlov part is pronounced how it looks. “Cesky” is pronounced more like “Cheskee.”

    It’s so picturesque. Such a gorgeous little city! =)

    Looks like something out of a children’s picture book, idyllic!

      Definitely! It’s one of those places that doesn’t really even look real until you see it for yourself.

    I’ve seen pictures before too and simply wanted to go because it looks beautiful! Good to know you found it so charming. Floating down the river sounds fun, so maybe more of a summer visit is in order.

      There are more tourists in the summer, of course, but yes, the weather is best then if you want to have a day on the river. I’ll be writing about the rafting soon, but basically we turned it into a rafting pub crawl, stopping at all these little bars and pubs along the river! It was so fun.

    Have I mentioned before how much I love this town. I’ve been there about 6 times in the last three years…and living in Linz (just across the border in Austria) it was a perfect weekend getaway for me for some time! I’m ridiculously excited about returning there when I’m back in Europe next year. And it’s gorgeous in the winter too with everything covered in snow (though the castle gardens aren’t open).

      I can picture it with snow and that WOULD be gorgeous. Glad to find someone else who loves it a lot, too!

    stunning – its absolutely picture perfect! you got some great shots here

    This was one of my favorite places too, and it’s nice to know it’s still somewhat secret, sort of. Apparently some people still think Prague is the only city in Eastern Europe.

      Haha. Yeah. But none of these places will remain secret for long… They are too amazing!

    funny I’ve never been there. I meant to, so many times, I was in Ceske Budejovice which is really near at least 3 times yet never made it to Cesky Krumlov. But I will, eventually, as it seems like such a beautiful and charming place!

    what typical Czech dishes have you tried? Their cuisine is even heavier than Polish 😉

      You should definitely go sometime!!

      As for Czech food, I don’t remember any of the names. I got this platter one night, though, that had a bunch of stuff piled high on it that was delicious. By the time the food came, though, we were basically eating my candlelight… so I’m still not entirely sure what all I ate!

    Of course, anybody would like to visit Cesky Krumlov after seeing your pictures! It almost looks like a dream!

    I’ve never heard of it until you wrote about it previously… but it certainly looks picture perfect!

    I love, love ,love Cesky! I wish I would have saw that band! How is Poland?

      Cesky is so fantastic – and Poland is pretty awesome, too!

    Wow! The photos look awesome. I will KIV this city if I am going Czech Republic one day. 🙂 Is it a very touristy city considering it being a UNESCO site?

      It IS quite touristy, but nowhere near on the scale of somewhere like Paris.

    Ha, you’re totally right- had never heard of this place before! But man, it’s gorgeous. thanks for sharing what should definitely go on my next Europe list!

      You are most welcome! Definitely put it on that list!

    Like a fantasy town, wow! I’m sure it was nice to get away from a busier but just as fantastical place as Prague to a quieter town to relax and explore. Phenomenal photos, I could totally imagine myself atop a terrace balcony sipping coffee there!

      Yes it was a very welcome change from the bigger cities I had been visiting!

    Most of the Brits, Americans, Canadians and Aussies who live there were just passing through for a few days – as some of you plan to do. They stayed, we all stayed, the town has that effect on you.

      I can definitely understand that – Cesky has a way of making you never want to leave.

    I love reading these posts about Busabout stops, having travelled with them a couple of times myself already, and having watched the vlog about cesky krumlov on their bucketlist this summer. is it really supposed to be haunted?

      Glad you’re enjoying my Busabout posts! I have plenty more on the way. 🙂

      And I’m not sure about the haunted bit… wouldn’t be surprising, though, with it being so old!

    I can understand why you were charmed by it. I absolutely adore Cesky Krumlov and am planning a return trip next year. It’s one of the most picturesque towns in Central Europe imo.

      Such a charming place. I would definitely go back (and hope that I will someday!).

    I have never been to the Czech Republic but I would love to visit. A blogger friend of mine also loved Cesky Krumlov. And I love your description of it-a postcard come to life. Beautifully put!

    You’re certainly making this place sound worthwhile. I’m considering a solo trip to Europe and thinking about using busabout. Haven’t really travelled solo before, when you go exploring and things like that are you with anyone else? Are you exploring with fellow ppl you’ve met on the bus or is it entirely by yourself?

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