Money Changers: Check the Rates Carefully!
Money changers in Cesky Krumlov have a mean trick. There are two different rates. The upper rate, which is still a bit below what you get in less touristy cities (we got 25 koruna per Euro in Brno at the same time), qualifies as acceptable - but it applies only the "large transactions", i.e. changing at least 500 Euros or at least 650 US Dollars. Which tourist changes such a large sum at once? For sums smaller than that, the rate shown below applies, which is a rip-off and beyond any discussion.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to change money, read the boards with the rates carefully, and check if there are two different rates and what minimum amount is stated for the better rate.
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Chequepoint - rip-off exchange rates
Wealth Warning: Avoid changing currency at Chequepoint's branch in Cesky Krumlov - or anywhere else for that matter.
Some of my British and American friends have told me horror stories of the rip-off rates charged by Chequepoint when changing money into Euros. It seems to be a problem with this particular dealer - other VT members in Hungary and Hong Kong have reported the same kind of fraud.
My advice is not to use Chequepoint under any circumstances. Click on the logo so you can steer well clear of these sharks.
Fun Alternatives: In any event, you will get much more competitive rates drawing local currency on your Visa or Visa Electron card (preferably use a cash dispenser in a bank during opening hours and check the card slot shows no evidence of being fiddled with (a favourite trick is to slip a thin additional reader in). Shield the keypad with your hand as you tap the numbers in (in another scam, a concealed webcam films your PIN number).
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When we arrived at the Cesky Krumlov train station, we weren't sure where to go. After finding a poorly photocopied map, we realized what direction to take (away from the tracks!). We waited at the bus stop, and when the bus came, we explained that we were going to town, and he told us we definitely needed the bus. It wasn't an expensive ride, but it was only three blocks to town. Other travellers who walked from the train station arrived the same time we did! All in all, it wasn't a huge cost or anything, but know that you don't have to take a bus to get to town from the train station! When you arrive, follow the street that leads away from the train station (perpendicular to the tracks). It'll take you right into town.
Fun Alternatives: When you arrive, follow the street that leads away from the train station (perpendicular to the tracks). It'll take you right into town. It's only a few block's walk, and it's downhill most of the way (although that means it's uphill on your way back...).
Annoying the salmon
The shortest of the trips for rafting just head around the peninsula from one end of town to the other. They then drag the boats back across the 'bottleneck' of the town and off they go again.
It takes nothing like the Half-hour they suggest, unless you spend most of your time in the water after unsuccesfully negotiating the weirs whose primary purpose is to allow salmon to return upstream.
Unique Suggestions: Just enjoy the wet'n'wild atmosphere of it and try to ram another boat of loudmouths.
Fun Alternatives: Take one of the long trips that offer much better value. Better still find out about other rafting companies based outside of Cesky Krumlov.
Check out my tip un the sports activity section
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Everywhere - only tourists
As this town is famous, you will not escape tourists - so you can find something interesting and looking to the way , you are going !!
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