Cesky Krumlov Travel Guide

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Cesky Krumlov Things to Do

  • Visiting The Castle

    Castle on the hilly bank of the Vltava River consists of an outer and inner courtyards. Worth to make a tour through the castle, visit the ballroom, noble rooms and royal chapel. In the outer courtyard is a round tower from which to see the entire city. The pools near the drawbridge live bears who in the hot days of summer eat watermelons for...

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  • MARIONETTE MUSEUM

    Also located in the former St. Jost Church, is the Marionette Museum, housing exhibition's of both old and current marionettes, complete puppet theatres, including stage designs and curtains. I didn't go into this one, as I ventured into one earlier in the day.Evidently, this Museum comes with a complete Baroque theatre with functional Baroque...

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  • ZAMECKE DIVADLO

    Thanks for joining me on a tour of Cesky Krumlov.After locking the car, we are following the pathway that leads towards the Castle. What a surprise it was to see an enormous Viaduct before my eyes. This Multi-storied viaduct is actually part of the Castle, and the Grey building, an 18th century Rococo Theatre and "Cloak Bridge"It was 1766, when the...

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Cesky Krumlov Restaurants

  • Lunch in mill

    The restaurant has a terrace overlooking the River Vltava. The pleasure of eating with the sound of water that turns the mill wheel. The food is a mix of local Czech cuisine and international cuisine. The restaurant serves excellent local Czech beer. Service is quite good. Rosted ham with beans and dumplings

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  • A restaurant beside the river

    The atmosphere is good for an evening out in the sun beside the flowing river.We order ribs, gularch,and steak. Everything is delicious!

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  • Chinese restaurant in Cesky Krumlov?

    I've noticed many Chinese and Japanese tourists at the time of my visit and I consequently craved for Asian food. Luckily, near my accommodation, I saw Peking restaurant. The Peking Restaurant was just at the stairs of Plesivec and just a stone away from the pension where I was staying so I decided to have dinner there one night. I don't know if...

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Cesky Krumlov Nightlife

  • Loud, not very clean, LOTS OF FUN

    This is a rock themed bar with posters of rock/metal bands on the wall and loud rock/metal music playing. They've got a pool table, a foosball table, and a ping pong table. Its not a very clean place, but its a lot of fun. They play a good variety of music and the beer is cheap. Slayer t-shirt

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  • The Horror bar is not to be missed

    This is a nice bar with a lot of personality. Some of the decorations were a little cheesy, but all in all it was a good theme with good music, good beer, nice people, and a lot of fun in general. I had beer and sausages on a coffin! Highly recommend going here. I mean, I wouldn't go naked, but other than that.

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Cesky Krumlov Transportation

  • Bus or train drives you there

    Cesky Krumlov is some 45mins by bus (direct) from Ceske Budejovice, so if you plan to travel to Cesky Krumlov from Brno, it is good to travel by bus (takes almost 4 hours, directl to Ceske Budejovice from Brno) or train (takes 4 hours and 30 mins., approximately, direct train) from Brno to Ceske Budejovice. If you travel to Cesky Krumlov from...

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  • How to get from Austria to Cesky Krumlov

    ShuttleCeskyKrumlov.com, Ckshuttle.cz and shuttlebus.cz operate comfortable daily bus service between Cesky Krumlov and the following cities: - Salzburg (3 hours, 950 CZK)- Vienna (3 hours, 950 CZK), - Linz (1.5 hours, 370 CZK)- Melk (2.5 hours, 800 CZK)- Hallstatt (2.5 hours, 1100 CZK)

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  • CAR PARK

    Cesky Krumlov old town, is a CAR FREE ZONE, so this means, you have to park your car somwhere, and walk.We didn't find this a problem here, as we found a large car park below the Castle.There was shade for the car and a kiosk.It was a "park n' pay park, and in July, wasn't very full.I found it easy to reach the Old Town, just followed the path from...

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Cesky Krumlov Shopping

  • Crystal with Customer Service

    There were quite a few glass/crystal shops in Cesky Krumlov, since this region is famous for its glass. In this store, however, the shopkeeper was more attentive than in others. We were looking for a particular glass and she went out of her way to help us find a good substitute when she realized that the one we wanted was out of production. She was...

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  • Saturday Afternoon - half day closing!

    Not so much what to buy, as when to buy it. I'm often caught out still in Prague, but all over the Czech Republic 'ordinary' shops close on Saturday at noon. If you are staying in a hostel and planning to buy in a few supplies for late night snacks, early breakfast or a packed lunch for hiking, make sure you get to the shops on Saturday before...

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Cesky Krumlov Local Customs

  • Trdelník

    This name is not a typo and not as difficult to pronounce as it may look - just consider the "r" a vowel, and it works. Learning this word is worth it because it gets you a simple but yummy treat. Trdelník is a kind of fresh pastry which originates in Transsylvania but is popular all over the Czech Republic and also Slovakia. A thin stripe of dough...

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  • Campfired sausages...I mean frankfurts

    Just a case of lost in translation...Just before reaching Cesky Krumlov our coach stopped at a hypermarket. Our Czech companions told us that they were all buying sausages to cook at the campsite for dinner. To an Australian a sausage needs a hot plate and this is how we assumed we would be cooking our sausages. What they meant was what we call a...

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  • Sgraffito everywhere!

    Well it isn't much of a local custom tip. But it is at least very common in Cesky Krumlov and in the Czech Republic. A lot of the buildings are painted with sgraffito. You think to see some stones, but it's all painted on the building.Great example of Craftmansship!

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Cesky Krumlov Warnings and Dangers

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    by PippaFoxen Written Apr 13, 2007

    Not exactly life threatening, but when I travel I like to travel alone and in different places I feel more or less welcome as a singe traveller. I'd been recommended to try a great little gypsy restaurant who served good food and had live music: Cizanska Jibla. I arrived about 6 and took a table by the bar - there were only a few customers in at that time. I ordered a beer and thought I 'd check it out before ordering food.

    Almost immediately I felt unwelcome: I was clearly taking up a table that could be more profitably be filled by a group of four, and the waiter stood at the bar scowling each time he looked over. I decided not to eat and asked for my bill, which was promptly delivered along with a 'reserved' notice which was placed directly in front of me even before I'd found my purse.

    The friend who had recommended the place told me later that even with her group of four, the service had been mean and miserable - not unusual in Prague, but my only bad experience in Cesky Krumlov.

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Cesky Krumlov Tourist Traps

  • Money Changers: Check the Rates...

    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....

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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...

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  • No Bus

    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...

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Cesky Krumlov What to Pack

  • Take Sturdy Shoes

    Shoes like these, which I saw in a shop window in Cesky Krumlov, are definitely not the right footwear to explore the town - pretty as they are. Wear sturdy flat shoes that you walk well in. The streets are cobblestone, often uneven and with many ups and downs. You will walk a lot, the old town and castle and park must be explored on foot. I wore...

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  • If you're going in July...

    It can get super hot and humid in July so make sure you're packed with tank tops, short, and a bathing suit for swiming in the river! Do bring comfortable shoes and sandals for all that walking on cobblestone streets! :)

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Cesky Krumlov Off The Beaten Path

  • Rococo Bellaria summerhouse and...

    The Cascade Fountain is placed in the Castle Gardens in Èeský Krumlov. It is situated on the slope that divides the upper garden and lower parterre. The cascade fountain with statues of the water Deity, balustrade, vases and allegories of the four seasons crowns the front of the upper garden.

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  • The revolving auditorium

    Located in the Castle Gardens, it invokes a magical time of amphitheatres, where the night sky and suberb surroundings (in this case the castle gardens and Rococo summer house) seem to amplify the sounds of Mozart, Shakespeare and Dvoøák to name a few.Go to the website to see the program of the theatre.

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  • Hikes

    There are a lot of marked hikes in and around the town. Luckily my hostel had a map of a few of them but Im sure the tourist info office can help you out if your hostel or hotel does not.Here is a fairly simple and short one to an old witches meeting point (see photo) where years ago legend has it that members of the occult met up to perform thier...

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Cesky Krumlov Sports & Outdoors

  • Row, Row, Row your boat gently down the...

    ....belt off... trousers down...life is such a scream. (to Quote General Melchett during his rendition of the boating song in an episode of Blackadder Goes Forth)Many hundreds take to the waters here in the summer. Most take the simple trip around the peninsular, fall in a few times and go back to the town.There are however a variety of longer...

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  • Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking and Fishing

    The nice valley of the Vltava through the Sumava/Böhmerwald/Bohemian Forest from Lipno to Cesky Krumlov offers nice opportunities for rafting, canoeing and fishing. It is almost as crowded by canoes as the Ardèche in the South of France. You can observe here lots of people fishing as well. The licences for that can be bought at several places in...

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  • Go canoeing

    You can hire a canoe, go camping (http://www.atcolsina.unas.cz/en/main.html) - you can hire a bike and go cycling...Water is sometimes too low, though, for canoeing. Try this link, there are some tips.http://www.putzer.cz/pujcovna-lode-raft-vltava/vl_an/vl_an_uvod.phporhttp://www.malecek.cz/index.php?page=home&lang=en&p=

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Cesky Krumlov Favorites

  • Hrad a Zámek - Castle and Palace

    Is it a castle or a palace? It is both, a castle that has been extended, remodeled and modernized over and over again through the centuries according to each era's fashions and needs. It was owned by most important families from the Bohemian aristocracy - Rosenberg, Eggenberg, finally the Schwarzenberg who owned it until 1947 when their property...

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  • Latrán

    Latrán is the quarter on the outward river bank below the castle, opposite the old town. It has always been associated with the castle as residential quarter of the servants. It is the "tourist highway" from the old town and the bridge towards the castle and back - as you can imagine, the concentration of tourist shops and tourist traps is the...

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  • Old Town

    The old town covers the "peninsula" in the omega-shaped river bend. It is a small hill that drops towards the river on all sides except the "neck" to the mainland. The market square by the town hall is its centre. The network of the streets around follows no geometrical pattern; although the old town is rather small there is a lot to explore. Don't...

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