Exploring the Fairytale Town of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Nestled in the hills of Southern Bohemia lies the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov. This medieval town looks like something straight out of a fairytale, with its vibrantly-colored Baroque and Renaissance buildings, towering castle complex, and winding Vltava River. If you’re planning a trip to the Czech Republic, be sure to include this charming town on your itinerary. 

Here are some of the top things to see and do in Cesky Krumlov:

Wander the Old Town
Cesky Krumlov’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why. As you amble down the cobblestone streets and alleyways, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Middle Ages. Admire the colorful facades of quaint homes and shops, peak inside small galleries and craft stores, and stop at one of the many cute cafés for a coffee break. Don’t forget to walk across the river for scenic views of the red-roofed town against a backdrop of green hills.

Tour Cesky Krumlov Castle
Perched high above town is the striking Cesky Krumlov Castle, the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Dating back to 1240 AD, the sprawling castle features 40 buildings, five castle courtyards, and the stunning St. George’s Basilica. Take a guided tour to explore the Renaissance and Baroque-style rooms, the castle tower, the castle gardens, and marvel at the amazing views over town. Make sure to see the castle theater, one of the most well-preserved 17th century theaters in Europe.

Go Rafting Down the Vltava River
The Vltava River winds its way through Cesky Krumlov, making it a prime spot to go whitewater rafting. No experience is needed to join a guided rafting tour suitable for all ability levels. It’s an exciting way to admire the town from a unique vantage point and take in lush forests along the riverbanks. Other popular river activities include canoeing and paddleboarding.

Visit Cesky Krumlov Monasteries
To escape the crowds, head to one of Cesky Krumlov’s tranquil monasteries. Klarakloster (Claris Abbey) is located right in town, and is famous for its Baroque chapel decorated with over 2,000 bones. A short walk from the Old Town leads you to Monastery Garden, home to the Gothic-style Church of St. Vitus and peaceful cloisters. For stunning valley views, hike up to the ruins of Zlata Koruna Monastery on the edge of town.

Explore the Egon Schiele Art Center
This contemporary art museum highlights the brief period when 20th century Austrian painter Egon Schiele lived in Cesky Krumlov. The museum displays reproductions of his expressionist paintings and hosts rotating exhibitions by modern artists. It’s a great spot to learn about the region’s art scene. Don’t miss the short film providing insight into Schiele’s life.

Whether you spend your time wandering picturesque lanes, rafting down the river, or touring historic sites, Cesky Krumlov offers fairy tale charm and beauty around every corner. With its medieval ambiance, vibrant culture and ample outdoor adventures, this town tops the list of Czech Republic attractions.


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