Blogs from Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic, Europe

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It was raining as we left St Wolfgang yesterday morning, headed for Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic. On checking out, the Receptionist apologised and explained that “this is Austria”. It was raining for most of the drive into the Czech Republic, and we arrived at our accommodation in the Old Town at around 2.00pm. With our accommodation being in the Old Town, there was of course, no parking available, however, our hosts kindly provided us with a parking ticket for one of the Public Car Parks for the duration of our stay. We Czeched in to our accommodation and whilst the building itself was very old, our apartment inside was very modern. We set out, walking through the Old Town, checking out restaurants for dinner, enjoyed coffee and explored the Castle grounds, including the Castle Gardens. ... read more
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The bus departed from Municipal Square at 9 o’clock and went to the Old Town Square and picked up more tourists. The guide was a multi-lingual speaker – he is a native Czech/Slovak speaker – and gave English/Spanish commentary throughout the day. While the bus was driving through the city centre and along the riverside, the guide pointed at several historic attractions – Charles Bridge, National Theatre, Dancing House and Vysehrad, where Prague’s history had begun. He told us that it would take 3 and half hours to the destination, Cesky Krumlov, including the stop at the Drive Through (where all the passengers were allowed to have a break and go to the restroom). On the way to the destination, he talked about Czech Republic’s general history, economy, industry and politics in English and Spanish. It ... read more
Cesky Krumlov Village
My parents at the viewpoint
Restored Renaissance Exterior with mythological figures


We drove our car 3,300 km from Minsk, Belarus where we are teaching to see the cities, Christmas markets and quiet snow covered countryside of Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and eastern Germany. The majority of our 3 week tour was spent in friendly Czech Republic. Our final stop was in Cesky Krumlov nestled in a bend of the river. There were quite a few more tourists than we thought there would be this time of year. We still enjoyed chilly walks to the castle, through old town, and to a lovely overlook of the town. We frequented Na Louzi, an authentic Czech pub serving hearty and warm lunches at shared tables. We met a really nice Austrian man with his two friends. They were celebrating a recent real estate sale and were in a good mood. ... read more
Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov castle
Cesky Krumlov windy day


I've had some bad luck in the past week or so; seven hours stuck at the Ukrainian-Polish border, shitty weather and having my hostel let me down on the one day I really needed somewhere to store my bags and hang out. Now, I had an overnight bus journey on a full bus with no spare seat next to me, meaning my bag had to tuck underneath my legs again for the journey. Oh, and I had wet feet, socks and shoes. Luckily that was only the situation for half the ride as my neighbour got off the bus in a wild, wet and windy Wroclaw - a city I had considered visiting had I more time. Finally the shoes and socks could come off, though my fellow passengers might not have appreciated it. I didn't ... read more
Castle Tower, Cesky Krumlov
Colourful Houses
Cobblestoned Street


When I was planning our trip and deciding on a route we were going to take, Cesky Krumlov appeared on the list quite early on. It was recommended basically by all the guidebooks and I’m pretty sure I’ve read some good comments about it from the fellow bloggers as well. A lovely small town, beautifully located on the bend of the Vltava River, famous for its Old Town and its 300 medieval buildings, not to forget the castle overlooking the Old Town. I didn’t really need to know more to go there... So it came as a bit of a surprise to find out there were basically no direct connections from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov – no trains or buses... The best connection, with multiple changes, would take us around 7 hours... that is if all ... read more
Cesky Krumlov beautifully set by Vltava River
Strolling through the castle in Cesky Krumlov
Walking through the streets of Cesky Krumlov


A day at leisure. David and Sara are out at 7.00am to take photos in the morning light when few others are around, apart from a few forlorn Japanese wheeling their suitcases up the cobbled streets (going where?). The light slants down the narrow streets, the shops are not yet open, and all is peaceful. Attempting to line up a shot on the old bridge across the river to the castle, a drunk with a beer belly and wearing a pink sombrero staggers around. Get out of my shot! Eventually he reels off the bridge. Obviously had a good night. We go back to the hotel and breakfast early. We cannot sit out on the terrace as it is booked all day for a wedding. After Hannah and James have breakfasted, we head off across the ... read more
Cesky Krumlov town view
On the castle battlements
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No Photos. No photos here. A portly gentlemen with no apparent official status waved his finger at me. As a keen snapper, you get used to the occasional reprimand. The last time that happened was one of the minders for a Bollywood film in Dubrovnik, who was over keen to ensure that I didn’t spill the beans on a plot of the latest movie featuring Shah Rukh Khan. I didn’t actually know who he was at the time, so it had been unlikely. We were in the bus station at Ceske Budjovice, which wasn’t a top secret military bunker last time I looked. I checked. There were no warning signs, beyond the No Smoking signs. I had already taken the snap, but my new friend didn’t realise that. The reason for the illicit snap was to ... read more
Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov


What a day. A visit to the Budweiser brewery in Ceske Budejovice. This brewery is the original Budweiser. Evidently there were 2 Budweiser brothers, and one went to the USA and the other stayed in Czech Republic. They both built breweries and unfortunately the USA brother set the patents etc. first, so when the original one sends its beers overseas, it has to rename it because it doesn't have the patent in those countries. We wander around the site, learn about the brewing methods, the different strength beers (they have one that is 20% and only available in this town) and the huge amount of storage they have when brewing. We are taken into the cool rooms where the beer is finally made into the actual stuff that is then bottled. Huge vats in about 6c ... read more
Ceske Budejovice
Ceske Budejovice
Cesky Krumlov


We decided to take a day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Český Krumlov which is famous for its Old Town, with 300 protected medieval buildings, and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic, after Prague Castle. The town, created around the castle which is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, was founded in 1253. Surrounded by rolling hills and the Vltava River which then wends its way to Prague, Český Krumlov's cobblestone streets wind past centuries old townhomes, inns, shops, and cafes. Located in the southwest part of the Czech Republic, it's about 170 kms from Prague. The tour we'd booked left Prague at 8.45am, arriving back around 7pm so, all that travelling, even though we weren't doing the driving, was quite tiring. But it was a perfect day for ... read more
The honeymooners in Cesky Krumlov Gardens
Cesky Krumlov gardens
Cesky Krumlov Castle stables


We’re now at the end of our 3 days/ 4 nights in Cesky Krumlov where we’ve stayed in a new self-contained apartment about 1 km from the centre of the old town. We’ve been quite comfortable although Terry has cursed the low, sloping ceiling of the bedroom on a mezzanine floor each night. Cesky Krumlov is another UNESCO World Heritage town and so on our first day here we spent the day visiting the major historic site in town – the castle complex and its tower. It turns out that we’re visiting a bit too early in the season as quite a few attractions are still closed for the off-season. Thus we were unable to visit the castle itself but we did visit the Castle museum and tower. The museum had displays of family life for ... read more
Views from the tower
Views from the tower
More views from the tower




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