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


Today Leonie and I headed into the Czech Republic to the little fairytale town of Kesky Krumlov - with its own tower and bear guarding it, the little quaint alleyways, cobble stoned paths and very cute houses it did not disappoint. We had a good chat with 2 of the bears - not sure where the other 1 went to bit we didn't hear any screams so hopefully was just at the pub have a quick pint. As always we had to climb to the highest point, so up the tower we went - even had a quick stop in the dungeon on the way up. We made it to the top and the view didn't disappoint. With all those stairs we decided we had earned lunch, so we headed to the pancake and waffle Cafe- ... read more

This small town is absolutely beautiful and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. The slow moving Vltava river winds its way back and forth across town and a lot of people choose to rent boats to view the city (though it’s really only a 25 minute walk from one side of town to the other). For some reason, there were a lot of tightrope walkers there on the day we visited (I took a few videos, they were impressive). We did a tour of the inside of the castle but the real charm of this town is mostly outdoors. Some History: The Český Krumlov Castle was founded shortly before 1250 by a local branch of the noble Vítkovci family. In 1302 the Vítkovci line became extinct and King Wenceslaus II, who acquired the ... read more

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

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

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

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