Cesky Krumlov guide – top sights & best viewpoints
The picturesque town Cesky Krumlov is located close to the Austrian border and after Prague, the second most popular destination in Czech Republic. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site since 1992 and with its medieval old town a real tourist magnet.
Why you have to visit Cesky Krumlov?
There is plenty to see in this town – somehow it looks like a fairy tale. The architecture of the old town is going back to the 13 the century, it´s lovely to stroll around the narrow winding streets. You will pass lots of colorful buildings and in summertime it’s lovely to sit down just next to the Vltava River and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lots of cute restaurants and lovely café invite to take a break. Though the most of the people are visiting this town for a daytrip, we stayed a bit longer – there are a lot of lovely things to do in this town! Additionally, there are some fantastic viewpoints which gives some incredible photo spots.
Things to do in Cesky Krumlov
The historical center of Cesky Krumlov
The town with its incredible architectural heritage is an outstanding example of a European medieval town. Especially the medieval streets and stone townhouses make a unique atmosphere. You will feel like you have been transported back in time for centuries. The best sights are located inside this area and everything is reachable by foot.
Seminární zahrada Viewpoint
The Krumlov Castle is the most iconic sight of the town and the major tourist attraction. Erected on the rock promontory the castle can be seen from almost everywhere. The short walk up to the castle hill will reward you with an outstanding view to the town center.
With its beautiful castle garden, palaces and the 5 castle courts, the castle area is really huge!
You will find one of the best views of the town at the stone bridge towards the castle and at the small cafe near to the castle park. If you are staying in Cesky Krumlov you should go to this viewing points early in the morning – before the day trippers arrive.
Cafe from the Krumlov castle Viewpoint
The best time to visit the viewpoints is early in the morning – when you are lucky you will also see some balloons passing by.
Krumlov Castle Museum & Castle tower
The Castle Museum & the Castle tower are located inside the Krumlov Castle complex. The castle museum with its treasures is lovely to see but more amazing is the breath-taking view from the Castle tower. Take the 162 steps and you will find a brilliant view to the town and the surrounded area.
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
If you like art, you should absolutely visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter who is known for his figures with distorted forms and provocative nudes. Well worth a visit!
Take a Boat-Trip
Why not discover Cesky Krumlov with a canoe or a boat? Rowing down the river you can admire some of the beautiful buildings along the Vltava River.
The best goulash and beer we had in the Eggenberg Brewery – the staff is a bit grumpy there but the food is very delicious and the prices are reasonable. Cesky Krumlov has a long tradition of brewing beer – the dates are going right back to the origins of the town. If you are a beer-lover you can take a tour and have a look behind the scenes of this traditional brewery.
There are so many beautiful views in this town. This are our top 3 you shouldn`t miss:
Around Cesky Krumlov
Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle
Visiting Hluboka Castle is like visiting a fairy tale and it’s known as one of the most beautiful castles in Czech Republic. The locals call it the Czech Neuschwanstein Castle! You should be there in the early morning to avoid the crowds. Don`t miss this incredible castle, it’s one of the top sights of the Czech Republic and only 30 min from Cesky Krumlov.
Where to stay in Cesky Krumlov?
We stayed in the Hotel Mlyn which is situated in the historical center and just next to the river front. From the room we had a beautiful view to the town. The Hotel is a great choice if you are arriving by car – they have a private parking space.
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