A town of around 15,000 inhabitants, Český Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s strategic tourism hotspots. This small town, around 170 kilometers from Prague, the capital, is appreciated for its beauty, charm and the enchantment that surrounds its alleyways. In the rest of this article, we present some of the unmissable activities to enjoy during your trip.
How do you get to Český Krumlov?
Getting to Český Krumlov couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is take the train to the south of the Czech Republic. From Hlavní Nádraží (central station), it’s easy to reach the town. You can also get there by car! However, you’ll need to allow around 2h30 for the journey to reach your destination.
What to do in Český Krumlov?
In the rest of this article, we present some of Český Krumlov’s major attractions. The perfect opportunity to prepare for your stay!
Visit the historic center
As we’ve already seen, Český Krumlov is an enchanting, almost magical town. Its castle overlooks the rest of the municipality, which is surrounded by the Vltava, the river that flows up to the north and also runs through the capital.
There are a few stores and pretty restaurants in the center, which make you want to stop and enjoy a delicious meal and a good Czech beer!
Discover Ceský Krumlov Castle
Český Krumlov Castle and its ensemble are the largest in Eastern Europe. So when you visit it, you’re bound to be touched by its grandeur and sumptuousness. The original foundations were laid in the 13th century. The ruins you’ll be lucky enough to visit date back to the 17th century.
Don’t miss out on some of the castle’s jewels, such as the Renaissance Hall, St. George’s Chapel and the Rosenberg Ballroom. The building is so incredible that it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit St. Vitus Church
The Roman Catholic Church of St. Vitus, whose origins date back to the 13th century, is Český Krumlov’s most important religious building. Despite its imposing size and huge roof, it is not a cathedral. Nearby is a cemetery. This is the resting place of the Bohemian region’s oldest and wealthiest families!
Enjoy local art and culture
Český Krumlov is a city of great cultural potential. We love the many museums here, starting with the Regional Museum. Here, you’ll discover a variety of exhibits with a direct link to the town, but also to Bohemia. In addition, there are a number of works of art, antique furniture, weapons and a scale model of the town!
Of course, this is not an isolated establishment. If you’re the museum type, be sure to visit the Museum of Commerce. As its name suggests, this Český Krumlov museum pays homage to the town’s commercial past and its craftsmen, who elevated it to the status of one of the Czech Republic’s nerve centers.
As for other museums, be sure to visit the Puppet Museum with its 200 exhibits, or the Egon Schiele Art Center. Here you can admire works by such greats as Salvador Dalí and Gustav Klimt.
Visit the Minorite Monastery
The Minorite Monastery brings us back to the 14th century. Since then? The monastery is still in operation! As well as its esoteric aspect, you can visit it for its “museum”. The monks work with glass, iron and leather.
So you can see them at work in the glassworks, the forge or the shoe factory. For a few minutes’ rest, if the sun is shining, take a seat in the monastery gardens. Here you can eat traditional cakes and order a cup of coffee.
Enjoy outdoor activities
Český Krumlov offers a wide range of outdoor activities. One that comes to mind is exploring Mount Klet’. Culminating at 1,084 meters, this small mountain allows you to get out of Český Krumlov, get some height and discover the landscape from above. At the very top, you can pose next to the Josef Tower and take some great photos.
For the rest of us, why not kayak down the Vltava? Although this is more of a summer activity, it’s a must-do. You’ll pass through sumptuous landscapes before arriving at a 13th-century abbey. Your provider will then pick you up before taking you back and dropping you off in town.
Where to stay in Český Krumlov?
Thinking of spending a night in Český Krumlov? Here’s an excellent idea. It will allow you to enjoy the must-sees a little longer. To accompany you, we’ve worked around an article listing some of the best hotels in Český Krumlov. Don’t hesitate to take a look!
What to do in Český Krumlov: our conclusion
Český Krumlov is a town worth visiting in winter, for its Christmas market, scenery and snow. You can also visit in summer, for a slightly different view. Either way, you’ll enjoy a truly relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Prague. But be warned: the city is very touristy. We therefore recommend that you choose your period carefully!