January 18, 2018

Cesky Krumlov – I Want to Go There!

Have you ever seen a picture and said to yourself  “I have to go there!”?  I have and Cesky Krumlov is one of those places.

Cesky Krumlov View Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov View by Marjolein Knuit

Surrounded by rolling hills and the Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov’s cobblestone streets wind past centuries old townhomes, inns, shops, and cafes.  The fact that this charming city has kept its medieval character is one of the reasons it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov by 風Mark, on Flickr

But is Cesky Krumlov more than just a pretty picture?

Here are ten things to do in Cesky Krumlov that might entice you to visit, if a pretty face isn’t enough.

  1. Beer!  You knew this was coming, right?  The Czech Republic is known for its beer and Cesky Krumlov is no exception.  With a brewing history dating back to the 1300’s you can find good beer here and even a brewery.  The Eggenberg Brewery is the beer making center of Cesky Krumlov and also offers tours, tastings and more!
  2. The Vltava River winds its way through Cesky Krumlov and offers many opportunities for enjoyment.  You could enjoy a tour on the river floating on a wooden raft while experiencing a unique perspective of the city. Other options include aimlessly floating around on an inner tube or being more adventurous by canoeing down the river.  It doesn’t matter which way you spend time on the river, it’s just important that you do!

    Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

    Vltava River by rakugo, on Flickr

  3. Enjoy a Myth and Legend night tour of the city.  Discover some of the myths, legends and mysteries that haunt Cesky Krumlov.  Listen as you pass the castle tower and you will hear its story.  Visit sites where witches were burned and alchemists lived.
  4. St. Vitus Church is a Gothic beauty that dates to the 15th century.  Sitting on a knoll created by the river, it is one of the main features of the city.  Maybe you can even catch a concert of classical music or climb the tower for one of the best views of the city!

    St. Vitus Church Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic

    St. Vitus Church by Totya

  5. The Torture Museum is situated in the cellars of the town hall.  This museum displays devices of torture, wax figures and unique depictions of a witch burning and execution by sword.  Interesting but maybe not for everyone. . .
  6. The Graphite Mine is located a little outside town but is a fun excursion.  Dressed as miners including miner’s lamp, you travel into the mine to learn all there is to know about this mine which has been in existence since the 18th century.
  7. Krumlov Castle is the 2nd largest castle in the Czech Republic.  This castle has everything an upstanding castle should have – towers, theaters, gardens, Renaissance balcony, Chapel, portraits, Royal apartments and a moat!  Enjoy one or all of the tours offered of this amazing dramatic series of structures overlooking the town.

    Cesky Krumlov Castle Czech Republic

    Cesky Krumlov Castle by Docsj

  8. Marionette, Wax and Regional Museums along with the  Fairy Tale House offer all those young at heart a chance to learn a bit about the different personalities of Bohemia, enjoy historical marionettes and puppets as well as learn more about the history that has made Cesky Krumlov so wonderful.
  9. Hike up to Mount Klet for outstanding views of the city and countryside from the highest point in this part of Bohemia.  Your hike begins at the rail station climbing up to the lookout tower where you will find a restaurant and observatory full of telescopes.
  10. Walk around Cesky Krumlov’s many hills, squares and alleyways which beckon you to discover the charm of the city.  Along the way you will explore the hidden nooks discovering its treasures.  This is where you will  experience the real Cesky Krumlov.


Is Cesky Krumlov just a pretty face?

Tell me about a picture that beacons you?

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  2. trudy says:

    This is going on the bucket list now for me and my husband…who will mainly be there for the beer! LOL
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  3. Sophie says:

    Too funny. It’s been on my radar as well. I was just telling my youngest daughter about Cesky Krumlov yesterday and she wants to go.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      That is really funny how things will happen like that! Hopefully I’ll get there within the next year.

  4. Cherina says:

    Hi Debbie. Love your post about Cesky Krumlov! I can confirm that it is definitely not just a pretty face – it’s an absolutely gorgeous place! I was there in winter about 7 years ago and completely fell in love with it. I can’t wait to go back again…someday.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks for your confirmation that Cesky Krumlov is well worth a visit. I really can’t wait to go! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Lisa says:

    This is gorgeous! Okay, I want to go! I could absolutely go for the night legends and myths tour; but I would have to skip the torture museum.
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  6. Ha! Posted that comment before I saw Ben’s. Our minds seem to be quite alike.. which is an even bigger uh-oh!
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  7. Hmm… I’m strangely intrigued by that torture museum. Uh-oh! 😛
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Me too! I have heard of other Torture Museums but have not visited one yet. I will one of these days!

  8. I like the first one. The torture museum intrigues me. Is that evil?
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  9. Katherina says:

    I noticed we have something in common… castles! What a beautiful place! the the Czech Republic is still on my to-visit list – until today, mainly for its beer…. but now I can add castles!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Drinking beer while gazing a beautiful castles is quite serene and one of my favorite things 🙂 Glad to have a partner in crime!

  10. Dalene says:

    Debbie – can you just please plan our European itinerary and send it over? You keep coming up with these wonderful places that I’ve never even heard of, and make me add them to our already long list! 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      HA HA That is one “problem” with reading travel blogs! My list keeps growing exponentially too 🙂

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