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How to get there (from Prague)
The easiest way is taking the bus. Cheap. Fast. Free beverage & newspaper & internet & TV screen on board. It takes only 3 hours to go to Český Krumlov from Prague.
There are many bus services providing daily trip to Český Krumlov from Prague’s two big bus stations (remember to check where your bus departs). I took the one from Student Agency, which has nothing to do with students (student discount, I mean). It’s just a name!
My one-way ticket Prague – Český Krumlov cost 7.60 €.
Once you reach Český Krumlov, you can easily discover it on foot. That’s the reason why many people just go there for a day trip, which turns out to be far than… not enough to enjoy the city to the fullest.
Accommodation & eating
There are several types of accommodations in Český Krumlov:
– Big hotels, often (fully) booked by big tourist groups from China, Thailand, and Korea.
– Hostels, a lot of, with good prices for students, backpackers, etc.
– Pension, where I lived. The price was of course a little bit more than hostel or even some hotel room, but as I really wanted to relax at that time I booked one. It was still cheaper than the Scandinavian standard, anyway (sad but true)!
I took Pension Tiffany, double room, shared bathroom, which cost 50€ for 2 nights. If you wish to have breakfast (a big, really good breakfast to your room) then you pay 4 € extra/each breakfast. I wrapped half of mine for lunch.
My first lunch was at Eggenberg Brewery (Pivovar Eggenberg) (click for detailed map). Food and beer were delicious, yet the price was OK.
It cost me 200 CZK (approx. 7.50 €) for 1 big roasted pork knee & 2 draught beer of 0.3l.
Some travel books and sites recommend The Two Marys (U Dwau Maryí), which I din’t try because when I came, it was full of tourists. However it doesn’t have such a lot of recommendations for nothing, right?
The last night in Český Krumlov, I got lost but then found a local restaurant (the girl at my pension told me it’s her favourite place in town) on the other, less famous side of the city: Rožmberská bašta (address: Rybářská 4, 381 01 Český Krumlov). You have to cross a no-name stone bridge, then on the other side of the bridge, you’ll see something called Hostinec U Mesta Lince and restaurant U Bejka on the right-hand side. Next to the U Bejka, on the right-hand side is a small road which looks creepy at night, but just take it easy and go. Then you’ll see that small green restaurant, also on the right-hand side.
It was full of locals when I was there (Saturday night) and as you can imagine I was the one and only tourist/foreigner in the restaurant. So the chance is that they will have to sorry you for not having any place left, but if you’re lucky enough to have a seat then a dinner with draught beer of 0.3l cost ca. 160 CZK (6 €).
What to see and do
First thing first: Český Krumlov Castle, the 2nd largest castle in Czech, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. It took me almost a day to walk around the castle, climb the 54.5-meter high tower, and take a lot of pictures as the panorama is beyond picturesque.
The castle and its court yards are opened all year round and free of charge, but tours to visit its rooms and museums will not open until April. You can get more information here. The tower is also a good choice. I’m not sure if they have ticket for students or people under 26 years old. I bought a normal ticket which cost 50 CZK (approx. 1.8 €). Don’t forget to fully charge your camera/smart phone/any device that takes pictures. You’ll thank me later!
After finishing your own tour to the castle, then just take a stroll around the Český Krumlov old town. There are many cafés for you to take a rest and enjoy hot coffee with strudel. I suggest you to buy a travel book, written in many popular languages and cost ca. 150 CZK (5.5 €) with full information about history, tours, attractions and so on. It makes it easier for you to discover the city on your own.
MORE TO SEE (Click to expand)
– Beer tour by Eggenberg Brewery, starts everyday at 11:00am, meeting at the reception of the brewery. I don’t now the price, but then you can check it by yourself at www.eggenberg.cz.
– Regional Museum in Český Krumlov on the main road of the old town, open all year round. Tue–Sun: 9:00am–12:00 noon & 12:30–17:00pm.
– If you’re interested in photography, visit Mesuem Fotoatelier Seidel, opening from April – October. More information here (site is written in Czech and German only).
– My guide book recommends Egon Schiele Art Centrum which I didn’t visit and have no idea who he was, my bad. You can read more information here. Anyway there is street art on the façade of the building, for those who would like to take a picture of it.
And yes, that’s all my guide to visit Český Krumlov. I’ve read many reviews saying that you can enjoy the city in just one day. But to me it should be at least 3 days to discover and enjoy the city to its fullest!