Czech Republic Adventure – Part 4 – "Stepping into a storybook village: Český Krumlov"
“Stepping into a storybook village”: Český Krumlov
If you are visiting the Czech Republic, I highly recommend adding the little town of Cesky Krumlov to your itinerary. This is truly a beautiful old town. It’s like stepping into a storybook that you read as a child. Just dreamy!
Rick Steves, renown travel writer calls Cesky Krumlov, Bohemian’s Time-Warp Town. Check out this great video clip here
We arrived in Cesky Krumlov by bus. Bus is the best transportation from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and it takes about 2 1/2 hours and is super cheap. The bus is very comfortable and even has free wifi. It is a short 10 minute walk from the bus station into the town. We ended up coming in the backside of the castle wall. We had wanted to enter on the other side of the town but this route turned out to be much more beautiful and scenic. Sometimes, the best things on a trip are the adventures you don’t plan that were actually mistakes.
Here I am as we arrived at the dragon door of the Krumlov House Hostel. This was the coolest hostel ever. Super friendly people, clean and cheap. We got a private room with two beds, a show and a separate kitchen all for only $20 per person per night. It was a smokin deal!
The entrance to our private suite was so quaint. It was such a perfect little cozy place only 5 minutes walk from the main square. The Krumlov House is just up hill from the town square but easy enough for even my little ones. We had our packs and didn’t even break a sweat!
Walking through Český Krumlov makes you feel like you’ve stepped back into the Middle Ages. The earliest records from Cesky Krumlov date back to 1253 when the castle belong to the Vitkovici family of south Bohemia. There is about 1,000 residents that live in this storybook village today. They truly have a different life than those in the city of Prague.
We got up early and walked the streets to experience Cesky without other tourists. When I’m traveling I always try to get up early and get out so I can see a place as the locals see it without the hustle and bustle of the day and tourists like myself. You can really have a completely different experience of a city or town when you just get up a little earlier than everyone else. Cesky Krumlov was of course just as quiet and sleepy as I imaged it would be. I love this time of the day in any town or city. If you are looking for a place to just relax for a week, Cesky Krumlov is definitely a good option.
One of the best views of the city is from the castle. The view is just incredible. We looked out over walls and watched the many people as they were kayaking down the river which is a very popular activity to do while visiting Cesky Krumlov. There are a couple different places you can rent single and double kayaks and other boats for a fun day on the river.
We ate dinner on the river while it rained our first night. Many of the restaurants have coverings to protect you and heat laps. It was pouring rain but we were cozy and warm with our heat laps and blankets the restaurant provided. We had the most delicious Bohemian Feast! It was by far my best meal I had in the Czech Republic. There was chicken, sausage, potatoe pancake kinda thing, vegetables, some strange sauce and who knows what else. All I know is it was amazing and I LOVE Czech food. It’s so strange and different. I couldn’t even make out what spices they use to season it with. Can you tell I’m an adventurous eater. My mother-in-law snapped a photo (see below). Although, it doesn’t really do justice to the incredible meal, it gives you an idea of the strange looking delicious food I loved and have described in my early posts.
Cesky Krumlov is definitely the perfect little medieval town to come relax and just get away from the bustle of the big city. I’m sure many a locals come to this area for vacation too. I’m glad we made the trip from Prague. It was everything and more that I had read and expected. I would highly recommend adding Cesky Krumlov to your itinerary if you are in the Czech Republic. It is an easy day trip from Prague or better yet stay a few nights!
Here are some last photos of me wandering the cobblestone streets of Cesky.
If you’d like to see all my pictures from my Czech Republic adventures, you can check them out on the Mile Momma share site.
MORE ABOUT CESKY KRUMLOV:
TOURIST INFO: http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/kaktualita.xml & http://www.krumlov.com/
TRIPADVISOR – Read the reviews!
YOUTUBE – Check out some videos!
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Today’s feature is written by Faith Case. Faith is the owner of the Miles Momma site. Faith is a stay-at-home Momma who has a passion for traveling and exploring the world. She loves learning about other people; their cultures, lifestyles, surroundings and what makes them unique. To finance her passion to explore the world, she has learned ways to earn large amounts of miles & points all without actually traveling. Over the years, her passion to travel motivated her to become a serious mile and point collector. The miles and points she collects affords her family the ability to travel the world. Learn more about Faith Case, aka Miles Momma here
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