‘Ahoj’ fellow Kaptain Kenny readers and Czech out my 2nd last instalment from the Czech Republic. (My last Czech post will be on the beautiful architecture in Prague.)
Cesky Krumlov is a city in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. It’s bisected by the Vltava River, and dominated by its 13th-century castle. The castle has Gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements, an 11-hectare garden and an original 17th-century baroque theatre. There are panoramic views of the old town and the river from the top of its round bell-tower.
(This basically means that for anyone who loves quaint-as-anything towns, this is your place!)
This has been an amazing trip for many reasons:
- Czech people are extremely friendly, open and happy to have a chat with you.
- This town is tourist-friendly, everyone speaks English and it’s pretty cheap.
- There are many viewpoints around town to be able to take stunning photos.
- It’s surrounded by rolling green hills, medieval architecture and the river Vltava which you can actually have quite a lot of fun on.
- It’s possible to hire a blow up boat or kayak, (minimum 2 people) and many companies will take you 20 minutes out of town, drop you into the river in your boat and you’ll paddle down stream for 1-4 hours. (However long you want to do it.) Along the way, you’ll stop at little bars by the river, grabbing Czech food and Czech beer. During your paddle back to Cesky, you’ll have to navigate your way through a minimum of 4 rapids. This is both scary, dangerous and fun at the same time. Something tells me the combination of sun, rowing and drinking wouldn’t be allowed back home in Australia which is probably why you’ll see a heap of Aussies letting loose. Some behaving rather badly, so shame on those guys! 😦
- Bohemia used to be a kingdom in this region (Prague was/is the capital city) and now I believe it’s a province or state in the Czech Republic. You can find many restaurants around town offering Bohemian style dining & meals. AKA, you can sit in a man cave, drink beer and eat copious amounts of meat like a king. Fun!
- There are plenty of things to do – the river boating activity, walk to the castle and walk through the entire grounds without paying AND you can still have that famous view. If you want an even higher view, climb to the top of the tower for about 1 euro and you can experience a 360 degree panorama of Cesky Krumlov.
- The EASIEST way to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is to take the door-to-door CK Shuttle service. It’s around 900 CZK for the trip which is ridiculously cheap considering they pick you up at any address, take you to your hotel/hostel AND the trip itself is still around 3 hours.
Have a look at the photos below & see if you might like to visit Cesky Krumlov for your next visit. I know I’m usually pretty enthusiastic about my trips but this was a real gem. What a cute place. Worth the visit, promise!
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