Day Trip To The Fairy Tale Town Of Cesky Krumlov

For our fifth wedding anniversary, we decided to head to Europe. We prefer to go to Europe during the off season to avoid the crowds. We covered three countries during this trip - Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. We started our trip at the beautiful capital city, Prague... you can check out the itinerary here. True to our travel style, we ventured out of the city on our second day in Czech Republic. We did a day trip to one of the most magical fairy tale small town in South Bohemia - Cesky Krumlov.

This town is located in the Southern Bohemian region of Czech republic and is known for being to home to a spectacular castle over the river Vltava.

Places you can't miss:

State Castle

Cesky Krumlov Old Town

Castle Tower

Local Pastry shops

Oh and local beer, if you are into it


Best time to visit

I would imagine the weather is pretty amazing in the summer but the winters are extreme with snow and temperatures in the low 20s (Fahrenheit not Celsius). That being said, visiting Europe during the winter is absolutely magical and something everyone must experience at least once. So if you haven't done that already I would highly recommend visiting Prague during the Christmas season to soak in all the festivities. Luckily when we visited, there wasn't a lot of snow (we just had one night of snow in Prague) but the temperatures were below freezing during the night.

Flights and Visa

We flew with Smart Wings - short, direct flights all through the week.

Schengen Visa required for entry into Czech Republic. Immigration was simple and quick.

Language

The official language spoken in the country is Czech. You will also find that the second most common language is German, followed by Russian.

Travel and Medical Insurance, Currency

Travel and Medical Insurance is mandatory to travel to all Schengen countries.

Currency is Czech Crown. Restaurants and other places don't accept Euro but most big restaurants accept cards.

Where we stayed

We stayed at the Ametyst Hotel in Prague. This hotel is in the New Town of Prague. The rooms were spacious for European standards with a beautiful view of the city. The staff are really helpful and knowledgeable. The hotel is just a 15 minute walk to all the major attractions. The breakfast was repetitive but was a pretty good spread (even for us vegetarians).

Tip: There is a small grocery right next to the hotel, which is incredibly convenient after a tiring day.


Cost and getting around

Prague is expensive but not ridiculously so. Hotels are reasonably priced (during the off season). Cabs are expensive, as you would expect them to be anywhere in Europe. A proper meal on average will be around EUR 10-15 per person.


Safety

Had no issues with safety. We felt everyone we met was warm and helpful.

Food

Cesky Krumlov is a small town, so apart from your pastries there isn't a lot of food for vegetarians. However, I would recommend eating at the Travel Hostel Restaurant - super chill vibes, local cuisine and authentic experience. We had the Pesto Pasta, Veggie Salad and dessert. YUM. Hearty portions too. Double win!

What to pack

Toiletries. Medicines.

Winters are cold. Pack rain jackets, winter jackets, scarves and beanies if you are going around the same time as us.

Itinerary: The drive up from Prague is just around 2 hours, so you can rent a car and do this on your own. Personally, I prefer tours. If you are like me and want to avoid driving during the unpredictable winter season (because let's face it - ain't no fun in doing that), you can book a day tour from Prague to Cesky. We did a tour with Prague Sightseeing Tours. It was very professional with free Wi-Fi on board the bus, great food included during the trip and lots of wonderful information shared. I do recommend doing a tour with them.

Note: during the summer, the entrance fees to the castle is included in the tour cost but during winter the castle is closed, so we got lunch instead.


After a 15 minute slippery walk up a narrow street, we were welcomed by endless rows of gothic houses and bright colored roof tops.

We then gradually walked into the castle grounds - preserved from the 14th century. The castle complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In winter the castle itself is closed but you can still walk around the complex. You can even walk up the castle for some amazing views of the town.