The Medieval Village of Cesky Krumlov

When we began planning our Europe trip, we knew we were flying into Munich and coming home from Prague, but the middle of the trip was wide open. After deciding on a visit to Salzburg, a quick hunt of the map revealed that the gorgeous UNESCO village of Cesky Krumlov was between Salzburg and Prague, and we were sold! I absolutely loved the Czech Republic. The people are friendly, the architecture is beautiful, and stepping into Cesky Krumlov was like stepping into the Middle Ages! The town dates back to the late 13th century and, thanks to a relatively peaceful history, its historic town center is one of the best-preserved medieval settings.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov StreetsDoor Cesky Krumlov

Unfortunately it poured during our two days in town, but that didn’t stop us from wandering the winding cobblestone streets, visiting the Cesky Krumlov Castle for a panoramic view of the town (and to see the bears!), and eating some amazing Czech food—especially trdelník! Trdelník can be found mostly in Hungary and the Czech Republic. It’s this amazing doughy confection that is rolled onto a spit, grilled, and rolled through cinnamon and sugar. If you are especially lucky, you can find trdelník stands who will add plum jam inside.

Cesky Krumlov Houses

Cesky Krumlov Castle TowerBears Cesky Krumlov Castle

Vintage Phone Booth Cesky KrumlovCesky Krumlov Winding Streets

Cesky Krumlov Storefront

Getting There

Cesky Krumlov does not have direct train service. To get from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov, we used CK Shuttle. Although it was a bit expensive, the service was easy, quick, friendly, and comfortable.

Between Cesky Krumlov and Prague, take the inexpensive Student Agency bus (which, despite its name, is not just for students). There are frequent departures, the bus is comfortable, and best of all, the fare is only €7.80!


Pension Nostalgie
Masná 137, Cesky Krumlov
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Trdelník, and lots of it!

Parkán 105, 381 01 Cesky Krumlov
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4 comments on “The Medieval Village of Cesky Krumlov

  1. Toni writes...

    I LOVED Cesky Krumlov! I recommend NOT taking a paid tour from Prague, which includes bus, lunch, and a guide! First off, they are in several languages, which is just annoying, they make you stop a thousand times to try and sell you things at different shops, and you only spend a couple hours at your actual destination! We were so sad we had to leave after being there for only TWO hours! There are much better ways (and much cheaper) to your this amazing village!

    • I agree! It was quite easy, cheap, and fast to take the Student Agency bus – that would definitely be my recommendation!

  2. Karan Arora writes...

    Hi Ami, love your articles :) could you please tell me how much time does it take to travel from Salzburg to Cesky Krumlov and how reliable is CK shuttle.

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