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.
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 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!
Trdelník, and lots of it!