Český Krumlov, pronounced as “ches-kee krum-lov”, is a town in the Czech Republic known for its rich history and natural setting. This town, often referred to simply as “Krumlov”, carries a name rooted in the bend of the Vltava River, surrounded by the scenic Bohemian Forest Foothills. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages when it was founded by the noble Vítkovci family in the 13th century. The town's full name, Český Krumlov, was established in the 15th century to distinguish it from Moravský Krumlov in southern Moravia.
The primary language spoken in Český Krumlov is Czech, which is the official language of the Czech Republic. However, due to its popularity as a tourist destination, English and German are also commonly understood and spoken, especially in businesses catering to tourists. Its rich history is reflected in its well-preserved architecture, including the iconic Český Krumlov Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and numerous historical buildings lining its cobbled streets.
Český Krumlov is easily accessible by bus or car, with reliable bus services connecting it to major cities like Prague and České Budějovice. While the town does not have a metro system, its compact size makes it walkable and visitors often explore its attractions on foot. Travelers can also rent cars in Český Krumlov for greater flexibility in exploring the surrounding regions.
Listed below are the things to do in Cesky Krumlov.
- Český Krumlov Castle. Český Krumlov Castle is a sprawling 13th-century castle complex located in the center of the town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Visitors can explore Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture across 40 buildings and five castle courtyards. Highlights include the unique Cloak Bridge, centuries-old bear keeping in the bear moat, guided interior tours of period rooms, the Baroque Castle Theatre, Castle Museum artifacts, Castle Tower panoramic views and 10+ hectare gardens.
- Castle Museum. Castle Museum is located inside Český Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic. It opened in 2011 in the former Hrádek area and is spread across 29 rooms. The museum exhibits artifacts and recreations offering insight into the noble families that inhabited the castle over centuries, including the Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs. The museum highlights exhibits that feature the Hall of the Lords of the Rose tracing family lineage, office recreations, armor and weapons and a cinema showing early 20th-century footage of the Schwarzenbergs. Visitors can explore the rooms independently or via audio guides.
- Baroque Theater. Baroque Theater in Český Krumlov Castle is one of the world's best-preserved 18th-century theaters. It retains original stage machinery, scenery, costumes, props and lighting equipment, enabling historical theatrical productions. Visitors can take 45-minute guided tours to see the ornate auditorium, behind-the-scenes mechanics, royal box and examples of costumes. Tours provide insights into Baroque theater and stagecraft. Tickets should be purchased online or at the castle ticket office in advance.
- Egon Schiele Art Centrum. Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, is dedicated to Austrian Expressionist painter Egon Schiele. It features a permanent exhibition of Schiele’s life and work, including drawings, photographs, furniture and analysis of his paintings’ symbolism. Rotating shows display modern art by Gustav Klimt, Picasso, Dalí and others. The complex also serves as an art studios hosting resident artists. Visitors can view displays at their own pace or take guided group tours. There is a museum shop and café onsite.
- Old Town (Historic District). Old Town (Historic District) is located on a peninsula formed by the Vltava River in Český Krumlov and is known for well-preserved medieval Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Old Town attractions include the 16th-century Town Hall, St. Vitus Church and Český Krumlov Castle and Tower. Visitors can explore the colorful buildings, narrow streets, shops, bars and cafes. The town events are the Five-Petalled Rose Festival in June and the International Music Festival in July-August. Wandering to soak in the fairy tale atmosphere is the best way to experience it.
- St. Vitus Church. St. Vitus Church is the second most prominent landmark in Český Krumlov after the castle. Built 1407-1439 with Gothic architecture and Baroque additions, it has beautiful vaulted ceilings, a Baroque altar, 15th-century paintings and ornate Renaissance tombstones. Visitors can admire the architecture and interior, climb the tower for panoramic views and attend the occasional classical music concerts held here. There's no admission fee and it's open daily with some variations in hours.
- Czech Marionette Museum. The Czech Marionette Museum in Prague houses over 200 puppets and marionettes that showcase the country's centuries-long puppetry history. Visitors can view exhibits on Czech puppetry through the ages and also see performances at the onsite puppet theater. The museum sells traditional marionettes and holds special exhibits and events related to Czech puppetry.
1. Český Krumlov Castle
Český Krumlov Castle is a 13th-century castle located in the town of Český Krumlov in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle, spanning over 7 hectares. The castle consists of 40 buildings and five castle courtyards and features architecture from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras.
Visitors to the castle can explore the grounds and gardens for free, including sights like the Cloak Bridge, a unique 5-story corridor connecting parts of the castle and the bear moat, where brown bears have been kept since 1707. Visitors can tour the interior of the castle on a guided walk to see period rooms of former noble residents, the Eggenberg Hall with a “golden carriage”, and the Baroque Castle Theatre, one of Europe's best preserved Baroque theaters still in its original location. Visitors can also pay to climb the Castle Tower for panoramic views over Český Krumlov. Other castle highlights include the Castle Museum, with artifacts from the castle's history and the castle gardens and park, spanning over 10 hectares behind the castle complex.
The castle is located in the center of Český Krumlov. Visitors can take public transportation or drive to the town and walk. The castle appeals to visitors of all ages interested in architecture, history, museums and parks. Certain interior tours may not allow very young children.
Admission ranges from free to enter the grounds to €10 ($11, £8) for tickets to see specific interiors.
2. Castle Museum
Castle Museum is located within Český Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic. It opened in 2011 and is located in the former Hrádek area of the castle, the museum allows visitors to explore 29 rooms exhibiting artifacts and insights related to the castle's occupying families and history, including the Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs. The rooms contain furnishings in 19th-century style, such as historical lighting fixtures and tile stoves. Castle museum highlights include the Hall of the Lords of the Rose and Hall of the Dukes of Krumlov tracing the lineage of noble families, a recreation of the Schwarzenberg administrative director's office, exhibits on armor and weaponry and artifacts like the reliquary containing remains of St. Reparat. An AV cinema at the end shows early 20th-century footage of the Schwarzenbergs.
The museum allows visitors to directly explore rooms related to the castle's history and gain first-hand insights into the noble families that occupied the castle over centuries through artifacts and recreations. Visitors can explore the 29 individual exhibit rooms at their own pace, with audio guides available. There is also an AV cinema playing historical footage.
The museum is located inside Český Krumlov Castle, which visitors can reach via public transportation or driving to Český Krumlov town center and walking. It appeals to visitors interested in history, castles, architecture and museums. The self-guided format is suitable for most.
3. Baroque Theater
Baroque Theater is located in the Český Krumlov Castle complex in the town of Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. The full address is Zámek 59, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. It is sometimes referred to as the Castle Theater or Castle Baroque Theater. The Baroque Theater is considered one of the most well-preserved Baroque theaters in the world. It retains its original 18th-century stage machinery, scenery, props, costumes, lighting equipment and even original musical scores and librettos from performances during that time.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the theater to see the historic auditorium, ornate stage sets, behind-the-scenes mechanics that enabled scene changes and special effects, examples of historical costumes and props and the royal box. Tours provide insights into Baroque theatrical productions and stagecraft. Visitors may also be able to attend an occasional performance in the space.
The theater is located in the fifth courtyard of Český Krumlov Castle. Guided tours are available from May through October. Tickets should be purchased in advance online or at the castle ticket office. Tours last 45 minutes and are limited to groups of 20 people. There is an admission fee to take a guided tour. Ticket prices start at €3 ($3, £2) depending on visitor type, with discounted rates available for youths, students, seniors and disabled visitors.
4. Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Egon Schiele Art Centrum is an art museum and gallery located at Široká 71, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Sometimes referred to as the Egon Schiele Gallery, it is dedicated to the Austrian Expressionist painter Egon Schiele. The center features a permanent exhibition on Schiele's life and work. On display are his drawings, prints, furniture, letters, photographs and documentation of his time spent in Český Krumlov, which inspired some of his artworks. There is also a family tree and images analyzing the symbolism and figures portrayed in his most famous paintings.
Visitors can view the displays in the galleries at their own pace. Guided tours are available to book for groups. There is a museum shop selling art books, prints and souvenirs and an onsite café. The Egon Schiele Art Centrum is located in the town center of Český Krumlov, about a 10-minute walk from the bus and train stations. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. It appeals to fans of Schiele, art enthusiasts, tourists looking to learn about the town's history and anyone interested in Expressionism and modern art. There is an admission fee of €6 ($7, £5) for adults.
5. Old Town (Historic District)
Old Town (Historic District) of Český Krumlov is located in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It is situated on a peninsula formed by a tight bend in the Vltava River and is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture. The historic center contains buildings in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles, many featuring valuable stucco decorations and paintings. Popular attractions include the 16th-century Town Hall on Svornosti Square, St. Vitus Church and Český Krumlov State Castle and Tower.
Visitors can explore the twisted, narrow streets lined with colorful buildings, shop for local crafts and souvenirs and enjoy the lively bars and riverside cafes. Key events held here include the Five-Petalled Rose Festival in June and the International Music Festival from July to August. The best way to experience the Old Town is simply by wandering around and soaking in the fairy tale atmosphere. There are no admission fees to walk around the historic district, but tickets are required for certain castle tours and events.
6. St. Vitus Church
St. Vitus Church (Kostel svatého Víta) is located at Horní street 156, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. After Český Krumlov Castle, it is the second most prominent architectural landmark in the town. The Gothic-style church was built between 1407 and 1439, with later Baroque and neo-Gothic modifications. It is known for its octagonal tower, ornate spire and beautiful interior featuring Gothic vaulted ceilings, a Baroque altar and 15th-century wall paintings.
Visitors to St. Vitus Church can admire the architecture and interior designs, including the elaborate Renaissance tombstones of Wilhelm von Rosenberg and his wife. They can also climb up the tower for panoramic views over Český Krumlov and take photos of the distinctive exterior. In addition to serving as an active Catholic church for masses and religious events, St. Vitus Church occasionally hosts classical music concerts. There is no admission fee to enter and view the church. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. It is open daily with some variations in hours depending on the day and season.
7. Czech Marionette Museum
The Czech Marionette Museum in Prague showcases the country's rich history and tradition of puppetry and marionette theater. Founded in 1912, the museum contains an extensive collection of over 200 marionettes, puppets and miniature theater sets that provide an overview of Czech puppetry through the centuries. Highlights include antique marionettes from famous 19th-century traveling puppeteer troupes, puppets depicting historical Czech figures like Jan Hus, puppets from beloved children's shows featuring characters like Spejbl and Hurvínek and contemporary experimental marionettes.
Visitors can view the exhibits depicting various eras and characters of Czech puppetry history. The museum also has a puppet theater where performances and workshops allow visitors to try operating historic marionettes themselves. Special exhibits and events are also held regularly. The museum gift shop sells traditional marionettes, puppet-making kits and books for those inspired to delve deeper into the history and craft of Czech puppetry. The Czech Marionette Museum is located at U Karlova 12, Prague 1, Czechia. It typically operates from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
8. Vltava River (for rafting or canoeing)
Vltava River offers a variety of recreational activities as it winds through the scenic medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. Rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the Vltava are popular warm-weather pursuits, ranging from relaxing sightseeing paddles to adrenaline-filled white water rafting.
Many local companies offer equipment rentals and organize multi-day trips down the river. From Cesky Krumlov, common routes include a leisurely 1-2 hour paddle floating by city landmarks like the Český Krumlov Castle and St. Vitus Church. Half-day trips reach nearby villages like Zlatá Koruna, passing small rapids and weirs along the way. Longer full-day routes extend as far as Vyšší Brod through peaceful forest and pastoral scenery. Companies can accommodate groups from solo travelers to parties of over 10, with options like inflatable kayaks and rafts in addition to traditional canoes. The river also offers swimming, riverside dining and extraordinary views of Cesky Krumlov's old town. The river effectively encircles the historic city center, making it a centerpiece of the town.
9. Free walking tour with Wiseman
Free Walking Tour with Wiseman is a 2-hour guided walking tour of the historic town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. It is run by local guides who share the history and stories of the town. The tour starts daily at 10:30 am and 2 pm (10:30 AM only from November-March) in front of the tourist information center in the main square.
The tour takes visitors to the key sights of the town, such as the St. Vitus Church, the Latrán district, views of the castle and ends at the castle grounds. Along the way, the guides provide information and legends about the noble families that lived in Český Krumlov over the centuries, notably the Rosenbergs. The tour works on a pay-what-you-wish system at the end.
The walking tour is best suited for adults and older children interested in learning about the history of Český Krumlov. It is a “free tour”, there is no admission cost, but tips for the guide are welcome. It is an affordable, entertaining way to get oriented in Český Krumlov and learn about its past.
10. Castle Tower
The Castle Tower is a 16th-century tower located within the Cesky Krumlov Castle complex in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Standing at 54 meters tall, the Renaissance-style tower offers spectacular views over the town and castle from its observation deck.
Visitors can enter the tower and climb the 162 steps to reach the top observation level. Visitors can see architectural and decorative details from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. The tower offers 360-degree views over the red-roofed buildings of Cesky Krumlov, located along the curves of the Vltava River.
The Castle Tower is open daily, except Mondays, from 9 am to 4:30 pm between November and March. The tower climb involves many steps and it is perfect for adults and older children who are interested in architecture, views and photography. Those with limited mobility can still view the tower from the exterior. Visiting the Cesky Krumlov Castle Tower makes for an unforgettable experience.
12. Rozmberk Castle (Day trip)
Rozmberk Castle is a medieval castle located in the town of Rozmberk nad Vltavou in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, about 25 kilometers (25 miles) south of České Budějovice. It was built in the 13th century and consists of two parts, the Upper Gothic castle and the Lower Renaissance castle. Rozmberk Castle features Renaissance elements, containing well-preserved historic rooms that visitors can access on guided tours. It offers beautiful views of the Vltava River in a countryside setting.
The castle is known for its well-preserved interiors, including the Knights' Hall with a remarkable paneled ceiling, a picture gallery, an armory and a hangman's house. Visitors can take a tour to see these rooms. The castle is also situated in a picturesque location overlooking the river Vltava. The castle appeals most to adults and older children interested in medieval history and architecture. Guided tours are available in Czech, English and German. There are admission tickets, depending on if you want access to just the exteriors or the interiors of the castle.
13. Riverbank areas for relaxation
The riverbanks in Český Krumlov provide peaceful natural areas for visitors to relax and enjoy the outdoors. They border the winding Vltava River as it curves through the town. The riverbank spots include the Town Park with its trees, sculptures and St. Martin's Chapel; the Monastery Gardens, which date back to 1350; and the Egon Schiele Garden Studio terraces stretching along the river. These gardens offer shade, river access, open fields and pedestrian pathways.
Visitors can stroll along the riverbanks, have a picnic, go for a swim on a hot day or simply find a spot to sit and take in views of the river and charming historic town center. The riverbanks appeal to all visitors looking to unwind amidst natural scenery. They can be easily accessed on foot for free from multiple points within central Cesky Krumlov.
14. Krumlov Mill
Krumlov Mill is a restaurant and cultural venue housed in a newly refurbished former water mill built at the end of the 15th century. The restaurant is located in the historical center of Cesky Krumlov, at the end of a pedestrianized cobblestone alley (Siroka Street). It can be accessed on foot easily from the central town square in just a few minutes. The restaurant has a capacity of up to 150 people and a unique atmosphere reminiscent of old mill times, with original machinery and artifacts on display. Krumlov Mill hosts cultural events, performances, exhibitions and special venues throughout the year in its role as a cultural center. Its riverside setting and historic ambiance make it a unique venue in Cesky Krumlov for dining, social events and performances.
Krumlov Mill's atmosphere and riverside location in a historic 15th-century mill building, along with its dual role as a restaurant and cultural venue hosting events and performances, makes this a must-try when visiting Cesky. It is best suited for adults and older teenagers, given its role more as an upscale restaurant and event venue, but families can also dine here. No admission tickets are needed for the restaurant or bar. Entry costs vary for cultural events held at the venue.
15. Wax Museum
The Wax Museum in Cesky Krumlov features wax figures representing famous personalities from Czech history, art, culture, religion, politics and royalty. The museum features 100 wax figures displayed in scenes from Czech history, visitors can see key figures like medieval King Charles IV through to modern celebrities like Kafka and music icons like Michael Jackson. The figures and accompanying sets are designed to accurately represent the relevant time period and environmental context for each historical scene. It is located near Cesky Krumlov's central square. The museum uses lighting, sound effects and imagery to enhance the immersive experience of Czech history brought to life through its wax exhibits. Visitors are allowed to take photos alongside their favorite wax figures. It is recommended for families and visitors of all ages interested in an engaging way to be introduced to Czech history. Interactive exhibits make it interesting for kids.
16. Local shops for souvenirs.
Cesky Krumlov has a variety of local shops for souvenirs, selling traditional handicrafts, artworks, clothing and souvenirs. Local hops selling traditional handicrafts, artworks and souvenirs can be found throughout Cesky Krumlov's historic pedestrian town center along the interwoven cobblestone streets and alleys.
The popular items visitors look for include the region's famous Bohemian crystal and garnet jewelry and the wooden marionettes reflecting the area's history of puppetry and woodcrafts. Local edible specialties like gingerbread cookies baked using medieval recipes are also top souvenir items. The winding cobblestone pedestrian streets of Cesky Krumlov's historic center are lined with small shops peddling these handicrafts, artworks and foods to visitors seeking authentic local mementos of the town. Families, kids and solo travelers can be occupied looking at workshops for products like wooden toys and ceramics.
17. Outdoor music and event venues in the town square
The main town square of Cesky Krumlov, called Namesti Svornosti, is a popular outdoor venue for music events and festivals. It is located in the center of Cesky Krumlov's pedestrian Old Town area, which makes it easily accessible on foot from anywhere in Cesky Krumlov's Old Town area.
The square dates back to medieval times and has witnessed many historic events over the centuries. Today, it is a lively gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On any given day, you may catch street performers entertaining small crowds. During festivals and events, stages are set up and the square comes alive with musicians, dancers, theater acts and throngs of spectators. Major festivals held include the Five-Petalled Rose Festival in June when the square transforms into a Renaissance fair with period costumes and entertainment and the Christmas Markets in December. Concerts are also sometimes held on a temporary revolving stage set up on the square. There are no admission fees to enter the square or view the street performances. Major events may have ticket fees for reserved seating areas. The entertainment and festive atmosphere are suitable for visitors of all ages.
18. Klet Hill
Klet Hill is located in the Blansky Forest, 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) north of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic and is the highest mountain in the region at 1,084 meters above sea level. It offers beautiful hiking trails and scenic views, especially from the 19th-century stone observation tower on its summit. Visitors can hike up the well-marked trails from Cesky Krumlov or take the chairlift from the village of Krasetin. The 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles) hike from Cesky Krumlov train station to the Klet Hill summit takes 2 hours and gains 443 meters in elevation along a paved forest path. Hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding Blansky Forest, Lipno Lake and even the Austrian Alps on clear days. The observation tower and adjacent timbered cottage with a restaurant are popular spots to enjoy views from the peak. Klet Hill is suitable for hikers of most ability levels and has trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and sledding. It is a good half-day or full-day trip for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.
19. Cesky Krumlov Monasteries
The Cesky Krumlov Monasteries complex was founded in 1350 as a monastery of Minorites and Clares. It is located at Klášterní dvůr 97, 381 01 Český Krumlov, Czechia. The monastery complex, known as the Krumlov Monastery, occupies the second largest historical area in Cesky Krumlov after the castle. The monastery is a “double monastery” that housed both monks and nuns. It has been beautifully restored and now features modern exhibitions and workshops focused on medieval life, art and culture. Visitors can tour the original monastery architecture and art, visit the interactive exhibits to experience traditional skills and crafts and participate in workshops to make their own products.
The Cesky Krumlov Monastery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm in the summer season. Visitors can purchase tickets to tour the monastery museum exhibitions, visit the workshops and craft demonstrations and explore the grounds. It is perfect for visitors of all ages interested in history, medieval art and hands-on cultural activities.
Where is Cesky Krumlov?
Český Krumlov, often referred to as Krumlov, is a town located in the Czech Republic. Its name, Krumlov, originally derived from the Middle High German term “Krumme Aue”, which means crooked meadow, due to its location along a bend of the Vltava river. To distinguish it from another town named Moravský Krumlov in southern Moravia, the adjective “Český”, meaning “Bohemian”, was added in the 15th century. Český Krumlov is situated approximately 20 kilometers southwest of České Budějovice and 134 kilometers south of Prague. The town straddles both banks of the Vltava River and lies in the Bohemian Forest Foothills, with its highest point being the hill Vyšný vrch, standing at 744 meters above sea level. The northern part of Český Krumlov's territory is within the Blanský les Protected Landscape Area.
What is the history of Cesky Krumlov?
The history of Český Krumlov dates back to ancient times, with evidence of continuous human habitation in the area since the Older Stone Age, around 70,000-50,000 BC. Bronze Age settlements emerged around 1,500 BC, followed by Celtic settlements around 400 BC and the first Slavic settlement in the 6th century AD. Trade routes along the Vltava River in the Early Middle Ages further developed the area. The foundation of Český Krumlov Castle, which still stands today, can be traced back to the local Vítkovci family shortly before 1250. The town was established in two stages, with Latrán below the castle and Old Town as a newly founded settlement. Czech and German nationalities were represented and a Jewish community existed from 1334.
The Rosenberg family took control of Český Krumlov in 1302, making it their main residence. Under their rule, the town prospered, with significant growth during the 15th century under Oldřich II of Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs promoted trade and crafts and German miners settled in the city after gold was discovered nearby, further shifting the ethnic balance. In the late 16th century, the Renaissance-style castle reconstruction took place. In 1602, the town was sold to Emperor Rudolf II and later became part of the Duchy of Krumlov. From 1719 to 1947, the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg. During the 19th century, industrialisation led to the demolition of most of the town's fortifications.
In the early 20th century, Český Krumlov had a predominantly German population, but after World War I, it became part of Czechoslovakia. It was briefly annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938 but was returned to Czechoslovakia after World War II, resulting in the expulsion of the German population. The town suffered neglect during the Communist era but experienced restoration efforts after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. In 2002, Český Krumlov faced damage due to the European floods. Today, it is a popular tourist destination known for its rich history and well-preserved architecture.
What language is spoken in Cesky Krumlov?
The primary language spoken in Český Krumlov is Czech, as the town is located in the Czech Republic, where Czech is the official language. However, some residents may also understand and speak German due to its history and past influences, particularly the presence of a German-speaking population until the mid-20th century. Given the town's popularity as a tourist destination, English is commonly spoken in the tourism industry. Visitors can easily communicate in English when interacting with locals, especially in hotels, restaurants and other tourist-related establishments.
What timezone is Cesky Krumlov on?
Český Krumlov is located in the Czech Republic which operates on Central European Time (CET). During standard time, CET is UTC+1 (Coordinated Universal Time plus one hour). However, the Czech Republic also observes Daylight Saving Time (DST), typically starting on the last Sunday in March and ending on the last Sunday in October. During DST, the time zone shifts to Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC+2. Český Krumlov follows the standard time or DST to adjust its local time to CET or CEST accordingly.
How many people live in Cesky Krumlov?
Český Krumlov has a total population of 59,118 residents. This population is further divided into 29,757 males and 29,361 females. In terms of age distribution, there are 9,835 individuals aged 0-14 years, 37,773 individuals aged 15-64 years and 11,510 individuals aged 65 years and older living in Český Krumlov.
What are the neighborhoods to stay in Cesky Krumlov?
Listed below are the neighborhoods to stay in Cesky Krumlov.
- Latrán. Latrán is right next to the city center of Český Krumlov. It holds historical significance as one of the town's first areas to be developed. Latrán is known for housing the expansive Castle Complex, which ranks as one of the largest in Central Europe. Its cobblestone streets and well-preserved historic buildings make it an attractive tourist destination. Visitors can easily access Latrán on foot from the city center.
- Vnitřní Město (Inner Town). Vnitřní Město or the Inner Town, serves as the central hub of Český Krumlov. It features a diverse mix of historical buildings, shops and restaurants, making it the heart of the town's cultural and commercial activities. Key attractions in this area include the Main Square and the St. Vitus Church. Accessible by various modes of transportation, including buses, the Inner Town is a lively location known for hosting cultural events and festivals.
- Pohoří na Šumavě. Located to the south of the city center, Pohoří na Šumavě is predominantly a residential neighborhood with some green spaces. It tends to be less touristy compared to the central districts, offering a quieter living environment. Pohoří na Šumavě is accessible by local buses and taxis, making it convenient for residents and visitors seeking a more relaxed atmosphere.
- Nádražní Předměstí (Railway Suburb). Situated to the north of the city center, Nádražní Předměstí is closely linked to the Český Krumlov railway station. This neighborhood provides an essential transportation link to other parts of the country and features residential areas along with local businesses. Regular local buses connect Nádražní Předměstí with the city center, making it a convenient place to live or visit.
- Všeměry. Located to the east of the city center, Všeměry is primarily a residential neighborhood with some local businesses serving the community. While it may have fewer historical landmarks than the core neighborhoods, it offers a more local experience of Český Krumlov. Všeměry is accessible by local transportation, although it tends to be less frequented by tourists, providing a glimpse into everyday life in the town.
- Flößberg. Flößberg is found to the southeast of the city center and is primarily a residential neighborhood with some green areas and local businesses. It offers a quieter and less touristy environment compared to the busy city center. Access to Flößberg is facilitated by local buses, making it reachable for both residents and visitors seeking a more peaceful atmosphere. Exploring this area can provide a sense of the everyday life of Český Krumlov's local residents.
- Holašovice. Holašovice is located considerably farther from Český Krumlov's city center but is well worth the journey. It is a historic village and a UNESCO World Heritage site, popular for its exceptionally well-preserved Baroque farmsteads and rural architecture. This village offers a unique opportunity to explore Czech history and traditional architecture. While it's not within the immediate city limits, Holašovice can be reached by car or through organised tours from Český Krumlov, making it a must-visit for those interested in cultural heritage and rural life.
What are the most interesting facts about Cesky Krumlov?
Listed below are the most interesting facts about Cesky Krumlov.
- Currency. The currency used in Český Krumlov is the Czech Koruna (CZK). Visitors should be aware of this and may need to exchange their money or withdraw Czech Koruna from local ATMs for transactions in the town.
- Timezone. Český Krumlov operates on Central European Time (CET) during standard time, which is UTC+1 (Coordinated Universal Time plus one hour). However, it observes Daylight Saving Time (DST), shifting to Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC+2, during the summer months. Travelers should be mindful of this time difference when planning their visits.
- Language. The official language spoken in Český Krumlov and throughout the Czech Republic is Czech. While Czech is the primary language, many people in the tourism industry, especially in popular tourist areas like Český Krumlov, can communicate in English, making it relatively easy for English-speaking visitors to navigate and enjoy their stay.
- Power Plugs. Český Krumlov uses the Europlug Type C and Type E power outlets. These are standard European sockets with a voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz. Travelers from regions with different plug types (e.g., Type A or Type B) may need adapters to charge their electronic devices.
What is Český Krumlov famous for?
Český Krumlov is famous for its rich historical heritage and exceptionally well-preserved medieval architecture, particularly the iconic Český Krumlov Castle. It has earned international recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Renaissance” due to its historical significance and architectural beauty. Its historic center features a labyrinth of winding streets, squares and historic buildings that attract tourists worldwide.
What to do in Cesky Krumlov for a day?
Listed below are the best things to do for a day in Cesky Krumlov.
- Visit Český Krumlov Castle. The castle is the town's centerpiece and offers a fascinating journey into the region's history. With its mix of architectural styles, from Gothic to Baroque, exploring the castle complex provides a comprehensive snapshot of Český Krumlov's historical importance.
- Stroll the Old Town. Wandering the cobblestone streets of the Old Town offers an immersion into the town's medieval charm. The Old Town is the heart of Český Krumlov's cultural and architectural heritage with its historic buildings, squares and the winding Vltava River.
- Relax in the Castle Gardens. The expansive gardens offer an escape with beautifully landscaped areas, fountains and panoramic town views. It's an ideal spot to unwind and appreciate the town's scenic beauty and architectural splendor.
- Join a Free Walking Tour. Participating in a guided walking tour provides deeper insights into the town's history, legends and hidden gems. A knowledgeable guide will offer valuable context and stories, enhancing the experience of exploring Český Krumlov.
- Dine at a Traditional Czech Restaurant. Sampling local dishes is a delightful way to immerse oneself in Czech culture and culinary traditions. With numerous eateries in town offering authentic Czech cuisine, enjoying a meal is a flavorful way to round off a day in Český Krumlov.
How many days to spend in Cesky Krumlov?
For most visitors, spending 1-2 days in Český Krumlov is ideal. Within this timeframe, tourists can explore the key attractions, including the Český Krumlov Castle, the Old Town and the scenic Castle Gardens. This duration provides a comprehensive overview of the town's rich history, architectural wonders and cultural highlights. If one's itinerary is tight, even a day trip can provide a memorable experience, although staying overnight allows for a more relaxed exploration and the opportunity to experience the town's ambience in the evening.
When considering how long to spend in any destination, factors like individual interests, travel pace and the broader travel itinerary come into play. For those deeply interested in history, architecture or simply soaking in the local atmosphere, extending the visit to two days in Český Krumlov can be rewarding. However, if it's part of a whirlwind city break or a multi-stop tour, one day can still offer a meaningful experience of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
What to eat in Cesky Krumlov?
In Český Krumlov, visitors can savor a variety of traditional Czech food that offer a flavorful taste of the country's culinary heritage. One popular dish is “svíčková”, which consists of marinated beef served with a creamy sauce, dumplings and cranberry sauce. This hearty and savory meal reflects the Czech love for rich, comfort food and is a must-try for those seeking an authentic Czech dining experience. Additionally, “trdelník”, a sweet pastry made from rolled dough, sugar and walnuts, is a delightful treat commonly found in the town. Its sweet, crunchy exterior and soft interior make it a favorite snack or dessert among locals and tourists. Exploring the local cuisine in Český Krumlov is a way to connect with Czech culture and indulge in dishes that have been cherished for generations. Beyond these specific dishes, visitors can enjoy classic Czech cuisine staples such as goulash, schnitzel and hearty soups. Cesky Krumlov's restaurants and eateries often use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, enhancing the overall dining experience. While in Český Krumlov, dining at traditional Czech restaurants provides an opportunity to savor the flavors of the region, making it a delicious and culturally enriching part of any visit to this charming Czech town.
What are the top restaurants to eat and drink in Cesky Krumlov?
Listed below are the top restaurants to eat and drink in Cesky Krumlov.
- Papa's Living Restaurant. Located at Latrán 13, Český Krumlov, Papa's Living Restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring a fusion of Czech and international cuisine. Notable dishes to savor here include their delectable salmon steak and truffle pasta. It has a cozy and modern ambience suitable for various occasions, from casual dining to special events. On average, diners can expect to spend between €8 to €20 per person for a meal at Papa's.
- Krčma Šatlava. Situated at Horni Street 157, Český Krumlov, Krčma Šatlava is a medieval-themed tavern that specializes in traditional Czech fare. Guests can relish dishes often prepared on an open flame, with their beef steak being a standout option. Its historical setting provides a unique and immersive dining experience with prices ranging from €7 to €16 per person.
- Tavern of the Two Maries. Found at Barborská 66/8, Český Krumlov, the Tavern of the Two Maries is known for its focus on traditional Bohemian dishes made from homemade and organic ingredients. Noteworthy menu items include rabbit in cream sauce and a variety of Czech dumplings. The interior has rustic and authentically Czech vibes, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Visitors can anticipate spending approximately €6 to €18 per person for a meal here.
- Pivovarská restaurace (Historický pivovar Český Krumlov). Located at Pivovarská 27, Český Krumlov, Pivovarská restaurace is an integral part of the historic brewery and offers a blend of Czech cuisine paired with their in-house brewed beers. Goulash and schnitzel are among the signature dishes, harmonizing perfectly with their range of beers. The lively ambience makes it a favored choice for both locals and tourists. Prices for a meal generally fall within the range of €4 to €14 per person, excluding beverages.
- Švejk Restaurant. Positioned at Rooseveltova 35, Český Krumlov, Švejk Restaurant is themed after the iconic Czech literary character, Švejk. The menu predominantly features classic Czech dishes, with highlights including roast duck and traditional sausages. Its playful and light-hearted atmosphere reflects the character's adventures. Dining at Švejk Restaurant typically costs between €6 and €16 per person, offering an enjoyable and reasonably priced culinary experience.
What are the best hotels in Cesky Krumlov?
Listed below are the best hotels in Cesky Krumlov.
- Castle View Apartments. Castle View Apartments offers apartment-style accommodation right in the heart of Český Krumlov. Guests can enjoy immediate access to the city center, making it a convenient choice. The apartments provide stunning views of Český Krumlov Castle, equipped with kitchens, free Wi-Fi and comfortable living spaces. Prices for a night's stay typically start at around €80.
- Villa Beatika. Villa Beatika is a charming bed and breakfast in the historic center of Český Krumlov. It ensures easy access to the town's attractions and offers cosy rooms. Guests can start their day with breakfast service and relax on the garden terrace. A night's stay rates usually range from €70 to €100.
- Hotel Bellevue. Hotel Bellevue is a boutique hotel within walking distance of Český Krumlov's city center. It features elegant rooms, an on-site restaurant, a wellness center with a spa and river views. While prices vary, they generally start at around €120 per night.
- Hotel OLDINN. Hotel OLDINN is a historic hotel conveniently located in the town center. It offers comfortable rooms, an in-house restaurant and a terrace overlooking the scenic Vltava River. Rates for a night's stay typically start at €100.
- 1ST Republic Villa – Adults Only. 1ST Republic Villa, this adult-only villa is situated in the city center, providing easy access to Český Krumlov's attractions. It offers stylish rooms tailored for adult guests, free Wi-Fi and a relaxing garden. Prices for a night's stay usually begin at €90.
What is the transportation like in Cesky Krumlov?
Český Krumlov, given its compact and historic nature, does not have a metro system. Instead, the town is easily explored on foot due to its small size and most attractions are within walking distance of each other. Buses serve the town and its outskirts effectively for longer distances or for those preferring not to walk, providing an economical way to navigate the area. While there's a limited need for cars within Český Krumlov itself, car rental options are available for those looking to explore the surrounding regions or who desire more flexibility in their travel plans.
The Český Krumlov Card is a beneficial tool for visitors. This card offers access to five significant museums in the town, allowing tourists to explore the region's rich history and culture at a reduced cost. Additionally, it provides discounts for other attractions and services, ensuring visitors get the best value during their stay. Investing in this card can lead to savings and a more enriched experience in Český Krumlov.
How to get from Cesky Krumlov airport to the city?
Český Krumlov does not have its own international airport. Most visitors arrive via the closest major airport, which is in České Budějovice, about 30 km away. Upon arrival at the České Budějovice airport, one can easily find bus services that run frequently between the airport and Český Krumlov. The bus station at the airport is well-signposted and tickets can be purchased in advance or directly from the bus driver. The journey by bus usually takes around 30 minutes, with the average fare being approximately €5. Taxis are also available directly outside the České Budějovice airport terminal. A taxi ride to Český Krumlov typically takes about 20-25 minutes. The average cost for a taxi journey from the airport to Český Krumlov is around €30 to €40, depending on traffic and specific drop-off locations. Moreover, car rental agencies at the České Budějovice airport allow visitors to rent a vehicle. After securing a rental car, exit the airport and follow the signposts for Český Krumlov. The drive is straightforward, taking roughly 20-25 minutes. The average cost of renting a car can vary widely based on the type of car and rental duration, but daily rates typically start at around €25.
How to get from Cesky Krumlov to Prague?
Travelers can take a direct bus from Český Krumlov to Prague. The main bus station in Český Krumlov is located near the town center. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station or online in advance. Buses typically depart regularly throughout the day and take 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on the route and stops. The average one-way ticket price ranges from €10 to €20, making it a budget-friendly option for Travelers. On the other hand, taxis are readily available in Český Krumlov and Travelers can easily arrange a taxi to take them to Prague. Booking a taxi in advance or through a reputable taxi service is advisable. The journey by taxi is relatively fast, taking about 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. The average cost for a taxi ride from Český Krumlov to Prague falls within the range of €150 to €250, depending on factors such as the taxi company and vehicle type. Travelers who prefer flexibility and the opportunity to explore the route at their own pace can go for car rental services. Rental agencies are available in Český Krumlov. After securing a rental car, travelers can follow road signs for Prague. The drive takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on the route and road conditions. Rental car prices vary based on the type of vehicle, rental duration and additional services, but daily rates generally start at around €25.
How to get from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna?
Taking a bus from Český Krumlov to Vienna is straightforward and relatively economical. Buses depart from the main bus station in Český Krumlov and Travelers can purchase tickets on-site or online ahead of their journey. Several bus companies operate on this route and while the frequency of buses may vary, there are generally multiple departures throughout the day. The bus trip takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on the route and stops. Average prices for a one-way bus ticket from Český Krumlov to Vienna range from €15 to €30. Hiring a taxi from Český Krumlov to Vienna is a feasible option for those looking for a direct and hassle-free journey. It's recommended to book a taxi in advance through a reputable taxi service in Český Krumlov or by arranging it with accommodations. The taxi ride to Vienna usually takes around 3 to 3.5 hours, contingent on traffic conditions. The cost for a taxi journey between these two destinations can be higher, often ranging from €250 to €350, based on the taxi company and type of vehicle. Meanwhile, renting a car offers flexibility and allows Travelers to enjoy the scenic drive between Český Krumlov and Vienna at leisure. Car rental agencies are available in Český Krumlov, where one can procure a vehicle for the journey. After renting a car, Travelers can follow the road signs directing them to Vienna. The drive generally takes around 3 to 3.5 hours. The cost of renting a car can vary depending on the vehicle type, duration of the rental and additional services, but daily rates usually start at approximately €25.
Are Christmas markets crowded in Cesky Krumlov?
Yes, Christmas markets in Český Krumlov can be quite crowded during the holiday season. The primary reason for the crowds is the town's popularity as a tourist destination, especially during the festive period. Tourists and visitors are drawn to the town's beautifully decorated market squares, where they can shop for unique gifts, savor traditional Czech holiday treats and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Additionally, the town's compact size and limited space in the historic center can contribute to a sense of crowding during the Christmas market season, as many people gather to partake in the festivities.
What are the best Christmas markets in Czechia?
Listed below are the best Christmas markets in Czechia.
- Prague Christmas Markets. Prague's Christmas markets are among the most famous in Czechia, set against the background of the city's historic Old Town Square. Visitors will be amazed by the festive atmosphere, beautifully decorated stalls and the towering Christmas tree. It offers a variety of traditional Czech gifts, crafts and mouthwatering holiday treats like trdelník and mulled wine. Live music and cultural performances add to the festive spirit, making it a top destination during the holiday season.
- Český Krumlov Christmas Market. Český Krumlov is a beautiful town in South Bohemia that hosts a Christmas market in its historic Old Town Square. It gives a fairytale setting, with stalls offering traditional Czech crafts, ornaments and gastronomic delights. Visitors can explore the medieval town's narrow cobblestone streets while enjoying the festive atmosphere. Live music and cultural programs, including nativity scenes and carolers, enhance the holiday experience. The intimate and romantic setting of Český Krumlov's Christmas market makes it a unique and beloved destination.
- Kutná Hora Christmas Market. The Kutná Hora Christmas Market takes place in the UNESCO-listed historic center of this town. It offers a variety of artisanal goods, handcrafted decorations and delicious seasonal foods. Visitors can explore the town's stunning Gothic architecture and visit the famous Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church). Carolers and cultural performances add to the festive spirit, making it a memorable experience. The combination of history, culture and holiday cheer makes Kutná Hora's Christmas market a unique destination in Czechia.
What are the best music festivals in Czechia?
Listed below are the best music festivals in Czechia.
- Colours of Ostrava. Colours of Ostrava is known for its diverse music lineup, featuring a mix of international and local artists across various genres, including rock, pop, world music and electronic. Its unique charm lies in its industrial backdrop, with stages set amidst an old coal mine, creating a distinctive and immersive atmosphere.
- United Islands of Prague. This festival takes place in the heart of Prague, on the Vltava River's islands. It showcases an eclectic mix of music genres, including rock, indie, electronic and hip-hop. Its unique location, with stages along the riverbanks, offers stunning city views and creates a vibrant and accessible urban festival atmosphere.
- Pohoda Festival. Although located across the border in Slovakia, the Pohoda Festival is a favorite for many Czech music lovers. It's celebrated for its diverse lineup, combining music, arts and cultural activities. Its welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and its airport venue set it apart as a must-visit event.
What is the weather like in Cesky Krumlov?
The weather in Český Krumlov exhibits distinct seasonal variations throughout the year. During the winter months, which span from December to February, the town experiences cold and chilly conditions. Temperatures often hover around freezing, with occasional snowfall, creating a winter setting ideal for holiday celebrations, including Christmas markets. Spring from March to May ushers in milder and gradually warming weather. Daytime temperatures rise and the town's surroundings become lush with blooming flowers and greenery, making it a popular time for outdoor exploration. From June to August, summer brings warm and pleasant conditions to Český Krumlov. Daytime temperatures typically range from comfortable to moderately warm, making it an ideal season for tourists to explore the town's historic sites, gardens and outdoor activities. Finally, from September to November, autumn brings cooler temperatures as the town transitions to fall. The surroundings transform into a palette of vibrant autumn colors and tourists can experience the beauty of the changing seasons.
Is Czechia worth visiting?
Yes, Czechia is worth visiting. With its rich history, stunning architecture, landscapes and vibrant culture, Czechia offers Travelers a diverse range of attractions and experiences. Visitors can explore the historic streets of Prague, immerse themselves in the medieval charm of Český Krumlov, sample delicious Czech cuisine and enjoy outdoor adventures in the Bohemian and Moravian regions.
Is Cesky Krumlov expensive?
Yes, Cesky Krumlov is an affordable destination, especially when compared to Western European cities. Basic goods like milk, water and breakfast items are reasonably priced. A litre of milk may cost around €1, a bottle of water approximately €0.80 and a basic breakfast in a local café can be as low as €5 to €10. Beer is particularly economical, with a pint typically costing around €2 to €3 in local pubs or restaurants.
Is Cesky Krumlov safe?
Yes, Cesky Krumlov is a safe destination for tourists. It has a low crime rate and violent crimes are rare. However, like any other tourist destination, visitors should exercise safety precautions, such as safeguarding their belongings in crowded areas and being aware of pickpockets, especially in popular tourist spots. It's also advisable to follow any local guidelines or advice provided by authorities to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
Is Cesky Krumlov easy to visit with kids?
Yes, Cesky Krumlov can be family-friendly and is generally easy to visit with kids. Its compact size makes it manageable to explore on foot and its streets, castles and gardens can captivate children's imaginations. Family-friendly accommodations and restaurants are offering a variety of cuisine options. Additionally, Cesky Krumlov hosts events and activities suitable for children, such as historical reenactments and cultural festivals. However, some attractions may have stairs and uneven terrain, so strollers or baby carriers might be necessary.
What are the most famous people of Czechia abroad?
Listed below are the most famous people in Czechia abroad:
- Franz Kafka. The famous author Franz Kafka is celebrated internationally for his influential works of literature, such as “The Metamorphosis” and “The Trial”. His writing often delves into themes of existentialism and the human condition.
- Antonín Dvořák. The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák is acclaimed worldwide for his contributions to classical music. His compositions, including the “New World Symphony” and the “Cello Concerto in B minor”, are widely performed and cherished for their melodic richness.
- Milos Forman. a Czech-born film director, Milos Forman achieved global recognition for his cinematic masterpieces like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” and “Amadeus”. His work has left a lasting impact on the film industry.
- Václav Havel. Václav Havel was a prominent dissident, playwright and politician who played a pivotal role in the peaceful transition of Czechoslovakia to democracy in 1989. He became the first president of the Czech Republic and garnered international respect for his advocacy of human rights and democracy.
- Jaromír Jágr. Jaromír Jágr is a legendary Czech ice hockey player widely recognised for his exceptional skills and longevity in the sport. He has had a successful career in the NHL and has earned a place among the all-time greats in hockey history.
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