HOW TO GET THERE
DAY 1 – Friday
ČESKÝ KRUMLOV CASTLE & GROUNDS
Head into town to explore the Český Krumlov castle and its grounds. On your way to the castle, stop by MLS for some freshly baked trdelník (and in the winter a cup of hot wine). Trdelník is a popular Czech pastry made from dough that’s rolled on a stick, grilled and coated with powdered sugar before being served. There’s one on the left side of the street, right at the bottom of the steps that take you up to the castle.
Climbing to the top of the tower is a must, despite the 162-steep step climb. Once you get to the top all you can do is marvel at the view of the Vltava River meandering through the town below! The tower was originally built to guard the medieval river crossing, and climbing it makes you realize how short the medieval people were. I’m only 5’4 but I had to be careful not to hit my head on the ceiling at certain points.
Once you’ve heard your fair share of music, head to Bar Van Gogh, Český Krumlov’s latest speakeasy/dive bar. Van Gogh is a lovely, intimate bar to meet fellow travelers, drink cheap Czech beer/wine, and spend your night. If you don’t mind the smell of smoke/weed, then there’s also a room in the back with a pool table. Keeping with the speakeasy theme, there isn’t a handle for you to enter, so you have to knock and announce yourself.
DAY 2 – Saturday
ALONG THE VLTAVA RIVER
- Egon Schiele – Named after Austrian painter, and protege to Gustac Klimt, the Egon Schiele museum is one of Cesky’s hidden gems. In addition to housing some world-class exhibits by both Czech and International artists (which sometimes rival that of museums in larger cities), they also have a cafe that serves fair-trade coffee, and delicious slices of cheesecake.
- Seidl Museum – dedicated to the town’s local history, and also includes photography.
- Regional Museum – full of artifacts and antiques from this historical town and surrounding areas.
- Castle Museum – castle artifacts, history, and includes a self-guided tour. Highly recommend when you explore the castle grounds.
SUNSET FROM KŘIŽÁK HILL
Take a walk up to Křižák Hill – it’s a 20 minute hike uphill, but the views make it worth it, especially at sunset. It’s also home to a rather ancient church, after which the hill is named. It was extremely hard not to stop staring at the fairy-tale city right below us – even looking at pictures now, I can’t get over at just how charming it is.