Český Krumlov was our first stop in the Czech Republic, after Salzburg. The town, located in the Southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic is an exceptional architectural treasure, with records of its existence dating back to 1309. The easiest way to be taken back through time is to walk through the city – the narrow, crooked lanes and walls of historical houses have not been changed through the years.
Yes, you get to marvel at the true originals from the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods…truly something else.
We sadly only got to spend a day and a half there, which honestly, is not enough time at all. When you’re doing your research, people seem to think that a day trip is enough to see the town. To those people, I roll my eyes at you, because a rushed trip certainly will not do Český Krumlov any justice.
The Český Krumlov Castle and Chateau dominates the town, and is one of the largest castle complexes in Europe. While the castle is only open from April/May to October, we were able to visit the Castle museum, as well as head up the Castle tower to get breathtaking views of the Vltava River meandering through the town below.
To thoroughly enjoy this fairytale city, I suggested two whole days, maybe more if you just want to relax and surround yourself in its Southern Bohemian charm. That way you get to enjoy some delicious trdelník, which goes great with some mulled wine.
After the castle, we explored the town, and stumbled upon a store selling Old Bohemian gingerbread, which was delicious. It’s very subtle on the spices compared with the traditional American gingerbread. We also ventured into the Apotheka Cocktail Bar to try some honey wine!
We had a delicious vegan (yes, you read that right!) dinner at Laibon. After unsuccessful attempts in finding vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Austria, we were surprised to find this gem in Cesky. The co-owner David was just fabulous – we spent half the night just chatting about life and our travels.
We were in town on Friday, which meant exploring the town’s nightlife scene…which was interesting. We went to the Gypsy bar (I believe there’s only one) where we were tried the local brew, and were entertained by melodious Gypsy folk songs…I don’t even know how to describe their voices, but if you get the chance, it’s something you plan for.
There’s something magical about this town, and if you’re planning a trip to the Czech Republic, I cannot recommend it enough. Stick to fall or winter when the crowds die down, you’ll feel as if you have the whole place to yourself!