Despite all of the memories and adventures that come after extended periods of travel, it’s usually hard to pick a favourite. There are so many things that make each destination different and it’s hard enough to compare, let alone choose a winner. But I think that every now and then, you find yourself in a place that gives you an indescribable feeling – a memorable place where you feel like you’ve left a piece of your heart. At least that’s how I felt about Cesky Krumlov.
If you’re traveling to the Czech Republic, you’re likely visiting Prague. The castles and beer alone make Prague worthy of a visit but hopefully you’ll be inclined to venture south and here are 4 reasons why you should see Cesky Krumlov for yourself.
1. Easy Travels
A bus from Prague to Cesky Krumlov will take roughly 3.5 hours but there are also train options from Prague and the neighbouring cities of Munich, Vienna, etc. We booked a non-stop bus through Student Agency with departures from the Na Knížecí bus station several times throughout the day. The route ends at the main bus station in Cesky Krumlov and it was a short walk to our hostel from there.
2. Southern Hospitality
We spent one night at the Krumlov House, a place that I was looking forward to visiting after reading the wonderful reviews. Cal and Carolyn made us feel so at home and did everything possible to ensure we had a great experience both at the hostel and in the town. It honestly felt like we were visiting distant relatives that were sharing recommendations, tips and advice to make sure we were making the best of our time there.
3. Delicious Food
We had such a great meal at a reconstructed renaissance tavern called Šatlava. I definitely recommend both the food and the service here. It was suggested that we make a reservation which helps ensure you get a table, especially during peak season. Our table was right in front of the fireplace used to cook their meats and you can imagine how good it smelled. Not the place to find a vegetarian, but definitely a restaurant with delicious meats and an even better candlelit atmosphere.
4. Panoramic Views
A walk about town will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The way the river winds and wraps it’s way through the center of the city makes for great views from just about every vantage point. The buildings, bridges and town square are so well restored and it really makes you appreciate the European architecture.
5. Small Town Charm
After spending a few days in bustling Prague, it was certainly a relief to escape to a city that moves at a much slower pace. In Cesky Krumlov, there are not many options for overnight guests and most tourists arrive from Prague on a day trip tour. That means that once 5 o’clock came around, busloads of tourists were leaving and we felt like we had the town to ourselves. I’m sure the feeling would be different in the warmer months when more people stay in town but we really enjoyed exploring the small town charm of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
My only regret? I wish we could have stayed in Cesky Krumlov longer. But often times, scenarios like this remind me of one of my favourite Dr. Seuss quotes, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ And after visiting a place like this, there are so many reason to smile.