What to Know About a Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov
If you are traveling through Prague, you may want to see more of the Czech Republic. Cesky Krumlov is the perfect place to get a taste of small town Czech Republic with some of the most scenic views in Europe. Here is all you need to know about a day trip to Cesky Krumlov.
1. What to Know Before You Go
Before you head to Cesky Krumlov make sure you take out some cash. Many of the small shops and restaurants only accept cash. If you forget cash, don’t worry! Many places still accept card, if it is a restaurant just make sure they accept card before you order. If you need to withdraw cash, find an ATM inside of a bank. Avoid Euronet ATM’s as they will have the worst exchange rates and are sometimes used by fraudsters to steal card information.
Unfortunately, Cesky Krumlov has become a very popular tourist destination. With that in mind, do not be surprised at the large number of tourists you will encounter there. This is especially true of the central areas around Cesky Krumlov Castle. However, as you walk farther from the city center, the tourists will start to thin out. There you can get a taste of authentic, small town, Czech Republic!
2. How to get there
Traveling from Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a three-hour train ride south. This is a pretty large commitment for a day trip so I suggest getting an early start to the day to maximize your time in Cesky Krumlov. There are trains that leave at 6:01 A.M. and 8:01 A.M. from Prague’s central station. I recommend taking one of these. Any later and you will be missing out on experiencing Cesky Krumlov. The last train back to Prague leaves at 7 P.M. This should give you plenty of time to explore Cesky Krumlov. However, the train ride itself is half the fun; it goes through a lot of beautiful Czech countryside, making it worth the long run time.
3. Things to do
Cesky Krumlov Castle
The first thing you will want to do upon arriving in Cesky Krumlov, is explore its historic castle. The castle is situated on a hill overlooking the entire city. Inside, there is a small museum and up some precarious stairs, a viewing tower. You can buy tickets at the door in cash or with a card. Standard tickets cost 320 crowns ($14) or 170 crowns for students ($7.50).
After exploring the castle, head up the hill adjacent to it (you will see signs) towards the castle gardens. The gardens are expansive, covering a vast portion of the top of the hill. Additionally, make sure to overlook the city on the path leading up to the gardens.
St. Vitus Church
Once you are done seeing the castle and its gardens head back to the city center to see St. Vitus Church. It is free to go inside, so be sure to take a look around!
Explore Along the River
After seeing those three main attractions and taking all the photos your phone can hold, wander the streets of the city. Follow the river, and stop for a coffee along the banks.
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