A trip to the south Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov will definitely be a highlight of your holiday in the Czech Republic. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992, Cesky Krumlov is one of Bohemia´s most picturesque towns, made up of elegant Renaissance style buildings housing quaint cafes, superb restaurants and interesting shops. Along the way you can enjoy the picturesque countryside of south Bohemia.
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2,5 hour Prague to Cesky Krumlov transfer
1 hour Krumlov Castle tour (with a local tour guide)
1 hour Sightseeing tour (1st part) of the old town in Cesky Krumlov
1-1,5 hour Lunch at a traditional restaurant
30 minutes Sightseeing tour (2nd part) of the old town in Cesky Krumlov
30 minutes Souvenir shopping
30 minutes Cesky Krumlov to Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) transfer
30 minutes Sighthtseeing in Ceske Budejovice (buy original Budweiser beer glass!)
2 hour Ceske Budejovice to Prague transfer
This is a private tour, so the itinerary can be adjusted as you wish.
During the tour of the city, we will explore the narrow and romantic streets of the Renaissance Old Town that includes 300 medieval buildings, enjoy views from a footbridge over the Vltava River and see the impressive Egon Schiele Art Centre. At the Hotel Ruze, a former Jesuit College with beautiful Renaissance sgraffiti, you will see pictures of crowds saluting Hitler in the square during World War II, when Cesky Krumlov was home to a German-speaking majority. We will also visit Saint Vitus Church and the town square with its Renaissance town hall, Plague Column and fountain. Next on the list is Latran Street with its colorful, medieval houses. The second biggest castle in Bohemia is not to be missed, either. Take a close look at the bear moat, where bears are really in residence.
While touring the Old Town, we will eat lunch at a traditional restaurant near the Vltava River. You will have a magnificent view of the castle if you visit during the summer. In the winter we dine at a cozy, medieval- like restaurant with a fireplace, located in one of the romantic, winding streets. Do not forget to savor the local Eggenberg beer.
The Castle of Cesky Krumlov is the number one attraction in the town. Composed of five courtyards and 11 hectares of gardens, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Cesky Krumlov Castle became the primary residence of the Rosenbergs in 1302, and they remained there for nearly 300 years, greatly influencing the castle’s and town’s history. A golden carriage in the castle is sure to amaze. Constructed from gilded walnut in 1638, the carriage was used to transport presents from newly-elected Emperor Ferdinand III von Habsburg to Pope Urban VIII. That is not all Cesky Krumlov has to offer. Its Baroque theatre is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. Constructed from 1680 to 1682, it is one of only several Baroque theatres in the world with its original stage machinery, costumes, scenery and props.
Cesky Krumlov Castle is made up of the Upper and Lower Castle. The Upper Castle is open daily from April through October except Mondays. If you are in Cesky Krumlov on a Monday, do not fret – you can still visit the interiors of the Lower Castle and/or its tower. During the winter (November – March), when the Upper Castle is closed, you can still admire the interiors of the Lower Castle daily except Mondays. The castle interiors are completely closed on Mondays in winter (November-March) and during the holiday season from December 22 until January 1. Still, you can admire the exteriors of the five courtyards of Krumlov Castle and wander around the Old Town. During that time we will take you to an additional UNESCO site: the preserved village of Holasovice. We will also make a stop in the capital of south Bohemia called Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) where you can taste the original Budweiser beer or mulled wine from the Christmas markets. So, during the holidays the tour will not be shortened. Admission fees: Upper Castle 260 CZK / person, Lower Castle (Museum): 100 CZK / person or Lower Castle + Tower: 150 CZK / person. Reduced price for students and seniors over 65.
Cesky Krumlov offers many cultural activities and is the setting for hundreds of events each year. There are dozens of museums and galleries, not to mention the medieval castle complex with captivating gardens. The Cesky Krumlov Castle Baroque theatre built in the 17th century is only one of the town’s theatres. There is also the 20th century Revolving Auditorium, for instance. The Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations is a three-day festival held in mid-June. At this time Cesky Krumlov becomes a Renaissance town again. Concerts, dances, duels and theatre performances – these are just a few of the highlights of the festival. You will also see processions of noble ladies and gentleman. You will cross paths with knights and jugglers, too. The Middle Ages awaits you in Cesky Krumlov in mid-June!
If you wish, we can also visit other sights on the way to/from Cesky Krumlov. Take in the atmosphere of the historical square in Ceske Budejovice, the capital of south Bohemia founded in 1265, where you can taste the original Czech Budewiser beer. It is also possible to admire the remarkably preserved village of Holasovice or to visit Hluboka Chateau (surcharge), one of the most remarkable chateaus in the country. Once back in Prague, we also recommend your our highly rated Prague tours.
If you want to explore more sights in one day, you can combine the visit to Cesky Krumlov with another UNESCO site: Kutna Hora and Bone Church.
|Location||180 km / 2,5 hour drive south of Prague (direction Austria - Salzburg)|
|Sights to See||Cesky Krumlov - UNESCO Pearl, Cesky Krumlov Gardens, Cesky Krumlov Old Town|
|Interiors||Cesky Krumlov Castle, Cesky Krumlov Museum (also opened in winter)|
|Included||Car / van, driver-guide, fuel, toll roads, parking|
|Excluded||Entrance fees, food and drinks|
|Availability From-To||All year round|
|Departure Time and Location||We will pick you up at the agreed place and time, most likely at the reception of your hotel in Prague. (To be specified in the request form below)|
|Return Location||We will finish the tour anywhere you wish in Prague.|
|Means of Transportation||Walking and/or Driving - Car, Van, Minibus, Bus|
|Required Walking Ability||Medium|
|Language||All tours are in English, but exceptions can be made in advance.|
|Additional Info||We will stop for lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant. This will be the best time to ask our tour guide about cultural life, dining venues, where to change your money, etc.|