Český Krumlov - From a different perspective

Are you looking for unconventional, memorable experiences but still don’t want to miss out on the unique historic centre of Český Krumlov, a town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992? This trip might be just the right choice for you!
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You are on a wooden raft on the Vltava, the longest and most important Czech river, which inspired Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic poem of the same name. When he was writing it, perhaps he thought about rafters who undertook the same journey as you nine hundred years earlier. In that time, timber rafting on the Vltava was their livelihood, not leisure. And their rafts were much less stable, so they often got drenched or even fell off. However, you will have two experienced rafters to hand, so you can go with the stream without worry and pay attention only to watching Český Krumlov’s historic monuments including the world-famous chateau as you pass. 


© Aleš Motejl

When canoeists, kayakers or rafters sail by, greet them with the typical water tourists’ greeting “Ahooooj”. They will surely greet you back! Boating and canoeing on the Vltava is highly popular in the Czech Republic and water tourists are very sociable. Apart from the river, you will very likely meet them in the local pubs with beer in front of them.

Beer is also related to your next stop, because you are going to taste a few samples made by the local brewery. The staff will guide you through the entire process of production of the Czech national drink – from the brewhouse through the ferro-concrete fermentation tanks to the bottling plant and storage houses

Interesting thing

Did you know that the picturesque beauty of Český Krumlov also enchanted the director Peter Thwaites? He chose the South Bohemian town as the setting for a commercial for the world-famous Irish beer Guinness . Can you tell which of the places that you visit during your trip were featured in the “Clock” video?

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To start your visit, take a short walk in the historic town centre. Then you can go to the Moldavite Museum. After seeing the exposition, you can buy a Moldavite jewel for keepsake. When you are in Panská street, in which the museum is located, make sure you take a good look at the local buildings. Worth noticing is the two-storey civic house at Panská 20 with a gable roof, perpendicular to the front facade.   Due to its brick-red colour, it is hard to overlook. Red colour stimulates the appetite, but, luckily, you will pass many restaurants on the way to your next stop, so pick one of them for a lunch break. 
After that, you can go straight to the river and to the quay below the “Myší díra” Hotel. There you will embark on a wooden raft, which will give you a different perspective of looking at the town – you will be passing the Krumlov Mill and the Lazebnický Bridge. The final station is the Eggenberg Brewery, where you can take a tour of the premises and taste the products. 
If your visit of the brewery does not last until late hours, set out for your next stop – the Graphite Mine. Even though it is located away from the historic centre, it is easily accessed by car or minibus. This is where your unconventional programme ends. Or at least its day part, because the town also offers a rich evening programme. 

Common Tips

Where do the locals go to have a shot? To the pharmacy  – or, more precisely, to the Apotheka. This café bar is located in a building where an actual pharmacy used to be. You are therefore guaranteed to get just the right ratio in your mixed drink.

Transportation

Český Krumlov is about 180 km away from Prague. 
There is, however, no direct train route. With a transfer in České Budějovice, the train ride takes about 4 hours. A bus ride (private bus companies) takes 3 hours. If you want to go by car, the best option is to take the D1 motorway towards Brno and exit to the E55 towards Linz (Exit 21). You will go through Tábor and České Budějovice .

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Český Krumlov

When you arrive in Český Krumlov, you will be captivated at first glance by the monumental panorama of the chateau here, which rises above the picturesque Renaissance architecture of the adjacent little town. Taking a walk through the historical centre will, thanks to its inimitable medieval character, leave you in no doubt as to why Český Krumlov is one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.

Address

Zámek čp. 59
381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.81296440297702, 14.314519136194681

Moldavite Museum in Český Krumlov

The total estimated number of fallen Moldavites is about 20 million. If all of them were found and put together, they would form a sphere with a diameter of 14 m. But where did they come from? You can find out more about their origin – and much more – in the Moldavite Museum.

Address

Panská 19, 38101 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.811259, 14.314537

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 149 Kč

Children fee: 99 Kč

Family fee: 298 Kč

Senior fee: 99 Kč

Student fee: 99 Kč

Cruise through Český Krumlov on a wooden raft

A raft navigated by two raftsmen in authentic costumes of the period will show the passengers most of the key monuments including the Krumlov Chateau from an unusual perspective – from the river Vltava.
The cruise can be spiced up by live music right on the raft.

Address

Rooseveltova 28, 38101 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.810247, 14.318722

Eggenberg Brewery

Beer has a wealth of history behind it in Český Krumlov, a fact you will be very pleasantly reminded of when visiting the Eggenberg Brewery. What was once a widow’s residence was converted into the brewery you see today thanks to the influence of an ever increasing level of consumption of beer.

Address

Latrán 27, 381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.81279135449616, 14.320099572540244

Graphite mine in Český Krumlov

It wasn’t just gold and silver that were mined in Český Krumlov and its surroundings, but also other minerals, including graphite. Supposedly the pounding of mining hammers could be heard from the underground directly in the city center! Before setting out, you will receive special clothing including mining lamps. A mine train will then take you to a depth of 70 m below ground and the guide will walk you through the underground tunnels, where you can see period and modern machines as well as other interesting equipment. The tour of the graphite mine takes about an hour and a half.

Address

Grafitový důl Chvalšinská ul. 381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.81700003266784, 14.304131627213792

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 160 Kč

Children fee: 100 Kč

Family fee: 460 Kč

Senior fee: 100 Kč

Student fee: 100 Kč

Laibon vegetarian restaurant

The stylish vegetarian restaurant Laibon Česky Krumlov offers visitors a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. You can choose from appetizers (guacamole, hummus), soups, main courses (sabdži, dhal, vegetable chili, burrito, quesadilla and many others), cakes and sweets healthy and of course wide variety of salads.

Address

Parkán 105
381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.8113439, 14.3159269

Papa´s living restaurant

It is one of the renowned companies in the Český Krumlov, there is a beautiful terrace, which is placed over flowing Vltava. You can enjoy views of the whole old town. Pleasant interior is complemented by excellent dishes of all the best ingredients. 

Address

Latrán 13
Český Krumlov 381 01
GPS: 48.8117431, 14.3168544

Le Jardin Gourmet Restaurant

A high quality designer interior and feeling of a celebratory atmosphere – you can expect all this together with pleasant service in the Le Jardin restaurant, which is specific in its offer of modern experience-oriented gastronomy and light Czech cuisine.

Address

Hotel Bellevue ****
Latrán 77
381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.8137583333, 14.3173805556

Švamberský dům

The atmosphere of the Middle Ages will be evoked for you by a stay in the Švamberský dům Hotel and visit to its cosy restaurant and terrace. This is to say that you will find yourself in one of the oldest buildings in Český Krumlov, which has retained its original Gothic character despite numerous conversions. 

Address

Švamberský dům ***
Soukenická 35
381 01 Český Krumlov
GPS: 48.8106805556, 14.3140916667

Hotel Bellevue

Hotel Bellevue is situated in a car-free zone of Český Krumlov’s historic centre and just a 2-minute walk from Krumlov Castle. This 16th-century building offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. The spacious rooms at Bellevue Cesky Krumlov have satellite TV, work desks and safety deposit boxes. All have been tastefully decorated in light colours.

 

Address

Latrán 77
Český Krumlov 38101
GPS: 48.8135900, 14.3173419

Gold Hotel

Lying on the left bank of the River Vltava and commanding a beautiful view of the centre of the picturesque Český Krumlov, the Gold Hotel is furnished in a romantic and historic style. Its peaceful atmosphere is enhanced by the adjacent Municipal Park, which once served as a garden of the Jesuit College.
 

Address

Hotel Gold Český Krumlov ****
Linecká 55
Český Krumlov 381 01
GPS: 48.8093025, 14.3168008

Hotel U Malého Vítka

Hotel U Malého Vítka is set in Gothic buildings just 30 metres from Český Krumlov’s main square. It offers free WiFi in the lobby and rooms with satellite LCD TV. Rooms are decorated with natural wood furniture and parquet floors. Each comes with a private bathroom. A daily buffet breakfast is provided. The Český Krumlov Bus Station is 1 km from the property. The Svachova Lhotka Golf Club is 5 km away. Parking spots are available in an area 5-10 minutes away.

 

Address

Radniční 27
Český Krumlov 381 01
GPS: 48.8112600, 14.3150614