Have you heard of Cesky Krumlov? This fairytale town in Southern Bohemia is known to be one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Czech Republic. There are so many fun things to do in Cesky Krumlov but there are a lot of tourist traps too. So we want to share the best activities so you have an authentic experience in Cesky Krumlov.
It’s one of those towns where you can grab a camera and walk around the street and take pictures for hours. Similar to how we felt in Kutna Hora or even Brno. But Cesky Krumlov is just next level special!
We recommend doing a day or weekend trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov if you’re based in the capital but even if you’re just travelling around the Czech you have to make your way down here to Southern Bohemia.
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Here are 7 fun and original things to do in Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov is filled with narrow little cobblestone streets and beautiful cafes and restaurants that are overlooking the old town, Krumlov castle, and St Vitus Church.
You’ll feel like you’re back in time exploring the storybook town. It’s one of the best day trips from Prague and the town gets quite busy at times. So in this post, we’ll talk about a few of the highlights and some little gems that are worth checking out!
#1 Canoe or kayak down the Vltava River
This is the same river that you can see from Vyhlidka Maj or while hanging out at Zlute Lazne in Prague! Not many people know about the fact that you can actually do canoe and kayak day trips in Cesky Krumlov. But in our opinion, it’s one of the best activities to do there!
There’s a good chance while you’re exploring the old town of Cesky Krumlov you’ll see some students or locals canoeing down the river. Well guess what? You can do it too!
There are a few companies you can hire that will pick you up and drop you off. They provide all the necessary gear you need for the canoe trip and make the experience as easy and fun as possible.
There are a few companies that do day trips on the canoe. Check out this site for rafts rentals where you can see a ton of different options depending on the amount of time you want to spend on the water!
There’s anything from 1-hour trips to all-day trips. If you’re spending a few days in Krumlov we recommend doing a full-day trip where you can be out on the water all day. You’ll pass by some small towns where you can get out of your raft and enjoy a beer at a pub.
#2 Gorgeous view from the castle tower
The iconic Cesky Krumlov Castle tower can be seen from all over the city. This activity is more on the touristy side but it’s one you can’t miss.
Walking around the city you’ll get some amazing views of the tower. From all the narrow streets and viewpoints the tower stands above the rest of the city. It’s one of the many things that makes this Southern Bohemian city look like a fairytale town.
If you love the views of the tower you’ll love the views from the top of the tower even more. You can find all the information about tickets here. It’s well worth making your way up the spiral staircase to the magnificent view from the top!
#3 Seminarni Zahrada (garden) is the best viewpoint in the city
Most people stay in the city center and don’t make their way to the side of Cesky Krumlov. From the Seminarni Garden you can get one of the best views of the city!
You get the beautiful view of the Vltava river bending around the town along with the castle tower, red roofs, and last but not least the Chateau Cesky Krumlov.
On a sunny day it’s the perfect place to grab an ice cream, find a bench, and enjoy the incredible views from the garden. The garden itself is actually not that big but has room to walk around in and take in the views of the city.
There are a few cafes and ice cream shops next to the garden. It’s safe to say that Seminarni Zahrada is our favourite spot to just relax and take in the city from a quiet side of town.
There are of course plenty of other good vantage points and viewpoints of Krumlov but we like this one because it’s a bit out of the way and not so busy compared to some of the other ones.
#4 Enjoy some delicious Czech beer at Eggenberg Brewery
If you didn’t know already, the Czech Republic is famous for its beer. Especially the world-famous Pilsner Urquell from Pilsen. So we love to try out breweries around the country and different types of beer because it’s just so good here in the Czech.
So of course one of the places to visit here in Krumlov is a brewery. One of the craziest things is this brewery actually dates back to 1336. Yes, you read that right! 1336! There is a long and rich history that we won’t bore you with now but you can learn about it while you’re at the brewery.
The brewery itself is located in an ex-monastery and the beer is absolutely delicious. It’s a fun and unique activity to do in Krumlov. I mean it’s Czech, of course, the beer will be good but here it’s quite delicious!
#5 Relax and enjoy the sun at the Castle Garden
This is one of the quieter places in Cesky Krumlov. The Castle Garden just brings a sense of calmness to your day. Especially after walking around the busy streets of the old town.
It almost feels like some sort of feng shui in the garden because everything is so symmetrical and well groomed. The plants, hedges, and trees are all aligned nicely and in order.
It’s only a short uphill walk from the castle and a nice relaxing place to explore. There are plenty of benches in the park to hang out and relax. Maybe even buy a bottle of wine and share it in the garden if you’re looking to chill over a glass of wine.
#6 Sip on some coffee at Cafe Hrádek
The location of this coffee shop couldn’t be any better. Located directly inside the castle underneath the tower you can find this cafe. Tucked between some stone walls in one of the rooms you can find this little gem.
Reward yourself with a nice homemade cake or coffee after climbing up all the stairs to the lookout tower. Treat yourself to the one of many delicious little cakes they have.
The cafe is quite unique in the sense that it has a very medieval feel to it because it’s inside the castle yet inside it’s quite well decorated.
It’s such a cool vibe and you can go there either before or after touring around the castle. Just make sure you find it because you can easily miss it!
#7 See Cesky Krumlov from the sky
This activity will cost you a pretty penny but well worth it. There is no better place to ride a hot air balloon than over one of Czech’s most beautiful cities. Seeing Cesky Krumlov from the sky really shows just how beautiful this Southern Bohemian city is.
Seeing the Vltava River snake around the city is something you can only properly see from the sky. You get a feel for it from some of the viewpoints and even the castle tower but seeing it from way above is something magical.
If you’re looking for the perfect date or just want to try something different then this is definitely it. Experience Cesky Krumlov from a very very different perspective.
Recap of all the things to do in Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov is definitely known for its beautiful castle and amazing viewpoints around the city among all the other beautiful cafes, restaurants, and shops you will find in the old town.
We recommend doing seeing all the busy touristy things, but we also recommend trying something like kayaking down the river where you get away from the crowds.
Either way, we’re sure you will have a great time. If it’s a day trip from Prague or you end up staying a few nights you will have an amazing time exploring this beautiful city in the Czech Republic.
Dom & Jo
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