Český Krumlov

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Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau

The Český Krumlov castle complex is the most-visited site in town. You can walk through the castle complex for free, or you can pay for either a guided tour of the interiors and the unique Castle Baroque Theater or pay a small entrance fee to walk up to the top of the castle tower. Plan at least two hours for your visit, and buy supplies for a picnic lunch in the castle gardens at the grocery across the ulice from the castle entrance on Latrán. The best approach to the castle is from Latrán. Walk through the red iron gates to the first castle courtyard that houses the Unios Tourist Information center, public washrooms, a souvenir shop, Doxa Galerie, and in the summer months, a tropically inspired mixed drink stand serving up mojitos, caipirinhas, and daquiris. As you approach the castle, you cross the Bear Moat, where the famous Krumlov bears gambol about lazily. Put a few coins in the slot to help keep them fat and happy.<br> The second castle courtyard features the entrance to the castle tower (50Kč). After slogging up the vertiginous staircase, you are treated to a 360-degree view of the town. Here is also a small fountain, and the main ticket office where you can book scheduled tours of the interior to the castle and the one-of-a-kind Baroque Theatre. The restaurant Maselnice, across from the ticket office, is a good place to stop for refreshment. <br> Tours of the castle interior begin in the third castle courtyard, where you will find another souvenir store and the entrance to the Wenceslas Cellars (60Kč), which now houses modern ceramic art pieces. <br> Plaštovy Most, or the “Cloaked Bridge” is covered by a walkway that leads from the Castle to the Baroque Theatre, and affords another sweeping view of the town. Continue to walk uphill and you will find the entrance to the monumental castle gardens. A newly restored fountain, maze of hedgerows, a revolving theatre [http://www.jihoceskedivadlo.cz/otacivehlediste/?m=2&l=en] and a Medieval-style restaurant, Marketa beckon. At the far end of the castle gardens, you’ll find a lush duck pond, situated in a stand of moody, gnarled trees. This is the perfect picnic spot. <br> The castle's Barqoue theatre is the only one in Europe that survives in its original 18th century form with no modern additions. This means that stage sets are still operated by manual labour, and candlelight is still used to illuminate the stage and orchestra pit. Period performances of operas are occasionally performed at the theatre.

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Hospoda 99 and Deli 99

Whether you are staying at the adjacent hostel or not, Hospoda 99 makes it a perfect spot to sit, relax, drink and enjoy some of the best Czech and American-inspired dishes in town. Join the locals and guests on the lovely terrace or inside with a lounge, good food, good service (staff speaks English) and all at reasonable prices. The kitchen closes at 23:00 but the bar does not. Right across the street is Deli 99 with great coffee, fresh baked bread, delicious sandwiches combo, bagels and pastries to sate small hungers. Illy coffee available to go or to savor in a comfortable room while reading a newspaper or viewing some locals’ photos of their travels.



Technical Monument - Graphite Mine

This mine offers a bit of information about the history of mining and about the region of Český Krumlov. Before you set off on the excursion, you get a special miner uniform, including helmet and miner torch. Underground, you are transported by a special miner train. There you continue on foot. You will be able to experience the conditions under which the miners worked, and the machines they used. The guide will inform you about mining procedures, and how graphite was reworked and used. Excursion takes appx. 1 hr.

SEE   —  Chvalšinská 243

Bar Krumlos

A beautiful bar in a historic building, full of artistic details and a real special drinking menu. The owner travels during winter to find special rums, tequilas and whiskeys in South America. The best rums you ever had (for very little money). The owner will pour the drinks at your table and is willing to tell you the story that goes with the drink.

DRINK   —  Map


Regional Museum

Permanent exhibitions of Bohemian antiques, geological fossils, archeological finds from the nearby Celtic oppidum, and interesting rotating exhibits of local interest. On the top floor, check out the ceramic scale model of Český Krumlov at the turn of the 19th century, when eight more towers and spires decorated the landscape.

SEE   —  Horní 152

Egon Schiele Centrum Museum

Egon Schiele, one of the world’s most famous artists, was a contemporary of Gustav Klimt. He set up his easel for a short time in Český Krumlov, painting the tortured landscapes of his famous Dead Town series, and young girls in compromising poses. The townspeople labeled him a perverted pornographer, and drove him out.

SEE   —  Široká 71


U Dvau Maryi

The building is owned by one of the town’s leading experts in historical preservation. Homemade delicacies made from old Czech recipes and offer a good selection of vegetarian offerings. The best deal is their Bohemian Platter with samplings of almost every dish on their menu for either meat eaters or vegetarians.

EAT   —  Parkán Ulice

International Music Festival Cesky Krumlov

Indoor and outdoor concerts during the months of July and August. The festival features International music greats coupled with a rich mix of musical genres. Even if tickets are sold out, you can still find an outdoor pub and soak in the sounds and post-concert fireworks.

DO   —  Map


River Rampage

Ride a raft down the river. Free shots and free beer at each bar you stop at. Pub crawl on the river. 400 Kč per person. Meet at travellers' hostel near the square daily between 11 and 12 in the morning for a full day of fun games, paddling, and drinking with new friends.

DO   —  Traveller`s Hostel

JK Slupenec Horses

They provide all the gear you need, including a helmet. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a couple sugar cubes or an apple to sweeten the experience. You must book ahead – ask at your accommodations or at one of the tourist information centers.

DO   —  Slupenec 1

Antre

the only non-smoking pub/cafe in Cesky Krumlov with friendly service, family-friendly attitude. Bernard beer served. Often live music on the weekends and in summer the terrace is the most perfect place to soak in the Cesky Krumlov skyline.

DRINK   —  Horni ulice

Krčma v Šatlavské

This cozy tavern on the site of the old jailhouse is filled with tourists and locals alike, so try going on off-hours to enjoy the ambiance by the fire. Onion soup in a bread bowl followed by some meats grilled on the fire is a good bet.

EAT   —  Šatlavská Ulice

Hostel 99

Fun place, no bunk beds in a 16th-century building, with wooden beamed ceilings and a terrace out-looking the castle tower. Free beer on Wednesdays! Great bar/restaurant on site. Internet access, rafting and laundry available.

SLEEP   —  +420 380 712 812 —  Vezni 99

Maštal

Serves up quality food, and lots of it. Standard Czech fare, and a good range of salads. If you’re not so hungry, ask for the poloviční porce, or half-portion. Half-portions should be half the price of the normal-sized meal.


Rafting 99 at Hostel 99

Classic pub crawl on the river on big rubber boats for up to 6 people per boat. Starting every day at Hostel 99 reception at noon, lasting the whole afternoon. Also available small raft/canoe rental for 2 or 3 people.


Rafting on the Vltava River

You can rent rafts on several locations and hostels in and out the town, and near the camping area as well. The river can become faster flowing in summer months after rain, so approach the weirs with caution.

DO   —  Map

Hostel Krumlov House

Lots of wood crafted details. Very quiet, spacious and clean. 100 percent non-smoking and family-friendly. Wifi, full kitchen, private rooms, lounge with DVDs and musical instruments. Laundry available.

SLEEP   —  +420 380 711 935 —  Rooseveltova 68

Na Louži

Unlike many other restaurants in the Czech Republic, service here comes with a smile. Reasonably priced fare piled high with fresh vegetables and potatoes makes even the simplest entrée fit for a king.

EAT   —  Kájovska Ulice

Horror Bar

Never ending trick-or-treats. Ask the barmaid with the darkened eye sockets for ''skoumavky'' for your table: little test-tubes filled with blood-red liquor. Specialty drink is the Ginger Mojito.

DRINK   —  Másna ulice

Cikanská Jízba

Cold Pilsner Urquell, hot Gypsy goulash, and great atmosphere made by a mix of travelers and die-hard locals. On the weekends, live Gypsy music swells the space, and bodies melt into the bar.

DRINK   —  Dlouhá ulice

Apotheka

Drink list includes about 40 cocktails but it is for reference only. They apply individual approach to customers and after a short debate they will mix the cocktail tailored to taste.

DRINK   —  +420728336064 —  Latrán 46

U Baby

A local bar for students, die-hards, and the odd lost traveler. On offer: Gambrinus, Pilser Urquell, impromptu acoustic guitar jams, and hedonistic, roasted pig knuckle gorge-fests.

DRINK   —  Rooseveltova ulice

Expedicion.cz - rafting, climbing, outdoor travel agency

Raft rental, night rafting with a guide, mountain bike rental, kickbike rental, climbing, fishing, paintball, horseback riding and shuttle buses from/to Cesky Krumlov.


Nonna Gina

Owned by a Sicilian-Czech couple. Serves the most authentic Italian dishes in town. Here you’ll find pizzas, salads and gnocchi to nosh, and even homemade tiramisù.

EAT   —  Klašterní Ulice

Tubing on the Vltava River

Make sure you get proper instructions on how to navigate the weirs through town, or you could end up with some small injuries as a souvenir of your visit.

DO   —  Map

Laibon

Český Krumlov’s veggie haven and tea house. Even meat eaters enjoy the healthy departure from fried pork and take a stab at the creatively cooked grains.

EAT   —  Parkán Ulice

Dobrá Čajovna

For those who would rather sample a list of more than 200 types of teas from all over the world such as one to “drink with slim concubines”.


Vltavan Campground

Large campsite. A nearby grocery store (10 minute walk) and a couple of local restaurants next to the camping site will keep hunger at bay.


Travellers’ Hostel Bar

Soukenická ulice where travellers meet locals. modern music, open till 4, 5 even 6 in the morning, vibrant. for a wild night out.

DRINK   —  Soukenická ulice

Eggenberg Brewery

Locally-brewed Eggenberg beer tastes best here. Try the kvasnice, the yeast beer, if available.

DRINK   —  Pivovarská ulice

Maleček Boat Rentals

Rent a boat or take the historical wooden raft tour with guides and commentary in English.

DO   —  Rooseveltova 28

Bon Bon

The chocolate ice-cream is incredible!

EAT   —  Map

Athanor Apartments

SLEEP   —  Map

Villa Jana

SLEEP   —  Map

Pension Sebastian

SLEEP   —  Map

Horseback Riding

DO   —  Map