The Road Less travelled – Cesky Krumlov

I could hear my heart beating I could hear everyone’s heart beating, I could hear the human noise we all sat making, not one of us moving, not even when it was all dark. There is magic in the air, making you forget the long lines in traffic, the stress of work, your mundane everyday schedule, even the emptiness of your life. Only if this language was beautiful enough to describe those cobble streets, the rustling sound of the river, the medieval architecture, Cesky Krumlov is a scene from a 15th-century play, a city on the threshold of Renaissance with a bohemian spirit.

 

How to Get There?

A five-hour bus ride from Prague with scenic roads. The bus drops you right outside the town of Cesky Krumlov. Or you can also travel by train from Prague. Though I would not recommend this if you have a lot of luggage. The station is a little further at the top of Cesky Krumlov.

On the way to Cesky Krumlov from Prague

Where to stay?

If you’re a backpacker then there are several hostels there, though make sure you book in advance if traveling during summer. I stayed in Hostel Skippy, a nice hostel on the riverside and the host was a wonderful Cuban lady named Skippy. Though the rooms were not as good as the other hostels I have stayed in Europe, it was more like a bread and breakfast thing.

Hostel Skippy

Attractions

A Unesco World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava River, an old town square, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and hordes of tourists milling through the streets – but all on a smaller scale; you can walk from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes. While the whole town is an attraction in itself, you’ll love the small cafes right beside the river. Also, river rafting is quite popular there as you can go through the whole city in the raft, as the river flows throughout the city.

Rafting on river Vltava

 

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