Winter Wonderland in Český Krumlov

Since it is already November I think it is time to start thinking about vacations and city breaks in December. Most European cities and towns have beautiful Christmas markets where the smell of mulled wine, chestnuts and cinnamon is guiding you through the stands with gorgeous Christmas decorations, candy and other cute stuff.  So last December we decided to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in my opinion – Prague and combine it with charming little town Český Krumlov, that needs to be on your list of winter (or any type of) destinations.

Fairytale like town in South Bohemian Region of Czech Republic was covered in a bit of snow when we arrived. Walking almost empty streets was a huge relief after weekend in crowded and vibrant Prague. Having the chance to explore this beautiful town without the crowds was a huge privilege we did not expect.

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On every step we took through the town there was something eye-catching. Beautiful architecture, amazing views, cutest shop fronts,  horseshoe bend of Vltava river flowing through the town. It was one of the most picturesque towns I have ever visited. What I really liked were subtle Christmas decorations, tiny Christmas trees every now and then, very natural and charming, without unnecessary bling everywhere.

Historic center of Český Krumlov was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992 and how could it not looking so wonderful. I don’t think I have ever seen a town with such beautiful shop fronts as there. It shows that locals appreciate their town and put a lot of thought into it.

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That many beautiful shop fronts means that you will want to wander into each and every one of them. I suggest you don’t miss out on Český Pernik where you will find the original hand pressed Czech Krumlov gingerbread. It was first mentioned in 1335 and 90 various rare herbs and spices are known to be used in original Middle Ages recipes along side with flour and honey. The shop is full of beautiful gingerbread, original and modern ones, the ones you will eat and ones you will find too beautiful to bite into. I think their gingerbread can make the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones.

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The main attraction is definitely Český Krumlov Castle. It is the second largest castle complex in Czech Republic after Prague Castle. Castle moat at the entrance is home to furry protector of the castle – bear, there were supposed to be three, but we only saw one, so not really sure about that. The main tower of the castle has beautiful pink facade and I am sure it offers wonderful view of the city. You can enter the castle grounds free of entrance and I strongly suggest you do so. The views of the city and main tower are stunning.

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Beside all the charm one town of this size can fit in there are also spots with some street art you might not expect to find, but this makes it so much more exciting. I am all into street art of all kinds and when I plan trips I always check if there is some. In Český Krumlov you will find it in two places: Hradební and a hidden square between Latrán and Na Fortně streets.

Český Krumlov wowed us in ways we didn’t even think possible. From beautiful architecture to all the little details on the streets, it is a place that is without doubt one of the most visited in Czech Republic after Prague. If you find yourself in Czech Republic don’t miss out on this Bohemian gem in South.


Practical information

You can make this a day trip from Prague, but I suggest you stay a night so you are not in a rush to catch a bus or train back to Prague. We took a Flixbus there and RegioJet back.

We had very delicious and inexpensive lunch at Švejk Restaurant. Order their ribs – they are just delicious and so beautifully served. For dinner we went to Pizzeria Latran, since it was more or less the only place still open when we discovered we are hungry. We had pizza and it was perfect, plus the service was amazing. And the town was completely empty in the late evening.


 

What small town is your favourite and what makes it special?

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56 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland in Český Krumlov

  1. Cesky Krumlov has been a travel ambition of mine for a long time, but I never realised it would be so accessible in winter. Takes mental note. Thanks for opening up that idea for me.
    Lots of small towns have really wowed me over the years but my favourite is probably Castle Coombe in the UK. Such a perfect slice of history.
    Thanks for sharing.
    John
    Carpediemeire.com

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    1. I think it is beautiful in every season, but in winter with a bit of snow it is probably the most magical. I’ve looked into Castle Coombe and it is really pretty. UK has so many pretty towns. It would be perfect to explore them on a road trip once.
      Thank you so much for commenting and I hope you will visit Česky Krumlov soon. 🙂

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  2. I’m speechless looking at these photos – they are amazing! This place looks like the most magical fairytale. I so need to visit. Thanks sooo much for sharing!

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  3. I visited Cesky Krumlov with my mom in the summer 2 years ago. I loved this small town very much and reading your blog post about Cesky in winter is a sweet reminder for me. Thank you! 🙂

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  4. Beautiful photos and great post! We visited last December as well and it was just magical there – your photos capture that so well. Totally agree that though a day trip is possible, staying overnight lets you enjoy this lovely little place without feeling rushed. We had great food while we were there and loved roaming at night when the streets were mostly empty!

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    1. Thank you so much! Walking the streets alone at night was so amazing. Especially after the crowds in Prague. It is such a romantic town and all those little Christmas decorations really make it look like a fairytale.

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