Cesky Krumlov: A Village You Can’t Help But Fall In Love With 19


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Living in Germany for the past five years has allowed me to get into all the nooks and crannies of Europe that are often missed by tourists coming for a short trip or vacation.  However, there is one town that is often overlooked by many that I just can’t get enough of.

 

Typically, I am not the kind of person to return to a place I’ve already visited.  After all, there are just so many new and amazing towns and villages to explore in this world, so I don’t like to “waste” my time re-doing something I’ve already done.  But then, there is Cesky Krumlov.  A tiny little village in the Czech Republic that has me breaking all my rules!!!

If you haven't been to Cesky Krumlov, you are missing out!

 

What Is There to Love about Cesky Krumlov?

What isn’t there to love!?

Medieval Town:  Some people call Cesky Krumlov the medieval sister city of the popular and tourist packed Rothenburg A.B Tauber in Germany.  While Rothenburg is picturesque and a great place to see, often the mass amounts of tourists and sheer number of souvenir shops easily brings you back to reality and reminds you that you are just simply another tourist.  On the other hand, Cesky Krumlov, while still a hot tourist spot (in fact, I would possibly argue that most of it’s revenue in town still comes from tourists) doesn’t have that same crowded, trying to hard and mass produced feel that many other hot spots do.

It's as if we went back in time! (Ok, not really, but I gotta give Andy credit for even joining in the schenanigans!)

It’s as if we went back in time! (Ok, not really, but I gotta give Andy credit for even joining in the schenanigans!)

 

Atmosphere: In fact, it is the atmosphere of Cesky Krumlov that is so charming that you never want to leave.  There is something about the windy, cobblestone streets, the river running through the center of the village and the friendly shop owners that truly does make you feel like you are in a distant, far off, alluring town and you are simply there to just be apart of it.

Food: Have you ever had Czech Food?  Oh My Yum!  Andy’s family is Czech, so we have had our fair share of pork and dumplings in our lives, but Czech culinary delights go WAY beyond meat and potatoes.  Some of my favorites:

  • Potato Pancakes: Deliciously fried potato pancakes slathered in garlic.  I could eat my weight in these bad boys
  • Svíčková: It is hard to describe this one, so just trust me and get it.  The meat can vary (we’ve had it with beef and veal) and is then drenched in the most delicious creamy sauce that you just have to slurp up to understand.  Paired with a side of bread dumplings to soak up the gravy and you may just be in Czech Heaven!
Strange looking? Sure.  Delicious? HECK YES! (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Strange looking? Sure. Delicious? HECK YES! (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

  • Beer: Did you know that Czechs consume the most beer in the whole world?  Maybe it’s because it’s so dang cheap, or maybe it’s because it’s so dang good.  My favorite? Kozel (the most perfectly dark, stout beer without being TOO heavy)
Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

 

  • Barbakan Restaurant: No, I have no affiliation with this place, but when you find something so absolutely delicious, you can’t not share it with others.  In fact, we go there every.single.time we are there and if we are taking family to visit the town, it is almost always our first stop.  Nobody has ever left hungry or unhappy with ANYTHIGN they’ve ordered!   Why is it so awesome?  Well, everything is fresh and they have some really unique and “medieval” type dishes to go perfectly with the atmosphere of the village.  You just can’t go wrong here. http://www.krcmabarbakan.cz/en/index.html

Cost: While in the EU, the Czech Republic is still on their own currency, the Koruna, and everything is crazy cheap.  We are talking less than a dollar for those scrumptious beers previously mentioned.  So, not only do you you get the perfect weekend getaway spot, but you don’t have to break the bank!

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My Favorite Things to Do

Cesky Krumlov is completely walk able within a long afternoon.  However, that doesn’t mean you should rush through it.  In fact, some of my favorite moments have been stopping at a restaurant along the river for a long lunch or taking a pivo stop in any of the back alley ways for some refreshments and people watching.

Talk about lunch with a view!

Talk about lunch with a view!

On our THIRD visit to Cesky Krumlov; just HAD to show my parents our favorite village

On our THIRD visit to Cesky Krumlov; just HAD to show my parents our favorite village

 

Free Walking Tour: speaking of walking the town, Rick Steves has the perfect free walking tour in his guidebook.  For me, it was the perfect thing to not only get acquainted with the village, but also give context into the history of what we were seeing.  If you don’t do this, then just set aside some time to just wander.  Go to the old town square, stop on the bridge and meander through the alleyways.

River Rafting: After our first trip to Cesky Krumlov and a disastrous rafting adventure, I was convinced that ALL couples should be forced to maneuver a canoe with their loved one before getting married.  You can read more about how this experience, and other travel moments, can bring couples closer together.  Like I said earlier though, we’ve actually returned several times to Cesky Krumlov, one involving another ride around the Isthmus and river with a MUCH more successful, happy (and dry!) outcome! (Phew! Andy and I really ARE meant to be together!) There are several shops throughout town, most have the same prices and equipment, so just pick one as you are wandering around enjoying the city.

Learning to communicate can be a matter of a happy wife or a very wet and not happy wife!

Learning to communicate can be a matter of a happy wife or a very wet and not happy wife!

 

Brewery: Sip a pivo along the river at the Eggenberg Brewery (still run by monks!) and if you are lucky, even get in on a brewery tour

Castle: You can’t miss the castle when in Cesky Krumlov.  It is that giant building that looks as if it is growing from the cliffs looming over the entire village.  Take a tour to go back in time and check out the bear moat (yes, you read that correctly….a moat… filled with bears).

Cesky Krumlov Castle, It's as if it grows from the rocks!

 

 

There are actually real bears instead of water in the castle moat!

 

There is still more to do in Cesky Krumlov, like go horse back riding in the country side or stop into any of it’s museums, but truly, just give yourself a few days and just take it all in as you go.  No need to plan an itinerary here!

 

Whether you are looking for a great weekend trip or are touring Europe and want a unique pit stop that has you feeling like you are back in time, put Cesky Krumlov on your list.

 

With all there is to do here, tell us in the comments what is the first thing you’d want to czech out (yikes, that was a bad one) in Cesky Krumlov.

 

 

 

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LeAnna

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Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!

About LeAnna

Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!


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