Cesky Krumlov (CK) is a pretty town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. It houses around 13 000 inhabitants and is situated on both banks of the Vltava river. CK is about 2 hours by road from Prague and the town is built around two castles, and has been home to many important Czech figures over the years including Vaclav Havel (Former President of Czech Republic 1993-2003). There are plenty of things to do in this beautiful little town, so I put together this post for all you photographers out there!
Elaine and I visited CK in November 2019. It was in the middle of Fall and the colors of Autumn was in full bloom. The city and the foliage come to life with all the colors surrounding the Vltava river which encases the historic part of the city in a horse-shoe like cavity.
The town is small enough to make it day trip from Prague however, if you are a photographic enthusiast like myself, I recommend at least 3 nights here. In my opinion, this city is the prettiest one I have been to thus far (2021).
I guess the two main questions here would be, should you stay in the historical boundary or just outside? Staying inside definitely has its perks as you can easily walk to all the locations, however I want to state that cars are not allowed within the historic part of the town. This is because the ground is still cobble-stone from the medieval days, so car suspensions would not appreciate the abuse it will receive from driving over these surfaces.
The alternative is to just stay outside the gates, and this is what Elaine and I chose to do, and it was fantastic. We stayed for 3 nights in an AirBNB apartment and found it was a very comfortable. We were located just outside the Old-Town area which gave us the perfect balance of quietness and close proximity, a (15 minutes walk) to the tourist centre. I highly recommend staying with Romana and please use our AirBNB link to make a booking.
The buildings and architecture is truly magnificent. As you walk around the town you will not miss how beautiful the little streets and shops look. Everything about the city has been very well preserved and this doesn’t stop when you walk inside on of the cafe’s or shops.
I highly recommend you visit the castle grounds and make your way to the gardens. The best vantage point of the city lies between the two and is quite easy to find.
You can also follow the river as well for some different vantage points, I wish I was more experienced at the time and not be so bogged down to getting the main shots during the blue hours of the day. I felt like I missed out on a lot because it wasn’t during my routine times.