Heading Out Of Prague
We had a great 3 days visiting Cesky Krumlov. We used the town as a base to explore the Czech countryside. But we also had lots of time to wander the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Everywhere we looked we found yet one more treasure. We were so glad we did not visit for just a day trip!
Views Of The Walled Town Of Cesky Krumlov
From our hotel it was an easy walk along cobbled stones into the heart of the walled city. The Vltava River snaked its way through the old town. This was the same river that we enjoyed in Prague. The bridges provided the perfect spot to get views of the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov running along and towering above the river.
The Cesky Krumlov Castle stood prominently above the town with its painted tower. The St. Jost Church tower formed the second anchor of the town view. In the other direction, we saw the spire of the Vitrus church.
Along the banks of the Vltava River we saw outdoor patios. The river itself was low at this time of year. We saw the weirs in town. Unfortunately the low river volume meant that our planned river rafting got cancelled. We were happy we got to cruise the Vltava River in Prague.
Our first views of the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov left us wanting more.
Wander Around The Medieval Town Of Cesky Krumlov
We got lots of opportunities to wander through the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. The main streets were filled with tourists during the day. But at 5pm the small town quieted down and we enjoyed the town with the locals. It was a reminder that you should plan to stay in small tourist towns like Capri on the Amalfi Coast, Obidos in Portugal and Cesky Krumlov if you really want to see the real town.
There was an interesting array of buildings in Cesky Krumlov. Outdoor clocks and sundials on the sides of many buildings drew my interest as they had on our stop in Pisek.
When you wander the streets of the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, you will find lots to draw your interest.
Buildings As Art
We got our first taste of beautiful buildings and architecture in Prague. As we walked the streets of Cesky Krumlov, we often stopped to marvel at the artistic decorations on the buildings. We saw more of the sgraffito style of building painting. Everywhere we went we saw the five-petalled rose that was the coat-of-arms of the Rozmberk family.
Building art was in different stages of repair. Local laws stated that restoration could be done when the original design of the art was known. If unknown, areas remained washed out. We saw the same thing when we visited the Cesky Krumlov Castle. We even got a chance to go inside one building that showed the remnants of detailed and colourful frescos. Much of this was faded but you could see detail and colours in spots.
Much as we did when we discovered the buildings and architecture of Prague, we kept our eyes peeled for artistic buildings when we visited the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
The Castle Above the City
We spent one morning exploring the Cesky Krumlov Castle. The original Gothic castle was founded by the Lords of Krumlov in the 1920s. But was extensively renovated and expanded by the Rozmberk family. We saw other Rozmberk properties as we toured through Bohemian Czech. This was one more in a long list of castles in the Czech Republic that we visited.
After we went in the castle gate, we crossed over the moat. Down in the moat we actually caught sight of the bear one morning on an early walk.
The path took us up and up through the various levels of the castle. We found more beautiful art that decorated the outside of the buildings. When we reached the top, there was a great view out over the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
The inside of the castle was not open to view. But there was a small museum. It provided us with a glimpse into life at the period. We saw more of the five-petalled rose that was the coat-of-arms of the Rozmberk family.
It was great to get a view of one of the castles in Bohemia on our stay in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
Churches Balance The Castle On The Skyline
On the other high point in the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, we visited the St Vitrus Church. We walked around the church to see it from different angles. In the back we found a small courtyard. There was chapel and a few graves in this spot.
We got a chance to go inside this gothic church. The original simple church was also expanded by the Rozmberk family. The inside was ornately decorated. Every nook and cranny provided something more interesting to look at. A large organ had been installed to replace the much smaller original one.
As we wandered in the town, we could see the green spire of the St. Jost church. But we never did get inside that church during our stay. Something left for another trip.
Don’t miss a chance to see this set of churches of the Czech Republic when you visit the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
Find Lots To Eat And Drink In Town
We always go searching for good Italian coffee whenever we land in a new town. If David does not come with his own list, we usually ask one of the locals where they get good coffee. We were lucky to find several great spots for coffee on our stay in Cesky Krumlov.
The main town square was down at the river level. Streets led up the hills in all directions. The town square was a sight we would get familiar with as we toured around through the Czech Republic. The large open space drew in the locals. One day there was a market. We enjoyed some time looking at the local wares. And of course we sampled the food.
There were a few breweries in town. We had no trouble finding good samples of the local beer. It was a good preview before our stop to tour the original Budvar Budweiser brewery.
And we even got to try local Czech rum. Our tour guide Vashek always picked up local treats as we travelled from town to town. When we finished our visit to the Vyssi Brod Cistercian Abbey, we settled in the shade on a picnic table to wait for our bus. Vashek pulled out local sweets. And then a bottle of rum. I am not a fan of straight liquor. But we all tried it. David liked it so much he bought his own small bottle.
We definitely found lots to eat and drink in the the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov.
Wrap It All Up With A Panoramic View
When we came and went from the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, we got the greatest panoramic views of this old town. In one direction we got to see the Cesky Krumlov Castle and the St. Jost Church tower. In the other direction we saw St. Vitrus on the hill.
One night we got the most amazing view as the sun set and the full moon rose. It was a magical moment in our visit to the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. It is the image of this charming town that we will always remember.
Enjoy The Medieval Town of Cesky Krumlov
Make sure to plan enough time to spend lots of time to wander the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. We were certainly glad we stayed in Cesky Krumlov and used it as a base to explore the countryside too.
There is so much to see in the charming small town. The Cesky Krumlov Castle is the major draw and certainly worth half a day to explore. Don’t miss the St Vitrus Church on the other high point in town. Walk the streets and admire the artwork on the buildings. Explore the market in the Main Square.
Did you wander the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov? Were you just there for the day or did you get to enjoy so much more?
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