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Český Krumlov

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[[Image:Cesky_Krumlov.jpg|thumb|400px|A view of Český Český Krumlov from the castle tower]]
'''Český Český Krumlov''' (German: ''Krumau'') is a beautiful town of 14,600 inhabitants located in Southern [[Bohemia]] in the [[Czech Republic]]. Like [[Prague]], the town is situated on the Vltava River and is full of Baroque buildings housing cafes and bars, features a spectacular castle (the second largest in the [[Czech Republic]]), and an old-town square. The town's appearance is little changed since the 18th century and the buildings have been well maintained and restored. In 1992 Cesky Český Krumlov was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List []. The town is very popular among tourists, who outnumber the local population in the summer.
==Get in==
From [[Prague]], and other nearby cities or towns of [[Bohemia]], getting to Český Krumlov by public bus is easier, faster, and cheaper than by train.
'''Student Agency''' [] runs up to 8 buses per day between Český Krumlov and the '''Na Knízecí''' bus station in [[Prague]], near the Anděl metro station. A one-way journey takes ~around 3 hours, and costs CZK 185200. The bus stops at [[Pisek]] and [[České Budějovice]]. Cheaper and more comfortable than other public buses.
Upon arriving in Český Krumlov, there are two bus stops: the first is north of the castle, the second is the main terminal and is located east of the main square. Both stations are about a five to ten minute walk from the main square--from the north, walk down Latrán ulice, from the east, head westward and look for Horni ulice off the main road. Check which stop is closest to your accommodation before your trip.
'''''' [], '''''' [], '''''' [], and '''''' [] operate comfortable daily bus service between Cesky Krumlov and the following cities: From [[Austria]]: [[Salzburg]] (3 hours, 950 CZK), [[Vienna]] (3 hours, 950 CZK), [[Linz]] (1.5 hours, 370 CZK), [[Melk]] (2.5 hours, 800 CZK), [[Hallstatt]] (2.5 hours, 1100 CZK). From other countries: [[Munich]], [[Germany]] (4 hours, 1125 CZK), [[Bratislava]], [[Slovakia]] (4 hours, 1150 1700 CZK). '''Bean Shuttle''' [] operates direct shuttles between Cesky Krumlov and [[Vienna]], [[Salzburg]], [[Hallstatt]] and [[Prague]] for 800 CZK(35 EUR)per seat.
===By train===
'''Czech Railways''' [] operates train service to Cesky Krumlov, via [[České Budějovice]]. From Prague '''Hlavní Nádraží''' train station ('''Praha hl.n.'''), the regular fare is CZK 250 269 (for two or more people, group rate, ''"skupinová sleva"'', is available, second person pays CZK 188, each extra person pays CZK 125135). The online discount called ''"SporoTiketVčasná jízdenka Česko"'' [] gives you a price of CZK 160 180 to CZK 200.
The train leaves every 2 hours, trip takes 3 hours 40 minutes and requires a transfer at [[České Budějovice]].
[[Image:Cesky_Krumlov_townview.jpg|thumb|200px|View on the downtown with castle]]
* <see name="Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The Český Krumlov castle complex is the most-visited site in town. You can walk through the castle complex for free, or you can pay for either a guided tour of the interiors and the unique Castle Baroque Theater or pay a small entrance fee to walk up to the top of the castle tower. Plan at least two hours for your visit, and buy supplies for a picnic lunch in the castle gardens at the grocery across the ulice from the castle entrance on Latrán. The best approach to the castle is from Latrán. Walk through the red iron gates to the first castle courtyard that houses the Unios Tourist Information center, public washrooms, a souvenir shop, Doxa Galerie, and in the summer months, a tropically inspired mixed drink stand serving up mojitos, caprinhascaipirinhas, and daquiris. As you approach the castle, you cross the Bear Moat, where the famous Krumlov bears gambol about lazily. Put a few coins in the slot to help keep them fat and happy.
The second castle courtyard features the entrance to the castle tower (50 Kc). After slogging up the vertiginous staircase, you are treated to a 360-degree view of the town. Here is also a small fountain, and the main ticket office where you can book scheduled tours of the interior to the castle and the one-of-a-kind Baroque Theatre. The restaurant Maselnice, across from the ticket office, is a good place to stop for refreshment.
Tours of the castle interior begin in the third castle courtyard, where you will find another souvenir store and the entrance to the Wenceslas Cellars (60 crowns), which now houses modern ceramic art pieces.
* <do name="Rafting on the Vltava River" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">You can rent rafts on several locations and hostels in and out the town, and near the camping area as well. The river can become faster flowing in summer months after rain, so approach the weirs with caution.
** <do name="Surfsport - Boat Rentals" alt="" address="Kajovská" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> </do>
** <do name="Rafting 99 at Hostel 99" alt="Rafting 99" address="Věžní 99" directions="" phone="380 712 812" url="" hours="12:00pm" price="300 kc or less" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Classic pub crawl on the river on big rubber boats for up to 6 people per boat. Starting every day at Hostel 99 reception at 12:00pm, lasting the whole afternoon. Also available small raft/canoe rental for 2 or 3 people.</do>
** <do name="Maleček Boat Rentals" alt="" address="Rooseveltova" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Rent a boat or take the historical wooden raft tour with guides and commentary in English.</do>
** <do name=" - rafting, climbing, outdoor travel agency" alt="" address="Under the main square" directions="" phone="+420607963868" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Raft rental, night rafting with a guide, mountain bike rental, kickbike rental, climbing, fishing, paintball, horseback riding and shuttle buses from/to Cesky Krumlov.</do>
* <do name="Horseback Riding" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></do>
** <do name="JK Slupenec Horses" alt="" address="" directions="30-minute walk from Town" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">They provide all the gear you need, including a helmet. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a couple sugar cubes or an apple to sweeten the experience. You must book ahead – ask at your accommodations or at one of the tourist information centers.</do>
*<do name="River Rampage" alt="" address="Traveller`s Hostel" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ride a raft down the river. Free shots and free beer at each bar you stop at. Pub crawl on the river. 400 czk per person. Meet at traveller`s hostel near the square daily between 11 and 12 in the morning for a full day of fun games, paddling, and drinking with new friends.</do>
* <eat name="Hospoda 99 and Deli 99" alt="" address="At Věžní with Latrán" directions="adjacent to the Budejovicka Gate - main entrance to the old town" phone="" url="" hours="" price="500ml beer: 28Kc" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Whether you are staying at the adjacent hostel or not, Hospoda 99 makes it a perfect spot to sit, relax, drink and enjoy some of the best Czech and American-inspired dishes in town. Join the locals and guests on the lovely terrace or inside with a lounge, good food, good service (staff speaks english) and all at reasonable prices. The kitchen closes at 23:00 but the bar does not. Right across the street is Deli 99 with great coffee, fresh baked bread, delicious sandwiches combo, bagels and pastries to sate small hungers. Illy coffee available to go or to savor in a comfortable room while reading a newspaper or viewing some locals’ photos of their travels.</eat>
* <eat name="Krčma v Šatlavské" alt="" address="Šatlavská Ulice " directions="around the corner from the town square" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This cozy tavern on the site of the old jailhouse is filled with tourists and locals alike, so try going on off-hours to enjoy the ambiance by the fire. Onion soup in a bread bowl followed by some meats grilled on the fire is a good bet. </eat>
* <eat name="Laibon" alt="" address="Parkán Ulice " directions="two blocks from the town square on the right, before you reach the wooden bridge" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Český Krumlov’s veggie haven and tea house. Even meat eaters enjoy the healthy departure from fried pork and take a stab at the creatively cooked grains.</eat>
* <eat name="Maštal" alt="" address="Tucked away next to the Infocentrum on the town square" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Serves up quality food, and lots of it. Standard Czech fare, and a good range of salads. If you’re not so hungry, ask for the poloviční porce, or half-portion. Half-portions should be half the price of the normal-sized meal.</eat>
* <eat name="U Dvau Maryi" alt="" address="Parkán Ulice" directions="two blocks from the town square on the right, before you reach the wooden bridge" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The building is owned by one of the town’s leading experts in historical preservation. Homemade delicacies made from old Czech recipes and offer a good selection of vegetarian offerings. The best deal is their Bohemian Platter with samplings of almost every dish on their menu for either meat eaters or vegetarians.</eat>
*<eat name="Om Restaurant" alt="Indian Restaurant" address="Panská 18" directions="" phone="+420 776 852 539" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">For Indian, Nepalese & Himalayan Foods</eat>
===Pub Crawl===
* <drink name="The Gorilla Pub Crawl" alt="" address="Vezni 99 " directions="" phone="732-139-522" url="" hours="8pm8PM, every night from April 1st to Sept. 15th." price="12 euros includes the power hour, free entry and unlimited shots!" lat="" long="">Start with a full hour of free Beer, Wine, and Vodka at Hospoda 99, and then make your way through the entire city, visiting a 400 year old brewery, unique underground bars and pubs, and end in an all night bar/club. </drink>
Don't be afraid to walk into a pub alone. Locals are friendly, menus are in English, although a bit of Czech please (prosím) and thank you (děkuju) can go a long way. A night on the town (5 half-liters of excellent Czech beer) will cost you less than 200 Kc.
* <drink name="Bar Krumlos" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A beautiful bar in a historic building, full of artistic details and a real special drinking menu. the owner travels during winter to find special rums, tequila's and whiskeys in south americaSouth America. The best rums you ever had (for very little money). the owner will pour the drinks at your table and is willing to tell you the story that goes with the drink. not a good bad bar!</drink> 
* <drink name="Cikanská Jízba" alt="" address="Dlouhá ulice" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Cold Pilsner Urquell, hot Gypsy goulash, and great atmosphere made by a mix of travelers and die-hard locals. On the weekends, live Gypsy music swells the space, and bodies melt into the bar. </drink>
* <drink name="Eggenberg Brewery" alt="" address="Pivovarská ulice" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Locally-brewed Eggenberg beer tastes best here. Try the kvasnice, the yeast beer, if available.</drink>
* <drink name="Horror Bar" alt="" address="Másna ulice" directions="one block from the town square, heading towards the wooden bridge" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Never ending trick-or-treats. Ask the barmaid with the darkened eye sockets for ''skoumavky'' for your table: little test-tubes filled with blood-red liquor. Specialty drink is the Ginger MojitoThe Horror Bar no longer exists.</drink>
* <drink name="Travellers’ Hostel Bar" alt="" address="Soukenická ulice" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Soukenická ulice where travelleres travellers meet locals. modern music, open till 4, 5 even 6 in the morning, vibrant. for a wild night out.</drink>
* <drink name="U Baby" alt="" address="Rooseveltova ulice" directions="next door to Hostel Krumlov House" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A local bar for students, die-hards, and the odd lost traveler. On offer: Gambrinus, Pilser Urquell, impromptu acoustic guitar jams, and hedonistic, roasted pig knuckle gorge-fests.</drink>
*<drink name="Antre" alt="" address="Horni ulice" directions="right next to the bridge leading into town" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">the only non-smoking pub/cafe in Cesky Krumlov with friendly service, family-friendly attitude. Bernard beer served. Often live music on the weekends and in summer the terrace is the most perfect place to soak in the Cesky Krumlov skyline. </drink>
* <sleep name="Hostel 99" alt="" address="Vezni 99" directions="1 min. from Spicak bus stop, just go over the bridge that leads you into the old town, first left after the gate." phone="+420 380 712 812" url="" checkin="12:00" checkout="11:00" price="Dorm bed: 250Kc-350Kc; Double: 350Kc-500Kc per person" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Fun place, no bunk beds in a 16th century building, with wooden beamed ceilings and a terrace outlooking the castle tower. Free beer on wednesdays! Great bar/restaurant on site. Internet access, rafting and laundry available.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostel Krumlov House" alt="" address="Rooseveltova 68" directions="" phone="+420 380 711 935" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed: 300Kc; Private rooms: from 375Kc per person" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Lots of wood crafted details. Very quiet, spacious and clean. 100 percent non-smoking and family-friendly. Wifi, full kitchen, private rooms, lounge with DVDs and musical instruments. Laundry available. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostel & Pension Merlin" alt="" address="Kájovska 59" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed: 250Kc; Double: 660Kc" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostel Skippy" alt="" address="Plesivecka 123" directions="" phone="+420 380 728 380" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="" 600kc="600kc">Double: 600Kc/room; Dorm bed: 250Kc/Bed(4 Bed Dorm), 230Kc/Bed (6 Bed Dorm).</sleep>
* <sleep name="Travellers' Hostel" alt="" address="Soukenická 43" directions="" phone="(+420) 380 711 345" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed: 270Kc; Double room: From 680Kc" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Hell Hole</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostel & Pension Merlin" alt="" address="Kájovska 59" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed: 250Kc; Double: 660Kc" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Castle View Apartments" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="1,800Kc-4,00Kc" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Penzion Panorama" alt="" address="Do vrchu 365" directions="" phone="+ 420 774 959 400" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double: 850Kc, 1050Kc" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Pension Barbakan" alt="" address="Kaplicka 26" directions="" phone="00420 380 717 017" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: 1,050Kc-1,800Kc; Double:1,250Kc-2,100Kc" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Pension Lobo" alt="" address="Latrán no. 73" directions="" phone="+420 777 637 374" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double/Twin: 1,100Kc-1,200Kc" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Villa Jana" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Pension Sebastian" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles from 990,-CZK" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Penzion Jan" alt="" address="Pod Vyhlídkou 232, Český Krumlov" directions="" phone="00420380715093" email="[email protected]" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Doubles from 650,-CZK" url=""></sleep>
* <sleep name="Villa Jana" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url=""></sleep>
=== Hotels ===
* '''[[České Budějovice]]'''. Boasting a massive town square, nam. Přemysl Otakar, is replete with shopping and dining opportunities. Off the town square, you’ll find many hidden nooks and special places of interest. It is definitely worth the day trip from Český Krumlov by either bus or rail, but not worth staying overnight, unless you have to make some sort of early train or bus connection. Ask for the schedules at Infocentrum or go to []
* '''[[Klet - Blansky Lees|Kleť]]'''. This is the highest point in the nearby region and offers relaxed forest walking, cycling and 360 panoramic view of South Bohemia from the top. It also has an observatory on top. It can be climbed right from Český Krumlov. You can rent kickbikes [ rent kickbikes] for a downhill ride.
* '''Kramolín Ski Resort''' []. Open November through April, this small ski resort is perfect for learners and children. At the base of the main ski lift are quite a few shops that rent and sell gear and a few nice restaurants and cafes to while away the time. The ski bus runs to and from Kramolín from Český Krumlov. See their website for prices and ski bus schedules.
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