It was our first official trip out of town with a baby, in fact, we visited Cesky Krumlov with kids for the first time. Teo just turned five weeks, and I couldn’t wait any longer to get out of the house traveling. One night, my husband got back home from work and suggested we went on a small tour over the weekend as a family. Of course, I got quite excited – what can be better?!!
As always it took us only a few hours for organization matters and off we went. So, let us tell you about all the things to do in Cesky Krumlov.
What Cesky Krumlov is famous for?
We aimed to go to Vienna, Austria, however, Teo’s passport wasn’t ready by the time we took off, so we had to stick with the Czech Republic. Besides, Cesky Krumlov is one of the most famous tourist destinations, in summer it is filled with travelers and backpackers all over the world.
Cesky Krumlov is situated quite south of the country, it is about 40 minutes away from the Austrian border. It is a very little but incredibly picturesque town in Europe, people usually compare it with Prague but in miniature. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992 with a stunning castle above the Vltava River. The Vltava is the longest river within the Czech Republic, which separates this little town into two parts.
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Cesky Krumlov itself belongs to the South Bohemian Region. It is quite different from the north due to its historical background. You will find that locals prefer speaking German to you rather than English. There’s an explanation for it.
It started its life in the 13th century. However, from 1719 until 1947 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg. There were 8,662 inhabitants in Krummau an der Moldau in 1910, including 7,367 Germans and 1,295 Czechs. After the First World War, the city was part of the Bohemian Forest Region which was initially declared to be part of German-Austria. By the end of 1918, the Czechoslovak army had occupied the region, which became part of Czechoslovakia. In 1938 it was annexed by Nazi Germany, as part of the Reichsgau Oberdonau unit of Sudetenland under the Munich agreement. After World War II the town’s longstanding German-speaking population was expelled and it was returned to Czechoslovakia.
Cesky Krumlov with kids: is it kid-friendly?
Exploring Cesky Krumlov with kids is an absolutely amazing idea. You can walk from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes. There are plenty of things to do in Cesky Krumlov, such as enjoying lovely riverside picnic spots, nice cafes, and restaurants. It would be very smart to book your trip for one or even two nights if you go with kids. There is plenty to see and do. Depending on your kids’ age, you can choose either walking around the town or hiking. It would be nice to cycle around the town too.
Choose your season trip wisely. Summer is nice and warm; however, the little town is overcrowded with tourists. Although it is just walking around, you might not have too much luxury of taking photos or admiring unexceptional views for a couple of minutes. We went in winter, and it was worth it. The town was quiet and very welcoming.
True to note, after a year living in the Czech Republic we found it is quite an issue anywhere we went in the country. Very few locals speak English unless these are touristy areas in Prague. It is more common to speak German in Cesky Krumlov though. Alternatively, you can try to learn some Czech.
Traveling to Cesky Krumlov with kids
It is extremely easy to get from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. As we lived in Prague, we used a Flixbus service that is one of the best bus operators around entire Europe (Check our travel resources here). They have got quite nice deals and lots of discounts too. We paid less than 13 EUR for three seats in each direction which was a sweet deal.
Note: if you travel to Cesky Krumlov with a baby that requires a special seat, you have to make sure to take it with you on a bus. Bus services do not provide extra seats for babies.
We have departed at 6:00 am from Prague ÚAN Florenc. In 2h50m at 8:50 am we have arrived in Český Krumlov (bus station).
Also, important to note that seats are not allocated, so who comes first gets the best seats. In our case, we got the ones with a table and chargers. So, I was enjoying two hours of writing my story about my pregnancy and the magical experience of giving birth. Flixbus also offered Wi-Fi service on board!
Things to do in Cesky Krumlov with kids
As it’s been previously mentioned, Cesky Krumlov is a very little town. It mainly offers a picturesque landscape of the Vlata River and stunning views of the castle and the city itself. Cesky Krumlov castle is considered to be one of the largest in the whole Czech Republic. We have stayed in Cesky Krumlov for two full days.
We have arrived at 8:50 am and walked through the one side of the river from the bus station up to our accommodation. Then we took a walk towards the bridge where we had brunch in one of the local restaurants. The food is very nice there, compared to what offers Prague. After resting and warming a bit (it was around -5°C to 0°C ), we started our tour and got close to the center. We were not in a rush trying to enjoy every tiny alley and take time for our photography.
We used an amazing opportunity to book with Wiseman Free Tour and get an absolutely free tour around Cesky Krumlov with kids.
We had an amazing English guide Ondrej: so patient and caring. The tour lasted two hours, and although we couldn’t stay for the whole time as I had to stop for a breastfeeding session in between, we have learned so much about this gorgeous town, as well as we understood more about the Czech Republic, traditions and culture.
Interesting fact, that only 30 years ago you could get a property right in the heart of the town for a little bit over 50 thousand euros, while now it is worth millions. Lucky they are who used their chance wisely.
The meeting point is at 10 am right in the center of the square; in front of Infocentrum. It is hard to get lost, as there is only one big square with a statue in the middle. It is called Náměstí Svornosti. The tour covers pretty much everything. You will get to see all significant sites including Cesky Krumlov Castle, tower, town hall, church, gardens, famous bridge, theatre and much more.
It was definitely worth our time. And of course, tips were an absolute must for such an amazing guide Ondrej that we had.
After our lunch and breastfeeding time, we continued towards the castle and its five courtyards. We have spent the whole afternoon there with one stop for a hot tea and another breastfeeding session. Our baby was just so little which allowed us to spend some time together. In his five weeks, he felt perfectly fine and comfy sleeping in a warm buggy and drinking hot milk every two hours. As we traveled in winter footmuff bunker fleece was a must to keep him warm and cozy. This thing was a lifesaver for real.
In the evening just before taking our bus back home, we stopped at the historic brewery of Cesky Krumlov. You can find there a nice restaurant called Eggenberg.
With this, we saw enough and were pleased to return home taking a 7 pm bus to Prague.
Speaking of budget traveling and how expensive it can get to travel with kids in Europe, this trip was a blast and a money saver.
1. The bus trip was very cheap, and with the baby, it got even cheaper than booking for two adults without a baby. Total of almost 26 EUR.
2. For the accommodation, we booked directly with the Hostel Havana. Although they didn’t speak good English, the staff was very kind. We had a big spacious room and an extra heater in the room for the baby Teo. It cost us 682 CZK (26.50 EUR) for the night for two adults including a baby and 21 CZK city tax.
3. We took a free tour and visited the castle free of charge, so we definitely saved money on the sights.
4. The rest was food and tea which was not expensive at all. Plus, we purchased a fridge magnet for our traveling collection.
Enjoy your stay in the Czech Krumlov!
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