Updated: Jul 12, 2018
When you think of visiting the Czech Republic, you probably immediately think of Prague, right? Next time you are visiting the Czech Republic, take a day trip to the quaint, Medieval town of Cesky Krumlov (Chess-Key Kroom-lauve).
The old town at Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a beautiful maze of twisting alleys and buildings surrounding the Cesky Krumlov castle. This castle was once home to the Rosenberg dynasty for 300 years beginning in the early 1300s. The town's architecture still reflects the Rosenberg's influence. In the early 1600s, the Rosenberg's were forced to sell the city to the Hapsburg empire. When the Hapsburg's took over, Cesky Krumlov's rapid expansion slowed because the Hapsburg's did not have the grand visions for the city like the Rosenberg's did.
5 Things to Check out in Cesky Krumlov
1. Krumlov Castle
The most iconic thing you will see when visiting Cesky Krumlov is the castle. This Gothic castle was founded by the Lords of Krumlov before 1250. When they died in 1302, the Rosenbergs took over. The castle has so many cool details and the views of the town are amazing. You can take a tour of the castle, which I recommend!
2. Don't miss the bears in the moat
When you are making your way into town, don't miss the bears in the castle moat! We were lucky enough to see them as we were told they aren't always visible! Bears have been kept in the moat since the 16th century when the Rosenberg's introduced them.
3. Churches and Synagogues
There are several churches and synagogues to check out while in Cesky Krumlov:
Synagogue of Cesky Krumlov is right near old town
Church of St. Vitus is an amazing church to check out
If you are on tour from Prague, when they give you free time, I suggest eating first. There are a bunch of little places to sit and eat. We chose a spot right in old town with patio sitting.
Be sure to try the Original Budweiser beer called "Budvar"
5. Cesky Krumlov Town Square
You can't miss the town square. It feels like a medieval version of Prague's old town. There are a bunch of cool shops and restaurants.