From its medieval castle to its meandering cobbled alleys, Cesky Krumlov is the stuff of fairytales. Until now, it remains one of my favorite destinations in the world – and definitely worth more than a day trip from Prague.
You can easily spend two to three days in Cesky Krumlov. The first day will most likely be spent staring at the beautiful town square from the castle tower, pinching yourself in disbelief at just how amazingly gorgeous the old town is. Visiting the town’s top sights will take a day or two, while the enchanting Blansky forest surrounding the old town is worth a couple of days of short, relatively easy hikes.
If you’re still thinking if an overnight trip to Cesky Krumlov is worth it, you should definitely go for it. On my first visit, I originally planned to stay just for 3 days. I ended up extending my stay – and still I wished I stayed longer.
So skip the day trip and go for at least an overnight trip. Once you get there, you’ll know what I mean. In the meantime, here’s where to stay in Cesky Krumlov. Book early – Cesky Krumlov’s not quite Prague yet in terms of tourist density, but it’s getting pretty close now that this romantic medieval town’s “secret” is out.
Where to stay in Cesky Krumlov – the best hotels for every budget
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If you’re looking for a place that’s perfect for a special romantic trip, look no more: Cesky Krumlov is the best destination for lovers.
The old town is built along the Vltava river’s meanders, offering plenty of turns and private vistas – the perfect setting for surprises and secrets. And the town is well aware of that. There are a handful of hotels that cater to romantic couples – here are the best of them.
This is the most romantic hotel in Cesky Krumlov, right in the middle of Cesky Krumlov’s historic center and a short walk to the castle. The hotel’s light and warm colors will surely put you in a great mood, and if that doesn’t work, a dish from the hotel’s in-house French restaurant and a massage will do the trick!
Another perfect hotel in Cesky Krumlov is Hotel Arcadie, the perfect base from which to explore the old town’s most important landmarks. Within the hotel’s compound, you can enjoy an amazing Italian restaurant and an art gallery.
While Cesky Krumlov is best-known for architecture, history, and beer (being right next to the home of Budvar), families with kids of all ages would find lots of things to do in the old town.
There are plenty of museums and galleries – the regional museum is there as well as the works of Egon Schiele, plus a moldavite museum, a marionette museum, a wax museum, even a museum of torture. Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s there. Plus, the easy to moderate hiking trails in the Blansky forest are perfect for family bonding moments.
If you’re traveling by car, the pensions or guest houses just outside the old town are your best options. They usually have free parking (those listed here all have free parking), and spacious family rooms. Here are the ones worth checking out.
Our top pick for families traveling to Cesky Krumlov, Penzion Gardena not only has an excellent location (less than 200 meters from the historic square), spacious rooms and apartments, excellent breakfast, and free parking, it also has a trampoline and a playground – perfect for families traveling with kids.
Another great option for families looking for convenient accommodations (free parking, spacious rooms, child-friendly grounds) is Pension U Kaplicky. It’s a bit of a challenge to find rooms in this guest house, though – they’re so great that they’re almost always fully booked! So if you find rooms available on your dates, I’d suggest booking them on the spot.
Cesky Krumlov is a nice weekend trip for a group of friends – whether you’re searching for culture, good food and drinks, or a relaxing weekend away from the city. Seeing as you’re this trip’s mastermind, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of hotels in Cesky Krumlov that your friends will love.
This boutique hotel’s got everything your friends will swoon for – great location, great views, classy rooms, and a price tag that’s certainly a steal. They also take great pride in their toiletries and amenities, so you’re definitely in for a treat with your friends.
If you want to stay within the old town center, this is another fantastic place to stay with your friends. They’ve got great rooms and amenities.
For the ultimate steal, check out Residence Muzeum Vltavinu right in the middle of the old town and a few meters from the river. It’s one of the best-value hotels in town.
I have to be honest with you: there’s a reason Cesky Krumlov ends with “lov(e).” The town simply evokes romance at every turn. But that’s not to say there’s no room for strong-willed, independent solo travelers in this town. There is! But just in case you begin to question your decision to come here alone, grab a table by the river and drink it all away with the region’s finest beer.
Here’s where to stay in Cesky Krumlov for solo travelers.
The best accommodation for solo travelers to Cesky Krumlov would be the Krumlov House. It’s near the main bus station, has a fully equipped kitchen and secure storage facilities, as well as a games room to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
If you’re traveling with a pet (or want to be around fellow pet-lovers), Hostel Merlin is the best option for you. It’s near the town center and has great shared amenities – perfect for every solo traveler.
Here are more helpful guides to help you plan your trip to Cesky Krumlov and the rest of the Czech Republic:
Everything you need to know about visiting Cesky Krumlov. You can also download a PDF version here.
If you’re traveling to the Czech Republic for the first time, this guide will give you lots of ideas. It covers Prague and other interesting places, and comes with a convenient, easy-to-follow itinerary.
Heading to Austria as well? Here’s a super fun road trip itinerary that will bring you through the best of Czech Republic’s south.
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I hope this guide helps you plan your trip to Cesky Krumlov much easier! Remember: in terms of the number of tourists, it’s not quite Prague just yet, but Cesky Krumlov does get its share of tourists, so make sure to book your accommodations ahead of time.
Thanks for reading!
First published: September 18, 2017
Last updated: May 9, 2018 – updated information on Cesky Krumlov hotels