Cesky Krumlov was described to me as being like something out of a fairy tale and I soon realised why when I arrived. Its old town centre has that kind of charm about it, it’s the kind of place that as a child you could have easily convinced me was magic. My hostel was called Merlin and I almost expected to meet Merlin in there but instead I met some very nice and friendly Chinese girls. In fact I met quite a lot of Chinese tourist in Cesky Krumlov. There was literally hundreds of them everywhere. I even Googled it thinking there must be some kind of explanation or link between the two but found no results.

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The view from the castle

Anyway back to the guide. I’m not writing my blog to try and sell tourism, if I was then I could write paragraphs of content about how you have to see this place and how its like a fairy tale with cobbled streets overlooked by a castle. You can read lots of websites for that kind of thing, it is after all a tourist attraction that many have already blogged about. I’m writing about my own travel experiences.

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I imagined this place with blue skies!!

The town is fairly small and you could easily see it in a day and night. Tricked by other blogs descriptions and because I had work to do I booked 5 nights. A quaint, warm little room besides a river in an old town with very affordable food menus seemed like the perfect place to set up office for the week. This was a move I would later regret. At first it was cool, I had a good look around, took lots of photos, did the sightseeing and tried the local cuisine. Then I got bored, I mean really bored. I hit 38 years old, I was the only person in the hostel, hell I think I was the only person in the town! And it was snowing hard. Work was not as busy as I thought it was going to be which meant I would be here for nearly a week with not much to do apart from wonder round, relax and drink lots of coffee.

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Cobbled street, just like all the other travel blogs tell you about 🙂

I tried to be as upbeat and positive as possible about my situation and if it wasn’t for the sheer charm and beauty of the town I would have forfeited the money I had paid for my room and left early. For less than €10 I was eating out in the evenings and even when the town is so quiet there is still a lot of very good options open to entertain and feed yourself. The most bizarre of which was a Chinese restaurant full of Czech people and a Czech restaurant full of Chinese people.

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So Cesky Krumlov is well worth a visit, maybe not on your own out of season though and defiantly not for more than a couple of days! I could imagine it in a different light on a summers day or for a romantic break. A sunny Saturday morning before I left brought the people outdoors with a few buskers and artist on the streets, a sneak preview maybe of the potential. It is certainly not hard to take lots of pictures in this town, so here are some more pictures 🙂