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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂