Cesky Krumlov is the second most visited place in the Czech Republic. Being just 3 hours away from Prague it´s definitely a great place for a day trip. In this article, you will get tips on 5 things to do in Cesky Krumlov in just one day.
1. See the castle baroque theater at (10 am from May to September)
The first thing you should do in Cesky Krumlov is definitely visiting the castle baroque theater. There are only 4 in the world left this one is one of the finest ones in the world. Everything inside is hand-painted from the 18th century. It’s more than 250 years old and still in great shape.
If you want to know more about the theater read our article on 5 tips how to get to Český Krumlov castle baroque theater.
Before you get to Cesky Krumlov buy a ticket to the castle baroque theater because it´s the most precious historical building of the town. I wrote a whole article about the theater and how you make the reservation there. Check it out.
It´s necessary to arrive before 10 am. Leave your bus at the first bus stop of Cesky Krumlov and follow the google map to the point where the tour starts. You have to go to the castle ticket office in the second courtyard of the castle (the one with a fountain in the middle) and buy a ticket. The baroque theater tour starts in front of it at the fifth courtyard in front of its big wooden door.
2. Join the Wiseman Free Walking Tour (daily at 10:30 or 2 pm)
This is the best introduction to Cesky Krumlov’s history, culture, and life.
In just two hours you´ll learn everything about the history of Cesky Krumlov, you´ll see the old town and also the exteriors of Cesky Krumlov castle and you´ll meet new friends on the tour.
We have been the # 1 Tripadvisor activity of Cesky Krumlov for many many years providing great tour experiences to travelers all around the world.
The tour begins every day in the main square (náměstí Svornosti) of Cesky Krumlov either at 10:30 am or 2 pm.
Reservation of the Free Walking Tour is FREE but MANDATORY! You can make the reservation here.
Look for our tour guide wearing a red t-shirt and holding a red umbrella.
3. Have a great lunch
The trips I love the most are trips to a pub or a restaurant. In the town of Cesky Krumlov, there are almost 150 restaurants to choose from. It´s an overwhelming number and that´s why I chose 3 places you should consider having lunch.
Hospoda Na Louži is a traditional Czech restaurant with domestic cuisine and great local beer. Located close to the main square the place is loved not only by locals but also by tourists. You can find it in many respected travel guides, like the Rick Steve´s or the Lonely Planet. Try traditional roast pork with dumplings and cabbage or fried cheese. You´ll love it.
If you are looking for a fancier place and international cuisine, Papa´s living restaurant is a place you should visit. Its good food, nice selection of wine, and friendly waiters will make your day. In summer there is a great terrace at the river to sit.
If you miss burgers (or burritos) visit Hospoda 99. They usually offer three kinds of beer on tap, a great cabbage soup, and American and Mexican food.
4. Do the castle tour no. I (at 10:50 am or 2:30 pm from April to October)
Are you interested in the life of nobles in Cesky Krumlov? Then you should visit the castle itself!
Cesky Krumlov castle is the second biggest castle in the Czech Republic after the Prague castle. It took 500 hundred years to finish this monster with 5 courtyards, 40 buildings, and more than 350 rooms. Being nationalized by communists and never returned to its previous owners it´s a tourist attraction you shouldn´t miss. Especially if you like beautiful interiors, old paintings, and bear rugs (really).
If you want to learn more about the castle tour I wrote an article Why should you visit Cesky Krumlov castle.
Usually, it´s not necessary to make a reservation for the castle tour. Just buy a ticket at the second courtyard at the ticket office and go up the hill to the next one where the tour starts. On this one-hour-long tour, you´ll see about 20 renaissance and baroque interiors, a golden carriage, or rugs of castle bears that lived in died in the bear moat in front of the castle.
5. Experience a boat trip around Cesky Krumlov (last trips available at 5 pm or 6 pm)
The town is not famous only because of its renaissance look but also because of the most famous river of the Czech Republic – Vltava. It´s not only the most beautiful river in the country but also the most popular river for boat trips. If you want to be like Czech people who rent a boat every year, get drunk and go downstream for days, you should definitely try rafting. In one day I recommend a 30-60 minutes long boat trip around the town. There are many companies providing this kind of trip in Cesky Krumlov, prices are between 700-800 CZK for two people. Try Ontario boat rental or Vltava sport service.
Of course, this is not the complete list of things you can do in the town. You can climb the castle tower (from 9 am to 6 pm in summer) and go to the castle museum. Or you can visit a modern art gallery dedicated to famous painter Egon Shiele, see a museum of a local photographer Josef Seidel or visit a medieval monastery in front of the castle.
Even though the last bus to Prague leaves at 9 pm, majority of Cesky Krumlov attractions close at 6 pm. Until 7 pm (from May to September) you can see the baroque castle gardens above the castle and enjoy beautiful ornamental flower beds and an English park with an artificial lake. Later you can have dinner or join our Private tour or the Night tour with us.
Cesky Krumlov, being one of the most charming towns in the world, is also a perfect place for a day trip. Arrive before 10 am, go to the baroque theater, learn about the town on the Wiseman Free Tour, do a boat trip and see the castle. It will be a long day but it will be definitely worth it.