Cesky Krumlov on a budget? Here are 4 great tips

By Julie Gamble


Travel bookseller extraordinaire by day and intrepid budget traveller by candlelight and weekends, guest editor Julie Gamble, offers her top 4 budget tips to make the most of the dreamy fairytale Czech town of Cesky Krumlov. 



Fairtyale Town : Cesky Krumlov



Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful place, all red roofs and river, and just a 4 hour train ride (approx. £6.50/196 Kc) away from Prague through the Czech forests and countryside.




We stayed at Hostel 99, a cool little place in a perfect location with a restaurant/bar attached. http://www.hostel99.cz/hostel-99/

The hostel runs local activities like rafting and hiking and trips into Linz too.

The town itself is pretty chilled out with lots of things to see, local shops and great places to eat.



Cannot recommend the garlic soup at Pension Kristinka enough – seriously!

Served in a hollowed-out loaf and so warm and tasty for only 80Kc/£2.60.


The castle is interesting to visit and is the main tourist attraction, beware of the bears though!



After some days on the road we decided to treat ourselves to a meal at the Katacomby restaurant and it was brilliant.

The medieval surroundings of the underground eatery and the great food made it a special treat.


Herbivores look away now.......Julie gets stuck into the giant meat skewers at Katakomby restaurant , Cesky Krumlov


I had a huge skewer of mixed meats with 2 baked potatoes covered in sour cream for 400Kc/£13.50.




Cesky Krumlov evenings are best spent having a local beer by the river, or in one of the many friendly bars.

Having a night on the town but don’t want to blow the budget?

That’s OK, a 50cl beer will set you back about 40Kc/£1.35.


We went in March so the town was pretty quiet, but we still enjoyed Cesky Krumlov’s amazing atmosphere and hospitality.

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  • Megan says:

    i just went there two weeks ago and was quite shocked at how cheap it really was! normally when you’re visiting european towns you have to pay to take the funicular to get amazing views and this place offered them for free 🙂 and the beer was oh-so-cheap! great tips!

  • EurotripTips says:

    Very helpful – I’m planning a trip there later this year and will definitely try to remember these places!

  • I’ve never been to Cesky Krumlov but have been to Croatia. I want to go back and see more of the country including Cesky Krumlov. Great tips!

  • John says:

    Keep out of the centre of Prague and the Czech Republic is very affordable. Some really magnificent places to visit as well. Cesky Krumlov is real fairy tale castle / picture postcard good.

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