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.
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.
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.