Cesky Krumlov Cruise Port

Port of Cesky Krumlov: An Overview

A Danube River cruise itinerary is full of medieval cities, castles and gardens. So what makes Cesky Krumlov, a town in the Czech Republic, so special? Its scope and degree of preservation. With a historic center that was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cesky Krumlov has been fortunate to avoid bombings, fires and other hazards that decimated similar cities in Bohemia over the years. Thus a walk through the town, bisected by the Vltava River, provides plenty of twisty church spires and tiny alleys, plus an atmospheric 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements.

Cesky Krumlov is usually offered as a full day included or optional excursion on Danube River cruises. While getting there involves 90 minutes on a coach, the architecture and sheer cuteness of the town -- you won't want to miss the surprisingly sophisticated theater inside the castle -- makes it well worth the trip.

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State Castle: The main castle of Cesky Krumlov doesn't have a fancy name, but it does have some elements that elevate it beyond the typical tour. While construction on the elaborate structure began in the mid-1200s, the various families who lived there added different pieces. Chief among them: the Cesky Krumlov Baroque Theatre. The stage and inner workings are one of the world's best preserved baroque theaters and you can see the original orchestra pit, sound effects machines and other "technology" of the time. Another highlight is the Rosenberg ballroom, with colorful (and humorous) frescoes. If you have time to climb the 150 steps to the tower, the perch offers a spectacular view of the city's rooftops and surrounding countryside (Zamek 59, 381 01; 420 380 704 721; 9 to 5 p.m.; 50 Kc, CZK).

Historic center: Honestly, part of the charm of Cesky Krumlov is wandering on your own throughout the narrow streets. You'll find plenty of souvenir shops here, with many jewelers pushing necklaces and bracelets set with moldavite, a greenish stone derived from meteorite. Grab lunch or a gelato at one of the cafes in the main square.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official unit of currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (Kc, CZK), which is divided into 100 hellers. Most shops and restaurants take euros, however. ATMs are available throughout the city.

Language

Czech, but most people in the tourist trade speak English.

  • Cesky Krumlov: Viking Vilhjalm
    young viking cruisers
    This was a great day. We enjoyed the Cesky Krumlov tour during the day with a great tour guide who gave historical commentary on our way to Czech Rupublic and then that evening we explore Linz on our own. There was a fair in Linz that we went to ... Read more
  • we had about a 2 hr drive from Linz to Cesky Krumlov and it was worth the drive to see this beautiful quaint town in the Czech republic. A bus took us to the top of the hill where there was lovely gardens and a breathtaking view of the town from ... Read more