The Cutest Town You Ever Did See: Cesky Krumlov

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Now I’m not usually one for favourites, but when readers persist for an answer – I simply must knuckle down and reveal the truth. In a recent (and highly successful) article on the top 12 most romantic small towns in Europe, I revealed some of my all time faves. But where exactly is the cutest town in Europe to visit? Read on to find out…

Cesky Krumlov


Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Český Krumlov, a small town in Southern Bohemia, has long been recognised as travellers to Europe as one of the most charming fairytale towns in all of Europe. Indeed, it might just be the cutest town you can visit.

Pronounced: Chesky Kroom-lof

Cesky Krumlov

The construction of the town and castle  on the Vltava River began way back in the 13th Century, as the Vltava River was an important point on the trade route. Over the years it has been passed through varying royal families, and even seized by the Nazis as part of the Sudetenland. Once the War was over, the German speaking part of the population were forced out and Cesky Krumlov was returned to Czechoslovakia – which of course eventually peacefully split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

The Castle remains to this day to be the town’s most visited attraction, with the castle bears a hit with the tourists (viewable only in summer and the warmer months).

The town itself is also incredibly festive throughout the year, with many music festivals, concerts and balls held in all seasons. In the summer many travellers pass through the town and spend weeks and weekends camping along the Vltava River, all the while rafting further down stream.

Cesky Krumlov

To Visit:

Cesky Krumlov is a popular day trip from Prague and neighbouring cities of Austria such as Salzburg and Linz. You can also visit as a day trip from Vienna.

Cesky Krumlov is much more festive in the summer months, however the quaint old world charm is enjoyable year round and visitors in winter will be delighted by the snowfall and quiet streets. Do however keep in mind that transport is much more limited throughout winter and some services close completely.

Cesky Krumlov Could you see yourself here?

brooke cesky

Or maybe here?

Cesky Krumlov

As if it couldn’t be any more magical…

Cesky Krumlov

But oh, apparently it can.


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    Oana Laura
    January 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

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    November 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

    And one more thing, guys, the restaurant you can see in the very first picture near the weir in the front deserves your attention:) Humming water, refreshing Czech beer and something tasty to eat… what else does one need?:)

    November 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Feels like I’m looking at a page of a fairy tale book! 🙂

    November 19, 2014 at 5:12 am

    It does look like straight out of a Disney fairytale!

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    November 19, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Oh these images are sooo beautiful! I was offered a job in South Bohemia (Hluboka nad Vltavou) a few months ago, I didn’t take it in the end, but I spent an age looking at photos of the snow covered town.

    Grace @ Green Global Travel
    November 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

    What a magical little town! It seems to look beautiful in all seasons and all times of the day.

    November 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I am planning a solo trip to Prague-Cesky Krumlov-Budapest at the end of December and after having seen this post (and many others on your web site that mentions CK), I am super excited for it 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    November 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Oh yes! Some friends of mine had a new years in Cesky Krumlov, so it was snowing and extra beautiful (if that’s possible)! It’s definitely on my list, along with many many others 🙂

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    Pedro @travelwithpedro
    November 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great pictures! Some Czech friends told me I should forget about Prague (and I did long ago) and visit Český Krumlov. Now I really felt like going there right no!

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    November 17, 2014 at 12:07 am

    ah i’ve never been to that part of the world, it looks gorgeous

    November 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I am from Slovakia, so I’m practically a neighbor. I have been visiting so many places (not only in Europe), but this one is definitely the most charming town ever.
    When I have been walking through the beautiful streets with old houses, looking at the tortuous river, I was just jumping and I crying out of joy. Definitely not last visit, I have to come back for my heart I left there! ♥

    Petra @ The Global Couple
    November 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful! I must get there some day!

    November 15, 2014 at 1:41 am

    It really does look like a fairytale town! I know what you mean about picking favorites – there are never really favorites, but sometimes there are places that just click with you! I actually wrote a post similar to this about Montréal.

    Take care!

    Kelly @ Endlessly Exploring
    November 15, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I can definitely see myself there…one day! Thanks for sharing Brooke 🙂 x

    Girls In Polka Dots
    November 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    We’re always on the look out for fairytale places- thanks for sharing! It looks so dreamy, has been added to the list 😉 Girls In Polka Dots xx

    November 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    OMG that looks amazing! As amazing as the main big cities in european countries are, I love finding such smaller gems. So beautiful !

    Clementine Buttercup
    November 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I can think of quite a few cute towns in Scotland. Cute in a different way of course. Tobermory in Mull is very cheerful and Plockton in the NW of Scotland is lovely too.

    Jessica C. (A Wanderlust For Life)
    November 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    These are exactly the types of places I’m looking for! Since moving to Europe we are starting of list of places to visit. There are just so many amazing spots, that it’s always nice to see other people’s opinions. Thanks for the beautiful photos too!

    Kayti Clayton
    November 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Cesky Krumlov is definitely on my destination list for next year and it’s one of the places I’m most excited for. There’s something so nostalgic and romantic about the skyline and buildings, love the photos you took.

    November 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Wow I am adding this to my list of destinations, seeing as I am only a stone’s throw away from the czech republic!

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    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Český Krumlov is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, it’s incredibly picturesque – you could just walk the streets all day and not get tired of it!

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    November 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    looking awesome place. thanks for posting nice views.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm


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    Christine King
    November 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Yes I definitely could see myself there Brooke. Love the photos.


    Christine King
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    November 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What a beautiful place x

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

    November 14, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Never heard of this little town before! I definitely need to make a visit someday. Thanks for the post!

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    November 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Wow that is a really cute town! Looks like something out of a story book.

    November 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Gorgeous! Is it a walled town?

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    November 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I like to see myself on the side of lake 🙂 🙂

    November 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

    All beautiful locations in Český Krumlov. The light in your images is fantastic, especially in the first and seventh shot!

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    November 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

    The pictures are gorgeous!
    This post makes me want to go there instantly!

    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 14, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Gorgeous town. I have to admit I’ve never heard of it, but I’m sure I’ll be devouring information on it for the next hour or so. Cheers!

    November 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I so agree with you! I went to Česky Krumlov for the first time after years of visiting the Czech Republic and it completely blew my mind… And I thought Prague was fairytale land! Adding to the magic there was an annual festival going on the same day, “slavnosti pětilisté růže”; everyone was dressed in costume and there were markets everywhere. 🙂 It makes me so proud that this made the top of your list, as though I am American, my family is Czech, and I believe the country deserves so much more recognition than it already has. 😀