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A day trip to Český Krumlov for €15..!

The UNESCO-listed town of Český Krumlov is the second most-visited place in the Czech Republic after Prague, and it's easy to see why.  It's picture-postcard perfect.  You don't need an expensive tour, nor do you need to endure a bus.  You don't even need to book in advance.  Just buy a round trip train ticket in advance or on the day, it cannot sell out - and hop on a comfortable train through the Bohemian farmland and forests.  The train ride is part of the fun, and you might even discover where Budweiser beer comes from on the way!  You can go to Český Krumlov and back in a day, or perhaps stay over and make it a 2-day trip.

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Train times there & back...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

A day trip to Český Krumlov in pictures...

You leave from Prague Hlavni, Prague's main station just 15 minutes walk from the old town square.  Inside the main entrance is a modern shopping centre, but upstairs you'll find the faded grandeur of the historic station.  Buy a take-away coffee for the train from Cafe Coffee Day, pictured below right, upstairs from the modern concourse just off platform 1...

Prague station entrance   Inside Prague Hlavni station

Prague Hlavni station main entrance...

 

Cafe Coffee Day, upstairs in the old station...

First class car on train to Ceske Budejovice   The train to Ceske Budejovice

This is the train from Prague to České Budějovice - the direct Prague-Cesky Krumlov train is similar.  Just hop on any time before departure and sit in any empty unreserved seat.  On this particular train there are modern air-conditioned cars going through to Linz in Austria, and older cars only going as far as České Budějovice.  Above left, a very swish 1st class compartment car with power sockets in all compartments.

Taking the train from Prague to Cesky Krumlov   2nd class 6-seat compartment

Modern air-conditioned cars...

 

2nd class 6-seater compartment...

Scenery seen from Prague to Cesky Krumlov train

The train snakes through Bohemian farmland and occasional forest...

Lavender field seen from the train   We have a 1st class compartment to ourselves

No cramped bus seats here.  We have a 6-seat 1st class compartment to ourselves so can spread out and chill...

More scenery seen from Prague to Cesky Krumlov train

The rolling farmland keeps on coming...

Changing trains at Ceske Budejovice

We change from mainline train to branch line train at the southern Bohemian city of České Budějovice.  A simple matter of going down the steps, through the subway and back up onto an adjacent platform for the train to Český Krumlov.

Think you've never heard of České Budějovice?  Think again, I bet you have...  It's former German name might be more familiar:  Budweis.  Yes, that's right, home of the original Budweiser beer!  Although you can read up on the argument between Czech Budweiser and the American version at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser.

Inside Ceske Budejovice station   Ceske Budejovice station exterior

In fact, there's time to grab a coffee inside České Budějovice's impressive and historic station dating from 1908.  The departure screens clearly show the platform for our onward train...

Trains at Ceske Budejovice   Upper deck seats on train to Cesky Krumlov

The branch line train to Český Krumlov is usually 2nd class only, some trains are single deck but ours is a communist-era double decker.  Above left, the train we arrived on from Prague is in the foreground awaiting an Austrian locomotive, the double-decker to Český Krumlov in the background.  Above right, upper deck seats on the train to Český Krumlov...

Scenery from the train to Cesky Krumlov

More farmland and sometimes forest...

Arrival at Cesky Krumlov station

Arrival at Český Krumlov station. There will be taxis waiting, just hop in one to the old town square - the old town is pedestrianised but the taxis are allowed in.  Our Czech taxi driver spoke excellent English, with a Lancashire accent.  "Fifteen years living in Preston..." he explained.  See map of Český Krumlov showing station.

Cesky Krumlov town square   Cesky Krumlov castle tower

Český Krumlov's delightful old town square...

 
The castle tower  

The castle tower...

   
River view   Cesky Krumlov castle

View from the river bridge...

 

The castle, seen from the top of the tower.

View from tower   View over Cesky Krumlov from tower

Views of Český Krumlov old town from the top of the castle tower...

Inside the castle, outer courtyard   Inside the castle, inner courtyard

Český Krumlov castle, outer courtyard...

 

Inner courtyard...

Inside the castle   Inside the castle

The castle's third courtyard...

 

...And beyond.

A beer at the station!   Boarding the train back to Prague

When it's time to go, hop in a taxi from the old town square to the station.  Allow plenty of time for traffic in summer - don't worry if you get there early, a rustic bar at the station serves several types of ice cold Kozel beer.  Cheers!

We pass a steam engine!   Feet up in 1st class on the train back to Prague

On our particular trip we had a pleasant surprise, passing this on the way back to České Budějovice...

 

Weary?  Put your feet up on the way back to Prague...  How about some wine from the refreshment trolley?

Arriving back into Prague

Safely back to Prague.  We stayed at the Esplanade Hotel, just across the road from the station...

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