My first stop after meeting with my host for the next few days was at the adorable Egon Schiele Café. We thumbed through their menus placed in Czech novels and sipped on glasses of white wine while discussing the night’s plans. The ivy-covered courtyard was empty with only the sounds of the birds chirping filling the space. The inside of the cozy café had low arched ceilings and couches to relax with a glass of wine or a latte.
After getting settled into my beautiful three-story wooden home for the next few nights we went out to hit the pubs! In the back of the Gorila Pub we met up with a group of artists who had come to visit my host from Brno. The locals rocker pub was covered with band posters and patrons had scribbled words on the orange walls. We sat in the smoke-filled back room for hours while playing guitar and singing Czech song I couldn’t understand. The older woman who worked as the bartender got angry at us for being too loud and would glare at me every time I tried to order a beer because I couldn’t say more than “děkuji” in Czech. It was a perfect night.
The morning began with breakfast at the Krumlovska Fontana.The communist-style establishment features endless food options including traditional Czech dishes. We ate at the delicatessen section of the establishment which provided deli-style options and outdoor seating on the back patio. Krumlovska Fontana also had a confectioner which had beautiful marble tables and countless desserts which I was unable to say no to. The entire meal only cost around 5USD.
Self-expression is a major part of Czech culture. The artists I had met the night before showed me street art of the village as well as the location of the Ukradendá Galerie, also known as the Stolen Art Gallery. This exhibit uses public outdoor display cases that were mainly used for propaganda during the communist era to show works of both local and famous artists.
One of the main sites of the village is the Český Krumlov Castle. We wandered the castle grounds in the light rain and stared at the breathtaking views over the crumbling village. The Gothic building boasts unbeatable views of the city and is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument. Originally constructed around 1240, later renovations added Renaissance and Baroque expansions to the castle. Hours wandering this site would not be enough to take it all in.
Part 2 is coming…
Have you paid a visit to this fairy tale town yet?