Getting to Prague
things to see and do at cesky krumlov
CITIES NEAR CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic is a relatively
small country in the heart of Europe. It was half of the somewhat
better-known Czechoslovakia formed in 1918, which officially broke
apart in 1993 as Communist regimes fell across Europe. More progressive
than its Slovak sister, and boasting the tourist mecca of Prague,
the Czech Republic has quickly re-integrated with Europe, and will
became a EU member in 2004.
There is an extensive train network in the Czech Republic,
and fares are CHEAP. Unfortunately, the rail network is fairly old,
so the trains are not that fast - if you're in a rush, a bus can
almost certainly get you there faster.
The unit of currency is the Czech Crown - or CZK.
One US$ buys almost 27 CZK. One Euro buys almost 32 CZK. Food, drink,
and transportation are VERY CHEAP relative to the rest of Europe;
only accommodation is comparable. Your ATM card will work in the
Czech Republic, it's easy to get a cash advance on a credit card,
and traveler's cheques work too. You’ll be able to withdraw
Czech Crown from the tons of ATM’s in Prague and there’s
even one at the Raiffeisen Bank in Cesky Krumlov so there’s
no need to carry around too much cash.
czech.com - Gov't tourism site,
contains great info
czech republic info - Info on accommodation
accomodation service s.r.o. - Info
on Prague accommodation
planet - basic facts about the country
HOW TO GET TO PRAGUE:
NB: All prices are in US$ and for return fares
unless otherwise noted.
Fly direct to Prague. It’s more expensive but less hassle.
But it might be less flexible if you want to fly into Prague and
depart from Berlin, Athens or Rome. Flights costs around $1100 from
NYC and $1400 from LA/SanFran on Lufthansa, Czech Airlines and UA
using Travelocity. From HK, it was about $1150 on Thai Airways and
$1350 on Lufthansa using Zuji. From SG, it was about $800 on BA,
I would buy immediately – what a bargain! From Sydney it was
a shocking $2000 on Qantas.
Fly to London and then take a discounted airline to Prague. Flights
cost around $730 on Virgin, UA, AA, BA from NYC and $950 from LA/SanFran.
From HK, it was about $1000 on Emirates, Thai Airways and Cathay
using Zuji. From SG, it was about $800 on BA so why not go direct
since it’s the same price. From Sydney it was $1500 on Qantas.
For London->Prague, take Easyjet. Although it only currently
shows pricing for 6 months in advance, but the prices for March
were around $30 for 1 way! Another option is using BA, around $60US
for 1 way for July/August. The only issue with using Easyjet is
that you’d have to get to Stansted
Airport in London which is about 2 hrs. by train (about $35)
to transfer from Heathrow where most int’l flights arrive.
in US - Travelocity, Expedia,
Flights originating in Asia-Pac - Zuji
Budget European airline for London<->Prague - Easyjet
London<->Prague - British Airways
Cesky Krumlov is about 3-3.5 hours south of Prague
by bus, and is located in the state of South Bohemia. The old city
is built around a hairpin bend of the Vltava river, where narrow
streets snake past colorful buildings to open squares surrounded
by restaurants, hotels and shops. Throughout August, Cesky Krumlov
is hosting an International
Music Festival, check out www.czechmusicfestival.com
for program details and prices.
Official Information System of the Ceský Krumlov Region
- great general info on the town
- history, facts, accommodation
HOW TO GET TO CESKY KRUMLOV:
There are 7 buses a day from Prague. You can view the schedule at
First click on ‘Timetables’ and select the ‘Czech
Republic’ under ‘Long-distance bus transport.’
The click on ‘Departures’ and type in:
To: Cesky Krumlov
Date: choose a date
The schedule gets updated every December so it’s better to
check this out closer to the wedding date. You can buy a reserved
ticket at the main AMS office at Praha-Florenc bus station on the
day of departure or your hotel may be able to arrange this for you
for a surcharge. Be at the bus statoin at least 30 minutes before
We have rented out the Hotel
Ceský Krumlov. It has 19 rooms...We will
also be having the reception in the banquet hall of the hotel.
If we can guarantee the hotel that we will fill the hotel for at
least three nights August 6-9, they will give us a 10% discount
and allow us to have the reception for as long as we want! A double
is $125USD/night. If you will be staying in Cesky Krumlov before
or after the wedding please click here .
For accommodation in Prague, please click Here
and select Czech Republic and Prague.
WE NEED TO KNOW how many rooms you need in Cesky
Krumlov and for how many days. We are assuming that everyone will
want to stay there on Friday night before the wedding, and on Saturday
night on the wedding day. You're welcome to come earlier and stay
later, but just let us know. It's the tourist season so we want
to make sure you get the reservation you desire. No need to make
any deposit or send any credit card info to reserve the room; you
can settle the bill at the end of your stay. There are also other
hotel options that suits all budgets so contact our wedding planner,
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR CESKY KRUMLOV
Most of you will arrive into and leave the Czech Republic
from Prague, one of the most striking cities in the world. If you've
got the time, you should spend a few days here - it's amazing. Walking
across the old Charles Bridge with the castle looking down from
its hilltop, dining at riverside cafes, visiting the surprising
modern art museum, and just getting lost in the maze of lanes in
the old city are all sublime experiences.
Just north of Cesky Krumlov lies the much larger transport
hub of Ceske Budijovice, the home of the original Budweiser. That's
right. Budweiser (then Budweis) had been brewed in the Czech Republic
for some time before Adolphus Busch moved the US and adopted the
name for his own beer. You can visit the Budvar brewery just north
of Ceske Budejovice - but be careful, the original Budweiser is
about twice as strong as US version. There is a direct train from
Prague and a direct bus to Cesky Krumlov.
A great day trip from Prague is Kutna Hora -- "Silver
Heart of Medieval Europe.” Sites include the Strahov Monastery,
St.Barbara Cathedral, Italian Court, Medieval Mine Osel, and Ossuary
in Sedlec. For 15-20 Euros you can watch an excellent small classical
concert they put on at different locations around the city.
Cesky Krumlov is in an area of pine forests
known as the Sumava. There are interesting little cities all over
the area, and lots of opportunities for walking, mountain biking
and canoeing. Just a short bus ride away is the village of Rozmberk
Nad Vltavou, in a bend in the river Vltava (like Cesky Krumlov)
with a spectacular fortress on a ridge above it. South of Cesky
Krumlov is Lake Lipno, where you can take a one or two-hour cruise.
It's easy to visit one or more of these places in a day trip and
be back in Cesky Krumlov for dinner.
COUNTRIES AND CITIES NEAR CZECH REPUBLIC
* The Czech Republic is bordered by Poland to the
north; Germany to the northwest, west, and southwest; Austria to
the south; and the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) to the east. The Czech
Republic is NOT part of the Eurail rail network. You CANNOT use
a Eurail pass to travel to the Czech Republic. That being said,
each of the surrounding countries IS part of Eurail, so if you are
planning a trip to several countries, all you need to do is get
to one of bordering countries and start your Eurail pass there.
* Cesky Krumlov lies in the south, near the border
with Austria. From Ceske Budejovice (just 30-45 min. north of Cesky
Krumlov) trains and buses go to Vienna, the capital of Austria.
Vienna is a delightful city with much to offer in terms of culture,
architecture and music - not to mention fantastic, romantic cafes.
From Vienna, Budapest, the capital of Hungary is another short train
ride away. Once you get to Vienna or Berlin, you are then on the
Eurail network allowing you to travel easily throughout Europe.
* From Prague, there are numerous buses and trains
to the major cities of Germany: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt. The amazing
city of Krakow, Poland (which is in the south of Poland, near the
* THE OLYMPICS: The 2004 Olympic Games are being held in Athens,
and other Greek cities during August 11-27th (right after our wedding).
Though Greece isn't THAT close to the Czech Republic, a few trains
or a flight from Prague can get you there relatively easily. Tickets
aren't cheap, and everyone says that Athens will be a complete madhouse,
but it will also be a lot of fun and a huge international party.