Cesky Krumlov © Hans Weingartz
Nestled on the winding River Vltava, Ceský Krumlov's appearance has remained almost unchanged since the 18th century. This small, medieval town in southern Bohemia is a bouquet of cobbled lanes, ramshackle red-tiled roofs and colourful houses, all of which provide picture-perfect photo opportunities. Only about two and a half hours outside of Prague, Ceský Krumlov is a wonderful weekend trip or overnight excursion. However, the charming town and beautiful countryside could easily occupy visitors for many days. One of Ceský Krumlov's most famous attractions is the Renaissance-style castle on the hill. It is a trove of covered walkways, courtyards and terraced gardens, and has a history leading back to the 13th century. Castle visitors can expect marvellous views of the town setting. Other famous attractions in Cesky Krumlov include the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, the Church of St Vitus, and the Czech Marionettes Museum. Since the town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, the summer months have become somewhat crowded. That said, its charm is undiminished.