I am planning a holiday to Czech Republic (mainly Prague) for sometime in the summer. I will have 5.5 full days to spend. My tentative itinerary has 4.5 days in Prague without any day trips and then a day trip to Cesky Krumlov. Do you think 4.5 days in Prague will be loo long?
Not sure what "5.5 full days" means, but four days isn't too long for Prague, which has a lot to see and do. Cesky Krumlov is very nice, and 2-3 hours from Prague depending on how you go. That's a lot of travel time for a day trip. You might consider spending a night there, when it will be less crowded. Spend the morning in Prague, then go to CK in the afternoon for the rest of the day and overnight, returning to Prague late the next morning. Of course that means a hotel change, and you don't want to be in CK on the day you fly home.
Hi comeonyouwolves, I don’t recommend a day trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague because a train takes three hours and requires a connection. I don’t recommend driving there either for a day trip because that takes 2h 30m. If you’re going to Cesky Krumlov, spend a minimum of one night.
Four nights in Prague was the right amount for me back in 2003. I've never been to Cesky Krumlov but if you want to go I'd follow the advise of the others and stay the night. Another alternative would be Dresden, Germany. I have been there and it's impressive!
We spent 3 full days in Prague in Feb. 2020 and loved it. Since it was off season and fewer people, we were able to do almost everything we had on our list. Another day would have been nice though.
I do agree that Dresden would be nice to go for a night as well. We were in Dresden on that trip and started there for 5 nights before we headed to Prague. My husband and I were just talking about that trip this mornin and saying how we would love to go back to both of these areas. He will, as he went to Dresden every month for business before the pandemic hit, so in time that will be back on his agenda, but I would love to just go and have our vacation time.
We spent 5 nights in Prague in 2019. Our itinerary was Budapest>Vienna>Česky Krumlov>Prague. We felt 4 nights in Prague would have been fine. We did do a day trip to Terezin. Edited to add: http://www.jewish-quarter-tour.com/ In addition to this tour I would also recommend Jason at Living Prague Tours. Both Terezin Tour and Jason's Tours were the highlight of our stay in Prague.
We spent 2 nights in Česky Krumlov and loved it! We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and took a private walking tour “off the beaten path” early the next morning. Afterwards we had a wonderful lunch by the water and did more exploring on our own. We left Saturday am and avoided the weekend crowds. I think one night would be doable as well. We took the CK Shuttle from Vienna to Česky Krumlov and Česky Krumlov to Prague door to door.
What do you all think the best way to get to CK is?
What do you all think the best way to get to CK is?
is that from Birmingham, or where from?
Do you think 4.5 days in Prague will be loo long?
I surprised myself and returned to Prague for a 2nd visit of 3.5 days because I didn't get to do/see nearly everything I wanted during my first 3.5 day visit. Even then, I still had to pick and choose. The primary sight that enticed me for a 2nd visit was a small group tour (day trip) to Terezín.
I also took 2 walking tours with Jason at Living Prague Tours and saw and learned about things that have become my most indelible memories and sources of further reading for interest.
What is the best way to get to CK from Prague?
I took a regular train, which involved a transfer. At that time, the 2nd leg was a bus.
I also used the Cesky Krumlov shuttle, which does run between Prague and Cesky Krumlov. I used it on a different route, leaving Cesky Krumlov, and found it to be very efficient, professional and on-time. It is more expensive than the train, but can be door to door, if you choose that option.
Another vote for the CKShuttle. Faster than the train, affordable, reliable and comfortable. The driver stopped along the way for a convenience break and quick snack. We would definitely hire them again.
No, that is not too long to spend in Prague; there is plenty to see and do. We did stay overnight in Cesky Krumlov and found it to be highly overrated so my advice would be to skip it entirely. But if you feel compelled to add it to your itinerary, then CK Shuttle is probably your best best. If you are interested in history, then consider a day trip to Terezin with Pavel Batel.
Hello from Wisconsin,
Cesky Krumlov is a mini-Prague in many ways. CK is a jewel. The time required to get there and back makes this an expensive trip away from Prague. Both locations would normally be filled to the gills with tourists. If you read one of the responses carefully they say to stay over night because the number of people in the streets will diminish over night. And then you should get up early to look around before the busses start discharging their contents.
I would suggest staying in Prague. As I say so often, Slow down. Enjoy a gelato. Stop for a beer. Have a relaxed meal. Never pass up a chance to sit and give your feet a break. Eat away from the Old Town Center.
Prague Castle area, which is less like what we think of as a castle than you are lead to expect, is worth a day. Get up on that hill and don't surrender the position. At one end of the hill is Loreto, it is SW of the castle. Make sure to see the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows. And the library. You might start or end here. Walk to the castle and see St. Vitus Cathedral. Go up the Cathedral bell tower. Pay to get all the way inside to view the windows and sculptures. Beyond the castle and to the NE is a long park, Letenska Plan with views over the 'old town'. At the far end of this park is the National Museum of Technology. Pretty interesting. Turning away from the river and behind the museum takes you into a gentrifying area that, if you haven't traveled a lot, will seem a tiny bit scary as it is not a tourist area. It has a nice scattering of restaurants and will give you a feel for how non-tourist Prague looks and feels. I recommend The Farm for breakfast if you are starting out here. You can walk or take a tram back to where you are staying.
This one walk should exhaust you if you do it in a day. And you have not toured the Old Town Center, The Jewish district, any museums, walked the area below castle.
You might buy Ivana Edwards' book, Prague Walks ($5.00 on eBay). It was her book that got us to Sts. Peter and Paul''s church and its most impressive cemetery. There are newer books with attempts at walks also available. Usually, and definitely Ivana's book, these books will take you to great locations away from the crowded tourist path.
Certainly I think CKShuttle would be a great private transfer option especially if you have luggage but might be too expensive for some and it's not necessary for a day trip. I think they were charging CZK1000 per person for a one-way transfer so a couple doing a two-way won't get much change out of CZK4000 or U$200. I'd just like to put forward the RegioJet coach option. Same transfer time but a lot cheaper at less than U$40 for a couple going there and back including the public transport part in Prague. Of course it's not as luxurious and you don't get picked up at your hotel but saving U$160 is a nice amount of spending money in CK. If you use Student Agency https://www.studentagency.eu/en/ you’ll have the choice of two bus stations in Cesky Krumlov, Špícák or AN (AN means Bus Station in Czech). I prefer AN. Get off the bus, cross the road and turn left (this means the riverside will be on your right). At the end of the road turn right onto the older cobble stone road and this takes you to the centre part with Svornosti Square and the Tourist Info centre.