Leaving for these two destinations in two weeks. Just wanted to survey what you think are the best three places or experiences that are not to miss in these places. As usual, I've read the RS book (wonderful) and studied the website as I have for years, but I just would like your take of what some of you were very impressed with and maybe why. Thanks, bob
We visited both places in June. Honestly, the best part of Cesky Krumlov is just wandering the town and castle area. It was super hot when we were there, so we opted for a "cruise" on a ten seater barge boat rather than kayaking, and that was a lot of fun. You can sign up for these at the TI. We also enjoyed the walking tour. Cesky Krumlov was jammed full of Asian tour groups when we were there, but they were day trippers, so the early morning and evening were quite pleasant for wandering and exploring.
Jason who is mentioned frequently on this site (Living Prague Tours) provided us with a wonderful walking tour in Prague. It's a somewhat confusing and overwhelming city, and it was fantastic to have someone orient us. He really customized the tour just for us, and we learned a ton from him. We also took a day trip to Terezin with Pavel Batel (also discovered via this site) which was phenomenal. It did take up an entire day of our trip, but if it something you're interested in, I would highly recommend it.
I also enjoyed taking the funicular to Petrin Hill and climbing the tower first thing in the morning, then hiking to the monastery and enjoying lunch there. From there you can walk to the castle area or to Lesser Town.
As I'm sure you've read, Prague is swarming with tourists. Old Town felt a little like Disneyland to me (and not in a good way). We stayed in the Lesser Quarter, which I loved; if you aren't staying there, I'd suggest at least visiting there to get away from the chaos for a while. There are a number of good places to eat there.
Have a great trip!
Letna Park Beer garden,ideal for a few late afternoon beers or a few after your main evening meal. stunning views over the city.Lovely relaxed place where the Praguers enjoy themselves in the warmer weather. Not just beer but wine ,spirits and soft drinks.street style food available and a higher end restaurant if you want something like that. I am back in the city from the 6th August till the 17th , you just might find me there several times during that period.
We wandered mostly, it’s a beautiful place. We rented a canoe, which was really fun. The TI in town had the info and the canoe livery is minutes away. The young woman reviewed the several options and steered us to what she said was the most picturesque. Water was shallow in early May and easy going. We stopped along the way at a riverside campground and got beers and sausages. Not our most cultural experience but a terrific and fun afternoon. Safe travels.