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Český Krumlov is a small city in the Czech Republic. It's popular for its fine architecture and historic Český Krumlov Castle. This is an excellent place to spend a day and easily accessable from Prague. The castle and grounds are magnificent and free to wander around. You pay only to go inside the buildings. There is a great view of the town and the river from up there. Don't forget to stop and see the bears at the gate. Prices for everything are a lot cheaper than in Prague and there are lots of lovely little shops to nosy around. In the summer you can take a boat or a canoe along the river and there are plenty of picnic spots.
Cesky Krumlov has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and relatively cold winters. Average temperatures are around 21 to 23 °C from June to August, while winters (December to February) have temperatures between -5 and 0 °C. Temperatures up to 32 °C in summer or below -15 °C in winter are possible though. Precipitation is heaviest during the summer period, and winters can have signficant snowfall.
Czech Railways operates the rail network in the Czech Republic. To see connections on Deutsche Bahn enter "Mühldorfer, Haidmühle" as destination. From Haidmühle walk across the border with Czech Republic, it is approximately 2 kilometres to the train stop Nové Údolí. From Nové Údolí it is easy to catch a train to Cesky Krumlov. Make sure you time your arrival in Haidmühle right so that there is a connecting train waiting for you at the train stop.
To get here from Prague, take the Metro red line to I P Pavlova and make your way around the back of the Metro station to the central bus station. The 115 bus leaves at 8:30am approx and takes around 3 hours. The return buses leave Cesky Krumlov almost every hour, there is a timetable at the booking office. You can book tickets in advance or take your chance and pay the driver. To get to Cesky Krumlov from Passau (or Munich) take the local RBO bus from Passau to the village Haidmühle.
|Hostel Egon||Pod Svatym Duchem 132||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Havana||Pod Svatym Duchem 135 City Centre||HOSTEL||85|
|Hostel Krumlov House||Rooseveltova 68||Hostel||91|
|Hostel Merlin||Kájovska 59||Hostel||83|
|Hostel Postel||Rybarska 35||Hostel||90|
|Hostel Skippy||Plesivecka 123||Hostel||88|
|Maja Pension||Pod Vyhlídkou 70 Cesky Krumlov||HOSTEL||-|
|Pension Adalbert||Masna 136||Guesthouse||87|
|Pension Danny||Latran 72 Cesky Krumlov||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Sebastian||5 kvetna, 258 Plesivec||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Penzion Svet||Rozmberska 89, Cesky Krumlov||Guesthouse||88|
|Travellers Hostel Soukenicka||Soukenicka 43||Hostel||86|
|Pension Antoni||Plesivecka 100||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Na Louzi||Kájovská 66||Hotel||-|
|Pension Zavodsky||Ceskobratrská 57||Guesthouse||-|
|Axion Cesky Krumlov Guesthouse||Pod Haji 60||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Arcadie||Horní ulice 148||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Cernice||Cernice 3||Hotel||-|
|Pension Ingrid||Kaplicka 194, 381 01 Cesky Krumlov||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Pension Nostalgie||Masna 137,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Peregrin||Masná 139||Hotel||-|
|House At the Trumpeters||Latran 45||Apartment||-|
|Pension Vodotrysk||Chvalšinská 214 Latrán||Guesthouse||-|
|CK Pension||Pod Skalkou 520||Guesthouse||-|
Wifi is available in many restaurants and most cafés, especially in larger cities. In particular, all branches of Starbucks, KFC, Gloria Jeans Coffee and Costa Coffee offer free access. You may need to ask a waiter for the passphrase. There are also some hotspots available on the streets and some city quarters (for example in Prague) offer free wifi coverage for everyone. However such coverage is usually very slow and unreliable and you may need to create an account (using a web browser and the page it is automatically redirected to) to be able to use it. In most larger cities, there are also several internet cafés available.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are three main mobile phone operators using the GSM standard, their coverage is very good (except in some remote, mostly uninhabited areas). If you find using roaming with your own operator too expensive or you want to have a Czech phone number, you can buy an anonymous prepaid card from any of the three main operators.
You can call emergency numbers from any phone for free (even without any card). The universal emergency number 112 is functional and you can use it, however you will reach only a telephone operator who will need to contact the real emergency service for you. To save precious time, it is best to call directly the service you need: 150 for firefighters, 155 for medical emergency, and 158 for state police.
Ceska Posta is the national postal service of the Czech Republic. It offers good services with reliable, affordable and relatively fast delivery of postcards, letters and parcels. Postcards and letters weighing up to 20g which are being sent to countries within Europe cost 17 CZK, other countries cost 18 CZK. Within the Czech Republic, prices start at 10 CZK. Opening times of post offices vary but most of them are open from around 8:00am to 6:00pm or 7:00pm Monday to Friday, closing at noon on Saturday, closed on Sunday and public holidays. Larger and/or central post offices might keep longer hours and some have English speaking staff. You can buy stamps here, or at newspaper stands, kiosks or some small (souvenir) shops. Post offices offer a few other services, like (international) money transfers as well. FEDEX, DHL, TNT and UPS offer courier services as well, with fast but relatively expensive services.
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