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The beautiful little 'Disney' town that's hardly visited by British tourists

Visiting this hidden gem of a European town might feel like walking into fairytale but despite being a popular tourist destination for natives it’s barely known by Brits. Český Krumlov, in the Czech Republic, looks like a backdrop from a Disney movie and it doesn’t only have attractive good looks, a glass of tasty local beer can be magicked up for just £1.50. 

The town of 13,000 people is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has stunning architecture dating back to the 13th century, including an impressive castle founded in 1253.

Overlooked by the fortificaion is the Vltava River which wraps around the settlement, once upon a time providing a strategic boundary and now offering the perfect place for boating and kayaking. 

Because of the river and all the historic buildings being in such a small area, Český Krumlov is sometimes called a smaller version of the country’s more famous capital, Prague. 

Lonely Planet says: “It’s a little like Prague in miniature, a Unesco World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava River, an old town square, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and hordes of tourists milling through the streets, but all on a smaller scale.”

Well-known British holiday destination Prague is around 130 miles to the north, approximately two hours by car, but once you arrive in Český Krumlov it can be walked from one side to the other in just 20 minutes. 

Although it’s doubtful anyone would want to walk that fast through the town as it’s far more fun to savour the cobbled streets, peace and quiet and brightly coloured buildings. 

By the town’s river a host of bars and restaurants can be frequented for those seeking a very reasonably priced meal, which start at around £11.

Culture vultures might want to purchase a Český Krumlov Card which allows access to five local museums and galleries with a 50 percent discount. 

Vistors could take a look at the Baroque Theatre at Český Krumlov Castle, which “represents one of the oldest preserved castle-type theatres in Central Europe and one of the most comprehensively preserved Baroque theatres in the world”.

According to the local tourism website, “Český Krumlov does not boast of its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List for nothing”.


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