Český Krumlov is a fun place in the Czech Republic to visit with kids. With so much much culture and history, there are no shortage of fun things to do in Cesky Krumlov with kids.
Cesky Krumlov has an amazing castle, a charming town square and great museums. We had a great time in Cesky Krumlov with our children, aged 2 & 4, by finding a good balance of things to do that everyone could enjoy.
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8 Things to do in Cesky Krumlov with Kids
1. Guided Tour of Cesky Krumlov Old Town, Monastery & Castle
After a fun stay in Prague with our kids, we drove to Cesky Krumlov and arrived mid-afternoon after a quick stop at Karlstejn Castle.
To get acquainted with our new destination, we spent the afternoon getting a private tour of the Cesky Krumlov Old Town. We’re not usually big on guided tours, especially with kids, but having a private tour took the pressure off the kids making too much noise.
Our Cesky Krumlov tour guide immediately started the tour by taking us to a playground, so the kids could play while we talked – nicely done!
We began our tour with a stroll through the beautiful Cesky Krumlov Old Town, through the monastery and ended at the castle. We are grateful for the useful and interesting information we learned about Cesky Krumlov on our tour, along with personalized tips for kid-friendly restaurants etc.
2. Hrad Divci Kamen
On our first morning in Cesky Krumlov, we drove 20 minutes north to explore the ruins of Hrad Divci Kamen (also known as Maiden Stone). This old Czech Republic castle was a mighty castle back in the 14-16th centuries, but now lays in ruins.
The walls of the Divci Kamen castle are pretty intact, but a lot of it is now gone. Rocks are piled on the ground everywhere, but there are clear paths and steps to follow as you explore the Divci Kamen castle grounds. There isn’t a set trail to explore, you simply walk wherever you want to.
Hrad Divci Kamen was our kids favorite thing to do in Cesky Krumlov! They had so much fun running around the castle ruins, climbing on rocks, climbing stairs, looking through medieval archery windows, etc. It’s an amazing kids activity!! (It’s far from childproof though – so be careful).
This visit to Hrad Divci Kamen was one of the big highlights of our 3 weeks the Czech Republic. For more information, please read our full blog post Hrad Divci Kamen – Cesky Krumlov’s Hidden Gem.
3. Krizova Hora
For our second afternoon we went for a kid-friendly Cesky Krumlov hike to Krizova Hora (The Chapel on the Mountain of the Cross).
We were able to start the hike about 1 minute from the front door of our Cesky Krumlov vacation rental. our front door – gotta love that!
Krizova Hora is perched high up on a hill south-east of the old town. Once at the top, we enjoyed sweeping views of the surrounding rolling hills, the Vltava River, and of course the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cesky Krumlov Old Town – an amazing sight!
The Krizova Hora chapel wasn’t open, but we didn’t really go up for the chapel, we went for the views of Cesky Krumlov and it was worth it.
4. Cesky Krumlov Old Town
This morning the kids woke up early, so this allowed us to get to the Cesky Krumlov Old Town around 8:15am. Compared to our first afternoon, Old Town was wonderfully empty this time of the morning. The kids could run around and we got all sorts of good pictures with no one in them.
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5. Cesky Krumlov Castle
After a fun walk through Old Town, we walked across the Vltava River to the river at the Cesky Krumlov Castle.
Most of the Cesky Krumlov Castle exhibits don’t open until 9, but they open the castle grounds early, so we went exploring. You can walk through most of the castle grounds for free and you only pay if you wish to enter the castle museums or climb the tower.
The main pathway through the Cesky Krumlov Castle took us through a series of courtyards, each wrapped with beautifully painted brick walls. The path then opened up to reveal a viewing platform and a beautiful covered bridge, both of which offered amazing views of old town below.
At the end of our walk through the castle, we reached the castle gardens. These meticulously planned gardens feature sculpted shrubs and trees, in a style and quality you’d expect to see in Paris.
6. Cesky Krumlov Castle Tower
The Castle Tower is so beautiful from the outside and appears very tall when looking at it from Old Town, but in actual fact, it’s not really that tall.
Our 4 year old daughter climbed the Castle Tower by herself with no issues at all, while our 2 year old wanted to be carried. The viewing platform extends all the way around the round tower, providing amazing 360 degree views of UNESCO listed Cesky Krumlov Old Town below.
7. Minorite Monastery
Next, we walked to the Minorite Monastery to see the “Interactive Exhibition of Human Skills”. Ok, so it’s not the best name we’ve ever heard for an exhibit, but it was a really fun thing to do in Cesky Krumlov with kids.
The Interactive Exhibition of Human Skills exhibit is designed to show what life was like in medieval times and to give kids a chance to try some of the activities from that era.
The best part for the kids was a room full of medieval toys – they jumped at the chance to play with so many fun toys; in fact we couldn’t convince our son to leave. Eventually Celine and our daughter left to explore the rest of the exhibit.
Our daughter really liked the displays up in the spooky attic, including the mildly scary room full of cartoonish skeletons and hellhounds, with spooky lighting and scary music playing.
She also had fun in the spices room, where you guessed it, she could pick up and smell a bunch of different spices. Same goes for the soap room.
She even got to try some stenciling and try on a tiny medieval dress – so cute! This was a great exhibit for our young kids – we’re glad we came.
8. Cesky Krumlov River Walk & Playground
For our last afternoon in Cesky Krumlov with kids, we walked back down to Mestsky Park so the kids could play at a playground.
We crossed the bridge to the west of Mestsky Park and had a nice walk along the Vltava River to the park.
This Cesky Krumlov playground was great for our little kids as all the equipment was age appropriate for them. Once they had a good amount of playtime, we walked along the river and crossed the bridge into Old Town, which we walked through one last time before heading to our apartment.
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