The Enchanting Bohemian Destination – Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 8.5/10

There are some backpacking destinations which manage to take your breath away as you approach them, places so beautiful that it feels like you’re travelling around a fairytale. These are few and far between but when the come along you need to grab them with both hands. Cesky Krumlov falls into this category.

It is is a small city in the south of the Czech Republic characterised by the incredible density of old stone buildings with terracotta roofing, all centered around the stunning Cesky Krumlov Castle. It is this architecture that has made the place famous, with the old town being named a Unesco Heritage site in order to preserve its beauty.

But architecture is not the only string to the Cesky Krumlov bow. There are a variety of adventure activities on offer in the surrounding area for backpackers to sink their teeth into, especially water sports due to the various lakes and rivers close by. So if you eventually get bored of exploring the enchanting streets of the city you can head out to the Sumava National Park (the biggest in Czech Republic) and take in environments from giant forests and alpine meadows to man-made lakes and winding rivers.

The best bit about all of this is that it has everything that so many people visit its more famous cousin, Prague, for; it’s just a short plane ride away, offers outstanding value and has fantastic Czech beer! If you like the sound of that but want to get slightly off the beaten track then look no further, this bohemian delight will be right up your street.