Photo of medivial Czech Republic town of Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov, Czechia

The medieval Czech Republic town of Český Krumlov in South Bohemia delivers 600-year-old streets weaving around incredibly well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. It’s home to one of the most famous chateaus in Europe, complete with 40 buildings, five courtyards — and bears living in the moat.

Extracurricular: Locally, the town is noted for its water sports centred on the Vltava River. Find a rafting experience that matches your skills or opt for an evening boat tour.

Taste to try: This one’s easy: boiled Czech dumplings soaked in pork gravy. Diet be damned. Try to sneak in a taste of the famous Jihočeská Niva blue cheese, too.

Bonus tip: There are a number of excellent small art galleries that aren’t obvious. Google the local entertainment websites for info on current exhibitions.