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Europe » Czech Republic » South Bohemian Region » Cesky Krumlov September 10th 2008

Great weather. Toured the castle. Dates back to 14th Century. Very interesting. Lots of walking. Included a bear pit with bear. Castle was owned by Rosenburg family initially. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Fairy tale town. Very few people speak English. Food is different - can't read the menu. Beer is good. Off to Prague tomorrow. ... read more

Long day. Left Vancouver at 6 am and arrived Munich at 5:30 am local time. Picked up rental car and drove to Cesky Krumlov. Found the Pension Kadlec and then visited the old town. Tomorrow will visit the castle. Driving the German Motorways is an experience. Looks like a road race. ... read more
Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov

After 6 glorious days in Prague, we headed off to Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia to find the weather was rotten and the campsite was beautiful, but pretty average facilities-wise. Although on the banks of the misty and picturesque lake Lipno, Coco summed it up by saying "the lake looks pretty from the tent but when you go down there, there's lots of gross stuff" (the lake isn't actually dirty, but loads of fishermen means lots of scales, bones and beercans line the shore). We made the most of the bad weather though, by spending the afternoon "packing our faces" (as they say in Edinburgh) and playing boardgames. The campsite was happy to let people build campfires so we had an awesome evening making gourmet baked potatoes and trying to stop Aidan landing in the fire. ... read more
And all this without TomTom...
Sign of things to come...

After a long days journey from Vienna, we of course found time in Cesky Budejovice the town of the Budvar brewery, to sample a local pint, before our connecting train the Cesky Krumlov. The long walk from Cesky Krumlov train station showed the old town's turrets and spires. Walking through the arches of and along the cobbled streets by twilight was an amazing time to arrive in this enchanted town. The next couple of days we wandered around all these little streets, still in awe. On the first night we headed out for dinner and a few beers, we bumped into Tom's Austrian brothers, Tom's description not mine i might add... We also managed to hire a canoe, to poddle along the river, until Tom decided that in fact we were training for the 2012 Olympics! ... read more
The town entrance
Austrian Matt and Luke
Arches of the castle

19-08-08 - Czeching out…. Sitting (or lying as the tent is too small for sitting up) at a campsite on the outskirts of Trencin, Slovakia. The guide book spoke warmly of this campsite and yes it is ok, but no more, a very noisy train comes past every now and then and the lake surrounding the campsite is full of dirt. However, the lady in the reception is really lovely, and gave us some introduction to the Slovak language. Since we last wrote we have been to Cesky Krumlov, and as expected it was great. We stayed in a great hostel where we had our own apartment with garden and river view (thanks A and T). Only one night in Cesky Krumlov - we’ve got to keep going, I think we could stay there a ... read more
Cesky Krumlov castle
Cesky Krumlov view
Cesky Krumlov rooftops


This is an add-on in the czech republic to prague, We decided to check out a small town just south of Prague to see some of the unspoilt areas of the czech republic. As i said mentioned in prague - it was a very early start and the 4am wake up to make the train was making me a lil grumpy - the girls put up with it well and as i would realise over the course of the 2 weeks - girls and the odd mood swing do go hand in hand and its important when ur travelling to a) ask if someone is ok and b) apologise when u realise you've blown the casket for no reason. Away from reflection, the train was very different to the smooth efficient journeys i had in western ... read more
Ann & Danielle in cresly
Cresly Krumlov in sepia
Views from the tower

Tuesday 1st July: Spent the morning meandering through the back streets of this ancient little town before taking a tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. The theme in each room of the castle has been maintained with the same decor and furniture that was in place during its actual occupancy however I doubt some of it was original given the castle has been restored in many areas during the 1800's. The views from the bell tower were very impressive which gave 360 degree views across the town as I walked around the outside perimeter at the top. I then booked a kayak for the remainder of the afternoon and was driven by car 5km upstream and spent 1.5 hours casually paddling downstream back into the town taking in amazing scenery on both sides of the river. ... read more
Vltava River 2
Vltava River 3
Old Town 1

Monday 30th June: Franz dropped me off at the central Vienna station where I caught a train to Cesky Budejovice and then on to Cesky Krumlov in the south of Czech Republic. The town has a river that circles through it and it reminds me a lot of Bright in Victoria as the water is the clearest I have seen so far on this trip. I wondered around the old town past all the small craft shops before settling for happy hour on the river bank at The Tornado Bar taking in the scenery on the opposite bank south of the castle. This town is so laid back and beautiful and fortunately the July tourist boom is yet to arrive although it is still predominantly tourists here now. I've noticed there are a lot of Japanese ... read more
Vltava River 2
Vltava River 3
Vltava River 4

Dobriden everyone from Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. With its cobble stone streets, little shops and of course a beautiful 13th century castle with frescoes and a river that runs all through town I am living a fairy tale existence. We arrived here in Cesky Krumlov yesterday afternoon after having taken 2 trams, 3 trains and a bus from Vienna. We took an Austrian train to Grum No to the bordertown, then an inner-city train ïnto the Czech Republic and then took a bus and then a cargo train. We arrived here after about 6 hours of travel to what is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen in Europe. We are staying a beautiful hotel right at the heart of the Old City. We can see the Castle from the dormer ... read more
3rd Train Ride
Our room in Cesky

5/24/08 The Sudetenland… we have all heard about them, but do we know what they really are? Writing from beautiful Cesky Krumlov. It is a beautiful, old city that has seen so much. It is very old. The streets are very narrow, there are no elevators and internet access is scarce. Cesky Krumlov is a part of the Sudetenland, one of the parts where there is still an active life today. I learned that its history is more that what was told to me. I had only heard about its pre war history in relation to Hitler, nothing after. Here is its whole relation to twentieth century history. In the beginning of the twentieth century, Germans and Czechs lived together on this land. The two groups had been living together for quite some time. Generations of ... read more

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