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Published: October 1st 2017
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After breakfast, we go up to the castle on the hill and begin by climbing the tower. There are great views from the top, but it was very crowded.
We did two tours of the castle: the first took us through the Renaissance bedrooms and the chapel. The guide was excellent, and the program was very informative. We learned a lot about the history of the Schwartzenberg family (as well as the Mediaeval and Renaissance lifestyles).
Our second tour covered the 19th Century rooms. It was not quite as fab but still good. We particularly enjoyed the theatre with its strange murals and the bridge that crosses the ravine to the garden -- designed so that the ladies didn't have to walk up and down the hills to stroll along the pathways.
We had lunch at a cafe then walked along the river. It was fun, watching the boaters as they tried to negotiate the weir. Many could get over without problems, but a few flipped ... more than once, we saw barrels of baggage go floating downstream.
Coffee and ice cream at a small cafe along the river, near a second weir. We hoped the tourist barge would try to
navigate the falls, but they snuck around the outside, along a sluice. Cheaters.
Unfortunately, we had to leave Cesky Krumlov, charming as it was. We had no problems driving to Prague, but we got very lost (again) trying to follow the signs to the airport. Managed to reach the airport, but black clouds were forming on the horizon.
After returning the car, we took the metro to town, then walked to our hotel. We weren't hungry, after all the snacking today, so we just had dinner and drinks at the Concierge Lounge.
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