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Český Krumlov Castle

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  • Day27

    Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

    September 29, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    It's about 8:30pm as I am writing this post waiting for Mitch to wake up from a nap. I just took one before him when we came back from our walking tour of Vienna (that we'll write about later) which made us both pretty tired. We're almost back to normal from being sick so that's good news but I think a few more naps after long days of sight seeing should do the trick.

    Anyways, I just wanted to give you all a quick update on Cesky Krumlov. We decided to jump to the Czech Republic after being in Hallstatt since it was closer to get there on the way to Vienna rather than backtrack. Since I'd already been to Prague the most popular Czech city we landed on coming to Cesky Krumlov instead because we'd read that it was a smaller Prague with less tourists and cheaper prices. We'd have to agree on the cheaper prices, Mitch was happy about his beers costing only $1.60! There were still many tourists but definitely less then Prague so Mitch was able to get a good feel for a medieval Czech city which is surrounded by a winding river. The history of the town was interesting, especially seeing the recent communist influence 25 years ago.

    Ok, time to wake Mitch up so we can head to dinner and have a traditional Austrian wiener schnitzel which I'm sure we'll post about next time!
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  • Day8

    Tag 8 - Krumau an der Moldau

    July 22, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    25 km / 425 km - 3 / 39 Stunden

    Ausgaben:

    0 € / 5 € Transport (Fähre, etc.)
    12 € / 84 € Lebensmittel
    16 € / 38 € Unterkunft

    28 € / 127 € Gesamt

    Der Tag beginnt, wie der letzte aufgehört hat. Mit zu viel Bier im Blut.
    Mich stört es weniger. Aber meine Gastgeber müssen zur Arbeit. Noch! Denn in wenigen Wochen können sie mir dann nachfolgen.

    So gammel ich mehr, oder minder in den Tag. Frühstücke in Ruhe und arbeite an den Fotos und Berichten. Gegen Mittag breche ich dann auf. Zunächst zu Jakubs Abrbeitsstelle, ihm seinen Schlüssel bringen.

    Dass ich heute in Kramau sein sollte, war so garnicht geplant. Weiß ich doch erst seit gestern von dieser Stadt. Und ich bin froh, dass mir Jakub davon erzählt hat.
    Es ist eine vollkommen unterbewertete Stadt. Quasi Klein-Prag und glücklicherweise nicht so überrant von Touristen.

    Also habe ich auch gernicht viel Hoffnung an meine Couchsurfer gestellt, so spontan aufgenommen werden zu können und mir ein Hostel gesucht. Hier läuft beste Musik zu gutem Bier und ich rekapituliere den Tag:

    Aber allzuviel war da nicht. Bei entspannten 25 km durch eine Gegend, die mich (abgesehen von zu vielen Bergen) an zu Hause erinnerten, verflogen die Kilometer fast problemlos.
    Nachdem ich mich aus Budweis herausgeschoben habe, stand ich dem ersten dieser Unholde gegenüber. Ich habe auch nichts anderes erwartet. So dicht konnte ich in seine Augen sehen und tief in das Herz hinein. Das Herz des Berges. Er hatte weniger Angst vor mir, als ich vor ihm. Aber da hilft alles Jammern nichts. Vorwärts immer, rückwärts nimmer!
    Kramau lohnt diesen Aufwand allemal!

    Auch wenn die Vögel anderer Meinung waren.
    Ich kam gerade aus einem Süßwaren-Laden. Da schiss mir einer dieser fliegenden Spießgesellen direkt auf mein Telefon.
    "Haha, daneben!" denke ich und esse fröhlich mein Toffee. Denn das war in der anderen Hand.

    Song des Tages:
    Aqualung - Jethro Tull
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  • Day6

    Cesky Krumlov

    September 25, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Sobald in Krumau die Abenddämmerung einsetzt , beginnen die regenschirmschwingenden Reisegruppenführer umgehend damit ihr Auditorium in die Busse zu scheuchen. Im Zuge dessen schwindet das Risiko, in den engen Gassen der Altstadt versehentlich von einem der tausenden asiatischen Teleobjektive niedergestreckt zu werden und die Stadt offenbart ganz plötzlich ihren Märchen-Charakter. Leider hatte ich nur eine Nacht, aber ich komme bestimmt nochmal zurück.Read more

  • Day86

    Český Krumlov

    July 2, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Stuart finally saw a bear!! Luckily for me it was safely walled into the moat of a castle and not just hanging around in a Czech Forest..

    We were in Cesky Krumlov, a popular tourist spot due to its beautiful old town with red roofs and its Castle overlooking the town. As you will see from the photos it is quite a sight with the river running through it.

    We wandered around appreciating the architecture that seems to us to be unmistakably Czech, comparing it to other places we have been in Europe so far. Powered by the sugar of the 'trdelník' (see photo) that we ate (definitely not by the worlds smallest panini that we had previously eaten), we then climbed up to the castle grounds. Seeing the sign for "Bear Moat" I thought it must be some historical name but no, there actually was a brown bear in the Moat. As you can see from Stuart's face, he was rather pleased by this.

    You can wander all around the grounds and the beautiful gardens, where I tried and failed to climb a tree.

    We then drove back to the apartment in a sea of Skodas.. which I now know are manufactured here in Czech Republic hence every second person drives one.

    Off to Prague tomorrow x
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  • Day27

    Three border crossings in a day

    October 7, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    So many choices. Sometimes it is hard to decide which one to go for. Our options were a walking tour of Passau, a full day Salzburg 'Sound of Music' tour or a full day tour to Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. We chose the last one.
    We hadn't had a chance to look at Passau, the port where we were docked, but as our bus was driving out of the town and the morning sun was in just the right position, Brian spotted some stunningly beautiful views of the old buildings. Sadly there was no time to grab the camera in the small time slot before they disappeared from view. These Kodak moments went unrecorded, which was rather a shame. Fortunately, and by way of compensation, we were to get other equally good shots elsewhere as the day progressed.
    Český Krumlov is nearly two hours away by bus, and we thoroughly enjoyed the views as we travelled from Germany to Austria to the Czech Republic.
    The Bavarian landscape was the prettiest and tidiest by far. It all looked so green and fertile and we went through large forested areas. In true German fashion everything was tidy and orderly. The Czech Republic isn't nearly as rich, and by contrast it was far less tidy, it was less heavily wooded and the buildings in the towns and villages that we passed through generally looked a bit rundown. Our guide pointed out that much of this was a legacy still from the communist era, when there were no environmental considerations.
    A few kilometres before our destination we reached a large artificial lake, Sebevrah, which is a major holiday resort area for people from the Czech Republic and neighbouring areas. The lake itself is most attractive, though we were less attracted by the large number of hotels, pensions, guest houses and eating places throughout Evidently it is ridiculously jam-packed at the height of the holiday season. One definitely wouldn't want to be there. Furthermore, all the narrow country roads which lead to the place get totally jammed up.
    Reaching Český Krumlow the first thing we saw as we walked from the bus was the spectacular Castle Bridge. It really does stand out. Walking under it and into the town itself it was obvious that we were going to have a great time and would get the chance for some good photos in the fine sunny (but 12 degree) weather.
    Our excellent guide took us through the town, pointing out various things of interest, then up the hill to the castle. Český Krumlow has been awarded a UNESCO world heritage listing, and as a result a great deal of international money has been poured into its restoration. The result is a beautifully restored town offering many spectacular views.
    Our guide then took us up the hill to the castle, after which we had a few hours of free time. Even though the place wasn't packed, by our standards it was quite busy, with many (mainly Asian) tour groups. It made it that bit harder. But then, something surprising happened. We decided to walk a further 200 metres or so up a steepish path above the castle and we came upon these large and immaculately maintained gardens, with hundreds of metres of perfectly trimmed hedges, beautiful flower gardens and several fountains. The best part of all was that the place was almost deserted. Clearly, very few tourists take the trouble to walk those extra few metres, which was clearly to our benefit.
    After taking numerous photos we wandered down to the town, where we decided to have some lunch. After all the food we had been eating over the previous ten days or so neither of us was really hungry but Brian nevertheless was determined to try some genuine local food. We went in to one of the many restaurants. Mary wasn't at all hungry so decided on a plate of chips, done Austrian style - sliced very, very thinly and really crisp. Whenever there is duck on the menu then that’s what Brian orders. The dish he got served was huge. As well as the potato dumplings and red cabbage there was the most beautiful duck breast and leg on the bone. This giant bird had not died in vain. It was the most tender and flavoursome meat which was totally fat-free and so tender that it fell off the bone. By then Brian was absolutely full, but he simply couldn't leave it there. The cherry strudel was to die for.
    By then the tourist crowds had thinned, so Brian grabbed the opportunity after our lunch to take a lot more photos.
    We were due to rendezvous with our guide outside the Museum of Torture at 4.15pm. As we still had a bit of spare time we decided to visit the aforementioned museum. The displays were done realistically, so much so that we started wondering why anyone, us included, would voluntarily subject ourselves to the torture of thinking about such things while enjoying a dream holiday. We didn't stay there very long.
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  • Day28

    Cesky Krumlov Castle

    October 3, 2015 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our second full day in Cesky was pretty much a fortress day. One of the main reasons for the heritage listing, the fortress is one of the oldest and best preserved in Europe. This good fortune is mainly due to the fact that the town was never bombed in WW2. The whole town is remarkably well preserved for the same reason. The fortress was fun to wander about although to get into any of the buildings you had to take a guided tour. We did a tour of the main part of the castle which was quite interesting, but the better tor sure was through an old refurbished theatre. They had restored these old systems of pulleys and props so that scenes could be changed on stage in something like less than 2 seconds. They still use the theatre a few times a year to put on plays and they had a very interesting tour and video presentation.
    There was still plenty of time wander about a bit to find a restaurant overlooking the river to enjoy a drink or a coffee as the day drifted by. Dinner at Papa's again.
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  • Day18

    Cesky Krumlov 37 degrees Celsius

    August 1, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Arrived here quite early so we had a full half day to explore. We familiarised ourselves with CK by shopping. I was soon tired of this and the heat so I found us a watering hole by the river for some lunch. Pilsener Urquell to wash down a light lunch. Kim went back out shopping so I stayed to savour more of the local produce- Eggenberg Pivo (beer).
    This was the local brew - the brewery was right beside our pensione.
    Kim returned very pleased with her dress purchase. Later we were to realise she left her Tiffany Heart in the dressing room.
    Home to our Pensione - Krumlov Tower.
    I went for a swim in the river joining a host of canoers, kayakers and rafters cooling off. Pasta and Lasagna dinner at Nonna Gina capped off a great day - except for Kim's heart.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Český Krumlov Castle, Cesky Krumlov Castle, Schloss Český Krumlov, Státní hrad a zámek Český Krumlov

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