Exploring Central Europe: CESKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC

Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Construction of the town and castle began around 1240 at a ford in the Vltava River, an important trade route in Bohemia.

Looking down on Cesky Krumlov from the Castle

Looking down on Old Cesky Krumlov from the Castle

During the Communist era of Czechoslovakia, Krumlov fell into disrepair. However, since the Revolution of 1989, which was a non-violent transition of power, much of the town’s former beauty has been restored. It is now a major holiday destination, popular with tourists from Germany, Austria and beyond.

walking up to the Castle

Walking up to the Castle

Looking down on the old city with modern city in the background

Looking down on the old city from Castle; note modern city in the background

Some folks from Australia that we met on the river cruise urged us to visit Cesky Krumlov—they said it was a “don’t miss” and they were right. We decided on a private day tour–long day, four+ hour round-trip drive but worth it. Walking through Old Cesky Krumlov is like stepping back in time—windy, cobblestone streets leading to a grand castle on a hill. Unfortunately, it was out of season and the castle was closed for tours, but we enjoyed walking through the castle grounds and the cobblestone streets surrounding it.

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In addition to the usual tourist shoppes, there are a number of authentic eating and sleeping establishments. Our guide brought us to his favorite, The Old Inn, for a late lunch where we enjoyed a traditional Czech holiday dinner: duck in a fabulous gravy, served with potato and bread dumplings and red cabbage.

The Old Inn on the town square

The Old Inn on the town square

When we got back to Prague, we went to our favorite souvenir store to make a final selection of some Bohemian Crystal wine glasses. We bought a set of six for a price equivalent to less than $60 USD. Such a bargin, best buy of the trip without a doubt!

Then we went back “home” to pack for the next part of our adventure the following day: a train to Vienna….

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