Cesky Krumov

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Friday, August 20, 2010

August 19, 2010

We drove south from Prague… nothing special about the drive… some motorway and then two lane highway, rather stop and go through the towns.

As we arrived in Krumlov wecircled round the north of the town and heade out west toward where we understood campgrounds to be, but did not find anything within 10 kms. However, we had noticed some RVs in a parking lot just near the entrance to the old town, so headed back in. Sure enough, it is a city parking lot that takes RVs overnight, for a great sum of just around $10, and it was a 3 minute bike ride into the town!

Cesky Krumlov is one of the most compact and authentic small towns in all of Europe. It is mostly built on a circular oxbow in the river, with a middle ages castle just across Because it is almost encircled by the river, there are only 4 or 5 small bridges into town, and thus virtually no traffic. Lots of tourists, but not "disneyesque" at all, and lots of atmospheric restaurants on the riverfront and in the cellars.

We did do the castle tour, which was very interesting. The castle was still decorated and furnished from the 17th C, with some wonderful furniture and paintings.

We decided to have supper in town on the savings from the cheap campsite, we shared a “Bohemian Feast” for 2 with sauerkraut, ham, rabbit, polenta, millet, potatoe pancake and coleslaw, plus a beer each, on pottery plates, and sitting over the riverside, and the bill came to $23… so the dinner and campsite together are cheaper than some of the campsites in northern Europe.

We rode our bikes around until night fell and then had a great time riding round seeing the lights on the castle and the old town. A highlight was standing on one of the bridges watching the river and the lit up walls and castle while a group of about a dozen young people sang folk songs… just sitting informally on the curb. They might have been a youth group or womething.. not busking, just having a good time.

Have a look at the photos!

Off to Vienna tomorrow….
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Doreen on

This last time in Vienna I got to do a lot of walking along the ring road section that has the only sights worth seeing. There's a wonderful park there that you can relax in--usually with musicians about. The tour of the opera house is DEFINITELY worth taking. Guys in costume on the street were selling cheap tickets to a wonderful concert in a hall across from Schoenbrun Castle. It's really cheap and easy to get the subway from the middle of Vienna out to Schoenbrun. The palace and grounds are DEFINITELY worth a LONG look.
There's a neat and cheap restaurant just around the corner from the concert hall. The ticket-seller told me about it, so I went there before the evening concert and then caught the subway back into Vienna.
I got a free tour inside the stables of the Lippizzaner Stallions in the palace in Vienna, and found it really interesting. Then the next day I went into the palace to see them practising.
Also went into the museum of Princess Elizabeth(?) You wouldn't believe the stuff she had.
A cup of Viennese coffee and their famous Saschertorte made my day.

brian on

I'd disagree with Doreen about ring road being the only sights place. Try St Stephan's square & all little cobble stone roads in area. The Mozart park, the touristy but excellent concert and dancing place with Strauss waltzing etc...I circled Austria at 21, took a week...fascinating with Lintz, Graz...the mtns near the Italy border...Brenner Pass...Watch money in Vienna..gorgeous but pricey

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