I'm Queen of the Castle

Trip Start May 24, 2012
Trip End Jun 14, 2012

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The Madhouse

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 27, 2012

This morning, I woke up and took a walk into the center of Cesky Krumlov. Along the way, I passed by this little bakery with a little old Czech Grandma inside baking pastries. It smelled so wonderful I bought an apple struddle and some coffee to go and had breakfast while people watching in the plaza. 

 Afterwards I went to tour Krumlov Castle. I had taken pictures from the center of town yesterday, but today I went inside the castle. I first walked around the castle grounds which had gardens and then a little pond. Then at 11:30 it was time for my first tour inside the castle. The guide explained the history of the castle, which was originally built by the Rosenbergs in the 13th century. Then they ran out of money, so they sold the castle to the Eggenbergs in the 17th century. The the Eggenberg blood line died out so the castle passed to the Swarzenbergs in the 18th century. It stayed in the Swarzenberg family until it was seized by the Communists in 1948. The castle now belongs to the Czech government. 

While it was interesting to see the room decorations change as time passed, overall I thought the tour was to expensive and pretty boring. The guide was very monotone, and had a thick accent which was difficult to understand, especially with all the noise reverberating off the walls.

I also took a tour of the baroque theater, which was fairly interesting. We got to see the inside of the theater which was built in the late 17th century and go underneath the stage to see how the pulleys and levers which would operate the scene changes and trap doors. We also got to see the sound effects machines which could produce wind, thunder, and rain. It was sort of amazing to think that they had figured all of this out so long ago. I think if I were to do it over again I would have skipped the first tour and only taken the tour of the baroque theater.

 After touring the castle, I went back to my hotel, packed my stuff up, and headed to the bus station- I was off to Prague. Everything went pretty seamlessly until we arrived in Prague, and I learned the Metro machines only took coins, and I only had bills. I had to leave the station and try to find a shop to give me change. I finally made it to the hotel in Prague by about 9pm Czech time.

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lstoneham on

You really stayed at a place called the Madhouse? You will remember the bakery and the square more than anything on the tours. I remember how much you liked sitting in the square in Sienna.

Mike Stoneham on

Looks like your having a great time. How was the Madhouse?

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