Cesky Krumlov: Unesco World Heritage Status
Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
44Trip End Sep 15, 2011
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After all the meat I had been eating for the past couple of weeks, I was happy to find out that there was a popular vegetarian restaurant in town
I had signed up to go rafting with the hostel for the next day but unfortunately they cancelled it so I looked for another company in town. I went first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds and the beating sun. The owner dropped me off at the start of the 15km circuit and told me to call him when I reached the end. No safety briefing, no map, no nothing. He did warn that there were a few areas where you have to steer the raft down a narrow downhill channel. He said that the first one was difficult but the rest were easy. Well, he was right! The first one was difficult... difficult enough for the entire raft to flip over when I reached the bottom! Luckily, there were quite a few people wading in the area and they rescued my flipflops and paddle! Slightly embarassing but glad I didn't lose anything! The rest of the trip down the river was lovely and very peaceful and relaxing. It is customary to say "Ahoj! (pronounced a-hoy)" when you pass by another rafter so that's pretty much all I did as I paddled my way through
I wanted to visit the castle on Monday but to my horror, I found out that it was closed! I was still able to walk through the courtyard and admire the castle gardens. It was a fairly relaxing day. I ate at a typical medieval restaurant where they still use old school ingredients like millet in their cooking. Very interesting! For dinner, I had grilled trout caught fresh from the river and it was super yummy! I probably spent one day too many in Cesky Krumlov but it was great to not feel rushed experiencing the town.
I had a fantastic time exploring the western side of Czech Republic and would return in a heartbeat just for the beer!
Some random thoughts:
-you can get excellent draft beer for under $1.50 a pint (in Prague, it's a bit more expensive but if you know where to go, you can still find a great deal!)
-cheese is super cheap!
-fave soup: garlic soup with cheese and croutons-like some other countries in Europe, they always list the portion size of each menu item in weight (grams) It's great to know in advance how big the dish will be!
-Prague is way too touristy but you can still enjoy the beauty without the crowds if you go first thing in the morning
-there's a torture museum in every Czech city (I have no idea why but it seems to be hit with the tourists)
-unpasteurized unfiltered beer is the way to go... nothing else comes close