My First Trip in the CR, to Cesky Krumlov
Trip Start Jan 21, 2010
4Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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Upon arriving in Cesky Krumlov, we walked into town. It was very steep in places and the snow on the sidewalks was not cleared very well. I was very glad for the cobblestone walk because it offered some traction
We stayed at the Krumlov House, http://www.krumlovhostel.com. This was my first hostel experience, and I definitely enjoyed it. I was excited that it is green. They have solar panels, recycling, composting, air drying for the laundry, and the list goes on. Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of it. The website does, so take a quick visit to see how awesome it is. I would like to go back in the spring when the weather is warmer. The tourist season is when the place gets packed. When the weather is warm, you can ride down the river in a raft, stop and have a drink in town, and then take a bus back to the top of the river and ride down again!
On Friday night, after eating dinner, we went to a bar with a gypsy band. I loved it. The place was not very big and there was not a stage or any designated performance space, so the band played beside the bar. Locals danced in any space possible. Aside from the band being awesome, I was intrigued by the youngest band member; he was around 7 or 8. We finished the evening at the Traveler's Bar. When we got there, it was a typical mix of locals and tourist. It was pretty exciting and had a band as well
Saturday morning we visited the castle. It is closed for the winter, but Art was able to get us a private tour. The theater is only one of three remaining baroque theaters. A small bit of information on the theater from Wikipedia: Completed in 1766. Still has original stage machinery, scenery and props. It is only used three times a year because of its age, with only two performances open to the public. The castle's last private owner was Adolph Schwarzenberg. It was here that he received President Edvard Benes and gave him a large contribution for the defence of Czechoslovakia against the growing threat of Nazi Germany. His property was seized by the Gestapo in 1940 and then confiscated by the Czechoslovak government in 1945. Visit this website for a virtual tour and more information: http://www.castle.ckrumlov.cz/docs/en/zamek_5nadvori_bd.xml. We had to see the theater by electric candle light, so it was pretty dark. So, the website shows more than my pictures can show. When we were standing on the balcony, we were told not to stand next to each other to even out the weight load. I opted to not view the theater from the balcony!
Overall, the trip was great. I highly recommend a visit to Cesky Krumlov, especially if you have Art Rice as your tour guide! :)