Introduction to the Czech Republic

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Jihočeský Kraj,
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It was pretty much an all-day drive from Budapest to Český Krumlov.  It had been so long since I've been to Europe that I was surprised by the ease of travel through EU countries now.  The only way to know when you're crossing from one country to another is by the signs that welcome you to the new country and the abandoned checkpoints between countries.

We passed through Austria to get to our destination and a patient gas station attendant endured my rusty and inadequate German when we filled up the car's tank and ordered a couple of cappuccinos for ourselves.

Upon arrival in Český Krumlov we quickly found a pension with a vacancy, established ourselves in our room and made a preliminary exploration of the town which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance and beauty.  It turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip with beautifully maintained/restored Renaissance buildings set along winding narrow cobblestone streets next to the lazy, winding Moldova river.

The central feature of the town is the chateau which dominates the town and was constructed in the 13th century as part of a private estate.  They say it's one of the largest castles in the Bohemia area of the Czech Republic, second only to the Prague Castle.  It's difficult for me to wrap my head around something like that being a private estate.

Since it was evening, we just wandered around the town, took a few pictures, found a restaurant advertising Czech cuisine for dinner then returned to our pension.

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