The brewery is called Eggenberg and has been a local brewery in this area since 1560. The buildings they are using now have been in use since 1640. The equipment has been modernized a bit but is still pretty primitive to large modern breweries. The tour was neat to see as we got to walk through most of the areas except the fermentation rooms. After the tour was over we were taking over to their restaurant and was allowed 2 full pints each of one of the three beers they brew. We both had what they call a yeast beer, similar to the German wheat beer. The tour guide told us that yeast beer is good for the skin so after one if you feel your skin and it has not improved, it means you need to have another one. My skin had improved so I tried what they call smoked beer, which is just dark beer using smoked barley. I guess Christine's skin didn't improve much as she had another yeast beer for her second one.
After that we headed back to the hotel and found Derik in the lobby having some lunch and a beer so we joined him. Around 2:00 we headed out to explore more of the town and ended up at the castle grounds, but found out all tours are closed on Mondays. But a least we were able to walked around the grounds and we found a bridge with many people looking over it and down talking pictures. We were curious so we went and looked down only to find a brown bear chilling out eating some veggies that were put out for him. There was a small area around the lower grounds of the castle the was caged off and housed him. Later on we found out there is actually 3 bears living down there. Seems kinda small for them. After a few photos of the bear, went walked further into the castles grounds and walked up the bell tower. This one wasn't as big as the one in Brugges but it was already high up on the hill and the view of the town, the castle and the surrounding are was awesome.
After that we walked down the hill into the town center and found a torture museum and a wax museum. They had a combo price for both so we went for it. The torture museum was first and you walked in the front door in headed down some narrow winding stairs into the basement. Down there there was several rooms that had some cheesy scenes of medieval tortures and display of many old weapons of torture. All in all the neatest part was walking through the cellars of the old house. Next it was the wax museum. It was mostly just scenes of what life was like in the old times.
After the entertainment was over we explored the narrow streets of the city center and stopped of at small restaurant by the hotel for dinner. The food was pretty good, not like last nights though, and the beer was cheap. We headed back to the hotel for another early night. Off to Prague in the morning.
Cesky Krumlov was such a beautiful place. It was the perfect place to go and relax after the craziness of Munich.
Christine and I were up and feeling great at 9:00 so we went down and enjoyed a slow relaxing breakfast. We went upstairs to grab Derik and head out, but he wanted to sleep some more so Christine and I were by ourselves for awhile. We walked over to the main square to the information center and tried to go on a small brewery tour we read about the night before. We were kindly informed that this was the meeting place for the 12:30 tour only and the 11:00 tour meeting place was at the brewery gates. we looked at our watch and saw it was 10:47 and it was a 15 minute walk to the gates, so were booked it and made it in perfect time. At the gate we walked up purchased our tickets. As soon as the transaction was complete the guy walked out of the both and said, 'OK tour begins now.' Can't cut it any closer than that.