Adventure capital of Czech republic?

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, July 9, 2012

It took a long time to get to this town (using 3 trains and 5.5 hrs), even worse when you consider that we are only half way to Prague and the direct train from Vienna to Prague only takes 4.5 hrs.

The town is a little old town, largely in original condition.....original from the middle ages. It is on a curve in the river and this makes a lovely setting. Of course e streets are cobblestone so lots of opportunity to trip, slip or twist an ankle. We only had one night and arrived at about 4pm. Our hostel was perfect..really cheap. In fact I had booked a private room with three beds for $40 (only $10 more than two beds in a dorm). It was perfectly located and after a wander we sat and drank a beer on our verandah.

Seemed that everyone was rafting. There was a weir with a special section for canoes and rafts to pass over. Seemed that this was the thing to do so we made inquiries and next morning we set off on a 3 hr canoe trip.

Beauty of this is that they take you to another small town and drop you off and then you go in the direction of the river. There had been recent rain so the river was fairly high (which if course helps). In our trip we crossed four weirs with associated rapids. They were very gentle though for the first two I leant back to far and tipped over onto my back in the canoe.

What was surprising was the cheering and excitement from the other boats........and the associated timidity before going over. Ashley commented that these people had probably never seen sloping water before (no waves) so it was a big thing. Apparently this place is known for rafting. But seriously, it was SO gentle. They would be ecstatic about the rapids on many rivers in Australia!

We changed and caught a bus to the train. A slow trip later and we were at our interchange. But no grain to Prague. They bundled us all on busses and took us to some obscure village. Here we got the train to Prague. Unlike Vienna there were people giving information, clear signs and at no time did we feel lost or confused. Perhaps we should send some Czechs to Vienna to show them how to organised it.
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Michelle on

you do find the out of the way places and the more unusual activities. Looks like fun though.


Hey Mush, I thought if you were going to comment on this page it would be about the bedroom photo.

julieashley on

What's wrong with the bedroom? It was one of the luxury ones.

Michelle on

Yes, I definitely noticed that first. The bed can be purchased from Ikea for $60 in case anyone wants one, I saw it when looking for a small bed for Clarita's (helper's) room. I doubt it is very comfortable and think if I find myself in Czech I will search for other alternatives...

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