(Almost not) getting to Český Krumlov

Trip Start May 06, 2008
Trip End Jun 06, 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Day 8: 15th May 2008 (Thursday) (Almost not) getting to Český Krumlov

So the plan was to get to the Na Knízecí to catch the 11am direct bus to  Český Krumlov. There are very few direct buses, most go up to Ceské Budejovice, which is a little ways away. But horror of horrors, we slept in. Then it was a mad dash to pack up and shovel some breakfast down our throats. It was about fifteen minutes to eleven when we got to the reception to check out and we implored the woman to hurry it up. She was very nice, and asked us where we were headed and when we told her and asked her if it was even remotely possible if we could make it, she said yeah, if you run. So we ran to the metro like our butts were on fire. And it was raining. Oh joy.

So from the metro stop we weren't sure which way to the bus stop so we asked a few pedestrians who pointed us in the right direction. From a distance, I could see a bus filling up and hoped it would be the one we wanted. It was. But guess what. It was full up. Apparently, it helps if you have tickets in advance. Oh joy. So from here we took the metro to Florenc, which is like the main bus stop on metro lines B and C. And we found the earliest bus to leave Prague towards the general direction of Český Krumlov was at 145pm to Ceské Budejovice from yet another bus stop - Roztyly. I couldn't believe in one morning, in our quest to get to the ultra elusive Český Krumlov, we would be visiting all three bus stops the city of Prague operates. I thought, it better live up to my expections and be worth the trouble getting there.

The Roztyly bus stop was small, and kinda deserted. We asked where the buses leave from, because there literally wasn't a single bus in sight. We headed to sit on a bench close to where the bus is supposed to be taking off from and we literally were the only ones there. I thought I'd better inform our hotel about our late arrival, so I went off to find a phone booth. We had about an hour to kill, so we wandered around, picked up a few sandwiches for lunch, and were well in time to get in line to get into the bus. We got good seats and settled in for the ride. Our bus pulled into the Ceské Budejovice bus stop around 5pm and we checked to see when we could get a connecting bus to Český Krumlov. There was one in about 10 minutes, so we got in place and were first in line to board the bus. It had really been a long long day and we finally arrived at around 6pm.

The bus parked itself (well technically the driver parked it I suppose) outside the town and we had to walk to the hotel. Wasn't too long of a walk, but I really liked the cobblestone streets winding uphill (not so much fun with luggage) and downhill as we made our way to the square. The Vltava river gushed through the town making it all the more charming. The hotel, Leonardo, was lovely and decorated with period furniture. We got room 8 and had to lug our stuff up the quaint old staircase decorated with maps and pictures. It was interesting. The location was also really good, right in the middle of everything. There were these green phone booths on the square, so of course I was tempted to make a couple of calls. (I call home everyday, no matter where in the world I am, its just expected of me...). Also called Bunga in London and grumbled and muttered and cursed a little and yeah, got some much need sympathy telephonically... (that isn't really a real word, LOL)...

We made our way to the castle. It looms over the small town, looking pretty formidable. The tours were closed but the grounds were open, and we a nice stroll through the gardens. The 18th century court theater was interesting. There were a couple of brown lazy bears in the moat, there to guard the castle I suppose. The views from the castle were amazing and we sat and watched as dusk fell over the impeccably preserved little medieval town. As we walked back into town, the castle was lit up for the night and we looked to find somewhere to have dinner. There were a lot of restaurants along the Vltava river but a small restaurant along one of the windy cobblestone paths caught our eye. We ventured in and it was nice and cozy so we settled for a nice long dinner to unwind from the really long day we had had. I really liked Český Krumlov, epecially because it is pedestrians only for the most part of the historical center, which is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Yes, in the end, it was worth the trouble getting here.

The plan was to make our way to Vienna the next day, and we could either take a shuttle to Linz and then a train from there or a direct shuttle straight to Vienna. I knew that Lobo Shuttle operated a direct but we hadn't booked it, and the office on the square had closed for the day by the time we had gotten here, so I wasn't sure what my options were. After dinner, I emailed Lobo Shuttle and asked them if they had room for the two of us to Vienna.

Steps walked: 13453

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