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Cesky Krumlov is perfect!

I met Mum at her hostel and we caught a taxi to the bus station. our bus to Cesky Krumlov went through the towns of Tabor and the Ceske Budejovice famous for Budweiser beer. The USA Budweiser beer chose the same name in 1876 because it was synonymous with good beer and a legal arm wrestle over the brand apparently continues today . The bus arrived in at 11.30am and it was a lovely 15 minute walk falling in love each step with Cesky Krumlov as we walked to the hostel.

Glad we arrived by bus rather than train as the train is a much further walk

Our directions were : Walk towards the castle to the main square Take the first street out of the main square - it was a narrow alley only about 3 feet wide Go left over the bridge over the river Turn right and walk 100 metres

It was up a narrow little cobblestoned streets and there it was just behind bar on the Vitavav riverfront ( same river as Prague is on)and just around the bend of the river from the castle. It has a cute little courtyard. Mum has her own room and I was in a 6 bed dorm. Accommodation in 6 bed dorm cost 315 CZK ( $18 AUD)

This gorgeous little town is situated in a horse- shoe bend of the windy Vitava River and was an important trade route. The castle on a rocky bluff across the river is the 2nd largest castle in Europe (after Prague) and a stronghold of the Rosenberg Family from 1302. The castle started out as gothic, then had renaissance renovations and finished as baroque. The town is the same and all the buildings in town are the same as they were in the 16th century.

On the river there was lots of kayaks and rafting. As we walked along the river we got talking with 2 Americans that had fallen out into the cold water.

At 2pm we went on the free walking tour that started in the main square by the fountain and went for 1 1/2/hours. It was again really well done paying the guide a tip at the end.

We went around the town and finished up at the castle where there are bears that live in the moat and have done for hundreds of years.

The sun was in and out all day and as rain threatened but ended beautifully with sunshine.

After the tour we sat in a cafe by the river to have a drink, wandered around the streets and riverside, and sat on the bridge eating pizza and listening to a busker. After the tourist buses with the day tourists leave it is very quiet . I also ended the day with an old fashioned ice cream between wafers 14 CZK ( .75 c AUD) Perfect end to our trip as tomorrow we start heading back to Munich via an overnight in Linz ( Austria)

The view as we walked into town from the bus

The view as we walked into town from the bus


River and church

River and church


Our hostel entrance

Our hostel entrance


Our cobble stoned laneway

Our cobble stoned laneway


The weir

The weir


The river cafes in front of our hostel

The river cafes in front of our hostel


Beautiful river

Beautiful river


Castle Tower

Castle Tower


Church tower

Church tower


Busy little streets

Busy little streets


shady cafes

shady cafes


City streets

City streets


Mum and I

Mum and I


Castle behind us

Castle behind us


Town behind us

Town behind us


From the castle walls

From the castle walls


Our free city tour guide

Our free city tour guide


Lovely old building

Lovely old building


Coloured tower

Coloured tower


Castletunnel

Castletunnel


Bear in the moat

Bear in the moat


Bear in the moat

Bear in the moat


Castle buildings

Castle buildings


Castle Tower

Castle Tower


Castle tunnel

Castle tunnel


Spot the fake window

Spot the fake window


Spot the fake window

Spot the fake window


Our hostel on the right bank

Our hostel on the right bank


Charming Cesky

Charming Cesky


Picture perfect Cesky

Picture perfect Cesky


View back to Castle tower

View back to Castle tower


View with me in it

View with me in it


Town views

Town views


Panoramic shot

Panoramic shot


Castle gardens

Castle gardens


Hedges in castle grounds

Hedges in castle grounds


Mums head above the hedges

Mums head above the hedges


Panoramic shot

Panoramic shot


Sleeping bear!!

Sleeping bear!!


Looked yummy!

Looked yummy!


Town canals

Town canals


Street getting quiet late afternoon

Street getting quiet late afternoon


Weir

Weir


Another castle view

Another castle view


Another castle view

Another castle view


High castle walls above the river

High castle walls above the river


Kayakers came down the side part

Kayakers came down the side part


Afternoon reflections

Afternoon reflections


Mum having afternoon drink

Mum having afternoon drink


So pretty

So pretty


Hostel courtyard

Hostel courtyard


Gorgeous from every angle

Gorgeous from every angle


Exploring laneways above the town

Exploring laneways above the town


Exploring

Exploring


Hot Air balloon

Hot Air balloon


Ordering our pizza for dinner

Ordering our pizza for dinner


Ate pizza on the bridge

Ate pizza on the bridge


Mum caught mid mouthful

Mum caught mid mouthful


Buskers on the bridge

Buskers on the bridge


Quiet evening streets

Quiet evening streets


Quietening street after day tourists left

Quietening street after day tourists left


Kayakers side area

Kayakers side area

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Czech Republic

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