Czech Republic: Cesky Krumlov

This pretty little town in Southern Bohemia has 13,000 people, is nestled on the Vitava River and is a bit of cuteness overload. While it leans slightly to the touristy side, it is well worth a comfortable stopover for a couple of nights. The weather is particularly warm, the flowers are blooming, the UNESCO listed castle offers terrific views and the food and excellent Moravian wine are being consumed at a steady rate. We had a most enjoyable time here in Cesky Krumlov.

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We had an interesting talk with this couple who were travelling the river systems on an Avalon boat tour (which they highly recommend) and were in Cesky for the day. They told us the water levels in the rivers are quite low at the moment, so their boat tour which started in Budapest and was destined for Amsterdam was not able to progress further than just outside Cesky. The rest of their tour would be by coach.

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Cesky Krumlov Castle built in 1240 was home to the powerful Rosenberg family and later to the Schwarzenbergs.

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The castle’s resident bear
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Art work on the castle walls

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Great views from the top of the castle

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The castle has a museum with this interesting piece of jewellery belonging to the Rosenberg family
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The Schwarzenberg family’s much loved moving picture theatre.
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The castle also boasts this beautiful Baroque theatre. It opens only a few times a year – not for our visit unfortunately. This photo is courtesy of google.
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The castle gardens
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Impressive bridge linking castle to gardens

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We arrived in Cesky Krumlov from Prague on a Flix bus. The company operates buses all over Europe. Our bus departed and arrived on time, the trip was comfortable, tickets were inexpensive, so I’ve booked to travel with them again from Cesky to Bratislava. Their online booking service is very user friendly.

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Farming views along the way from Prague to Cesky

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