Our Visit to the Czech Town of Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic 1We left the River Danube at Linz, Austria and drove north in a bus motorcade over the green rolling hills for a short time before entering the Czech Republic. Since we were traveling on a highway initially, the countryside was beautiful, but not unlike other parts of Europe.

We were nearing the end of our trip so it was mid November. The weather had been cool, but we never had any snow or rain and only one day of wind. Most of the days were gray with very little sunshine. This day wasn’t an exception.

The transition into the Czech Republic was non discernible. (In the United States, I can always tell when I cross the border from Texas into New Mexico. One is alive with activity, the other barren and almost desolate.) That wasn’t the case when arriving in the Czech Republic. From the highway, there wasn’t any indication of the occupation of the form Soviet Union. The roadway was doted with small towns and little farms.

About one third of the way to Prague, we descended into a valley into the town of Cessky Krumlov3Cesky Krumlov. It is a medieval town that that sits on the Vltava River in Bohemia. Construction began on the town in the late 13th century that surrounds the horseshoe bend of the river. Much of the old town appears like it has for centuries.

We walked across a bridge from the more modern part to cobbled roads that only allowed foot traffic. Although, clearly a tourist destination, the town felt authentic as it clings to it’s designation of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shops sold leather goods, and local crafts.

There is a large castle, a wall that surrounds the old part of town and nice cathedral. It was easy to meander through the short streets as they all ended in a square in the center of town.

My favorite part of the day was drinking the warm mulled wine that was sold on the path from large pots simmering with red wine and a variety of citrus fruit.

We were ending our trip with Grand Circle River Cruises. As is the custom on all tours, we broke into small groups so we could have a mid day meal in the home of a local resident. A lovely lady opened her home to eight of us. She lived on the hill overlooking the medieval town.

Cesky Krumlov_Czech RepublicHer English was stilted, but much better than our collective Czech, as she told us of her life now and under the Communists. They live a simpler life, but her home was warm and cozy. It was nice to sit in an intimate setting, share food with our fellow travelers and learn more about the history and people of this beautiful land.

This was one of the more charming towns we visited and it started a love affair with the Czech Republic that only grew when we arrived in Prague. It is a beautiful country that wasn’t as damaged by the two wars of the twentiethCesky-Krumlov-Czech-Republic century.

 

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