Next on our tour of the Czech Republic was the UNESCO town of Český Krumlov. Although we had wanted to camp, the campground was closed (we know this because we walked the 3 km to stay there with our fully loaded packs, only to arrive at the deserted and boarded-up campground ) and we dragged ourselves back into the upscale village to find a place to stay. Lodging here can be expensive, but we stayed at a real nice hobbit-like hostel, that was cozy, comfortable and full of nice, polite people (a nice change from many of the smoke filled places we have otherwise been to).
The town is further upriver (south) from Prague along the Vltanva River, which makes a horseshoe bend that encircles the center of the town, with the castle on the bluffs above. The weather has turned back to sun and blue skies, so we spent a nice day hiking around the pretty little town and the castle on the hill. We ate some excellent chocolate, more pork, purple and white sauerkraut, potato dumplings, and some of the local beer (Eggenberg). The town has a few shops which also make a very thick hot chocolate, with is rich and tasty. Alexa also tried some trdelník, which is a bread dough wrapped around a rolling pin looking stick, and then roasted over some coals with cinnamon and sugar on the outside.
We hiked around the castle grounds, and over a dry moat with some fat bears kept down below to entertain tourists. It is a very charming town and we spent an extra day here because the hostel was nice, as is the town.
We also have been noticing there are still many Easter decorations up here. Here in eastern Europe (or, at least in here in the Czech Republic) they have flower bouquets with blown eggs hanging from dry sticks. Some even have pretzels hanging in them along with the eggs.
More photos of the town….
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