Český Krumlov

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A couple of weekends ago, we visited Český Krumlov, a city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.  The city is home to the famous castle, the old town is a UNESCO heritage site, and it is popular for many water sports in the summer as it is located directly on a river.

The sun was shining when we arrived in Český Krumlov.  We checked into Pension Tiffany which was situated on a small windy street.

IMG_3133After checking in to our tiny room at the very top of the pension, we set off to explore the city.  We saw many old buildings and pretty sights in the city center on our way to see the castle.

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IMG_3142The river really permeates the city in a way that we both felt in summer it would seem like the Czech Republic’s equivalent to a beach town.

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Once we were in the castle, we decided to trek up to the top of the tower and see the beautiful panoramic view of the city.

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After exploring the castle a bit more, we decided to check out the rest of the town before dinner.

IMG_3197Near the water, Český Krumlov is very touristy with souvenir shops lining the streets, art galleries, and cafes in plenty.  But once you walk away from the river, the city gets grainier and far more interesting.  I loved to marvel at what people’s lives would be like living on the outskirts of the city center.

For dinner we went to Tavern Satlava where they cooked over an open flame that was right next to our table.  The restaurant looked like a cave inside, and we ate like serious carnivores.  It made me feel like maybe we were cavemen, or at least vikings and the food was delicious.

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Night life is not very big in Český Krumlov, so after dinner we found a cafe open late and had some dessert and a drink.  It was one of the only establishments open past 8pm in the winter time.

The next day, we woke up early and hiked Klet mountain, elevation 1084 meters.  Although we weren’t exactly prepared for a hike, we’d had so little time to spend in nature since we moved to Prague that we decided this was the perfect opportunity!  The trail was a bit icy in spots, and our shoes had much to be desired, but we made it to the top, to a wonderful surprise.  A restaurant and observation tour.  The top of the mountain reminded me of a lodge at a ski slope.

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It was a clear day, and from the top of the mountain, we could see the Alps!  It was beautiful.  After spending a bit of time enjoying the views at the top, we hiked back down along the bike path (less snowy, better grip for our shoes), and headed back to Prague.  It was a short but sweet weekend away.

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