Sunday, March 16, 2008

Český Krumlov

This weekend we decided to spend some time in the Czech Republic--starting with a day trip to the town of Český Krumlov in South Bohemia on Friday.  Český Krumlov is in the very southern part of the Czech Republic, almost touching Austria and Germany.  It is situated within a horseshoe bend of the Vltava River, making it appear almost like an island when viewed from above.  This is one of the cutest towns I have been to, and it was such a nice change of pace from the large city of Prague.  The trip was really fun, and due to the rainy weather, we had the city nearly to ourselves.  
We arrived in the town just in time for an awesome traditional Czech lunch, then we headed up the castle.  As you may have noticed, the Czech Republic is famous for their castles, and this town was no exception.  The castle complex here is second in size only to the Hradčany castle complex of Prague.  The castle had a gorgeous tower and some even more spectacular views of the city from the tower.  The whole complex is even guarded by bears!  (Although the bears must have not liked the rain much either because we never did see them.)
The rest of the day we just wandered through the town, taking in all of the sights.  It would be nice to go back when the weather is better and just sit on a bench near the river and enjoy the quiet town.  We also visited (another) torture museum.  Apparently where there's a castle, there's also a museum about all of the awful things that used to happen in that castle.  This museum was way more graphic than the one at Loket castle, and much scarier as well.  
We came back Friday night because on Saturday, some of our friends who are studying in Italy came to Prague for their spring break.  It's been nice to see some more familiar faces and get to show them around the city.  

If you want to see more photos of our trip this weekend, click here.  It is such a pretty town, so check them out!

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