Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day Trip From Prague: Cesky Krumlov

As I mentioned in this post, Dan and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary in the Czech Republic. Before we left we planned on spending all three days touring Prague. We heard from several people once we got there that we should take a day trip to a nearby town called Cesky Krumlov. Since the bus tickets were only 8 Euros each way, we figured we'd give it a shot.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov was easily one of my favorite places we've been so far. It is absolutely gorgeous! It's three hours south of Prague near the Austrian border. It's proximity to Austria gives it a definite Bavarian feel.


Like many European towns, this city has a castle situated on a river--it's actually the same river that flows through Prague (the Vltava). The castle was nice, but the grounds were more impressive. Following a tradition from the 16th century, they still keep a live bear in the castle moat!

Since the day was so nice we decided to rent a canoe and row around the town. I cannot think of a better way to spend the afternoon. I loved seeing the city from the water. It was really fun too! The water was very calm, but we had to navigate through a few canals that were like mini-rapids. 

A "bar" on the river

We capped off our awesome day trip with a traditional Bavarian vegetarian feast by the river. 

Bavarian feast

If you're in the Czech Republic, I highly recommend a day trip to Cesky Krumlov!