Spotlight on Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic


            Cesky Krumlov is certainly one of the loveliest villages in all of Europe.  It is located in southern Czech Republic, at a bend in the Vltava River.  It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This town is perfect for strolling because it is so compact, although there are some hills and steep sections to negotiate, especially on the Castle side of the river.  Spend some time at the Castle and the Chateau which occupy a ridge to the north of the Old Town center.  Then simply stroll through the tiny, narrow streets and squares of the village, stopping occasionally to peruse the inventory of a shop or to nibble on a snack or meal at a restaurant or cafe. 


            Gary’s Gem:

                        1.  Look down from the Castle to the town center to frame a great picture

                        2.  An interesting excursion from the town is the city of Cesky Budejovice, about 25 kilometers (14 miles) to the north. This Medieval city is perfect for walking. Some notable sights include the Main Square (Nam Premysla Otakara II), which boasts the Samsanova Fountain, a Baroque Town Hall, the Cathedral of St Nicholas, and the imposing Black Tower. Also check out the Dominican Monastery. 



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