Saturday, April 23, 2016

Into Czech - Cesky Krumlov

On a cold and raining morning, armed with a smartphone full of e-tickets we boarded the train in Bad Ischl and headed north to Linz, Austria, where we crossed the Danube, changed trains and crossed the border into the Czech Republic at Rybnik; de-trained in Ceske Budijovice, pulled some Czech Korner out of the ATM and caught a bus 40 minutes south to Cesky Krumlov.

Krumlov is a medieval town set in a series of oxbow bends of the Vltava River. There is a scenic view from almost anywhere inside or outside the Old Town; thus many pics by me. We stayed for 3 nights: one full day to tour the town and its castle and another to take a long walk in the surrounding forests and hills: Bus to Rajov, walk to Zlata Koruna, walk WEST to Klet Mountain, walk SOUTH to Cesky Krumlov

Many viewpoints, many photos. ;-)
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The Castle with its painted tower, gardens, courtyards, and viewpoints, is a favorite stop for tour groups.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Not to mention the old theater which is closed for renovation.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Waiting to start the castle tour - with flowers.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The synagogue has been fixed up.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The Castle Gardens are big and pleasant.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

And the view as we walked down to our hotel from the Church of the Crosses.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

And now, the 2nd day's walk: Bus to Rajov, walk to Zlata Koruna, walk WEST to Klet Mountain, walk SOUTH to Cesky Krumlov

The Cemetery between Rajov and Zlata Koruna.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The Zlata Koruna Monastery was open but no one was at the ticket office for the "official tour" so we just poked our heads in.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Working our way through the well-managed forest towards the Granatnik Observation Tower.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Up to the tower.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Sun-Ling atop the tower with panoramic, labeled map.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

And the trail continues up. We started at about 480 meters above sea level in Rajov. My Klet is about 1100 meters.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

A very large ant colony.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The beech and fir forest is well managed. It's like a woodlot on steroids with selective cutting and permanent logging roads/trails, to go along with reforestation as you can see is this photo.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Several views from atop the observation tower at the summit of Mt Klet.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Lots of trails to choose from on the way back to Krumlov.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

The area is popular with cyclists. Although there is some serious uphill/downhill, there are also many roads and trails that run at constant elevation "around" the mountain.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Almost back to town.
Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech

Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech


1 comment:

Liz said...

Amazing pictures! You should consider setting up an online phone gallery.