The travelling is something of an indulgence, as I’ve also been to Germany and Belgium, but then, it’s not every year that one turns sixty - as I keep reminding myself!
Much as I like the place I wanted to go somewhere different to Prague, but the lad was keen to go there. A compromise ensued; with four nights in the Czech capital, followed by four in Český Krumlov. The later is situated in the far south of the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, but unfortunately Český Krumlov is now the number two tourist attraction, after Prague in the Czech Republic.
The town also contains the second largest castle in the country, after Prague and is described as “an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.” Neglected and starting to fall into disrepair during communist times, the town has since been lovingly restored and has undergone something of a renaissance. It’s therefore important to see it before it becomes even more popular and totally over-run with tourists.
There’s beer in the form of the local Eggenberg Brewery, and the town is only a short bus ride away from České Budějovice, home of the world famous Budweiser Budvar Brewery. Beer aside though, it will just be good to spend some time relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of this well preserved mediaeval gem.