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Bucket list Destination: Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

By May 20, 2014 czech republic, europe, go, travel

Cesky Krumlov | The Macadames

To be honest, before this tour I had never heard of Cesky Krumlov.

But the minute I walked in, it felt like a fairytale. Definitely one for The Bucketlist. I’d love to hear what other locations are on yours?

As soon as you cross the fortress walls – it feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

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We took a walk throughout the city, passing countless boutique shops & cafes.

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We didn’t have a lot of time here, so I didn’t get to see any of the museums or galleries here, but here’s a few if you have a bit more time.

Museums

Museum of Torture: exhibits medieval torture instruments including period pictures and documents.

Český Krumlov Museum of Building History & Crafts: documents the expert restoration of the town’s houses including their interiors, facades and craftsmanship. It would be great to learn how they preserved the city to such a high standard.

Museum Fotoatelier Seidelexhibits the works of Josef and Frankisek Seidel – from photographic postcards and glass negatives to old cameras and darkroom equipment.

Galleries

Czech Culture Gallery: features individual exhibitions by leading personalities of the Czech visual arts (paintings, sculptures, glass and textiles).

House of Photography: exhibits photography and visual arts.

International Art Studio: offers workshops to renowned international artists as well as beginners.

 

After exploring the town some more, we ventured over to the Ruze Hotel for a traditional lunch. On the right of this hotel is a great viewing platform, make sure you pop over there to get some pics.

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I’ve been told that Prince Charles & Camilla have stayed here before. I thought that was pretty cool.

The hotel is beautifully decorated and has a gorgeous garden out the back.

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After lunch we made our way up to the Castle which was quite a hike, but we could spy the tower in the distance – so we knew it was going to be worth it.

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The bridge leading over is so picturesque with great views of the town.

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We even found a busker playing the didgeridoo.

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As you get closer, you can see the beautiful detail in the tower.

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As you approach the castle there are gorgeous gardens on the right hand side that are worth a peek.

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The Castle and Chateau complex, is second largest in the Czech Republic and is one of the most important historic buildings in Central Europe. The Castle exteriors are open 1 April – 31 October, every day except Mondays.

I loved the how the castle looked like it was built up from the rocks.

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We strolled through the arches, stopping to look at the viewing platform.

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There are lots of little peep holes which I am sure were used for bow & arrow attacks back in the day – but now they are perfect for pictures.

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The view was just magnificent.

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After a gigantic hill, we reached what I called the High Gardens. Nestled into the sky, we found these amazing landscaped gardens.

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Cesky Krumlov | The Macadames - 35They were like nothing I have seen before. I loved how they look on over to the valley below.

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All I needed was a tea and a good book (paper one of course).

We had such a good day exploring this fairytale town that we fooled around all the way to the bus.

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Even though Cesky Krumlov wasn’t on my bucket list, I definitely think you should add it to yours.

If you’re looking for other bucketlist destinations, don’t miss this post on Lake Bled.

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And San Marino.

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Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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