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Prague to Salzburg - Cycling Day 5 - Hluboka nad Vltavou to Český Krumlov
Beautiful day! We started with a little fog along the river but after 5km, it was sunny and
warmed to about 22C. We spent almost the entire day on back roads and wonderful bike paths.
We were glad to arrive early enough to have plenty of time to explore Český Krumlov.
Below - Early morning fog on the river
BELOW - Beautiful building on the square (Namesti Premysla Otakara) in České Budějovice
(also known as Budweis in German or English) in South Bohemia, Czech Republic.
This square is one of the biggest in the Czech Republic
with Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic buildings.
BELOW - Fred mimicking this straw character that was in the square for a festival.
BTW, České Budějovice is the home of the original Budweiser beer - the brewery
is just off the square. It was too early to try one when we were there.
BELOW - Taking off extra clothing before descending a great 12% grade bike path in a forest.
Dappled sunlight on muddy potholes on the bike path .
We arrived in Český Krumlov about 1:00 P.M. - perfect time for exploring the town!
BELOW - Reflections of the town and castle tower on the Vltava River in Český Krumlov
This town is a protected monument on UNESCO's World Heritage Site list.
Český Krumlov is 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.
BELOW LEFT - The twisty Vltava River makes a perfect "S" through the town
and ropes the Old Town into a tight peninsula.
Rising above the river and historic center is the mid-13th century castle, the 2nd largest
in Czech (after Prague castle). It was rebuilt in the 16th century in Renaissance style.
The complex consists of 40 richly decorated Renaissance
and Gothic style buildings and palaces.
BELOW - On the castle wall. St Vitus Church through the portal
BELOW - In the castle garden. It is Baroque style and spans an area of ten hectares
Dusk shot of castle and tower from our great vegetarian restaurant (Laibon) on the river