Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic (June 3-5, 2008)

Cesky Krumlov is a picturesque medieval town on the Vltava River, surrounded by green rolling hills. A 13th century castle overlooks red-tiled rooftops, quaint cobblestone streets and the meandering river that divides the town.

In addition to its historic castle and Old Town, Cesky Krumlov also attracts plenty of visitors to its beautiful countryside. The area is popular with outdoors enthusiasts who come to canoe and camp along the river, or to bike or rollerblade the nearby country trails.
Cesky Krumlov castle overlooks the Old Town and the winding Vltava River
The castle was built in the 13th century by the Lords of Krumlov. It was later inherited by the Rosenbergs, bought by the Hapsburgs and passed to the Schwarzenbergs before being transfered to the state in 1947.
A closer view of the frescoed castle tower and surrounding buildings
Bears have been kept in the moat of the castle since the 16th century
The castle gardens
The view of the town from the castle tower; the spire belongs to St. Vitus Church

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