As we entered the Czech Republic it was kind of strange. We crossed the border by Ulrichsburg (Austria) and it was down a very small country road, extremely narrow with lots of building works and holes in the road with barely enough room to pass. The only other traffic we seen were cyclists, mainly family’s with kids. It was like sneaking in the back door!
Our first stop was to be Cesky Krumlov, and after a nice relaxing Sunday drive past the big lake in the south where we stopped briefly for coffee and a snack break, we arrived at Cesky Krumlov late afternoon.
We found a parking spot at the top of the hill behind the castle grounds after driving up through the winding foresting hills. We paid a few euros to the parking attendant and asked him if it was ok to spend the night. He said ok, (we think!). We wondered into town, a lovely walk from the van, past the castle where there are fabulous views looking down onto the town. The pretty town is very colourful and fairy tale like with a unique snaking river running through.
We entered through a natural rock gate that the castle sat behind and down the cobbled lane to explore the beautiful little town. We were really impressed by the ‘Plastovy Most’ which is a huge arched bridge built on a monolithic tower with 3 tiers. The town is quite a surreal place, fairly touristy, very quaint and reminded us of something from chitty, chitty, bang, bang. We enjoyed wondering around and soaking up the relaxed Sunday afternoon atmosphere before heading back up the hill for sunset views.
The following morning before heading North, we cycled back into the town to see it a little less crowed and to change money. We zigzagged our way through the cute little alleyways stopping off at an interesting vintage, small museum with lots on antiques and retro collectables. Overall a brilliant first stop off and a stunning little town.
Coordinates to where we stayed; 48.812199 14.0385