And the pretty towns just keep a-coming, on the last leg of our six-week European road trip adventure. Heading north from Hallstatt, we made a leisurely 3-hour drive through the Upper Austrian countryside to the Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.
Located in the southwest corner of the Czech Republic just a stone’s through from both Austria and Germany, Český Krumlov is an idyllic settlement surrounded by rolling green hills, dense forests and sparkling waterways. At the centre of the old city stand the towering spires and fancily turrets of Český Krumlov Castle. The picturesque medieval fortress was erected atop the city’s highest incline in 1240 and still vigilantly watches over the immaculately preserved renaissance structures of the old town.
Entering Český Krumlov along a narrow country back road, thanks to the erratic directions of our GPS, we quickly bypassed the old town and made our way 10-kilometres north to set up camp on banks of the Vltava River. While locating ourselves outside of Český meant we would have make a short scenic drive to enjoy the delights of the old town, it allowed us to situate ourselves in the peaceful bohemian countryside.
For the next three days we explored Český Krumlov and its scenic surrounds at a leisurely pace. We bicycled through the picture-perfect countryside, explored the cobbled streets of the old town and sipped hot chocolate on the banks of Vltava River while surveying the area for the belongings we lost to a surprisingly powerful rapid on a solo-rafting trip.
From here we are planning to return south through the Austrian Alps before making our penultimate stop in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy. Let’s hope the sunny days continue 🙂