After leaving Salzburg, Austria, we knew that we were straight on the way to Prague. Upon entering the Czech Republic, however, we made a quick stop in Český Krumlov. The beauty of this place was awe-inspiring. I immediately fell in love with the red roofs and wished I could have stayed longer than just a few hours.
Český Krumlov, located in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, is a town that dates back to the middle ages. The history of the town is relatively tame, leaving its medieval layout and buildings authentically preserved. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for this reason. The town was quaint, quiet, and not completely overrun with tourists.
We toured around the courtyard of the Český Krumlov Castle, which is the second largest castle in the Czech Republic. Like any typical castle, it has a moat. However, its moat isn’t infested with alligators but… bears!
Apparently, the history of bear-keeping in the moat dates back to the 16th century. The town even throws an annual bear festival. There are currently 6 bears in the moat. I only saw one, but one was enough. It looked very fat and happy!
I loved the intricately handpainted exteriors throughout the town. I was astonished, even. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to paint from the floor to the roof with such precision.
Doesn’t this place look like a dream?
If you’re planning a trip to Prague, make a stop in Český Krumlov first – I can not recommend this enough. It is completely worth it to step off the beaten path and marvel at the small cities that you have never even heard of before. It’s worth it, I promise.
Thanks for reading, as always, I love sharing my photos. Stay tuned for my next Photoroll covering the three days I spent in Prague!