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Prague, Czech Republic

The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock whereby the historical city centre boasts the protection of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

With our guide for a few hours duration, it makes a quick trip to Prague after many years seem doable, especially when you have limited time to spend.

The winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, which you know from the novels of Franz Kafka, are steeped in the legend of the Golem.

Cafes enticing you to come and have a seat, boutique shops and sight-seeing cruises on the Vltava are some of the most sought after activities.

The Gothic Charles Bridge with 31 statues and a massive tower at either end, is more than half a kilometre long.

Even birds are wanting to be in on the act, basking in the glory of the saints.

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Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague.

Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city which embraces alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it’s a cosmopolitan city through and through and used to welcoming foreigners.

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Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm – a carriage ride is a must if you’d like to take in its individual characteristics.

Glad to see they are pals, wouldn’t want to work all day with a slacker …

Just what’s needed when it’s cool, with the outlook being a bit dismal for the remainder of the day …

Just as yummy and is a traditional treat!

Could use one of these at home in Sydney for sure!

Bohemian Crystal – already have some at home thanks, but still lovely to look at.

The metro especially makes getting around town a breeze since it enables you to cover long distances in a matter of minutes. If you can’t continue to your destination on foot, you’ll be able to catch a tram or bus near the subway station.

Prague as always big on its welcome, but time to head off.

Trains have mostly reliable services and numerous airlines fly into Prague daily as it’s one of the most popular European cities on the continent. Numerous cruise companies operate to and from Prague due to its accessibility.

Australians do not need a visa to the Czech Republic.

Cesky Budejovice, Czech Republic

It’s Armistice Day 2015 and as much as I’d love to take this painting home with me, it won’t fit. However, it depicts how I feel about leaving Cesky Krumlov – bit sad.

However, the good news is that Česky Budějovice is just a short stop away and has the Budweiser Brewery to check out the next day …

This is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region as well as its political and commercial capital. It’s an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the large numbers of tourists in Prague or nearby Cesky Krumlov.

Grand Hotel Zvon is definitely worth considering as its outlook is over the Market Square and historic centre. Excellent location with clean, large rooms, a desk and free internet is always desirable.

Cathedral of St Nicholas was significantly rebuilt several times and during the 16th century it acquired a new bell tower called the Black Tower.

The statue group Humanoidi was placed for the first time in in the summer of 2007. Thereafter the statues were on display in many other places until they returned in October 2009.

Take a tour of the town’s largest brewery and home of “Budweiser” brand beer which is sold in most of Europe. Call in several days in advance to schedule a tour, or if that’s not possible, tours for visitors without reservations take place each day at 2:00 pm during peak season which is from 1st March to 31st December.


Price of admission is 125 CZK/person (approx AUD7.20 on today’s exchange rate) and visitors age 18 or over are also able to visit their beer tasting cellar.

Incidentally, this is not the same as the “Budweiser” beer sold in the United States and Canada; due to trademark disputes over the name with US-based Anheuser-Busch, this is sold in the Americas under the “Budvar” or “Czechvar” names.


Our tour guide takes us through the processes.

The brewery’s own water drawn from more than 300 metres deep wells and top-class brewer’s yeast are used to make this beer.

P1230768Surrounded by the aroma of the Moravian malt and the hops from Žatec you will find out about the secrets of how the world-famous Budweiser Budvar lager is brewed.

As a part of the tour you will taste Budweiser Budvar pale lager right in the lager cellar (available only for the visitors older than 18).

You’ll never find me in an enclosed space like this … Even after a few bevvies!

Part of the production line within the factory.

Time to head back to the city and check out some of the other sights.

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The city’s also known by its German name Budweis and famous for it’s baroque and renaissance architecture. Lovely to visit and much cheaper than its big brother Prague.

Well its bye for now and I’m heading off to Prague as the next stop.

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov wasn’t in my original plan, however after hearing so much about it, I decided being on the path to Prague, it could be fitted in.

Trains have a way of making travel easy, even if you’re a little undecided where you want to head onto next. The main Station in Vienna (Wien Hauptbahnhof) for international departures is just a few stops from most of the other city stations.

Impressive views along the way with mostly farms making preparations for the winter.

A change at Cesky Velenice when heading to Cesky Krumlov as it’s not on the direct line to Prague. Depending on the time of day, you can expect two or more changes.

Scenery in the late afternoon gives off vibrant hues of the landscape while racing along on a smaller train.

Another change of train due to track work here in November, 2015  and later a bus as well, I arrived late but happy to have made it.

However, once you arrive at the station, you might not think much of this incredible tourist drawcard which is tucked away south from its big brother Prague.

Grab a taxi and the best location to stay is the Old Town centre. Taxi cost about 5 Euro and approximately  AUD7.30 on today’s exchange rate.

My hotel is quite close to the State Castle and fantastic photos to be had on a clear day.

In 1947, the Schwarzenberg property including Český Krumlov was transferred to the Czech provincial properties, and in 1950 it became the property of the Czechoslovak State. The entire area was declared a national monument in 1989 and then in 1992 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

One of the first places I like to visit is the Tourist Office of any city/town. Why? Because what’s on google and many websites the information is often out of date and not current. Plus if there’s anything worth knowing the staff will advise about ‘what’s on’. I also liked the clock showing Kangaroo Island (South Australia) time being shown? Don’t ask why …

Český Krumlov Card can be bought here and a list of places you can visit:


And, just outside in the Old Town’s centre you might be lucky enough to catch teenagers putting on a free concert.

A walk up towards the entrance of the Chateau, it reveals many cafes showing off artwork and crafts within their premises.

Miroslav Páral, born June 9, 1955 in Prague graduated from the Secondary School of Ceramics Art and Design in Bechyně. In 1991 he established the Czech Ceramic Design Agency and in 1993 received the Award for Culture of the town of Český Krumlov.

Upon entering the walkway, noticeably beautiful facades and picturesque Renaissance architecture of the period it was built.


Great vantage point for photos on the Castle’s bridge heading towards the parkland.

Looking down towards the township from the bridge.

Fairytale Cesky Krumlov swells with tourists from all over the world. Even though this was November, the number of visitors was still quite admirable for this time of year. However, I was still able to enjoy its beauty and charm without all the maddening summer crowds, although the weather being a little cooler, it was fine by me and preferable.

According to legend, the name Krumlov is derived from the German “Krumme Aue”, which may be translated as “crooked meadow”. The name comes from the natural topography of the town, specifically from the tightly crooked meander of the Vltava river. The word “Český” simply means Czech, or Bohemian (actually one and the same), as opposed to Moravian or Silesian. In Latin documents it was called Crumlovia or Crumlovium. The town was first mentioned in documents from 1253, where Krumlov was called Chrumbonowe.

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The beautiful parklands are worthy of taking some extra time out for a stroll and even though it’s late Autumn, the colours are still amazing.

A distinctive element in the cultural landscape of Český Krumlov is the historical gardens situated within the grounds of the castle as well as within the town itself.

Simply walking around the streets is really pleasant – quaint and very pretty.

Street art here too …

Bohemia Crystal – pleased to say there’s a couple of pieces already at home, but that’s not to say another can’t be added …

And, just across the street from my hotel is a very old and traditional eatery. Mostly filled with blokes, but that’s ok as it means it must be good value and delicious!

Just what’s needed after walking all day, a hearty dish with homemade bread. I was asked if I wanted sauerkraut? Replied with ‘is the Pope Catholic?’