We have left you waiting for a while but the places and the experiences are more than exciting and things happen much faster so please excuse our delay.
Entering the Czech Republic was pretty straight forward and Český Krumlov, our first destination, was overwhelming. If there’s time for only one place to visit in the Czech Republic, make Český Krumlov be the one. Crowned by a spectacular castle and centered on an elegant old town square, , Český Krumlov is a pocket-sized Prague without the package tourism and the crowds. It’s a great site to explore. After earning a spot on Unesco’s World Heritage List in 1992, Český Krumlov, together with its river side activities, has become the second busiest tourist attraction. Try to come outside the peak season and it will be much more secluded.
After that it was time to head to Prague. People say that Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. When you get there, the history goes back a millennium. Add to that the Czech beer, which is definitely the best in all Europe, and you got the perfect recipe. Not taken by surprise, visitors from around the world come in droves and on a hot summer’s day it can feel like you’re sharing Charles Bridge (Prague’s highlight) with half of humanity.
Our visit at the end of August, which was our case, had exactly that feeling. But even the crowds can’t take away the beauty and the harmony of the 14th-century stone bridge or the hilltop castle with a fairytale old town and the lovely, lazy river Vltava. Luckily Rochelle had some friends who happen to call Prague home. They offered us their hospitality and all the information needed to see and visit places off the tourist track. Thanks a lot to both of you, Vincent and Katka, for all the great help and the even greater hospitality. You’re welcome to join overlanddiaries crew whenever or wherever you like.