May 24, 2006
Aug 02, 2006
Cesky Krumlov is a nice little town in the south of Czech Republic. I figured that going southward would give me a better picture of what Czech life is really about. I knew that Prague might not be the best indication of all things in Czech Republic. There's a nice castle that oversees the city with a winding river that cuts through everything. It's pretty much what you would expect of a little castle town in Central Europe. It was a nice respite from the tourists of Prague. There were a lot of backpackers as well, so there was a lot of partying going on in the hostel. In fact the hostel bar was the last place open in the town, so everyone is there late at night until 0400. I never stayed up that late there though since I was still fairly tired from everything so far. As far as small towns go, this was probably the best one I visited. Too picturesque. There were quite a few tour groups that went through, but it felt Czech enough to not be overbearing. A lot of times with other backpackers, we discuss how many tourists are too much. Athens and Prague and London are too much, Budapest, Cesky Krumlov and Vienna feel like the right balance. It's when the place loses its magic and identity because of the tourists that you know that a place is gone. Prague used to be in the latter category but its just recently fallen into the first. I ended up loving Prague when I left because that castle was amazing, but a lot of people I met really didn't enjoy it.