The most beautiful town in Europe? August 19, 2006Posted by Amanda in Travel Diary.
For the last few days we have been in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. The town is about three hours south of Prague. It is a UNESCO World Heritage town and well worth that designation.
The town is on the Vlatva river and the old part is almost on an island with the land just connected to the other side by a thin strip. There is a castle on a hill in the middle and the streets are all cobbled and narrow. It is truly beautiful and we have been discussing with other travellers whether it is the most beautiful town in Europe.
The river is quite fast flowing and winds throughout the old town. There are a series of weirs as well and this makes it great fun for rafting. It is not white water by any stretch but it is fun. Yesterday we went rafting with an Australian couple for about 15kms down river. There were a number of makeshift bars along the way where we stopped for sausages and drinks and the scenery was pine forest and hills. It was extremely pleasant! Today Chris has hired a bike and has gone up into the hills.
We were in another hostel, but yesterday we moved to Hostel Skippy and it is fantastic. The rooms are covered with the art of previous guests and other interesting bits and pieces. We have a room to ourselves for $22AUD and the hostel has a verandah out over the river where you can watch the rafters going over the weir, falling out and generally having a great time. The hostel is just like staying in someone’s home which in fact is what we are doing. We may stay a couple of extra nights because this is such a great place!
If you are going to Europe include Cesky Krumlov!!