Today we are flying solo. We have a private tour to Cesky Krumlov. It is a two hour drive from Passau, but the drive through the countryside is very picturesque and pleasant. It is Sunday morning and there is no one on the roads. We cross over the German border into the Czech Republic. “Cesky” means part of the old Bohemia and “Krumlov” is meandering river. The towns claim to fame is that it is in pristine condition because there was no damage done in either World Wars. Our guide has photos of Hitler and the Wehrmacht marching over the town bridge and conducting a rally in the main square. Hitler was certain that he would just annex Bohemia to Germany and as such did not wish to damage it. Same thing happened when the area became part of the Eastern Block and the Russians marched in.
Our guide Olga was born in the town and gives us great information on things to view when we have free time and where to eat and more importantly where not to eat. Luckily even though Czech Republic is not in the EU we are able to pay in euros for things we buy.
Originally there were two towns here but as they got bigger it morphed into one town. There is basically one winding road through the town with everything else coming back to that road. All shops had really nice items that we just didn’t see in any of the other towns. By the time we left it was wall to wall people, so it was great that we had an early start and enjoyed the town before the masses got there. For lunch we shared a pig’s knuckle (typical Czech meal) with Judy trying the riesling and prosecco and I enjoyed the local Pilsener Urquell. All the locals we dealt with were really friendly and helpful. All too soon it was time to go. Not sure we saw much of the country side going home. I think we were catching more than our fair share of “Zees” on the way back.
Many thanks to our guide Olga and our driver and the boat’s reception staff for ensuring the success of our trip.