Aug 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Travel Tour in the Chez Republic

Centuries of history have earned this town a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Seniors, by now you know of my earnest interest in UNESCO sites and this one deserves our attention.  I am of Bohemian ancestry and so I wanted to investigate this site when I saw it featured  in a local newspaper. My ancestors were named Mazur and Novotny.  I know two words of Czech and that is “How are you?” and “Fine.” That will help me when I arrive in  Český Krumlov.

Český Krumlov, found in the Czech Republic, is a town of around 15,000. It is a Bohemian beauty, tucked in to a horseshoe bend on the Vitava River, with interesting architecture, an enormous castle and a nearby national park. What’s especially renown is the fact that in the dry moat of the historic castle you find live bears.

Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries. Rick Steves, my travel hero, has been here and loved it. Of course he has been just about everywhere else too.  What a life huh?

Seniors Find Bohemian Beauty

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.

Here you will find lots of accents. Český Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and Český Krumlov Castle. Old Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district. The city is named Český Krumlov (“Bohemian Krumlov“) to differentiate it from Moravský Krumlov (“Moravian Krumlov”) in the southeast of the country.

Inside the castle grounds is a large garden, an extensive bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built, and the castle itself, which in turn consists of many defined parts dating from different periods of time. The town’s appearance has changed little since the 18th century and the buildings have been well maintained and restored.

TripAdvisor is big on Český Krumlov.  You will find many things to do, a travel guide, photos, videos and a helpful map. This unique historical town offers to its visitors not only the famous Castle Complex (one of the largest in Central Europe), but also the Baroque Theater (pearl of the World Cultural Heritage) and the historical, preserved medieval town centre from Middle Ages. A couple of virtual tours should also ignite you interest seniors. Bone up on a little Czech language so that you can say Hello, Good-Bye and Thank you.  Those words go a long ways in making friends in any country. jeb

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