The southern part of the Czech Republic is absolutely stunning! Beautiful mountain valleys are criss-crossed by babbling streams and tiny country roads connect the charming villages that dot the landscape. This is a cyclist’s paradise, and I can’t wait to get out and ride this area when it’s not freezing and snowy!
Yes, we were caught a bit off guard by the weather, but I couldn’t imagine a better place to be snowed in than our cozy mountain inn tucked deep in the Šumava Mountains. We were on a trip, scouting out new hotels and bike routes for a new bike tour for next season, but once the snow and ice started to thicken, we had to suffice with beer and goulash with the rest of the Czech crowd waiting out the storm.
It didn’t start snowing until we reached the mountains, so we managed to see Český Krumlov in dry weather, although I’m sure it would be adorable under a blanket of snow. A mini-Prague, this town has definitely won its place on the tourist trail. Even at the end of October, the town still sees its share of tourists. Seeing tour buses full of tourists is not my favorite thing, but this medieval town is definitely well worth it. Visting a beautiful location is always a balance, isn’t it?
All in all, I felt like I got to see a little of “fairytale” Czech and “real” Czech, eat plenty of my favorite Czech mainstays, enjoy some beer, watch our Alaskan dog frolic in the snow and get out of town to most importantly, clear my mind and enjoy a weekend away.