After Poland, we headed into the Czech Republic. Fun little fact: we actually left Poland through the same border crossing as we used when we emigrated from Poland. The Czech Republic is so beautiful. Plus, Czech’s make good beer and we love good beer – so it was a great fit!
We decided to see something a little different on the way, and we stopped in Brno at the Grand Prix Circuit Race Track. There wasn’t a race going on that day, but we were lucky enough to see a group of motorcycles that were practicing for an upcoming race.
We stopped in České Budějovice (aka Budweis) for the night. This city is famous for making Budweiser beer – the original and much tastier than the American version.
We also visited Český Krumlov. We loved this place. LOVED.
Another town we visited was Plzeň – Birthplace of Pilsner beer and home of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
One place that we didn’t love very much was Karlovy Vary. The town is pretty, and it is known as a spa town. So I imagined all sorts of luxurious spas and thermal baths on every corner. I was extremely disappointed to see only one place that offered massages. Plus, the thermal baths were barely lukewarm. Oh yeah, and our car got towed (along with 20 other cars around us) because we didn’t see the tiny little sign that said no parking on that street. Fun times.
Konopiště Castle – where Archduke Franz Ferdinand lived. No photographs were allowed of the inside, but it was amazing to see his collection of hunting trophies and guns. This guy was a serious hunter – over 300,000 kills. The castle was also very modern for the time – with running hot & cold water, indoor plumbing, and working elevators.