Posts tagged ‘castle’

August 3, 2011

In and Around Karlštejn Castle

A couple of weeks ago, I took a day trip out from Prague to Karlštejn. The small town is just a short train ride away through some of the Czech countryside, and the vibe is so different from the bustle of the capital.

The views around Karlštrejn are so scenic and calm….

calm waters.

czech countryside.

Along one of the main streets of town, everyone has a driveway like this:

driveway.

That main street connects to a moderate hiking path up a hill that leads to Karlštejn’s famous 14th century Gothic castle….

castle.

I really enjoyed the walk up to the top of the hill with its picturesque views!

royal view.

At the castle, I took a 2 hour English tour explaining the history of the place and the old royal families, but no photos were allowed inside. The whole place is full of historic relics, royal portraits, twisting paths and staircases.

staircase.

Back down in the village after the tour, people were out enjoying the breezy weather. The whole town has a relaxed and unhurried feeling, perfect for a short day trip.

bike ride.

I loved getting a chance to see some of the Czech countryside and the old castle. : )

July 25, 2011

Across the Danube River

I posted some photos from the Pest side of the Danube River in Budapest, and now here’s some more from the Buda side!

riverbank.

The first thing I saw when I crossed the river: it reads, “confidence in the ancient virtue,” the royal slogan of Franz Josef I, head of the Austro-Hungarian Empire….

confidence in the ancient virtue.

The narrow, uphill streets on this side of the river catch gorgeous shafts of light in the evening….

play of light.

streetview.

At the top of the hill, in the Castle District, there are clusters of 19th century buildings…

rooftops.

…along with Hungary’s famous Fishermen’s Bastion, an expansive neo-Gothic terrace with great views of the city and the river. Here’s one of its 7 towers….

fishermen's bastion.

And just south of the Fishermen’s Bastion is the Royal Palace/Buda Castle:

buda castle.

Buda, with its small, winding streets and Castle District, has a medieval feel, while Pest is flatter, urban, and more spread out. I loved crossing back and forth across this wide river between the two very different sides of Budapest. : )

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