Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dívčí Kámen, Czech Republic

A real Czech Castle on Christmas Eve.  Dívčí Kámen was built in the 1300s, abandoned in the 1500s.

I love the scale of history here, especially being from a country that is younger than many of the "new" buildings in old town squares.

If you plan to go, see transportation and entry details at the end of the post.

Giant Lipa (Linden?) tree on the path to Dívčí Kámen from Třísov 

Yeah...this isn't what I remember Christmas Eve looking like the other years I was here in the Czech Republic.

Dívčí Kámen, near České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Between the castle gates

Me in a castle passageway

Dívčí Kámen

If you go, the quick route is on the red trail from Třísov train station to the castle, and then on the yellow trail to Holubov, where you can catch another train.  The whole loop is about 5 km.  Both Třísov and Holubov are on the train line between České Budějovice and Český Krumlov.  The castle is open year round.  Entry is 45 crowns (less for students and retirees).  Guided tours (for an additional fee) run during the summer.  

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