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Hiking from Zlata Koruna to Cesky Krumlov

   

Zlata Koruna was a small town with a large Cistercian Monastery established around 1263. The name Zlata Koruna means "golden crown" and comes from the fact that the monastery was a very wealthy one. Unfortunately it was Sunday and there were church services going on in the monastery so we could not check out the insides. From the monastery we hiked thru the town and up into the woods towards the hilltop at Klet where there was an astronomical observatory and an observation tower.

The observatory was closed that day, bummer, so we climbed to the top of the observation tower instead. On a clear day you were supposed to be able to see the Austrian Alps to the southwest, but it was hazy and we couldn't see far. Nora saw a small coin between the slats of the wooden floor on top of the tower that someone must have dropped. She made it her quest for the day to liberate that coin from its hiding place. She must have spent about 15 minutes lying on the wooden floor trying to coax the coin up thru the slots using a penknife and tweezers. Fortunately, no one else came up the tower to witness her embarrassing behavior! She eventually succeeded and got the coin. It was somewhat of a hollow victory since the coin was worth less than one US cent. :-)

Zlata Koruna train station

The hike starts near the Zlata Koruna train station.

Diane tries a gumball machine

There's a gumball machine outside the station, and Diane has to try one out.

Observation tower at Klet

The observation tower at Klet, is just behind the trees on the left. In the lower building on the right is a small restaurant.

Nora gets her coin

Nora spies a small silver coin that someone dropped thru the slats on the floor. She goes after the coin with a pocketknife, tweezers and a strong determination.

a walk in the woods

< Here we are walking up the hill thru the woods on our way to Klet. It loooked like the trail followed old fire roads.

From Klet we followed the trail thru the woods and back down the hill. The trail eventually dropped us off onto a road which led us back into the town of Cesky Krumlov.

We spent that evening roaming about Cesky Krumlov and its castle before we ate at a restaurant along the river. This was our last day in Cesky Krumlov since we were leaving for Prague the next morning.

   
 
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