15 May 12: Karlstein

I had to make a separate entry to get you a picture of the fortress, which appears suddenly as you round a corner entering town. Emperor Charles IV built it to house the crown jewels and reliquaries, and there has been no war damage. Unfortunately, seeing the inside will have to wait for another trip, since one must be in a group with a guide, which requires waiting in line. So it would need another day. Town is almost as steep as Conques and has a similar touristy feel (something like Gatlinburg for you stay-at-home types). Although I had a room reserved, I was never able to find the place. I spotted a pension sporting a Danish flag, an was able to get a room with breakfast for USD 40. Lovely spacious Danish-modern-wood place, that could not be more different from the hotel in Radotin if it tried. It is still early in the season here I guess, but I eventually found a restaurant still open. They served a very nice soup with potatoes, leeks and mushrooms. And I had a Czech plate of roast pork, cabbage, and dumplings. Those bread dumplings must be the size of softballs before they’re sliced!

Lodging: Pension Bellevue

Address: Karlštejn 31, 267 18

Phone:  +420 603 425 110   Email: felix.stanek@seznam.cz

URL:  http://www.penzion-karlstejn.cz

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