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WHAT Exploring the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov.
WHERE Southern Czech Republic, via the Austrian port of Linz and returning to the ship in Passau, Germany.
THE SHIP David cruised with his wife, Lorraine, on a 14-night European river cruise on Scenic Sapphire. scenictours.com.au.
“We got off the ship in Linz and were driven about an hour by coach to Cesky Krumlov, which is a mediaeval town in the Czech Republic. The journey was really worthwhile because we drove through beautiful countryside – green, with cattle and typical European villages.
“The 13th-century town of Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The thing that really caught our imagination is just how old it was, after travelling in Australia where we just don’t have any [towns] that old. When you travel to other parts of Europe they are always telling you about sites that were bombed and how they’ve been rebuilt, but Cesky Krumlov wasn’t touched in the war.
“UNESCO is providing funding for the city to be restored and you can see parts that have been restored and parts that haven’t. In the areas that haven’t been restored yet… (click here to keep reading)