Tereza very smartly had the driver drop us off at the top of the promontory so that we would spend our day walking downhill. Our first stop was the castle gardens. They were organized in the French style with lots of clipped hedges and swooping beds of annuals. There was a wonderful viewpoint over the town and the river and then we entered the castle complex. This was not a royal castle however the owners of the complex were obviously quite wealthy and very close to the royal family.
The exterior decoration of the palace and of many of the buildings in Cesky Krumlov are Renaissance in style. They are embellished with frescoes, stucco-work and/or trompe l'oeil painting. The effect of all this surface embellishment is quite striking and apparently most of what one can see on the buildings today are the original decorations from the 16th century (when the town was renovated in the Renaissance style).
We basically walked every inch of the town, crossing and re-crossing the river several times. The setting of the town is spectacular and many people were taking advantage of the fine weather to do some rafting/canoeing on the river. We had a good lunch sitting outdoors at a cafe with mercifully no smokers around us! Did some more walking after lunch before heading back home. We made good time getting home by five thirty. All in all it was a lovely day and I am glad that I can share Russell's beautiful pics of this special place with you all.