Having done and seen so much in Prague, we were interested in getting out into the countryside a bit. We did not have sufficient time to go to Krumlov or Kutna Hora, but still wanted to see a castle. My husband found this biking opportunity and we decided to give it a try. So glad we did. Despite the short rain shower about halfway between Prague and Karlstejn, we had the best time riding along the rivers and spending time with our knowledgeable and delightful guide, Teresa. Essentially the equivalent of 20 miles of mostly flat terrain, it was not an overwhelming exercise by anyone's measure. The villages along the way were interesting to see, as were the locals recreating in and along the rivers. After arrival in Karlstejn, we dropped the bikes off and had lunch at the local pension/pivovarsky across the street from the train station, which just happened to have the best cabbage and dumplings ever. After lunch (and a bar visit by two local Bactrian camels - really), Teri left us to go back to Prague after buying a return train ticket for us, and we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the castle up the hill. Loved Teri, and it was great to get away from the tourist hordes in Prague. One of our best adventures on the trip!
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