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Český Krumlov (German name Krumau) is a gorgeous fortress town in the Czech Republic near the Austrian border.  The town is situated on the Vltava river, on a little piece of land where the river makes a loop almost back onto itself. This means the town is nearly completely surrounded by water, which really adds to its beauty and charm.

View from the fortress overlooking the town

The castle itself is massive, and high up on a hill, so when you go up there you get some amazing views of the town. For some reason, the castle is known for the bears kept in a moat-like area by the entrance gate. The bears were neat, but they didn’t look particularly happy. Inside the castle complex, one can visit part of the labyrinth-like cellars, which are fascinating.

The other fun part of this quick visit was eating what appeared to be the local version of street food, which was a sweet dough cooked on a steel rod, so that once it is done you have a hollow tube of pastry that looks like it could be a bracelet. They are rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and you can also get the interior smeared with condiments like nutella. They were delicious!

The castle cellars housed a weird art exhibition.

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We went to Salzburg for the day to attend a lecture at the Universität Salzburg. The law faculty, where we attended the lecture, is housed in what used to be the residence of the Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron. The library has a reading room that used to be the map room of the Prince, which we viewed on our tour of the building.

The maps covering the walls of this room were beautifully rendered, though maybe not completely accurate!

This is part of the illustration on the map of the Balkans; it purportedly depicts the Turkish invaders.

A view of the fortress/castle on top of the hill overlooking the old city of Salburg

Salzburg is a beautiful city

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