Day 4 – to Prosenická Lhota

126 km through accentuated landscapes.

In Ceske Budovice I had a look on the central square again. Then I followed the cycle route 7 along the Moldau. The first kilometers was crowded with roller skaters an jogging persons. From Ceske Budovice on the river seems to be shippable, because near every dam there are locks.

Near Zamosti the Moldau castle arises from the trees. Actually it is named Vltavou castle, because the Czech name for the Moldau is Vltava.

From Zamosti I switched to the cycle path 11 that follows for a short time the east bank of the Moldau and then turns slightly eastwards, but still heading for Prague of course. This route shows small villages. They all have a little church in the central oval, just restored by support of the EU.

In Tabor, a bigger town it was crowded and it even had a camping, but it was to early to stop.

But as I started to search for a camping at 5pm the campings were fake. They existed on signs or in the map, but in reality they did not accept guests or were abandoned. So for this night I pitched my tent near a pond called Jelito in a small park.

Near the pond Jelito at Prosenicka Lhota

Day 3 – along the Moldau to Ceske Budovice

87 km moving between the river Moldau an the roads over the hills.
The first part until the dam that closes the lake there was a nice cycle path. Short after the start in Frymburk a bronze statue of a maiden was placed on a rock in the lake.
After the dam the river Moldau is wild and fast streaming through rocks. There was a cycle path, but rather dangerous, due to the bad condition. Several times I had to cross a railroad that started just below the dam.

Near Vyssi Brod the cycle route left the river and I had some nice views over the higher landscape.

In Rozmberk the cycle route crossed the river to climb the right bank. I decided for another route via the main road just near the river. There was only light traffic. In the river there was a lot of canoes and rafting boats.

Ceske Krumlov

At lunchtime I made a stop in Ceske Krumlov. It seems to be a well known town in China, because most tourists originate from there. From the bank of the Moldau I could see a large queue of tourists waiting for admission to the castle.
The next part was uphill again and return to the Moldau near the cloister of Zlata Koruna. Then again escape from the Moldau, probably due to a lack of roads near the river. Just near Ceske Budivice (Budweiser Beer) the cycle path met the river again. I found a very small campsite on a sport site. After pitching the tent I made a short trip to the center. On the square a small orchestra was performing.

Day 2 – to Frymburk

84 km over a dismantled railway an a steep climb.

The first part was along the Danube with a lot of cyclists and because it was rather flat the first 25 km were fast.

At Obernzell I left the Danube and started a climb on a previous railway track and now the cycling route Donauwald. For a railroad it was rather steep. Near Wildenranna the cyclepath changed to other small roads. Some after Wegscheid I crossed the border to Austria without any sign. In Aigen im Mühlkreis a very energy consuming road had to be climbed. After the highest point the road had no big surprises. After arriving at the Moldau river that is a big lake here I followed a small road along the bank and took the ferry to Frymburk.

Frymburk on the left bank of the Lipno reservoir

Frymburk on the left bank of the Lipno reservoir