ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUB­LIC

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Ly­ing in Bo­hemia’s deep south, Český Krumlov is one of the most pic­turesque towns you’ll ever chance upon in Europe. Sim­i­lar to its cap­i­tal city, Prague, the town feels like a fairy tale from the Mid­dle Ages with quaint houses, cob­ble­stone streets, a grand cas­tle and a river run­ning through its cen­tre. And in a throw­back to me­dieval tra­di­tion, a fam­ily of bears is still kept in the bear moat be­tween the first and sec­ond court­yards to ‘pro­tect’ the cas­tle. The town trans­forms in win­ter when it’s sprin­kled in snow and the Christ­mas mar­ket gets un­der­way. The fair is open for 38 days, dur­ing which vis­i­tors buy Yule­tide gifts, en­joy mulled wine, taste Christ­mas cook­ies or lis­ten to tra­di­tional Czech Christ­mas car­ols by lead­ing mu­si­cians or chil­dren’s choirs.

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