‘Twas a dreary morning in the south of Bohemia, yet we managed a stop in the wee village of Rozmberk to check out the scenery and 13th-century castle there, before heading up to another town an hour north.

This was all during our three-day jaunt to Linz, Austria, which we used as a home base to explore the area and inevitably head into the Czech Republic – because if you’re that close, you just have to.

Also, the border crossing meant New Country Day for Ang, which is always a nice little woo-hoo! and whatnot.

Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Of course, these days, New Country Day away from the interstate generally means sitting in traffic on a two-lane road, dodging cross-border shoppers and avoiding pedestrians.

Alas, that’s all better than the glory days of waiting in traffic at passport control, along with everything else. (Or is it? We hate you, Schengen rules for Americans.)

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

So yeah, we rolled into Rozmberk, which is a village of only 300 or so souls who mainly support the tourist trade that comes to check out the castle or do some kayaking/rafting on the Vlatava river, which is mighty near Prague but small and serene in the south of the country.

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

The town is technically called Rozmberk nad Vlatavou (Rozmberk on the Vlatava), with an upside-down carrot over the ‘z’, but WordPress seems to hate Eastern European accents, so I’m leaving it off.

Also, it’s called Rosenberg in German and Moldau instead of Vlatavou – that’s Rosenberg an der Moldau – because this is Bohemia and there’s a long history of both languages and this town was actually called Rosenberg at one point during the course of history, when it was called 42 different things due to language differences, illiteracy, etc. Got it?

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

No matter how you slice it, the castle here is one of the oldest in all of Bohemia, first mentioned in 1200-something in some document some old dude wrote, or on some crude map that probably kinda-sorta looked like what the actual place looks like, but not really.

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Not having any Czech koruna just yet, we paid to park in euros and walked around town before heading up to the castle. To be honest, there’s not a huge point in actually going into the castle. Not in our opinion, anyway. You’ve seen the inside of twenty castles, you’ve seen the inside of twenty thousand.

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Also, no Czech koruna in our pockets and no exchange in town. Those would have to wait for our next stop.

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Enjoy the rest of our pictures from a wander around Rozmberk. While it’s not a “destination,” it’s a great small-town stop to enjoy some hilltop scenery of the surrounding area, and to watch kayakers mosey down the river.

If you’re hungry, there are also plenty of places to get some cheap eats and indulge in some glorious Czech beer. Na zdraví!

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

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