With egg white walls and balconies fit for crashing princess locks, Zamek Hluboka is a striking cardboard cut out of a castle.
In fact, it came from the same cutter as a little English castle called Windsor. After holidaying in England, the Schwarzenberg’s decided to rework Hluboka royal style but kept the property cuddled with pretty Czech countryside.
Perfect, octagonal tubes form the turrets that perch perilously on the hill above Hluboka, a small town made for having a quick nap from the 21st century. Browse lunch menus at the fistful of traditional restaurants and make a meal of it with the local brew (Budvar ferments not too far away in big smoke Ceske Budejovice.)
Make the pilgrimage up the hill to South Bohemia’s pearlescent jewel and admire the many pairs of antlers studded into its handsome walls. Take a turn about the exquisitely clipped hedges, stopping only for tea in a conveniently placed cafe.
Oh, and keep your own eyes peeled for the vicious little door knobs sculpted into peckish vultures scooping balls out of sockets.
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Teaching some phrasal verbs in the present. Prefer drinking teas in places that look like the past.