My wife, son and I visited Austria and the Czech Republic this summer. We had a rental car and took a side trip to Krivoklat castle, which is about an hour from Prague down windy, country roads. When we got in we waited in the courtyard for the English language tour. A 50-ish women dressed in medieval costume put on a bird show with hawks and falcons that wasn't bad.
Our tour guide was great. He was also dressed in medieval costume and said that this was his weekend gig, during the week he sells advertising in Prague. After the tour we spent about ten minutes talking to him about living there.
Turns out that his dad and I were on opposite sides of the iron curatin while doing our military service. I asked him to pass the message on to his dad that I'm glad we never had to fight each other!
The castle was the home of the Von Furstenberg family for many years and is well preserved. It is also worth the drive to see the countryside.
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