In a few weeks’ time, I will be boarding Tauck’s Swiss Jewel for an exciting adventure along the Danube. Traveling from Budapest to Prague, my 12-night itinerary includes stops in some of the most spectacular cities in Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.
But it also presents me with a unique and difficult choice upon arrival in Linz, Austria: Do I want to spend my day taking an overland excursion to the Sound of Music capital of Salzburg, or explore the medieval splendor that is Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic?
Let me be brutally honest: I never liked the Sound of Music. I don’t know why; I quite enjoyed musicals like Chicago or Moulin Rouge, but I just never managed to catch the appeal of the movie for which the city is internationally known. But Salzburg was also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, not to mention a city boasts a remarkable collection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
Cesky Krumlov, on the other hand, is a European fairytale come to life. Its UNESCO World Heritage Site old town district is towered over by Cesky Krumlov Castle, and is the second-largest castle in the Czech Republic after Prague’s famous Castle District.
Making the decision even more difficult is the fact that Tauck doesn’t charge a dime for these optional excursions, which eliminates price as a deciding factor.
So this is where I turn to you, the reader, and ask: What would you do? I’ve already been to and explored Linz, so the slate of exploration is wide open. Have you been to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov? What did you enjoy most? Would you go back?
Let us know via the comment form below, and we’ll run answers and recommendations in a future article here on River Cruise Advisor.