Klatovy to Kdyne: a walk through paradise to architectural brutality


Hotel Ennius in Klatovy

This morning I reluctantly left the Hotel Ennius in Klatovy, where I spent 2 nights nursing the onset of flu symptoms and a blistered foot. This hotel was awesome: only 15 Euro per night and the food served in the restaurant was some of the best I have ever tasted. I particularly liked the “chicken cooked like duck” dish which weighed in at just 80 CZK (about 2.5 Euros).

Roll mat on the Camino

Yesterday I posted home my tent, Italian coffee cafeteria, and my hair clippers. In doing so I lost around 5kg of weight in my rucksack. I bought a lightweight pot with lid, to make tea and the occasional meal. Today my rucksack felt lighter, but still slightly too heavy.

taking elevenses on the Camino

The walk today was up and down steep hillsides. About 2 hours walk from Klatovy I stopped for elevenses on the top of one particularly strenuous hill climb.

Dumping rubbish in the Czech countryside

Lots of signs on the way appealing to joe public not to throw away trash in the countryside. This sign reminds everyone to respect the countryside wildlife. This morning I followed the green sign out of Klatovy and towards Kdyne.

Hunting wild animals in the Czech Republic

The numerous hunting towers which dot the landscape suggest a more sinister side to the fate of the dewey-eyed animals in the previous photo.

The Domazlice country line.

Leaving Klatovy county and entering the county of Domazlice.

The end of the world in the Czech Republic

The expulsion of an often local majority German population proceeding World War 2 and a keen interest by the communist government over 40 years of rule to limit population numbers around western European country borders means that today’s Czech Republic border with Germany and Austria tends to feel like the end of the world.

Classy Pilsner Urquell

Class.

Czech Republic mountain forest

The signage from Klatovy began well, but the path signs gradually became very hit and miss. As a result I found myself walking up the side of this mountain, off the path and walking over difficult terrain. I must have used the “F” word at least 100 times as I sweated my way up to the top.

Upside down horseshoe in Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic its considered lucky when the horseshoe is hung this way up because it is seen as keeping in the good luck. In the UK the opposite is considered lucky.

Czech and German mountains

Coming down from my final mountain climb of the day I spotted this awesome view of the Sumava mountains stretching over into Germany in the distance.

Kdyne in the Czech Republic

I finally walked into Kdyne. I have walked by many beautiful places on my Camino so far. Unfortunately Kdyne isn’t one of them.

Pension Orel, Kdyne. Czech Republic.

The view from my room window in the Pension Orel, Kdyne. The pension itself is pretty good and the owner friendly. Very good value for money. Tonight I will grab a good night’s sleep and tomorrow I will cross the border into Germany.

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6 comments

  1. Interesting post. I have walked in Moravia in November, and the landscape is similar. (Also the architecture.) Have you decided to sleep in hostels for the most part instead of tenting?

    • Thanks for reading my post!
      I agree: some parts of Moravia are beautiful (Slovacko for example) but a lot of the countryside only looks pretty either when its snow covered or when the sun is shining so bright that you need to squint your eyes 🙂
      I sent back my tent yesterday and I’m planning on sleeping out in my sleeping bag as I walk through Germany and Switzerland.
      I am just staying in a hotel/pension these past 3 nights because the price is too good not to.
      From tomorrow though its going to be roughing it outside, most likely sleeping in church grounds.

  2. I’m enjoying your blog. What sort of distances are you travelling each day. Good luck with the rough sleeping, I consider the albergues rough enough for my tastes!

    • Thanks for reading my blog!
      At the moment its pretty slow going and I’m walking a max 35km per day.
      My rucksack is lighter now though and I’m cutting out the coffee and instead drinking green tea, so I hope to begin walking between 40-50km from tomorrow onwards.

  3. Loving the blog Nev..keep posting, I’m enjoying reading of your camino.
    For a moment or two, I was thinking you were giving up on sleeping outdoors. 🙂
    Would love to do the same eventually.

    • Thank you David for reading!
      I’m definitely an outdoors person and prefer sleeping in a tent than a hotel room.
      Its cc 5:30am and looking forward to getting an early start to the day and sleeping my first night of the Camino (outside) in Germany.

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