On Tidbits from Stramberk

The over 5-hour drive from Prague to Krakow is through the rolling plains of the Czech Republic. For lunch, our guide took us off the main highway and into the Carpathian foothills of the Moravian-Silesia region bordering Poland and Slovakia.

Arriving in the quaint town square of Stramberk, I wondered about the availability of restaurants because I didn’t see any people. It turns out that our group of 28 ate in 3 or 4 different places.

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After lunch, my wife and I explored the small town by walking up to the castle above the town. One of the unexpected surprises we encountered were the beautiful old homes.

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Stramberk Castle (also called “Trúba”) sits above the town, and easily reachable by foot. The castle was closed, but the views of the town and the surrounding valley were beautiful.

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Stramberk Ears are an acclaimed snack of the town – and the comes from a 13th century attack by the Tatars that you can read about here and/or here. These soft gingerbread cones are exclusively produced in Stramberk – and are an EU registered trademark. Made from the right proportion of flour, honey, sugar, star anise, clove, cinnamon, and more, they are soft like bread (not hard as a cookies). https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/the-bloody-story-of-the-stramberk-ears

Some fill them with whipped cream, others add a variety of toppings to them, and others eat them plain. My packaged served as a snack on the bus over several days. Yum.


Stramberk was a pleasant surprise for a 2-3 hour respite. Lunch was good and we enjoyed walking around. The 2+ minute video below is from a drone. Enjoy!

32 thoughts on “On Tidbits from Stramberk

    • Merril,S
      Strambeck was a pleasant surprise. Interestingly, we didn’t see many other people – including residents. I recall our server at the restaurant knew very little English, but we made it work. (If I correctly recall, there was enough English on the menus). I hope you read the linked story about the Ears. (It’s historical)

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  1. Cincy,

    Stramberk Ears remind me of cannolis. They look delicious.

    As far as the town goes, you have your rolling hills, lush foliage and amazing architecture and it makes me wonder. Just by LOOKING at these pics, I feel at peace. The people who live there . . they must be chill as all get out, no?

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  2. Many things from your photos and the drone video of Stramberk reminded me of Winnweiler, the village in western Germany where my wife and I visited relatives a few weeks ago. The experience made us want to explore more of Europe’s small towns.

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  3. Love your pics, and I watched the video. Stramberk is very sweet, quaint and quiet.
    Thank you for sharing your journeys, Frank!
    I can’t help but think it’s the exact opposite of Toronto today. With game 2 in the NBA finals, the city couldn’t be any more crowded and noisy.


  4. Hi aFrank,
    Your post is a feast for the eyes.
    YUM … YUM … YUM … for the Stramberk – I could see myself eating them with a bowl of fresh strawberries. It’s wonderful to be able to taste food or dessert when traveling.
    The video shows so many charming vistas. Your photos look like they could be in a children’s storybook. Thank you for the tour. It was fun tagging along.
    Have a wonderful week !!!
    Isadora 😎


    • Catherine,
      Europe is unquestionably different that the vast majority of North, Central, and South America. Fortunately, the New World has Quebec to help bring Europe physically closer to us. Personally, I love visiting Europe.

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  5. What a wonderful little village, Frank. I love exploring large historical centers, but it’s these little surprises you encounter along the way that stand out as gems! And I must say I’m very curious about Stramberk Ears. The description and the ingredients sounds like a taste combination I’d really enjoy. 🙂


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