We recently spent our vacation traveling to Europe and the Czech Republic. We had a wonderful time until our final day in that country. We had decided to explore one or two of the smaller towns outside of Prague. We wanted to visit the town of Karlstejn and the castle located there. What a mistake that was! It ruined our day and our vacation. While all the road signs pointed out the directions to the castle, by following those signs (and our GPS), we were pulled over at the foot of the castle driveway by the Czech police for driving on a road they said we should not be on. We explained we did not know that but the Czech officer scolded us for not heeding the “no entry” sign and showed us a photograph of the sign we supposedly ignored. It was written in Czech and had no symbols that would have given us any indication that we should not be there. We apologized and explained that we didn’t know we were not supposed to be on that road. He asked for our passport and grunted when he saw we were from the U.S. He fined us about $28 (25 euros) which had to be paid immediately and in cash but he said the fine could have been even higher. When we asked where we could park to visit the castle, we were told the parking area was about 2 km away. Every car that came down that road - and they came every minute or two- was pulled over and ticketed. Oddly, when we left after paying the fine, we never saw the sign that the officer insisted we had passed. And apparently neither did the Czechs, Italians, Germans, or any other car that was pulled over and fined. And after driving for at least 5 km, we never saw any other parking area. We decided to leave that town and not go back. This really left a bad taste in our mouths for visiting what we thought would be the beautiful Czech countryside. I would like to notify the proper authority in the Czech Republic and see if this was the scam it seemed to be. Any help would be appreciated.