Czech Republic

Czechia

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  • Day14

    After spending one and a half day of sightseeing in Prague, we are both really impressed how gorgeous this city is - especially all the alleys with their old buildings and cobbled stone streets. Some of the sights we visited were the old town, the jewish quarter, the historic Charles bridge, and the Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathredal.
    Leaving this beautiful city behind us we continued cycling South - cresting again one mountain after another (yes, this part of Czechia is quite hilly).
    Right now we're at Matt's home in Sedlčany who is already our third Warmshowers host (we fell in love with the hospitality of the Warmshowers hosts!). Matt is British and teaches English at a local school. This morning we're visiting one of his classes to talk with his Czech students about our trip and everything that might interest them about us and Germany. Looking really forward to this experience! :)
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  • Day15

    Greenways is a cycle route connecting Prague with Vienna we got to know from Matt. Thanks for that and the opportunity to talk to your English class - it was a great experience for us!
    We're getting more and more used to the Czech hills, cycled through beautiful forests today and learned about the destruction of Novych Mlynu (Neumühl) where we touched the border to Austria.
    The Greenways took us to a gorgeous lake in Osika where we gonna spend the night - and if we're in a good shape tomorrow, we will crack our first 1000km :-)Read more

  • Day21

    By day, Prague is a beautiful city, and the epithet Paris of the East doesn’t quite do it justice. In fact, Paris should be referred to as the Prague of the West, but with more dog shit and mice. Prague is the Disneyland for adults,because at every turn there is a "princess castle" to admire. By night, Prague is just as beautiful.

    The Prague Castle, all lit up at night, provides a beautiful backdrop as you walk along the Vltava river. The streets come alive at night with people positioning themselves along the river or in a park with a few drinks to enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

    Milujeme prahu (we ♥ Prague)
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  • Day11

    We crossed our first border - what a strange feeling to know that we won't put any foot on German ground in the next months!
    Due to our host in Dresden, we fell in love with Warmshowers on the first occasion. Many thanks to Marcus, we're super grateful. Thanks again for showing us around, for the dinners, and the rich conversations.
    Behind Dresden, the mountains of Saxon Switzerland pushed us to our limits, but the descents were absolutely breathtaking (we've never rode a bike with almost 60km/h before).
    Tomas from Usti nad Labem, you made our first night in Czechia very comfortable. We'll keep our fingers crossed that you'll cycle to China one day.
    Now we're on a camping spot just before Prague where we enjoy Saturday evening with the Czechs, live music and a few beers.
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  • Day19

    Dobrý den, Praha (Hello, Prague). We arrived in Prague late last night, after nearly a 4 hour delay. We were then delayed getting our baggage for another 30-40mins. Lucky our Air b&b host came to the rescue and picked us up from the airport. So this morning was the first time that we were able to explore the city.

    Prague, the city of a hundred spires; apparently that has grown to five hundred since the nineteenth century. Prague is such a pretty city and it seems that every turn you make there is another photo opportunity.

    From Praha 4, we walked into the old town, travelled by the Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), Prague astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Jewish Quarter and the Dancing House.

    For some reason, people kept thinking that we were Russian tourists. There are a lot of Russian tourists here at the moment (along with many Spanish and Italian tourists. I'm not sure there's too many Spaniards left in Spain at the moment). What is it about us that makes people think we're German or Russian? Ne ruský, australský (not Russian, Australian).
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  • Day20

    Apart from the Charles Bridge (Karlův most), Prague Castle is probably the most iconic attraction in Prague. The castle complex, dating from the 9th century, is made up of a number of buildings, including the Old Royal Palace, St Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane and the Basilica of St George. It’s been the residence of kings and queens of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and now the Czech Republic.

    The panoramic view of Prague from the castle is worth the visit alone. St Vitus Cathedral, although not just dedicated to this saint, is an imposing structure in the centre of the complex with grand, Gothic architecture. The Old Royal Palace, in the Gothic and Renaissance style, hasn’t been as well preserved as the Cathedral but nevertheless gives you an insight into how the kings and Holy Roman Emperors lived. The Vladislav Hall is perhaps the highlight, along with more panoramic views of Prague from the palace balconies.

    The prison within the castle complex provided a different perspective, particularly how cruel humans can be (and continue to be) with all kinds of torture devices and equipment.

    Stepping back into the twenty-first century, we had to experience the nightlife of Prague. But we quickly realised that people don’t go out until midnight, and Cinderella needed to return home before her coach turned into a pumpkin.
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  • Day22

    Karlín is a small area East of the New Town in Prague. Almost 600 years ago, it was the site of the battle between proto-Protestant reformists and the Holy Roman Empire. Today, it was our site to explore (and for a place to stop for an alcoholic beverage in the park, Prague-style).

    Once again, the area is filled with beauty and imposing structures that leave you in awe. From the outside, the Cathedral of Cyril and Methodius seems like many of the other cathedrals in Prague, built in the nineteenth century in the Neo-Romanesque style, but as you walk through the cathedral doors you realise the grandeur of the building. It's the largest religious structure in Czech Republic. Jason blessed himself with holy water, and surprisingly he and the cathedral didn’t go up in flames.

    Near the cathedral is the 300 metre long pedestrian tunnel, the Žižkov tunnel, which connects Karlín and Žižkov. While we were walking through the tunnel, we heard sirens. At first, we thought it was coming from outside the tunnel, but we quickly realised it was a police car travelling at high speed through the tunnel and we needed to jump out the way or be hit by the car. A narrow escape for both of us.

    To get around Prague is easy. The public transport system is well-connected and seems to be very regular and on-time. The only issue Ricky has with the metro is that it seems to be situated in the depths of the abyss and the escalators seem to be a vertical drop. Hold on for dear life!

    We seem to be drawn to the Old Town and end up in Old Town Square each night. This time, we got to view the Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) in action. On the hour, the clock features a show consisting of figurines of the Apostles (and death represented by a skeleton) moving in and out of the clock window. The clock is surrounded by hundreds of people in anticipation of the show, with cameras poised to capture it. At the end of the show, which only takes a few minutes, the clock receives a rockstar applause.
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  • Day41

    Started off the day heading to the Castle and climbing 300 steps to the top.
    Revisited John Lennons wall.
    Had to try a chimney cake, filled with chocolate, strawberries and cream.
    Prague has a sex museum, Luckily I got a burning hot love tester rating!
    Beer break at Restaurace V Cípu and a late lunch at Zebra, as recommended by Abbie. Yummy Asian infusion.

  • Day12

    Travel day today. Breakfast at hotel. Took bus to Prague depot. Caught bus to Kumlov. Three hour ride. Half hour walk with luggage to our hotel. It was rough over the cobblestone road. Beautiful room and surrounding area. Took a 1 hour walk in the rain then had dinner across the street.

  • Day254

    Time to leave Poland! We've quite enjoyed our time here, everyone has been really friendly and it's been surprisingly easy to travel as most people can speak at least a little English. Just the road signs that pose problems! We didn't have to check out until 11am and we actually didn't have that much to do today, so we didn't hurry out or anything.

    Our host met us at 11am and collected the keys, then we hit the road. By the time we'd exited the garage, shuffled through the city traffic and re-routed slightly away from a big freeway delay up ahead it was nearly midday. Stopped again to pick up a resupply of dog food, then stopped another time for petrol. Figured that we might as well have lunch too since McDonalds was right there, so we did! Managed to spend the last of our zloty which will be no use once we cross the border.

    It was quite a long drive - about 2 hours on the freeway south-east back across Poland, then southwards on another freeway into Czechia heading towards Brno. You might notice I keep referring to it as Czechia - that's the correct name for the country, it was changed from Czech Republic in 2012. Somehow it's just completely failed to catch on.

    Arrived in Olomouc around 3:30pm, still with a couple of hours before check-in time. So we did our obligatory UNESCO site, probably the smallest one we will ever visit. It's a column in a square. A monumental column, sure, about 35 metres high and covered in baroque sculpture, but a column nonetheless. Did our filming and had a look around the nice old town before heading to our apartment.

    Quite small and compact but enough for what we need. Only drawback is that it's on the top floor, with no lift. 9 flights of stairs, 9 steps each. Quite a few! Headed out for dinner in the evening to a popular brewpub where we had great food - I had a cordon bleu type thing while Shandos had an enormous boar knuckle. Two good meals, a large beer, a wine and an entree set us back the equivalent of about 22 euros - food is definitely cheap here.

    Hurried home as it had started raining and I don't have an umbrella. Shandos arrived nice and dry after our 10 minute walk; me, less so.
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