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Czech Republic

Czechia

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  • Day1

    In 22 Tagen durch Europa

    Samstag Früh, 06:00 ging es mit Christian, Mama und Papa Jordan mit dem Auto nach Prag.
    Mit einem gesunden Frühstück beim Mci stärkten wir uns für den bevorstehenden Tag. ☕️🍩🥐
    In Prag angekommen konnten wir gleich im Hotel einchecken und dann ging es mit der U-Bahn in die Innenstadt.
    Nach einigen hin und her ob wir eine City Tour HopOnHopOff machen sollten oder die Stadt zu Fuß erkunden sollen entschieden wir uns, aufgrund des vorhanden U-Bahn Tickets Prag auf eigene Faust zu erkunden.
    Wir starteten beim Wenzelsplatz wo uns der Weg dann weiter zum Rathaus führte. Danach gingen wir vom Altstadtring zur Karlsbrücke.
    Uns waren schon am Rathausplatz die vielen Menschen in Tracht aufgefallen. Der Grund dafür war ein Volkstanzfest mit Tänzern aus ganz europa 💃🏼🕺🏻
    Durch die Menschenmassen, über die Brücke gingen wir einen leichten Anstieg hoch zum Veitsdom wo wir uns bei toller Aussicht ein kühles Seiterl gegönnt haben.
    Unser weg führte uns weiter zum Jüdischen Friedhof, welchen wir nur von außen über Mauern betrachten konnten und weiter zum DanceHouse.
    Vom Hunger geleitet kamen wir beim UFleku an wo es deftiges Essen gab. Ein Geheimtipp von Dino 🍻🍽🍗
    Wir ließen den Abend gemütlich am Wenzelsplatz ausklingen und die U Bahn brachte uns zurück ins Hotel.

    Nach einem ordentlichen Frühstück mit vielen Chinesen (oder waren es doch Japaner) hieß es abschied nehmen von Mama, Papa und Christian.
    Mit je 12kg auf dem Rücken machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Bahnhof wo wir den Zug Richtung Hamburg nahmen.🚉
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  • Day26

    Left Vienna bright and early for our journey to Prague. It was a pleasure driving through the city at 8.30 on a Sunday morning. We hit the autostrada and that was we stayed for the next 350 or so k's. Most of the driving was in the Czech Republic, we knew when we had reached the boarder as there were Casino's (not quite Vegas!), sex shops and a biker bar. Couldn't be further from Vienna if we'd tried!!! The driving was pretty horrendous, it would have to be the worst road surface I have ever driven on. A concrete panel road surface in really poor condition with road works for much of it, with rain for some of it. We arrived in Prague early afternoon and for those of you that know Prague our hotel was on the main square right opposite the astronomical clock. This is of course a huge pedestrian plaza that is incredibly busy. This small piece of detail was not known to our GPS. I ended driving driving right through this space, and had a very nice tour guide stop to tell me to drive out as quickly as possible before the police came. Managed to do just that, parked illegally and walked back to the hotel. I do all of the driving on our trips, Rogers not interested and I don't mind it. Once we had checked in, the Hotel staff went back to the car with Roge to move it to the hotel car park. Both Roger and I expected that that hotel,guy would drive. Not so. Roger had his very first European driving experience in Prague central. Needless to say he needed a drink. We had booked a private walking tour before leaving Vienna and we met our guide at 4pm for a 3 tour. Best money ever spent. Our guide was an amazing young American woman living and studying in Prague for the last five years - her speciality - Eastern European politics. This woman showed us and taught us things we would have had no idea about if we'd been on our own. At the beginning I was thinking that 3 hours might be too long but it sped by. We now thinking we'll see if we can do the same thing at our next two stops, Berlin and Amsterdam. She recommended a great place for dinner and that was where we finished the night, with Roge having the local speciality of Pork knuckle.Read more

  • Day88

    Home to thousands of stag do's and some beautiful buildings, we enjoyed our whistle stop tour to this city.

    We stayed with a Slovakian girl who has lived in Czech Republic for years and whose black Labrador Nikko became Stuarts newest friend on our travels.

    On our arrival we headed to the famous Tyn Church (the main pic) with its mismatched spires symbolising Adam and Eve (I presume Eve is the larger of the two) and rumoured to have come about because they ran out of money/material.. We almost missed the astronomical clock which is currently covered in scaffolding and wandered through the jewish quarter.

    We had read online that Prague was "agonisingly crowded" so prepared for the worst. Ok so it was busy with Charles' famous bridge teaming with tourists, we had experienced Rome so were not phased. Managed to easily get a beer and a burrito before the queues!

    The main tourist spots ticked off we decided to pick up tickets for Guns n' Roses live in Prague and what a great decision that turned out to be! Settling down onto the grass in the cheapest standing area we enjoyed beer in our commemorative cups and watching warm up acts including Biffy Clyro. When the sun started to set Axl Rose wowed us with his vocals and Slash was on fine form.

    Great introduction to the Czech capital.
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  • Day27

    Today was a walking day, (aren't they all!). We set off this morning after a latish start and walked along the river for about 3 kms to where there was another castle. This one was called Vysehrad, I don't think it really matters how long we are here for we still cannot understand a single word spoken or written ! Lucky for us English is widely used. It was interesting, mainly built for defence, not much castle left but lots of churches and other buildings behind the enormous walls. This was the original home to the Chech rulers with settlements here going wayback to prehistoric times. It was certainly a very interesting place. Found a nice place for lunch and had a lazy afternoon walking with a bit of retail therapy thrown in. Just getting ready to go out for dinner. This eating and drinking thing certainly take up a lot of your time!Read more

  • Day91

    Its nickname is "Moravian Manchester". It is the second largest city in Czech Republic and it was dead the day we arrived.. I don't know if someone warned them we were coming but hopefully it was due to it being a Czech public holiday. This first day was largely taken up on the search for a chocolate crepe. They seem to like crepes here in Czech and as I do not share the obsession with Nutella with the rest of Europe, I dragged Stuart around the streets until we found actual chocolate.

    On the second day we did our first "free" walking tour here. Where you basically tip what you feel like. Definitely helped to add interest to the city and we learnt quite a lot about it and Czech humour. We saw a statue of two people fornicating on the side of a church, a huge horse that when you stand under it and look up it looks like a giant penis and their modernist astronomical clock which is shaped like a bullet but people think that it looks - again - like a giant...

    In Brno they ring the noon day bell at 11am and have done since 1645. The weary Swedish were close to conquering the city but agreed that if they had not done so by 12pm then they would leave and not return.. the sneaky Moravian Mancunians therefore decided to ring the bell at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul an hour early at which point the Swedes promptly left and the city was saved.

    On the tour we met a lovely Finnish girl called Hanna, who was in Brno for a Bachelorette party. We ended up having lunch together and visiting a crypt under the Capuchin Monastry with Hanna. We also enjoyed a free Birdseye view of the city which we had learnt about on the tour.

    In the evening we headed to the coolest bar called Super Panda Circus. It is found behind a curtained doorway and you must ring the doorbell to be let in. You are then met by a doorman who explains how the bar works, shows you to a seat and brings a display of random items on sticks. You choose your drink by instinct (but you can see how much you are paying and the alcohol content!!).

    The drinks themselves were like works of art. Mine came accompanied by a lime and coriander ice lolly.. Hanna's had a marshmallow and an ice block branded with the bar's logo.. Stuart's came accompanied with a dish of enoki mushrooms.. All of this in a completely non-pretentious atmosphere. The bartenders were really friendly and the doorman didn't bat an eyelid at us in trainers and rainmacs. To top it all off the prices were half of what you'd pay at home. I would say this place is reason enough to stop over in Brno, and I don't even like cocktails!
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  • Day24

    Arrived at Jemniste Chateau about 10am. Our programme included, a falconry display, a tour of the chateau, lunch and time to explore the 13ha grounds with zoo (wallabies and cockatoos included). We were welcomed with a drink by the owner. Between the communists and the Russian 'liberators' most of these places were usurped. It's only fairly recently that many have gone back to their rightful owners. The present owner lives in one wing and we toured the rest. The gardens are spectacular. The main course at lunch was wild boar. We were assured that the owner or his son would have hunted and shot it.

    The highlight for me was the falconry display. The first birds were falcons. They soared and dived after lures - they are so fast! Next a Golden Eagle. The falconer rode his horse away from us, pulled on the rein and the horse lay down with the falconer getting clear at the last minute. Some meat was placed on the horse's flank and the eagle sent off. It landed on the horse which didn't budge. In fact, it seems the horse was quite comfortable and refused the falconer's urging to get up. It was suggested that our applause might get it up - it did. Next, an Eagle Owl but it didn't fly. The real bonus was that we were encouraged to go up and 'meet' the birds.

    J&J
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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