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    • Day 1

      Vom Ochsen zum Hradschin

      May 19, 2022 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Nach der Stärkung in der Bierschwemme ging es langsam Richtung Hradschin, dem historischen Viertel auf dem Burgberg.
      Am Veitsdom war es überraschenderweise nicht voll und der Eintritt frei, so dass wir uns zu einem Besuch entschlossen.Read more

    • Day 3

      Guten Morgen Prag „Veitsdom“

      June 10, 2023 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Lias hat spitzen mäßig geschlafen 😴 der ist aber auch super platt 🫣Ich selbst bin mit der Matratze noch nicht ganz konform, aber das passt.
      Wir sind früh aufgestanden und habe zackig alles erledigt, so das wir früh am Dom 🕍 sind. Trotz top Parkplatz ist das hier wohl ein Pilgerort 😛soviel Menschen.
      Erst mal Frühstück für Papa besorgen und dann das kleine Ding einmal unsicher machen 😝
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    • Day 3

      Castello di Praga

      May 4 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Cittadella posta in cima a una collina, dato che non volevamo fare la lunga scalinata per salire, abbiamo preso la metro fino alla fermata di Malostranská, da lì il tram 22 o 23 che ti porta nel lato alto del castello.
      La fermata più vicina all'ingresso è quella di Pražský hrad, mentre noi siamo scesi poco più su a quella di Pohořelec facendo una passeggiata di 10 minuti in discesa in modo da vedere la piazza con l'ingresso principale.
      Il biglietto del circuito principale comprende la cattedrale, il castello, la chiesa e il vicolo d'oro.
      Una volta girato il complesso siamo scesi dalla scalinata fino alla fermata della metro.
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    • Day 19

      Prague Castle

      August 24, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we spent the day exploring Prague Castle. Like Buda Castle, there are several buildings and monuments within a walled area, so it took a fair few hours to get around.

      We went to the Cathedral first, then took the Castle tour followed by a walk down Golden Lane and a visit to some old residences.

      After that we were tired and hungry so we went for dinner at a Czech restaurant before getting a tram back over the river.

      Before heading back to the hostel we got a pedalo on the river and saw the Dancing House and other sights from a riverside perspective.

      Tomorrow we’re up early to go to the airport for our trip home. I’ve been notified of strikes at Barcelona, so I hope it doesn’t cause problems...
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    • Day 225

      We went swimming in the river!!! (Pt1)

      December 18, 2023 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Had the best day yesterday :). First thing we did was go out for a Turkish breakfast. I'd completely forgotten how much we loved the big spreads they did for breakfast in Turkey so when Ozge suggested we go I was so amped! This one wasn't quite as vast as the real thing but it was still so yum. After that, I had to go back to the ornament alley from the other day, we tried to walk there but we got lost and ended up at the prague castle. The castle was real cool but the best bit was the Cafe at the end, it overlooked the whole city and the sky was so sunny and clear it turned out being the best view of the city so far! In the evening we went to the Charles Bridge to see a guy that dresses up in an old medieval costume to light the lanterns, it only happens at Christmas and seems like a pretty big deal, we only saw the end but there were like 100 people following the guy around and they gave him a huge round of applause when he finished. It was night by this point so we got dinner from the Christmas markets and then went to a sauna bar, which was definitely the highlight of the day. It was on a boat and they let you swim in the river! The river water was so cold it was insane, the longest I spent in the water was like 30 seconds and by the end my whole body was contracting into a ball and I could barley move. We spent the night getting as warm as we could in the sauna and then running out to have competitions to see who could stay in the water the longest. I definitely didn't think I'd be swimming in the prague river this trip and I'm so stoked I got to. After that we went to another bar on the rivers edge, it had a massive glass circle as the door which was so cool, it was terrible at keeping the warm in tho ahah.

      Ps the guy taking the video is Konrad, he's a friend we made at the bar crawl he's from Perth.
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    • Day 33

      Day Thirty-Three: Prague

      April 17 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      I believe Prague is up there for one of my favorite cities. And today is up there for one of the best days on the trip, for sure. We started the day a free little walking tour to the castle district. Fun fact that I learned after we left is that this castle is the second biggest in all of Europe. But the tour was going to continue outside of the castle district, but I was so amazed by it that I convinced a couple of other people to stay with me and explore. So we bought a ticket for some of the highlights and went. A lot of people have gotten their fill of churches, but they still blow my mind. This one was my first one that had a lot of stained glass. And fuck me it is so beautiful see all the beautiful colors coming through. This church was full of this crazy tombs of all the bishops of the church and even contained the second ever bishop dating back to the 500s. Afterward we went to the palace which was a little disappointing, there wasn't really anything in there and it was so full. We did get to see the throne and the crown jewels, which was cool. On our way down to meet the group, the other people stopped for a treat, and I saw vendor had bowls of fruit for sale, and by God, it has been the best purchase I have made so far. It was so ripe and delicious, much needed fruit since I haven't had any since traveling. We met back up with everyone and went to this BBQ place, and we were all convinced to buy pork knuckles, which was hella expensive. As you can see, it was very much worth. It was so delicious and one of my favorite meals. I have also gained a taste for Hugo spritz since Italy, a fantastic drink. For the evening, we did a hidden Prague tour with the total gem of a tour guide named Bruno. This was the best tour we have done. It started with us getting to try some Czech liquor, 2 shots. And of course, I grabbed the stronger one first, I was not ready for how gross it was. It did come back up just a little bit. The other one was very good, though. I believe the percentage was 40 and 35 respectively. So, it was a great way to start the tour. Then we went to this beautiful park just hidden up some random street. And you could even hear peacocks in the distance, too! And when we went to see them, one even pulled his feathers up! They were looking a little sad, though. We also saw these random signs on the wall with just a straight line and a year. One was like 4 meters up, and it turns out it was the high that water got too during some of the major floods that happened. Happened a lot, apparently... we walked a little to a classic pub and learned that all the classic pubs are underground because Pilsner needed to be stored at 15 degrees. And beer doesn't have a listed percentage but is listed as steps. So a normal beer is 14 steps. This indicates how many steps underground it is stored since it affected percentage. But I also learned that Pilsner beer originates from Prague, and the recipe has not changed since 1842. On top of all this me and Ethan learned our new favorite way to cheers! We had a lot of fun at this pub. Our tour guide was a total gem since I was called Buffalo on my first pint, so I had to chug it, and Bruno gave me another one! And then when other people were first and he was getting another round he got me another one! So I had 3 beers for free... after the tour, we found out the other tour guide only gave one drink to the group, so we really got the cool guy! Then we walked across one of the old bridges full of statues and got to try the trdelník dessert, which is just like a chimney cake. You can put like ice cream and stiff in them but the place stayed open for us because we were late. But for that reason, everyone got their own! Then we went to this bar where you could only pay with the card they give you, so you would have to fill the card with cash. And to top it off, you can only leave the bar if you give them the card back. But this bar was a lot of fun. There were multiple rooms, and we got to meet another contiki group there as well. They were awesome. Turns out that when you cheers you need to make eye contact, or else you get 7 years of bad sex; so I'm screwed. But at this point, I was pretty drunk, so I slowed down a lot and was just having a good time. We went to the dance floor and I was teaching some of the girls how to dance, it was so much fun! Then Bec came over and randomly just came over and told me to be careful and that I was going to throw up? Like I was teaching people to dance and I didn't have a drink at the time. But that's OK, we just had some fun and went to a five story club afterward. Everyone was saying how all 5 stories were open to get there, pay 20 euros to get in, and only see two of the levels open... but it was still fun with the gang just dancing and playing around. At one point, one of the ladies was running to the dance floor and just fell straight on her face. She was ok, but it was pretty funny to watch. It was a blast of a day made better by the fact I was feeling a little better too.Read more

    • Day 4

      Ein Vormittag im Grünen

      July 21, 2023 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Vom Kloster Strahov sind wir zunächst zur Deutschen Botschaft spaziert. Den Genscher Balkon und den bronzenen Trabi wollten wir sehen. Im Oktober 1989 hat der damalige Außenminister Genscher nach bangen Tagen den etwa 4000 fluchtwilligen DDR Bürgern folgende Botschaft überbracht:
      „Wir sind gekommen, um Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass heute Ihre Ausreise möglich geworden ist.“
      -Gänsehaut pur!-
      Dann sind wir etliche Stufen den die Hänge des Laurenzibergs hochgelaufen bis zum Pertrin, der Kopie des Eifelturms im Verhältnis 1:5.
      Wir hätten mit der Zahnradbahn runter in die Stadt fahren können, wir haben das allerdings zu Fuß gemacht und sind mit einer tollen Aussicht auf Prag belohnt worden.
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    • Day 1

      Der mühevolle Aufstieg

      May 19, 2022 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Der Petřín-Hügel kann zum einen mit der Zahnradbahn oder zu Fuß erklommen werden. Ralfs Wunsch war die Ersteigung mit der Zahnradbahn, der dann leider unerfüllt blieb, da die Schlange an der Station einfach zu lang war.
      Also machten wir uns zu Fuß auf den Weg. Bei der Hitze war das ganze Unterfangen recht mühselig, aber schließlich sind wir oben angelangt. Es wurde höchste Zeit für das erste Bier. ,🍻
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    • Day 1

      U Černého Vola - Die Bierschwemme

      May 19, 2022 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Eine der ursprünglichen altböhmischen Bierstuben "Zum schwarzen Ochsen" befindet sich am Loreto Platz (tsch.: Loretánské náměstí) nahe der Prager Burg. In den letzten Jahren hatte man das Gefühl, dass Touristen nicht mehr allzu willkommen waren, also wurde das Tschechisch ausgepackt und der Satz "Máte stůl pro čtyři osoby?" ("Haben Sie einen Tisch für vier Personen frei?") verhalf uns zum erhofften Eintritt in den Bier-Olymp.
      Auffällig war, dass zum ersten Mal überhaupt eine Frau als Bedienung zugegen war, ein absolutes Novum in der Geschichte dieser geliebten Bierschwemme.
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    • Day 3

      Unsere 1. Etappe heute - Petrin

      May 28, 2022 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Als erstens ging es heute für uns nach Petrin. Durch den Park bis ganz hoch und dann auf den Aussichtsturm Petrin. Der Aufstieg war furchtbar - jedoch hat die Aussicht für alles entschädigt.
      Nach dem Abstieg brauchte ich erstmal einen Gin Tonic… Höhenangst sei Dank…Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Hradčany, Hradcany, هارادشاني, Hradzsin, フラッチャニ, Hradczany, Градчаны, Hradčani

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