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To walk on quintessentially European streets and feel like you are on top of the world at Prague Castle
Beyond PragueOn our recent trip to the Czech capital, we decided to take a day trip from Prague to explore Bohemian Switzerland. On our previous trip, we had comfortably explored the little heavens of Czech Republic. These heavens were towns such as Karlovy Vary, Telč, Litomyšl and Česky Krumlov. Most of these towns could be covered on a day trip from Prague!Bohemian Switzerland was long on our bucket list ever since and we took the chance to explore it without further delay by making it a part of our trip. Having experienced the quaint vibes of Czech towns earlier, I had great expectations from Bohemian Switzerland. But it was also important to plan the trip well and explore accordingly.Where is Bohemian Switzerland?Bohemian Switzerland, also known as Czech Switzerland is a picturesque region in the north west of Czech Republic. It is an extension of Saxon National Park, a part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Germany.Bohemian Switzerland is 2 hours away from the Czech capital, Prague by road. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip from Prague.Many people also take this day trip from Dresden, Germany.Day Trip From Prague | Tisa | Bohemian SwitzerlandPlanning with Northern HikesWe got in touch with our friends from the Northern Hikes, a leading adventure company in Prague which organizes some well-designed hikes from Prague to the Bohemian Switzerland region. They recommended we make the most of the ongoing winter season and try their Narnia Labyrinth and Bastei bridge hike. This meant, we were going to travel across 2 countries on our day trip from Prague. Also, this tour was apt for beginners and could be taken by anyone. So, we booked ourselves on the tour from Prague by coordinating with their team and were all pumped to explore this dream destination.Tour: Narnia Labyrinth and Bastei bridge hikeDuration: 10 hoursDistance: 6kmsInclusions: Pick up & drop from hotel/hostel, transport, guide, breakfast, a lá carté lunch (inclusive of vegan options), waterCost: EUR150 per personPreparationsWe were all set for the big day, to explore a destination that was on our bucket list for a while.Apart from sleeping early to rest well before our hike, we ensured we had the following list in place:Comfortable shoesWinter wear: Thermals, Jackets, Gloves, Warm Socks and BeaniesWater bottleChocolateCameraPassport (we always carry it along when travelling abroad)Narnia Labyrinth and Bastei Bridge Hike with Northern Hikes
Prague is one of the cheaper cities in Europe and thus the private cabs are not as expensive as some of the other Western European nations. We managed to reach our Hotel from the Airport in a private Mercedes in about 20 Euros by booking it in advance online. The chauffeur stood at the airport with a cardboard having my name on it which gave me a sense of luxury in the usually very expensive European nations. I had booked a 5 Star Hotel with an approximate cost of Rs 8000 for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast.
Day 3:Our 1st stop of the day was Prague castle. Bought 30 min ticket and took metro from Mustek to Malostranska and tram 22 further to Prazsky hrad (Czeck for Prague castle). The metro/tram stop is just infront of entrance to Castle. It is the easiest way to reach here. Be at Castle’s entrance maximum by 9 AM to avoid long queues for security check and maddening crowds. Castle District consists of St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Rosenberg palace, Golden Lane, Royal palace where president still resides sometimes, Lobkowicz Palace, vineyards and South gardens. Access to castle district is free of cost, therefore we did not feel any need to buy tickets unless you want to see above mentioned churches, palaces (which are actually museums now and towers from inside). Entry to Golden Lane is free post 5 PM. It is a long sloping cobblestone pathway lined with tiny, charming and colorful dwellings. It has been preserved in its original form and not to be missed at all! Tickets are priced at 250 CZK onwards. St. Vitus Cathedral is accessible till certain point without tickets. Its architecture is magnificent. It has beautiful stained glasses inside and wonderful Gothic appearance outside which I felt is more admiring.
Day 2:We had breakfast at Starbucks and straight away rushed towards Sky Service tandem jump’s office located in Old town square. Yes! We were going to sky dive today! Make sure to book an early morning slot otherwise almost entire day will be gone in Sky diving. Also, reach their office atleast half an hour before your time slot so as to complete the initial formalities otherwise you will be sent in next slot and others will be preferred over you. They are very time punctual!! We booked our package on their website atleast a month before and paid half of the amount.For skydiving you will be transported to a small town located outside Prague. It’s a 1.5-hour journey. Enjoy the scenic countryside views of Czech enroute! Bring along some snacks or lunch. The whole experience was absolutely out of the world and full on adventurous. If you are prone to motion sickness then do not forget to bring suitable pills along as you might feel dizzy or vomit post diving.With every skydive package taken from this company you get to choose one complimentary offer from Hop on Hop off coupons, pub crawl passes or some restaurant’s food coupons. We chose HOHO coupons since we had already booked Pub crawl tickets.Well, to board a HOHO bus you will first need to redeem these coupons for tickets which can be done from a company specific HOHO bus ticket counter only and not just any kiosk located in Wencelas square (there are a few companies running their own HOHO buses and tours). Finally, on getting our tickets post much struggle, we hopped on to one such bus. But we did not find it much useful. Buses are not open therefore you are not able to see most of the places being talked about on audio guide.Post covering New town (Prominent places in New town are Wenceslas Square, The National Museum which was getting renovated, Jan Palach Memorial Cross, The Beer Factory and The Dancing House – overly hyped place) in HOHO bus, we got off at Malastrana (Little Quarter). It is nestled underneath the Prague castle, on one of the ends of Charles Bridge, opposite Old Town Square. Its cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque buildings, restaurants, cafes and churches. It’s busy square is always bustling with people. Its metro/tram stop is called Malostranska. We visited St. Nicholas Cathedral, small beautiful church in Malastrana. While walking towards old town square we accidentally stumbled upon Wallenstein Palace Gardens. The grounds are peaceful and well maintained. I saw white peacocks for the first time in my life wandering around freely.
Post having lunch we went back to our Airbnb apartment, freshened up and slept. In evening, we went for leisure walk around Old town square and Charles bridge. Enroute we came across this farmer market which goes on till 6-7 PM daily. You will find fresh fruits, magnets, souvenirs and other local things at very reasonable prices. Metro/tram stop of Old town square is called Staromestska.
1.Travel on foot in Prague to get the most wonderful experience from UNESCO protected sites such as Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Don’t be surprised if the cobbled lanes, beautiful architecture and fascinating history leave you spellbound!
I love Czechia. I love it so much that I have visited Czech Republic 8 times in past one year. In this post I will be specifically covering Bohemian Switzerland. It lies in the northern part of Czechia along with German Border. The area is covered with forest and sandstone hills which use to lie under the sea millions of years ago. There are a number of trails you can do in this region. Each one of them giving you a unique experience. I will be specifically covering the one I took which leads you straight to Pravčická brána, the largest natural Sandstone Arch in Europe. You may have spotted this sight in the movie Narnia. I have attached a video above which covers my Trip to Czechia and Slovakia
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When it comes to visiting the #DeutchLand, most of the people will suggest you visit during #OctoberFest or during #Chri...
When it comes to visiting the #DeutchLand, most of the people will suggest you visit during #OctoberFest or during #ChristmasMarket season.Unfortunately, i planned in such a hurry that my travel dates sit exactly on the calendar in between these events. I was kind of worried if this trip is not going to be as good as I was expecting :( Let's find out together how it went ;) Germany offers so many things to see and experience, especially Munich is one of the places where every individual will find his happy place. Therefore I decided to pick this place adding a new page in my travel book.
Home to one of the most iconic football clubs in the world – Bayern Munich. Their home stadium, Allianz Arena, complements their stature perfectly. What obviously helps is that Munich is also the venue of Oktoberfest.Famous footballers to have played here: Oliver Kahn, Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller.Things to do apart from football: Visit the regal Nymphenburg Palace. Go beer-tasting at Englischer Garten.Average expenditure per day per head: Rs. 4,000Book the best hotels.Read more about the city.
Although the best time to visit Munich is obviously October (thanks to the Oktoberfest), the German capital never fails to amaze during other months either. There is obviously no dearth of beer anywhere; just go sit at any roadside pub and your day is made. But it's really the quintessential German vibe that engulfs and makes you ask for more.Must do while here: Visit the Englischer Garten for a taste of the variety of beers in a garden?. Watch Bayern Munich play at the Emirates Stadium.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 4,500Best Hotels.Read more about Munich.
BAYERISCHER HOF, MUNICHFrom Charlie Chaplin to BB King, the iconic Bayerisch Hof has been host to some remarkable celebrities since 1841. A timeless benchmark of sophistication, its Presidential Suite 032 (US$4,470 upwards per night) is our classic favourite with a private elvator and butler service. Book the Luxury Weekend Package (two nights and three days, US$1,154 upwards; available now through November) for a Moët & Chandon champagne on arrival, breakfast buffets in the roof garden, and other delightful perks. bayerischerhof.de
Hailed as the beer-capital of the world, Munich has always attracted the crowds on accounts of Bavarian brewing skills, especially during Oktoberfest when (seemingly) the entire continent, if not most of the western world comes down to participate in the annual celebration of Bavarian pride. There's much more to Munich than the city's approach to beer and word seems to be getting around.Getting around in MunichCycles are pretty mainstream, as is the case with most of Germany, although renting one is not as easy as in Berlin. The U/S-Bahn and tram network will take you pretty much anywhere. A day ticket costs €6.40, but if you are staying longer, the 3-day ticket costs €16.
Having arrived in Munich on the very first day with the lovely weather on my side it was time to soak up the city culture in me. Making my way to Marienplatz the main city square and also the heart of this Bavarian land I could already get the city vibes the German Way. Strolling along this impressive 100-meter-long-gothic building, I was determined to spend my evening effortlessly here feasting in some of the most indigenous German houses.
And that was definitely one thing on my list to tick off and what best when you are so frenzied with your 6 months round the clock work routine. As I started to plan my itinerary all I knew was I want to be far away from pre-packaged experiences that tourists exchange money for. I wanted to consume experiences engaging with the local culture. So I booked myself on a much-deserved Euro trip to Germany! Germany has been long known to everyone for a plethora of beer offerings running from late September to the first weekend in October. Moving away from the touristy places and beer tents I was looking for experiencing the Oktoberfest in a local away. However when I was booking myself for a spree to this Bavarian land, I was glad to have collated these must have on your list to experience some of the best beer experiences.
The world's largest folk festival - the Oktoberfest officially started yesterday with the tapping of the first barrel of beer by the mayor of Munich.
How to reach: We booked Euroline bus from Prague to Munich. Do not miss the countryside view on your bus journey. Place to stay: Wombats City Hostel (centrally located) Places to visit: Marienplatz (famous christmas market), Munich Residence, BMW Museum,Englischer Garden, Beer Halls & Beer gardens, Allianz Arena, Theresienwiese (place where Oktoberfest is held), Olympic Village, Deutsches Museum Cheap Eats: In munich you will find proper Indian cuisine restaurants (incase you are tired of eating cold sandwiches and sausages) or kebab corners. Sausages accompanied with French fries. Must try Augustiner Keller (must try mixed sausages with mash potatos, Hofbräuhaus (the most famous beer hall). Retail Therapy: Kaufingerstrasse (located between Karlsplatz & Marienplatz) is one of Europe's premier shopping streets, Galeria Kaufhof. Tips:Whole of germany is shut from 24th dec 2:00 pm till 26th dec. You'll find hardly any places to shop or eat so before you to go any place please check if it is open or not. Also, many beer gardens are shut during winters as they have outdoor sitting. However, chinese garden the most famour beer garden located at Englischer garden.
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Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airp...
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airport. The neat and clean city has a cosmopolitan and modern character, complete with block-shaped houses, tall, square-shaped steel buildings, and several banks and other offices. I crossed the famous 'Working Man' statue in downtown Frankfurt, which embodies the true nature of labour laws in the city.
The rebels started their first leg of their journey from Mumbai ( India), traveling Via Istanbul to Frankfurt.We landed in Frankfurt on a cold evening around 7pm at Frankfurt Airport. Some of our experiences are captured greatly in our pictures below We got to witness a beautiful set of dancers who had come together as activists outside our hostel & performed a sweet show for a large audience which had gathered. The Frankfurt hostel was bustling with a great vibe.A great set of youngsters chatting,some playing some instruments & listening to music,others reading and some standing at the balcony facing the lovely streets of Frankfurt and enjoying a beer or two The lovely Meninger Hotel at Munich City centre was our pad for 2 nights.( would highly recommend them).Not only because they surprised us with a free upgrade to a private suite from a 8 room dorm,but because they have a great vibe, a cute bar, generous staff and some lovely guests. We had a privilege of tasting some of the best local Bavarian beers. Amazing architecture & culture History & Art Beautiful buildings and architecture around the city. Frankfurt & Munich both have a unique touch to it of modern and medieval setting.Munich is quite well known for its big museums and cathedrals After spending the day seeing some of the beautiful architecture,local areas, we went to this lovely man made ice lake.The route was through the very pretty Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is a large public park in the centre of Munich, Bavaria, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. The Main is a river in Germany. With a length of 527 km, it is the longest right tributary of the Rhine, and the longest river lying entirely in Germany. Beautiful streets Colorful streets, filled with restaurants & pubs.Munich has it all. The Eisbach (German for "ice brook") is a small man-made river, 2 kilometres long, in Munich. It flows through the park known as the Englischer Gartenand is a side arm of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section, where surfers come & spend evenings surfing.We saw a very talented bunch one evening. The local tram system is so well connected & easily accessible. FC Byern celebration Pretty people of Germany Food We got to try some yummy sausages known as Bratwurst: The name means "farmers' sausage,"Germany has an extremely beautiful culture ! Happy exploringThis post was originally published on Rebel In Transit.
Finally, last but not the least the next destination was Frankfurt, Germany from where there was the return flight to India. The last day was spent in packing bags and having a tour to the BMW factory. Where you can see all the models starting from the first to the latest ones. My mom has never been on a motorcycle, but she was too happy to pose with the super sports BMW motorcycles. Bidding Adieu to Europe the time has come to board Oman Air and reach India via Muscat.All this time I was here and used to call my parents every day. This was how I was having my EuroTrip by words and imagination. Life is worth to see the moments of happiness and smiles on my parents face. God Bless and keep them happy.
Went to Rhine valley , along with new mates whoever I met on bus , was started by walking from my hotel , exploring everything with feeling the air breeze and after some 5km reached the bus from there travelled in bus upto 20km nearly outside the Frankfurt like it is valley . From there I went down to small town where totally people were nearly 1200 . It was a beautiful place .. and cruise to explore along the valley for upto 40kms , tasted all kinds of wines . First time I had experienced the wine and every weekend means red wine , white wine , Pinot Gris , Pinor blac , Chardonnay , Arbane .. while I was on the cruise it went up to some miles so during there were so many old castles which were built 1000 / 2000 years a ago . Very rare to see these kinds of castles everywhere. The total day I spent over this place was totally satisfied. Starred from my hotel by walking around the streets , ate Tortila while , then BUS travel , small cable car travel about to 15 mins , cruise travel , bus travel , again started walking by end of the day , was waited for the bus to catch up . Did . Went to hotel had some rest time . Was fun . Was it ?
A pretty compact city, Frankfurt was decidedly a non-party destination unless you travelled far from the city centre. The Red Light District was marvelously nightmarish, upon entrance we were offered every drug we were aware of and even witnessed a few being taken. The city has a very standoffish feel and no one seems happy at any given time. Our hostel, Frankfurt Hostel, was the saving grace of the trip. Cheap drinks, a well cultured atmosphere and clean rooms, it went the extra mile. The cities old heritage is lost between the office buildings so it's not worth searching for because so much has been eroded. 3/10, it's only this high for the displays in the Red Light District.
Thankful for the good weather at Frankfurt. It's a rather calm city like Stuttgart. Definitely less busy than London! At first we paid 9.90 euros for transportation in Frankfurt. We then realised that there isn't any train or tram conductos around. And the underground did not have any gantry to pass through. So we took the risk of getting fined the next and following day. WE DID IT. I reckon that everyone should take the risk. Hahaha you can save loads!
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It was an hour and a half time to drive back to Zurich City. Though Zurich City tour was planned, we reached in the late...
It was an hour and a half time to drive back to Zurich City. Though Zurich City tour was planned, we reached in the late evening and due to time constraint, we were left with only one hour so we were dropped near Zurich lake and were told to spend time nearby. We walked down on the streets next to the lake and enjoyed the lighting in the surroundings. We clicked few pictures and drove back to hotel.
After crossing Freiburg, we enter the border of Swiss where we had to stop for few minutes for passport check at the entry point. But luckily, they just checked driver's & our tour manager's docs and let us go. Finally, we reached hotel - Thessoni Classic Boutique Hotel at 8.30pm, quick checked in, kept bags in our respective rooms and came down for dinner. Food was arranged by local caterer with the space given by the hotel. It was tasty and good variety. After a long day of journey, it was time to take rest and we hit the beds as soon as possible.
Before starting about my trip, one quick information for first time travellers- You need a Schengen Visa to visit most of the European countries and it would cost you around 4500 for the Visa.My first destination was Zurich. After 12 hours of connecting flight via Dubai (btw Dubai Airport is just Awesomeee..:) ) we touched Zurich. Alternately, you can also take a direct 7 hours flight from India to Zurich.Zurich is a modern city situated in Lake Zurich in North-East Switzerland.The Public transport system is very good and must be used to travel local. If you love to walk and not a great Museum lover avoid buying Zurich Card. Just get a ticket from automatic vending machine and enjoy the ride of Tram.Avoid taking Taxi as it is very expensive.For the Night, Zurich offers more than 400 nightspots to cater you. . On our first day we were busy with our random walks around local outlets , trying lakeside eateries. The city is so well designed and preserved that we were almost going to enter Police Station by mistake(as it was amazing piece of architecture itself).
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, with beautiful Lake Zürich and many other architectural wonders. Fifa World Museum is located right here for football fans. I rather chose to scroll through Toy Museum. If you want to see how toys looked like 300 years ago, just spare some time for it. Quite fascinated with these preserves I decided to pay a visit to a church nearby, and the architecture and carvings were marvellous.
Day 7: Next day we moved to Zurich as next we had early morning flight for Mumbai from Zurich Airport. So, in short we had only few hours to explore Zurich .After hotel check-in we left for Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfall in Europe.The view was mesmerizing. Bought some chocolates and souvenirs there and left for Zurich old market. We reached bit late as all shops get closed by 7 in the evening. Enjoyed coffee and evening life of Zurich.Roamed around the streets,cafe and market with closed shops :( by the lake side. After sunset reached back to Hotel, had dinner and did packing as we were suppose to leave early morning to catch our flight.
This exciting city should be at the center of every Swiss Itinerary. Its suave views, glittering skyscapers and art galleries adhere well to the Swiss standards. The city, crowned by the Alps, won't let you off without some great memories.
3 | Geneva + Interlaken + LUCERNE + ZurichArrival in French-styled Geneva, seated on Europe’s largest glacier lake, visitors are immediately struck by the clarity of the crystal clear waters. The lingering Alps reflected brightly off the lake while Geneva vies as one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Move on to Interlaken and Lucerne for everything from hiking in the Alps, ski diving to chocolate tasting. Ideal for outdoor and photography lovers. By train, Geneva to Interlaken: 4hr 30 min then Interlaken by way of Lucerne to Zurich: 2 hr 46 min.
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There is an old saying " Never waste a weekend during an onsite trip". So, I was in Sindelfingen, Germany on my two week...
There is an old saying " Never waste a weekend during an onsite trip". So, I was in Sindelfingen, Germany on my two week business trip from Bangalore. Staying true to my above saying me and my friend decided to head to Austria for the weekend. Nothing was planned basically, all I knew after a google search was Hallstat was the most photographed place in Austria.The skeleton of the plan was we take a local S-Bahn from Sindelfingen to Stuttgart airport from where we had booked a Flixbus to Salzburg ( both ways). So we boarded the flix bus around 3am on a cold saturday early morning from Stuttgart and settled in to get a nice sleep.
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All buses drop you off at the Dresden hauptbahnhof (main station). A short tram ride took us to the old town center....
Dresden was once called the “Florence on the Elbe” being one of Europe’s architectural and artistic highlights. However, much of it was bombed during WWII and much of the city was not much more than a rubble heap. On February 13, 1945, 800 British aircraft showered the city with 2,600 tons of bombs. The Americans followed the next morning with 300 Flying Fortress bombers. It is estimated that 25,000 people were killed, while 13 square miles of the historic city center were destroyed. With temperatures rising to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, the burning city was visible to pilots from 100 miles away. Dresden was a central hub for the Nazi’s and the city remained loyal to them, hence its destruction. Being Saturday evening, there was not much open other than restaurants and bars, but it was lovely seeing the city at this time of day. The streets were crowded with tourists and residents strolling and chatting in various languages. What struck us the most was that it was COLD. We both had liners under our coats, but we could have used gloves and scarves too. The outdoor restaurants all had their heatalators on to keep the hungry crowds warm enough to sit through a meal.
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Leipzig had the largest Hauptbahnhof in Europe until Berlin usurped it. This seems to be the trade fair capital of Germa...
Leipzig had the largest Hauptbahnhof in Europe until Berlin usurped it. This seems to be the trade fair capital of Germany and an important city for such throughout Europe dating back centuries. What we did not know was that Leipzig was having a Goth festival. As we were walking and admiring the beautiful architecture, there were many other sights to see walking along side of us. For music lovers, which I do not count amongst the many, Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach lived for a good part of his life and was the Kantor in the Thomaskirche. He is buried in the choir with the Bach archives across the street. Felix Mendelssohn headed the Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the first conservatory in Germany. Richard Wagner was born here, receiving his musical training here. This city also boasts Germany’s first stock exchange.