Highlights of Cesky Crumlov:
(1) Bears chilling in a moat (guarding Cesky Castle)
(2) Closely followed by the delicious treat; Trdelnik
(3) Visiting the torture museum – All I can say is people were CRAZY! My favourite torture instrument was a pointed chair that you had to sit on… hmmm I think you get the idea!
This town was definitely one of the cutest so far, mainly UNESCO listed and you can definitely see why.
We visited the beautiful château of Hluboká on our way to Prague too.
Well let’s say our introduction to Prague was ‘unforgettable’. An ambulance trip later and an evening in Prague hospital we were set free to go back to our delightful (joking) camp site. Kieran had been violated by the doctor (who I must say looked like some 70’s porn star) and had been diagnosed with acute food poisoning thanks to some pork, safe to say I was fine.
Day two was a little better We checked out all the main attractions including: The old & lesser town square, Charles bridge, Prague Castle (St Vitus Cathedral), the old town hall and astronomical clock, a few other churches, lesser town bridge, powder gate and St Georges basilica. Amongst all this we strolled around the sweetest coble-stone streets and ate more Trdelnik.
Day three – consisted of seeing the Jewish ghetto (including the fabulous Spanish synagogue).
Dresden & Meissen
Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony thus making it very touristy… but what makes it more spectacular is the fact it was annihilated in World War II. It’s amazing that the town is as beautiful as it is today, compliments to the people who did the restoration work.
Running through part of the town is the Elbe River which leads us to Meissen (yes the town famous for its porcelain). The sight of Albrechtsburg (the first castle to be used as a royal residence in Germany) and Cathedral was breathtaking. It seriously felt like you had stepped back in time as you walked through the numerous small lanes and around the castle quarters. The porcelain bells at the Frauenkirche which went off every hour were super cute too.
To get things started we embarked on the free walking tour around Berlin’s most infamous spots including Brandenburg Gate, the Wall, the former Nazi Government District, Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish memorial, the 1920s Cabaret Mile, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island and Lustgarten – the old royal gardens.
Our hostel was mint! It had massive comfy couches, a giant flat screen TV and movies in English. Yay! Kieran was super excited by the fact they had a bunch of world cup memorabilia including the massive cup stand from when Germany played host.
Berlin Zoo Day: Kieran was sick yet again so I made friends with one of the guys from our hostel and we checked the zoo out. It was unreal. I even got to feed the already overfed baby goats and sheep….soooo cute!
I have to make a special mention to the funny bird, well two funny birds (below). It still cracks me up looking at the pictures of them!
The home of Germany’s largest Cologne Cathedral. And I have to say it was impressive. The sheer size of the building was remarkable.
The weather was again perfect so walking through the endless shops, along the river front and around the camping site was brilliant.
Next stop: Amsterdam.