|Denise and David in Europe
Czech Republic - Prague part 2
updated 30 October 2016
Friday 28 October - Prague day 3
The Funicular rail. Our 90
minute tram ticket also includes this. Departs every
Lovely surprises at the top of the
Through the park you can see the
Peaceful surrounds away from the
The Petrin Tower - we see people
on the circular staircase so we prepare for the
climb. What is this we see? An elevator?
In this? So we pay 60 Czech-eroners and have
the experience ($3 AUS). No more than 5 people
in a very tight steal space. The door is shut then
the steal shutters come down behind us. If you
are a claustrophobic do not attempt this!
"Gulp" says David.
Worth it...............the views
from the top follow. You can see part of the
old city wall below.
More wall and of course Prague
sprawl. Prague consists of The New City
(13 Century) The Old City (don't ask), the Lesser
City and the Castle City. All combined to make
Prague what it is today.
Everything is picture worthy. This
is a close up of a lovely church taken from the
Another view of the Prague Castle
precinct. Prague Castle entrance on the left.
St Vitus Cathedral commanding center stage.
The river view. The mist is
starting to drift in. To the right Charles
Bridge. Only people traffic on this one. We
walked over it to Prague Castle (left of the pic)
If you look closely you can see
our hotel. A river frontage 5 story building
(situated 4th building to the right of the black
tower of Charles Bridge).
A surprising find below - an
observatory that wasn't supposed to be open but due
to the public holiday it was. A very interesting
place with 2 telescopes. We got to look at
sunspots on the sun through one of them.
Telescope 2 - 150 years old and
still working well. This is the one we
saw the sun through. A highlight of the day.
This is how much Den weighs if she
was a Martian... :-) (Ed: Webmaster
refuses to show his weight on Mars... or on Jupiter
for that matter)
Coming down the funicular.
The National Theatre a block away
from our hotel.
The pic below is our dinner
cruise. A little bus tour around Prague at
night preceded this.
Sights along the way on the
cruise. Prague Castle of course.
The onion tower LOL..... no ...
it's just that I can't remember what it was called.
Going through the loch. No
wonder this is a 3 hour tour. Peak hour at the
Cute..... penguin lights.
An that is that for another day.
Tomorrow is our final day in
Prague. Still plenty to see.
Saturday 29 October - Prague day 4
We set out on a walk to the old
city of Prague and the old city square. Our
first delight was this building which was clearly a
mix of different architecture with Stucco
decoration. The building is the Bohemia Prague
We finally found the real
astronomical clock - in the city square... and guess
what - it was an hour slow! No wait.
Daylight savings ends tonight here in Prague. Hope
we don't miss our train in the morning!
The old city square pictured
below. A lot of people still about on Saturday
morning after the Independence Day celebrations
Next we went to see the famous
Spanish Synagogue where the Nazis stored all the
gold and silver.... but for some strange reason, it
was closed on Saturdays.
So on to the Powder Tower, a
different one to the powder tower in Prague
Castle. Get a load of this piece of
architecture from 1475. It was one of the
original thirteen gates around the old Prague.
Naturally like all other towers, .... we climbed it.
Up the two hundred tight spiral
staircase spiraling and spiraling. Finally a
speck of light and then.... VIEWS!
A view of a memorial on the next
mountain. Notice how the train goes straight
through the mountain. I wonder if our train tomorrow
goes through there.
A sweeping panorama across Prague.
Teeny weeny people on the streets
Inside the roof of the Powder
Tower was this stone statue. A striking resemblance
to our daughter perhaps she has that typical 15th
Century womanly look! Go figure.
After climbing down, we strolled
on to Wenceslas Square (as in the Christmas
Carol)... there is his statue in the distance.
Perhaps you want a close up.
This is a close up.
It was a funny shaped square -
more of a mighty long rectangle.
We then checked out the train
station for tomorrow morning and trammed down to the
Dancing House. About 100 meters down the street
behind us was the Manes Exhibition Hall and its
Onion Tower (we called it the onion tower) Not sure
what its real name was.
... then the Dancing House.
Oh oh.... here's trouble.......
oh... no LOL ... it is a paddle
boat.. Quite unique.
A nice way to say good night till
Sunday 30 October - Prague to Vienna
This morning we are off to Vienna
via a brisk but pleasant stroll to the number 9 tram
that takes us right to our station. Just over
four hours from now we will be in Vienna (Wein to
the locals) and meeting up with Karolina again.
Below - Den catching her breath at
the tram stop. Made it just in time for the
low floor tram.... easier to put luggage on tram.
We arrived at Prague Central
Station an hour early. We thought we were
getting an old train... but wow... there is that wow
factor again, we had a brand new train. Shiney
and looked like it had never been touched by human
hands. The train had hostesses and waiters all
dressing the part. It was top class service to
our seats (we had reserved seats with a table)
Pictured below tells us how fast
the train is going and all the stations we will go
It was a very new state of the art
train indeed. It helped a lot reserving our
seats. It was AUS$3 (yes three) and we
were upgraded from first class to super duper first
Views below - in transit somewhere
between the Czech Republic and Austria. Lots of
little villages along the way and plenty of
and...that agriculture I was
and...something a little more
modern getting closer to Austria.
OMG - A castle hiding high on the
hill in the distance (but no lonely goat
herd). However there were some reindeer
earlier in a field earlier.
The picture below is just after we
crossed the Austrian border.
The easiest 4 and a bit hours on a