Prague was always on my wishlist. I had heard a lot about the beauty of Prague from many of my friends. Of all the journeys which I took around Europe, the train journey from Berlin to Prague would be the most memorable one because of many reasons:
That was the first time, I boarded A Euro Night train between two European countries
My initial memories about the Euro nights train date back to “DDLJ” and then comes the world of “YouTube” which runs your imagination live on the computer screen.
Cozy seats, snow-clad peaks, vast meadows, and large glass windows were the prime elements of my imagination which defined the essentiality of a European train journey.
When I and Vinit arrived at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, we were really excited to see the train. For those who do not know, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station, is a UNESCO world heritage site. This railway station has many floors and platforms at different levels.
Our Euro Night train was almost the bottom-most platform. The same solid rectangular engine with long trains. So, we entered inside. The same cozy and wide seats with large glass windows welcomed us.
The journey was more than I had expected for
When the train crawled out of the station, there were not so many things on my mind. If I could recall, it was mostly meadows and snow-clad peaks which I was expecting to see on the journey but the journey turned out to be much more than I had expected for.
The agricultural fields, countryside, and lonely houses
In India, I had never seen such large agricultural fields like an unending green carpet. And suddenly, out of nowhere, there would be a countryside road running through in the middle of the field. There would a hamlet of countryside houses in the middle of the fields as well just like a perfect picture painted by Nature.
The streets of those villages will be lonely yet so peaceful to watch as if life has stopped there for a while in the moving train and you have a lot of time for yourself.
The lazy sun, bathing the entire entities with its warmth. The stealthiness in the fast-paced train, the silence, the life beyond those large windows glasses would pull you away out of you. Even if you would not want to, but you would just want to give time to yourself.
You would wonder at the beauty of Nature, the vibes trying to speak to your mind, the spirit which is trying to connect with your soul. The child inside you would want to break free out of you and run bare feet in those vast fields. Touch the fluffy neck of Llama.
Thousands of railway sleepers pass before your eyes while the eyelids do not even move or get distracted. What do you wonder? Where the life has taken you to? If Berlin was where you started then Prague is where you see the future.
Every moment that pass by has another thousand of sub-moments engulfed within it. The bare feet run in the fields, the innocence behind touching the golden barleys shining under the sun, the echo of the laughter and much more….
Along the river Elbe
I was not expecting that the train would be running along the river Elbe. That was more like a game. The question was “Is the river Elbe going to leave the journey first or the train before reaching Prague?”
Trust me, the view along the journey from Berlin to Prague was not just about the river Elbe view but the there was much more than just the river view.
There were mountains, A city located beside the river, the forts on top of the hill along the river, the yacht, the boating, the modern bridges that were built over the river and there was much more.
Saxon Switzerland national park, Germany
There was something on the journey which caught my attention and that was Saxon swiss national park. Though I came to know about it much later during my stay in Germany but for sure, I was mesmerized by the beauty of the Saxon Swiss – Saxon Switzerland national park’ mundane term.
I showed Vinit that I wanted to go to the top of the hill and watch everything from the top. Little did I know that one day I would hike there and watch everything in reality from the top.
The beauty, the Saxon Swiss top, that I was from the moving the train would soon be calling me. And after a few months, I was watching the same railway track and the river from the top of the Saxon Swiss. Does that sound nice?
When the train entered the Czech republic, I could feel the difference. Beautiful girls, a nice city, the medieval European feel and much more.
This story would be continued…. in the next blog….