An Evening Boating in River Vltava, Prague

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We had just taken a cruise ride in the Vltava river seeing most of the places along the river which included Charles bridge, Prague castle, some island in the middle of the river Vltava etc. That was almost an hours tour. When we got down after the cruise tour, there was still something missing.

So, I and Vinit decided to take a paddle boat and spend the evening boating in river Vltava. Also, we wanted to relax because most of the places to see in Prague are situated not so far from each other and both of us just loved walking through the streets of Prague so we were tired as well.

So, we walked to a jetty nearby and took a boat. We also bought some beer to add more lax. The boat was rented on per hour basis. we took the boat and began paddling inside the river.

There was some demarcation point marked in the river across which you cannot paddle. There were birds waddling in the water. It was nice to see people walking on the Charles bridge and the sunset setting behind the Prague castle hill.

In the middle of the river, we just decided to stop and watch the sunset. The old buildings towards the Prague castle side are pale in colour. It was remarkably beautiful to see the sun rays shining over the yellowish walls of the old buildings.

The life suddenly stops in the middle of the river. The sun slowed down so were the people walking on the Charles bridge. So was our boat. Time surely had slowed down because of the beer effect. Here are some of the pictures of boating in the river Vltava, Prague:

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Train journey from Berlin to Prague along river Elbe

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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.

Also Read: A day at Hamburg Harbour: Visit to the Port of Hamburg

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.

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  • 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.

Also Read: Places to See in Potsdam: Potsdam in a day on Bicycle

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….

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • Entering Prague

When the train entered the Czech republic, I could feel the difference. Beautiful girls, a nice city, the medieval European feel and much more.

Places to See in Poznan: Poznan in 24 Hours

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Poznan, an important polish cultural & business hub is situated at a distance of around 275 Km from Berlin. There is a lot of historical & culturally rich places to see in Poznan. Here are the places to see in Poznan in one day and my traveling experience to Poznan from Berlin.

Why Poznan?

Why I chose Poznan as my next tourist destination from Berlin? First thing, I was very much excited in the history of the second world war. Secondly, I also wanted to experience the Eastern European culture. Although I had decided to go to Warsaw first then, I changed my plan and thought of going to Poznan instead.

How to reach Poznan from Berlin?

I would not suggest going by train from Berlin to Poznan instead you should take a bus. They are faster to the train and you reach early as well. There are a lot of buses available from Berlin to Poznan. Forget not to take the student discount, if you are eligible.
Now here are the places that were on my list to see in Poznan.

Stary Rynek, Old town square – Poznan

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Stary Rynek should be on the first position on the list of places to see in Poznan. I must admit that this is a marvelously built place where you can still feel the existence of medieval Europe, second world war and the modern Europe at the same time.

Cafes and bars lined up in the old town square, the second world war museum, the town hall & the church together resemble the history from the medieval time to the modern time.

Stary Rynek is said to have one of the largest old town squares in Europe. It is almost square in shape surrounded by hotels and lined up with cafes and bars. If you are planning to visit Poznan then you must stay near this place so that you can enjoy the nightlife. Just after the sunset, check in any of the cafes, sit and watch the world go by.

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Beautiful Polish ladies, Sun setting over the church, Polish police, nice vodka, tourists flocking in, fire glasses and sitting wrapped in a blanket in open cafes under the temporary roof of the cafes will just make your day. Also, forget not to try different types of cocktails made with Vodka there.

I had visited all the places to see in Poznan during the day and evening, I just loved relaxing in the old town square with a glass of beer in my hand and watching football being played on the TV in cafes. On both of the days of my visit to Poznan, I had just made sure I had my evening saved for the old town square and then the party.

Within a walking distance, there are many places to see in Poznan old town square.

Poznan Townhall:

Built in the 13-14th century, Poznan town hall reflects the grandeur of the medieval Europe located perfectly in the center of the old town square in the 21st century. There is an entry fee there and more than that, it has a lot to offer to see.

It’s beautiful ceiling, royal hall, court room, entrance hall all tells the tales of how magnificent this building must have been in the medieval times.

The Second world war Museum: The Rising Museum

To me, one of the most interesting parts was the visit to the second world war museum or the Rising Museum in Poznan. It is an underground Museum which looks more like an arsenal.

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It has weaponry from the second world war like old motorcycle, machine gun, radio & transmitter, type writer, canon balls, gas mask, fuel cans etc. Moreover, they also keep on playing a war music in the background which would almost make you feel like you were transported back into the second world war.

Just before entering, you will also be greeted by the guards who would be dressed in the second world war outfits which you give you the feel and set your mood right for the things coming ahead.

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Short Scary yet Interesting Video of Inside the Rising Museum in Poznan simulating the second world war:

Ostrów Tumski (Cathedral Island)

Ostrów Tumski is also called as the Cathedral  island because of the cathedral of St. John the Baptist, a church.  This place is in fact almost like an island as its name suggests because unlike most of the places to see in Poznan, this is located on the corner of the city.

Ostrow Tumski is located on the other side of river Oder. This island was supposed to be inhabited by the people who were somehow related to the church. So it housed priests, monks, bishops etc.

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The church of cathedral of St. John the Baptist was destroyed in the second world war and when I visited this place, it was still being erected. You can spend some time there.

However, I would also suggest you spend some time by the river Oder there. It would not be so crowded. It’s a soothing and relaxing place to visit.

Stary Browar – The Old Brewery, Poznan

Once used to be a brewery, the Stary Browar is now a Shopping, Arts and Business Center. It is a shopping mall with many shops and restaurants. To preserve its architecture, it has been converted into a shopping complex now. It is another one of the places to see in Poznan.

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Adam Mickiewicz University

This was the first place we saw when we reached Poznan. I would consider myself lucky because I guess convocation of the students was going on and that was a fun to watch. Students were lined up in black gowns and the University was decorated nicely.

It was nice to interact with the students although English was a small barrier in our conversation but overall, it was really a fun.

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Gellert Hill, Citadel Hill (Citadella) and Liberty Statue Budapest

A visit to Budapest is incomplete without Gellert hill, citadel hill, and the liberty statue at the top of the Gellert hill facing river Danube. It is famous for the Read more…

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest: Entrance fee and view

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Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the top places to see in Budapest after Buda castle. Fisherman’s bastion towers offer a spectacular Budapest city view. Below is the more information about Fisherman’s bastion timings, entrance fee and how to reach fisherman’s bastion.

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest Entrance fee:

There is no admission fee for walking around the ramparts and cloisters. But if you want to get to the towers of the bastion for the better view of the Budapest city and river Danube, the charges are:

Adults: HUF 700 (approx. 2.3 Euro)
Students and children below 14: HUF 350 (approx. 1.4 Euro)
Children under 6: Free Entry
Pensioners (from EU member states): HUF 350

Also read: A Visit to the Royal Palace, Buda Castle, Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion opening timings:

  • From March 16 to April 30: From 9 AM to 7 PM
  • From May 1 to October 15: From 9 AM to 8 PM

Above is the official timings for getting the ticket to the upper towers. Outside these hours visiting the upper towers is free of charge. You just need to turn the steel gate leading up to the towers at the entrance. No one minds.

How to reach Fisherman’s Bastion:

  • From Buda Castle, Fisherman’s bastion is just a walk of around 5 to 10 minutes. Just keep on following the towers and you will reach.
  • If you get down at Széll Kálmán tér metro station, red line, then take bus 16 or 16A.
  • If you want to take a fun ride, take the funicular railway to go up the Castle hill and walk from there to the fisherman’s bastion. Funicular railway starts from Clark Adam square near the Chain bridge on pest side.

Fisherman’s bastion is one of the most favorite places to visit in Budapest after Buda castle. Fisherman’s bastion is situated beside river Danube on the Buda bank of the Budapest town across the river on Buda castle hill. From the terrace of the fisherman’s bastion, one gets the spectacular view of the Budapest city, river Danube, Gellert hill and  Margaret island.

Also read: Traveling Budapest to Szentendre by boat

There are seven towers in the Fisherman’s Bastion. These individual towers represent seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Basin over there. It was named as fisherman’s bastion because a guild of fishermen defended the wall of the city in middle ages.

At night, special flood lights are thrown at the towers of the fisherman’s bastion which makes it look more beautiful and magnificent. And also, the towers make a great place to enjoy the sunset over the town of Budapest. Listed under the Unesco World Heritage sites, it is one of the most beautiful places to see and wonder in Budapest.

Also read: Know where to dine Budapest for Buda castle night view

Here are some of the pictures from the Fisherman’s Bastions from our last visit to Budapest in June 2013:

Matthias Church in the compund of Fisherman's bastion

Matthias Church in the compund of Fisherman’s bastion

One the way to Fisherman's bastion from Buda castle

One the way to Fisherman’s bastion from Buda castle

Ramparts of fisherman's bastions

Ramparts of fisherman’s bastions

Street view from the fisherman's bastions

Street view from the fisherman’s bastions

The Fisherman's bastion from Pest side across danube river

The Fisherman’s bastion from Pest side across danube river

View of river Danube from Fisherman's bastion

View of river Danube from Fisherman’s bastion

Towers, Fisherman's bastions

Towers, Fisherman’s bastions