Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Activities > Travel/day trips/free time  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 17.03.2015, 18:17
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

So, I've haven't been to Berlin yet and I'd like to see it. Mr. Big is already going to be in Prague on the Thursday before Easter and I thought to meet him there, (via plane), and then rent a car and drive to Berlin and fly back home on Monday.

I have been in Prague before, so we don't need to stay there on Thursday night, but head directly in the direction of Dresden and then onto Berlin the next day.

Questions:
Best place/neighborhood to stay in Berlin?
Is touring the concentration camp in Theresienstadt between Prague and Dresden worth a stop?
Any really cool castles or picturesque villages in the regions of Saxe or Brandebourg that you know of?

P.S. When Mr. Big and I do car trips, he is forbidden to take any freeways/autoroutes. Any suggestions "off-the-beaten path" are welcome. My motto is "Nothing awesome ever happens on the freeway."
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #2  
Old 18.03.2015, 11:35
flow23's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 3,031
Groaned at 91 Times in 69 Posts
Thanked 1,777 Times in 963 Posts
flow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond reputeflow23 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Berlin: Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlberg, Schöneberg. in Berlin i stay at home or at friends places, but in other cities never book anywhere else than Airbnb. so no tips really for hotels.

for your drive: how much time do you have? the straight drive is roughly 5h but you sound like you have 3 days plus x? dunno... Theresienstadt... for me its not a holiday sightseeing stop. it takes a bit to digest that, at leat for me. else id stop at Hluboka, one of the nicest castles in Czech. east of Prague is the UNESCO world heritage site of Kutna Hora. dunno if you can get derailed that far from your ideal route? stop in Dresden see the old town, Semper Oper, church of our lady, Grünes Gewölbe, Brühlsche terrace, eventually the castle in Pillnitz and head on. if you can make your way through Bad Schandau/ Sächsische Schweiz to castle Königstein and to the bastion, a plateau located in the Elbsandsteingebirge... would be really nice. the view into the valley and Elbe couloir is stunning. from there through Sachsen-Anhalt and south part of Brandenburg... i think you can really skip that. nothing exciting there. eventually go via Potsdam and visit Sanssouci? its a nice ride via Zehlendorf into Berlin than using the AVUS, too. i do not make the effort to link it all. Google does the trick i think. have a nice trip.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank flow23 for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 18.03.2015, 15:15
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Parc Sanssouci and castle Konigstein were two of the places I was looking at, so thank you for that. Actually, the pictures online of everything along the Elbe river look nice.

Who knows how long the 5 hour trip may take? We are the kind of people that could EASILY spend two days driving along out in the countryside before reaching Berlin!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 18.03.2015, 15:23
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Personally I think you are not allowing yourself enough time. I have done that journey the other way round, from Berlin to Prague, with a stop in Dresden- by train. This is what I would recommend- a lovely journey, avoiding the hassle of driving and the large fee for drop-off in another location/country for hire car. Dresden is worth a whole day or more, and Berlin as much time as you can. I'd stay in Prenzlaurberg, the old quarters in the ex East Berlin. Could you possibly extend to a week?
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 18.03.2015, 16:54
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 15,033
Groaned at 283 Times in 205 Posts
Thanked 17,466 Times in 9,033 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Karlštejn, not far from Prague, is worth a stop.

I would skip Terezin, if you are a tourist. If you want to see heavy stuff, certainly go. Read anything by Arnošt Lustig before, he was transported as a kid through Terezin and was one of the 100 kids that survived Auswitz. I was lucky to work with him.

Litoměřice I love, it's between Prague and Ustí, a beautiful archbishop town, where we often sang in the monastery. I like the art galleries and the square. The beer is brewed by monks. Mom was born there. Usti where I was born is a run down Sudetten city with great art scene and a large university. There's a tilted church bombed by Americans, still standing, and a great vernicular taking people to a little castle/hotel with good food and beer

It's all low key, not Prague scale. Check out the list of UNESCO sites for worthy stuff.

And beware, women get whipped by men on Easter Monday.

I am northerner, moi.

When you drive between Lovosice and Usti, on the opposite side there is a hill with 3 crosses - for 3 virgins who killed themselves in the Middle Ages for one knight (jumped off the cliff to the river Elbe/Labe). They did not want to hurt the other 2 girls if they were the chosen ones. Buh.

Train is better than a car, but easier to use to get around in a car if you want to make stops in little places.
__________________
"L'homme ne peut pas remplacer son coeur avec sa tete, ni sa tete avec ses mains." J.H. Pestalozzi

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is a matter of depth.” S.P. Cadman

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." A. Einstein

Last edited by MusicChick; 18.03.2015 at 17:45.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank MusicChick for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 18.03.2015, 17:15
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
And beware, women get whipped by men on Easter Monday.
Well we will certainly stay through Tuesday, then. Now where did I put my leather chaps, hmm.

Odile, we can't take a train on a long journey because my husband is like a fidgety toddler. Our modus operandi to keep him from whin(ge)ing: I buy a Michelin map that details every tiny D road. He gets to drive, but he must take every obscure direction that I give him.

One of my many secrets to 29 semi-happy years of marriage.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 23.03.2015, 21:19
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 232
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 442 Times in 160 Posts
Tox_Rat has a reputation beyond reputeTox_Rat has a reputation beyond reputeTox_Rat has a reputation beyond reputeTox_Rat has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
So, I've haven't been to Berlin yet and I'd like to see it. Mr. Big is already going to be in Prague on the Thursday before Easter and I thought to meet him there, (via plane), and then rent a car and drive to Berlin and fly back home on Monday.

I have been in Prague before, so we don't need to stay there on Thursday night, but head directly in the direction of Dresden and then onto Berlin the next day.

Questions:
Best place/neighborhood to stay in Berlin?
Is touring the concentration camp in Theresienstadt between Prague and Dresden worth a stop?
Any really cool castles or picturesque villages in the regions of Saxe or Brandebourg that you know of?

P.S. When Mr. Big and I do car trips, he is forbidden to take any freeways/autoroutes. Any suggestions "off-the-beaten path" are welcome. My motto is "Nothing awesome ever happens on the freeway."
I echo everybody else's recommendations for staying in Mitte or P-berg. The "border region" between these neighboring districts is full of decent hotels and nice restaurants. It's a good place to walk around, with decent subway access, and also trams. But you could easily spend an entire week and not see Berlin. Dresden itself could easily consume all of your 3 days.

I've never been to Theresienstadt, so I can't say; however if you do stop, allow yourself enough time to decompress afterward. I was emotionally exhausted after visiting other similar sites.

If you want "off the beaten track" I recommend Colditz. The English-speaking guide was very knowlegable and our tour was semi-private (just one other couple) so we could ask some specific questions. I've also heard that it's a great place to stay the night. The tour of the Reichstag was worth it, because of the amazingly preserved graffiti.

Eisenhüttenstadt was built as a prototypical town designed for the proletariat and the glory of the Communist East. This is what The Party believed modern town should look like. For an example of what they thought "old towns" should look like head to the Nikolaiviertel in Berlin. This is "classic old city center" as reinterpreted by teams of communist builders. It's just...wrong. Cottbus is kind of nice, but there's not really anything to see that you can't see in many other German towns.

Hope that helps.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Tox_Rat for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 24.03.2015, 09:59
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Basel
Posts: 21
Groaned at 5 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 13 Times in 6 Posts
tonofbasel has become a little unpopulartonofbasel has become a little unpopular
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Frankly if I were you I'd stay in the Czech Republic, there are so many amazing towns which arn't Prague. I drove from Zürich to Bratislava through South-Czech and could of easily spent over a month there. Budweis, Ceske Kromlov, Mikalov are great little towns with amazing castles all over the place. Brno, the second city of Czech is also pretty awesome. I usually make my way over their for Easter as their are almost no tourists, as people seem to prefer sitting in a certain tunnel to go to rainy Tessin instead .

If you are going towards Germany I'd recommend checking out Pilzen and Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) on your way. Carlsbad is a really cool spa town where they filmed Casino Royale and can only sing praise about it.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank tonofbasel for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 24.03.2015, 10:10
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 15,033
Groaned at 283 Times in 205 Posts
Thanked 17,466 Times in 9,033 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
Frankly if I were you I'd stay in the Czech Republic, there are so many amazing towns which arn't Prague. I drove from Zürich to Bratislava through South-Czech and could of easily spent over a month there. Budweis, Ceske Kromlov, Mikalov are great little towns with amazing castles all over the place. Brno, the second city of Czech is also pretty awesome. I usually make my way over their for Easter as their are almost no tourists, as people seem to prefer sitting in a certain tunnel to go to rainy Tessin instead .

If you are going towards Germany I'd recommend checking out Pilzen and Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) on your way. Carlsbad is a really cool spa town where they filmed Casino Royale and can only sing praise about it.
It is a neat place. Chilled and reasonable. Miss the culture incredibly, the pretty and not overcrowded places..

The castles are nice, we have the highest count of UNESCO sites I read somewhere.

And then, there are places like beer spas, etc.

I am not a beer drinker but I would go.

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 24.03.2015, 10:52
VFR on top's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Used to be Basel.
Posts: 1,103
Groaned at 32 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 2,422 Times in 906 Posts
VFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond reputeVFR on top has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

1) I spy with my little eye...


2) Slug a bug


3) Virtually collect license plates from all EU countries


4) Make truckers honk their horns as you pass


5) The how fast can I get this POS up to on the autobahn game


6) coloring games and word puzzles are also a nice diversion


Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 24.03.2015, 11:16
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
1) I spy with my little eye...


2) Slug a bug


3) Virtually collect license plates from all EU countries


4) Make truckers honk their horns as you pass


5) The how fast can I get this POS up to on the autobahn game


6) coloring games and word puzzles are also a nice diversion


We call Slug a Bug "Punch Buggy" and you had to scream No Punch Backs! as you were hitting your little sister.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 24.03.2015, 21:33
MusicChick's Avatar
modified, reprogrammed and doctored²
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: La Cote
Posts: 15,033
Groaned at 283 Times in 205 Posts
Thanked 17,466 Times in 9,033 Posts
MusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond reputeMusicChick has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
We call Slug a Bug "Punch Buggy" and you had to scream No Punch Backs! as you were hitting your little sister.
Sounds very Bohemian, you guys will fit right in.

(now when the whipping comes, you have to give a decorated egg in return for being beat up)



Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank MusicChick for this useful post:
  #13  
Old 28.03.2015, 16:43
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 4,020
Groaned at 37 Times in 31 Posts
Thanked 5,612 Times in 2,012 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

If you have time, I advise you ,while on stopover in Dresden, to either drive the 20 km to Meissen, or take one of the lovely steamboats on the Elbe (like ours on Lake Geneva, really) from Dresden to Meissen. Having lived and worked there for two years, this is a must. A picturesque 1000 year-old city perched on a rock, with lovely castle. Lots of picturesque shops and little restaurants.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...en_Saxony.html


Vincenz Richter on the Marktplatz is the best quality wise if you want to sample authentic Saxon cuisine in a very historical building.
http://www.vincenz-richter.de/restau...enue_nr=100000


Now, I seem to remember you like antiques, there are a few interesting antiques shops in Meissen (although all the East German stuff is probably gone) and of course you have the famous Meissen porcelain made there. Das Porzellan Manufaktur is worth a visit.


http://www.meissen.com/en/visit-meis...-meissen%C2%AE




Between Dresden and Meissen, you can also do a detour to Schloss Moritzburg, a beautiful baroque castle by a large pond/small lake


Further into Saxony, you've got Colditz castle, the famous prison for WW2 Allied officers that inspired the film the Great Escape.
http://www.schloss-colditz.com/infor...formation.html


An amazing SPA town on the Czech side if you fancy some serious pampering is Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary). I agree with another post that the sächsische Schweiz is an amazing scenery, a bit like a green Grand Canyon and of course the landscape used in the film Grand Hotel Budapest if you've seen it:
http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/en...itzerland.html


Aim straight to the Bastei (I would skip castle Königstein) and have lunch in the restaurant where the elite of 1960s Communist leaders came to rest. A trip back in time, hearty but very good food and beer and a view to die for.


I am very jealous. Enjoy your trip!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank McTAVGE for this useful post:
  #14  
Old 28.03.2015, 19:00
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Here are the plans we have made, thanks to all of you.

Thursday night, drive from Prague airport to Karlstejn, CR. Staying at the Hotel Karlstejn.

Friday, walk up to the castle in Karlstejn. Drive to Dresden. Explore Dresden. Staying at the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe.

Saturday, drive to Meissen and explore a bit on the way to Berlin. Staying for two nights in Prenzlaurberg at the Ackselhous Blue.

I will report back on successes and/or failures. Thanks to all who helped. Here is the link for hotel in P-berg which is two houses put together and only has 12 rooms or so. (The website is very artsy-fartsy.)
http://www.ackselhaus.de/?hotel-berlin=english
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #15  
Old 29.03.2015, 12:25
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 4,020
Groaned at 37 Times in 31 Posts
Thanked 5,612 Times in 2,012 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
Here are the plans we have made, thanks to all of you.

Thursday night, drive from Prague airport to Karlstejn, CR. Staying at the Hotel Karlstejn.

Friday, walk up to the castle in Karlstejn. Drive to Dresden. Explore Dresden. Staying at the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe.

Saturday, drive to Meissen and explore a bit on the way to Berlin. Staying for two nights in Prenzlaurberg at the Ackselhous Blue.

I will report back on successes and/or failures. Thanks to all who helped. Here is the link for hotel in P-berg which is two houses put together and only has 12 rooms or so. (The website is very artsy-fartsy.)
http://www.ackselhaus.de/?hotel-berlin=english

A tip for Meissen: you need to park by the river, where there is ample parking (providing the snow has not melted completely and created floods, something the region is prone to!). The bottom part of the old town is where all the shops... are, do stop at the Frauenkirche (the church on the main square) on the hour to listen to the music from the church carousel...made of Meissen Porcelain, of course!


There are lots of various little pedestrian ways (some with a lot of steps, others more gentle) to take you to the upper part of the old town, with castle, cathedral and more restaurants and cafés + gorgeous view of all the rooftops and the Elbe.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank McTAVGE for this useful post:
  #16  
Old 02.04.2015, 19:23
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Night one, we have reached Karlstejn, CR and it is just adorable.
Attached Thumbnails
driving-between-prague-berlin-over-easter-things-do-dsc_0035.jpg   driving-between-prague-berlin-over-easter-things-do-dsc_0022.jpg  
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #17  
Old 14.04.2015, 20:53
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 4,020
Groaned at 37 Times in 31 Posts
Thanked 5,612 Times in 2,012 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Quote:
View Post
Night one, we have reached Karlstejn, CR and it is just adorable.
How was the rest of the trip? Dresden? Meissen?
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 15.04.2015, 16:07
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

Oh, Taveau, it was just so much fun--and very enlightening. We did go to Terezin and it was very sobering. Terezin is not everyone's cup of tea but my husband and I are in our fifties and this time period and the ensuing Cold War are very interesting to us.

On to happier things! We drove all along the river Elbe through Decin and Konigstein and Pirna to Dresden. As we were crossing the border from CR to DE, we spied hundreds of cars parked along the side of the road leading to a village called Hrensko. Y'all. This was the funniest thing. It's a crazy little village where, apparently, Germans come to buy cheap crap. It's set up like a Swiss alpine village but there's a flea market that runs all along the river that's completely run by the Chinese. There were stores and stores and stores of cigarettes and booze and fake handbags. Hilarious!

Dresden has really done yeoman's work rebuilding after the war. Lots of tourists and restaurants and the major buildings have all been restored with precision. The hotel Steigenberger was perfect because it had a parking garage directly underneath for the car.

Will continue later . . .
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
  #19  
Old 15.04.2015, 20:57
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Geneva
Posts: 4,020
Groaned at 37 Times in 31 Posts
Thanked 5,612 Times in 2,012 Posts
McTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond reputeMcTAVGE has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

CHEAP BEACH TOWELS!! I remember these crap stalls, already back in 2003. You could also get fake windmills and garden gnomes in all shapes and colours, but it's all these ghastly cheap beach towels I remember most!




Quote:
View Post
Oh, Taveau, it was just so much fun--and very enlightening. We did go to Terezin and it was very sobering. Terezin is not everyone's cup of tea but my husband and I are in our fifties and this time period and the ensuing Cold War are very interesting to us.

On to happier things! We drove all along the river Elbe through Decin and Konigstein and Pirna to Dresden. As we were crossing the border from CR to DE, we spied hundreds of cars parked along the side of the road leading to a village called Hrensko. Y'all. This was the funniest thing. It's a crazy little village where, apparently, Germans come to buy cheap crap. It's set up like a Swiss alpine village but there's a flea market that runs all along the river that's completely run by the Chinese. There were stores and stores and stores of cigarettes and booze and fake handbags. Hilarious!

Dresden has really done yeoman's work rebuilding after the war. Lots of tourists and restaurants and the major buildings have all been restored with precision. The hotel Steigenberger was perfect because it had a parking garage directly underneath for the car.

Will continue later . . .
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 16.04.2015, 15:45
TheSpouse's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Saussignac, France
Posts: 1,691
Groaned at 26 Times in 20 Posts
Thanked 2,903 Times in 920 Posts
TheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond reputeTheSpouse has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Driving between Prague & Berlin over Easter--things to do?

The beach towels (with graphics from Spongebob to topless women) and the gnomes are all still there. Kitsch on steroids. For the Americans, do you know South of The Border on I-95 between North and South Carolina? Hrensko is the Czech South of The Border.
Attached Thumbnails
driving-between-prague-berlin-over-easter-things-do-dsc_0066.jpg  
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank TheSpouse for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Renting a car and driving to/from Prague maurerjones Transportation/driving 24 08.05.2013 11:04
Kid friendly things to do Easter weekend in the Zurich area Caker Travel/day trips/free time 0 26.02.2013 12:55
Easter Monday - things to do??? cheesey Daily life 2 09.04.2012 19:08
Things to do in Berlin when you're drunk PaddyG General off-topic 32 01.04.2011 14:00
Things to do in Berlin Danieluk Travel/day trips/free time 9 19.12.2009 09:48


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 23:25.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0