Winter trip to Brno

The third weekend in January I thought it would be great to visit another czech city during the winter when everywhere was so much snow. With my girlfriend I chose the second biggest city in the Czech Republic – Brno.

We went by a train from Ústí nad Labem at about 7 AM to Prague where we changed trains and after 4 hours we were finally in Brno. From the train station we wanted to go to Petrov but there was a closed gate so we just stopped there and then we continued to Freedom Square. There is situated funny astronomical clock and as always we had to take a photo with that.

Our next stop was Špilberk Castle. The castle is situated at the top of the hill and it was a little bit harder to get there because the path was icy. On our last trip the temperature was about -15°C and this time we had so much better weather, only -5°C 😀 so it wasn’t that bad. When we finally climbed to the top of the hill we walked around the castle and we took a few photos with the beautiful view of Brno.

When we were at the castle we were thinking what to visit next and we chose the option to go home. We spent in Brno about two and half hours and it was enough in that cold weather. To the train station we came just a few minutes before the train arrived so it was perfectly timed. Well, after another 5 hours we were finally home 😀

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The second trip in 2017 – Karlovy Vary in winter

After our first trip in 2017 to Prague, we traveled to our next destination, to a spa city Karlovy Vary. We went in a first class train again, but this time, it looked like a normal train, nothing special, just a little bit more space for legs. To the city of Karlovy Vary we arrived after two hours by a train from our departure station Ústí nad Labem.

When we arrived, we thought a station in Karlovy Vary will be already new, because the station should have been finished in the summer last year, but they still construct the new station. After a quick look at the station it was a time to go to the city centre. There was so much snow everywhere so it was hard  to go there but we did it.

In the city centre we went around Hotel Thermal, where the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary take a place every year and we continued to the beautiful Mill Colonnade. In the city there are so many Russian people, almost 90 % of people we met, were Russians. We felt like we are in Russia. We wanted to go to the roof of Mill Colonnade but the doors were closed so we went to some viewpoint over the colonnade and it was so hard to get there because the stairs were so slippery because the snow and ice were everywhere. But the view was beautiful, so we took a few photos and we had to go down from the stairs and it was again so funny and hard to go down.

Around Hot Spring Colonnade and alongside the river Teplá we were after a few minutes next to the Grandhotel Pupp, which is so beautiful and big hotel where the Casino Royale with James Bond was filmed. We had to take a few photos again and then it was a great time to see Karlovy Vary from above. We went by funicular Diana to the station Jelení skok from where we went to my favorite view point where you can see the whole city centre from above. It was a great walk through a lot of snow to the view point where we took a lot of photos and then it was time to go down to the city centre because we had to catch our train. It wasn’t easy to go down from the hill because the way was so slippery and we fell down many times :D. But we made it and to the train station we came in time.

We had wet shoes and socks but it was another great winter trip to the beautiful Czech city Karlovy Vary.

Photos from this and other trips you can find, as always, on my Instagram profile: @pmottl.

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The first trip in 2017 – Winter Prague

The first weekend of 2017 me and my girlfriend we started on the way. We had an opportunity to travel wherever we wanted in the Czech Republic in the first class trains so we decided to go to Prague on Saturday (because we have never been to Prague when there was a snow) and the next day we went to Karlovy Vary. This post will be about our trip to Prague.

We started as always in Ústí nad Labem and from there we went by Eurocity train directly to Prague. The train was full of people, but we could travel in the frist class, so we went there and there were only a few people, it was cool to have first class just for us.

The first station in Prague was Holešovice and it was the station where we got off the train and our walk through the frozen Prague could started. That day was almost -15 °C but we were properly dressed, so it wasn’t so cold for us.

Our first stop was next to Výstaviště Praha, where we took our first photos and then we continued to AC Sparta Prague stadium, which is the stadium of my favorite team. The next stop was Prague Metronome on Letná near the stadium and there is one of my most favorite views of Prague. We took a lot of photos there and it was time to move on.

As the last time we wanted to visit Prague Castle, but when we came near the castle there were so many people waiting for a security check. I hate waiting in the line and it was so cold so we walked around the castle and we went on Hradčany Square where is another entrance, but again, there were so many people waiting in the line. At least we took there few pictures of Prague roofs with a snow and there was a beautiful view.

From the square we went down to Lesser Town and when we came near the Charles Bridge I decided to climb to Lesser Town Bridge Tower which was on my list to visit. There is an amazing view of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and Lesser Town, you should definitely go there if you will be in Prague!

After we crossed the Charles Bridge, we went to the Old Town Square for a few minutes, then we went to shopping mall Palladium for something to eat and then we went by subway to IKEA because we had a lot of time and we wanted to look for something. We bought there only a few things and after about an hour we went by a subway to the train station to wait for a train back to Ústí nad Labem.

It was a great trip, our first to Prague during the snow season and we enjoyed it there. Also the first class was great but only because we had a privacy and we were in the railway car almost alone, not so special as we thought.

You can check out my photos from the trip on my Instagram, as always!

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Trip to Prague during the Christmas markets

After a long time, me and my girlfriend we wanted to go on a trip, we were deciding if we will go to Prague or to Dresden. Prague won, because we were in Dresden a short time ago. On Saturday 10th of December we went to Prague!

From Ústí nad Labem we went before 8 AM and to Prague we arrived at 9 AM. The first thing I wanted to visit was Prašná brána where I wanted to climb up to the view tower to see Prague from above. Prašná brána was opening at 10 AM so we slowly went to take some photos to Old Town Square because we expected there won’t be a lot of people early in the morning, but unfortunately, there were so many people yet. At least we took a few photos of beautiful Staroměstský orloj (Prague astronomical clock) and a christmas tree with Týnský chrám (Church of Our Lady before Týn).

After a visiting Old Town Square it was almost 10 AM so we went back to Prašná brána and I could finally go up there! There were so beautiful views of Prague Castle, Žižkov TV Tower, Orloj and beautiful red roofs of Prague. I spent at the top of the tower almost half an hour and it was worth it.

At Prašná brána I took a lot of and our walk through Prague could continue. We went again to Old Town Square but we stopped there only for a while and then our next stop was The Charles Bridge. We went to Staroměstská mostecká věž but only to the half, because you don’t have to pay there and you can take photos from windows (typically czech :D). After we took a few photos we continued through very crowded Charles Bridge to Kampa Island where are another beautiful views of the bridge and nearby there is situated John Lennon Wall where you can write or draw anything you want.

John Lennon Wall was beautiful and our another location to visit was Petřín. We were there many times but this time we choose a different way. We were across a cable way throught Petřínské sady and there were another beautiful views of Prague and Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral. It took almost an hour to climb up there but at least we didn’t have to wait in the long line to cable car. We walked through surroundings of Petřín Lookout Tower and then our another stop was Prague Castle. I had a plan to go through the castle to Letná but there is a new rule that you have to go through a security check if you want to visit the castle and there was a big waiting line so I was disappointed with that and we didn’t go there.

We went from Hradčanské náměstí down to Malá Strana and we went to take a look to a lot of swans near the Charles Bridge. We spent a few minutes by feeding the swans and we were hungry yet so it was a time to go somewhere for a food. We decided to visit KFC where we wanted to sit for a while to have a break for a while but it was full of people so we took a food away and we ate it while walking back to the Old Town Square. There were so many people and I was already tired because I slept only 3 hours so it was a time to go back to the train station wait for a train. On the way to the train station we wanted to visit Hamleys at Wenceslas Square but again there were so many people so we didn’t go there.

It was an amazing trip to Prague and if you would like to see the photos that I took, just visit visit my Instagram: @pmottl.

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Recenze fotoknihy od Saal Digital

Začátkem listopadu jsem na Facebooku narazil na reklamu, která mě velmi zaujala. Vytvořte si vlastní fotoknihu v hodnotě 1200 Kč zdarma, pouze za recenzi! Říkal jsem si to bude nějaká blbost, jen tak mi někdo pošle fotoknihu zdarma?

Zkusil jsem to, vyplnil jsem na webu Saal Digital potřebné údaje a druhý den jsem měl slevový kupón v emailu! Za další dva dny jsem šel na věc a vytvořil si přes webové rozhraní svou první fotoknihu. Nejtěžší ze všeho bylo vybrat fotky, kterých jsem, včetně úvodní fotky, vybral 6. Dále bylo nutné vybrat jaké rozměry bude kniha mít, moje volba byla 21×28 s matnými stranami a tvrdou vazbou. Po nahrání všech fotek do systému jsem zkontroloval, zda fotky sedí a jsou správně umístěny. Následovalo už jen samotné objednání, kde jsem v průběhu objednávky zadal slevový kupón a objednal.

Samotné dodání proběhlo po 4 dnech od objednání, což si myslím, že je hodně rychlé, na to, že byl balík odesílán z Německa. Balíček s knihou přivezla společnost DHL, která mi ani nedala vědět, že mi něco vezou, ale naštěstí jsem byl zrovna doma a objednávku jsem tak mohl převzít. Po rozbalení balíčku jsem byl velice mile překvapen vysokou kvalitou fotografií na tvrdých deskách fotoknihy a určitě doporučuji vyzkoušet služby Saal Digital.

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Jak se dostat levně do Drážďan

Pokud byste chtěli jet do Drážďan levně, tento článek je právě pro vás! Stačí si pořídit jízdenku Labe/Elbe, například u ČD a to za 250 Kč pro jednoho nebo za 550 Kč pro 2-5 lidí (pro 2 cestující se vyplatí koupit si každý svojí jízdenku). Po pořízení této jízdenky můžete cestovat celý den neomezeně v celém Ústeckém kraji a v saském příhraničí, oblast Horního Polabí. (podrobné informace)

Zde uvedu příklad cesty z Ústí nad Labem do Drážďan, která trvá necelé 2 hodiny. Z Ústí nad Labem se vydáte jakýmkoliv vlakem do Děčína, kde přestoupíte na osobní vlak ve směru Rumburk, který jede přes Německo a v Bad Schandau přestoupíte na další německý vlak, tentokrát ve směru Meißen (kam lze s jízdenkou Labe/Elbe také jet). Poté už stačí vystoupit v Drážďanech a hurá za památkami či nákupy. Cesta zpět probíhá opačným způsobem, z Drážďan do Bad Schandau, poté do Děčína a odtud opět do Ústí či kamkoliv dál.

Jo a abych nezapomněl, tato jízdenka neplatí pro vlaky EC na území Německa, proto je nutné cestovat s přestupy osobními vlaky.

Ještě bych doplnil, že o adventních víkendech jezdí z Ústí do Drážďan speciální vlak Vánoční kometa, se kterou dorazíte do Drážďan za hodinu a jízdenka Labe/Elbe pro tento vlak platí! Tento přímý vlak vyjíždí po deváté hodině ráno a vrací se po čtvrté odpoledne, času v Drážďanech je tedy dostatek například na návštěvu nádherných Vánočních trhů – Dresdner Striezelmarkt.

Snad vám tento článek trochu pomůže při cestování za památkami a nákupy do tohoto krásného německého města.

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