Saturday, June 7, 2014


Saturday morning, we left the A&O hostel for Europcar!  Renting a car to Prague was about 1/3 the price of getting a train ticket, so our group of 4 decided to rent a car & trusted me to drive (I hope Dad is more proud than pissed).  And I get a check off the bucket list :)  

Ready for Prague

The drive was about 2 hours- from Dresden to the autobahn (where semi-trucks drive about 60 and Germans drive about 120 mph), through the longest tunnel ever, pretty countryside and cute Czech towns on the water- to Prague! 

We parked the car in an area we were told was free and safe (near to the Czech police station), then checked into our hostel.  The weather was hot and sunny all weekend while exploring Prague. 

Vltava River, Prague

Statue of the Madonna attending to Saint Bernard, Charles Bridge

Statue of the Madonna attending to St. Bernard, Charles Bridge Prague

Stands on Charles Bridge

Our second day in Prague started with a run around the gorgeous city. 
Around 11am, we met in the Old Town Square for a free walking tour around Prague. 

Astronomical Clock Tower in Old Town Square 

Old Town Square, Prague 

Rudolfinum- the most famous concert building in Prague

Prague Metronome

Spanish Synagogue

After 90 minutes of touring, a few of us headed to lunch before our castle tour at 2:30pm. 

Lunch with Heidi, Selam, Michelle

Saint Nicholas Church, Old Town Square Prague

We gathered by the Rudolfinum with a huge group of people, and baked in the hot sun before our Prague Castle tour started.  A tram took us up the hill to the castle.  Unfortunately, our tour did not lead us inside of the entirety of the castle, which we were expecting.  But it was still interesting to learn about and takes some photos. 

Finally made it to the Prague Castle

Prague Castle

View from Prague Castle grounds

On our walk back to the hotel, we ran into the Lennon Wall. 

Lennon Wall

Love Locks near Lennon wall

We said goodbye to Prague this morning after more running and exploring shops around the city. 
Thankfully the car was where we left it, and the weather was still hot and sunny as we drove back to Dresden from Prague.  

It seems we are all looking forward to Ms. Biester and clean laundry in Velbert.  This 7-hour hot and humid train ride is close to being over... 

Trying to survive the hot train ride