One Weekend in Berlin – Part One
Travelling outside of Prague
We all know that Prague is a beautiful city, full of things to do and places to see- but what if you, god forbid, get bored of it? Good job there are plenty of other cities and other countries surrounding the Czech Republic to go and visit.
Berlin is one such city, obviously the capital of neighbouring Germany, and relatively easy to reach by train or coach. I visited Berlin recently, travelling by coach for a fun-filled weekend of culture, sights and maybe a little bit of partying.
There are many different coach companies which travel to Berlin from Prague, but being the penniless intern that I am, we chose to travel with Student Agency, which offered a return journey for around 1486 CZK - quite a bargain considering the extras included in the travel, but more about those later.
For accommodation we chose to stay in a hostel, an obvious choice for us young folks. We chose the Generator hostel, situated on Landsberger Allee in Prenzlauer Berg. Again, this was a cheaper choice, costing merely 728 CZK for two nights- although we were sharing a room, we only had to share on the Saturday night, and we had our own bathroom.
Travelling there, we set off from Florenc at 7:30am, and arrived in Berlin at about 12pm- half an hour earlier than scheduled. There was a stop in Dresden, but other than that the journey was non-stop to Berlin, with no time to get up and stretch your legs. The coach itself was fitted with touch screen TVs on the back of every seat, allowing passengers to watch films and tv shows, listen to music and play games, with the option of both English with Czech subtitles, and in Czech. There were also free hot drinks, including some very nice hot chocolate which I sampled myself.
Upon arriving in Berlin, we somehow successfully navigated the transport system- which is almost similar to Prague’s, only slightly more complicated- and arrived at the hostel within half an hour. The check-in itself was easy, and we were handed our keycards and a token for a free drink in the bar attached to the building.
After unpacking and locking away our luggage, we were more than ready to start exploring Berlin. But that’s a whole other article.
For more information on Student Agency, visit their website –www.studentagency.eu. And for more information on Generator Hostels, including their other Berlin hostel and those in other countries, please visit www.generatorhostels.com
Night trams and buses to get new numbers by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Integration of regional routes and new technology are causing the changes
Trams may come to main train station by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Several plans look at ways to improve getting out of Hlavní nádraží
Parking zones to expand this year by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
While zones have helped parking in some areas, others are now more congested
Metro service to see some improvements by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
There will be shorter waits at some times, but there is a lack of vehicles
Tunnel closures planned for Ring Road by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Two tunnels will be closed on separate weekends for technical workplace
Prague 7 reduces speed limit by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
A large part of the district will see cars going slower for safety
Prague plans more bus lanes by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Praha.eu)
New lanes should make buses faster in congested areas
New rules apply for suburban train travel by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: České dráhy FB)
The way prices will be calculated on some lines has changed
Historic trams to run on 23 line by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: prazsketramvaje.cz)
The famous T3 model from the 1960s will go to Prague Castle
Metro could go to Jesenice by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: novemetro.cz)
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