From Tyrol, it was a day’s drive to get to Munich, the capital of the proud region of Bavaria in Germany.
We stopped at Dachau concentration camp on the way which was a sombre experience, but one that gave me the opportunity to educate myself about the horrors of the Holocaust, and to pay my respects to those who suffered.
Unfortunately, it was only a one-night stopover in Munich so we ventured to a beer hall for dinner which was heaving – there was an hour wait just to give drink orders! This experience was completely wasted on me as I hate beer (though the waiter did give me lemonade in a beer stein), so Jess and I separated from the group and spent the remainder of the evening exploring. Sometimes it’s nice not to follow a plan, but to wander around and get lost. We randomly came across the official première for the Knight and Day movie, but as much as we tried to catch a glimpse of Cameron Diaz, the crowd was too big.
The following morning we drove straight to Prague in the Czech Republic and jumped straight into a walking tour of the city where we learnt about and the Jewish Quarter. Next up we wandered around the markets and waited for the Astronomical Clock to strike which represents the position of the sun and moon in the sky – the crowd gets very excited!
Of course, no visit to Prague would be complete without a street hot dog which was delicious but also the most expensive snack I’ve ever bought. The naive tourist that I was handed over a 1000 CZK note with no real idea of its value. Subsequently, I only received 300 CZK in change instead of 900. Doesn’t sound like a lot but it works out around $30 in difference!
It could be down to the miserable rainy weather, but I didn’t ‘click’ with Prague, though after a night out around the clubs and a lot of absinth shots, I can see why this city is so popular on stag weekends.