CHEKHIYa.Vzglyad from the inside.
That’s the good thing to live in the center of Europe & ndash; any distances between countries are kept to a minimum. In whatever direction one travels from Prague, a maximum of 200 km. and you are already in a neighboring state. It’s just a paradise for the traveler.
We started the inspection of Europe from the nearest to Prague German Dresden. In order not to be puzzled by parking and to be able to calmly drink German beer, we decided to go by bus.
One day before the departure, tickets were bought at the bus station “Florenc” & raquo ;. Several companies offer their flights to Dresden, the largest of which are Eurolines and Student-Agensi. At the bus station they have their cash desks with the corresponding signs. Compare the prices. The first tickets cost 450 kroons for adults, 405 kroons for children, and the second 580 kroons for all categories of passengers. Naturally, we stopped at Eurolines. In Dresden, their buses depart at 9 am, back from Dresden & ndash; at 17.30. For a one-day trip, this schedule is inconvenient & ndash; time to see the city is too little. By the way, Student-agensi has a richer choice of flights. But we decided not to run a race at a gallop around the city and spend 2 days there, which they did not regret later.
The hotel was booked through www.booking.com just one day before arrival. They decided on the Mezzaluna two-star. Triple room with breakfast cost us only 65 euros. I will say right away, we liked the hotel & ndash; clean spacious room, comfortable large pillows, crisp clean bed linen and abundant, delicious breakfast. What else do you need for the weary for spending the entire day on your feet in exploring the sights of the traveler?
Dresden took 2 hours. The bus has a toilet, each passenger is given a bottle of water, you can connect to the Internet for free. Everything is quite comfortable and convenient. At the entrance to Dresden, the bus was overtaken by a police car and signaled to stop. Cautious Germans decided to check documents from tourists. Seeing in our passports a Czech residence permit, the policeman broke into a smile and amused himself in a broken Russian saying: “Ochshen is excellent & raquo ;.
And here we are in Dresden. The bus dropped us off at the central railway station, on the other side of which we joined a crowd of local and visiting people on the street, teeming with shopping centers, cafes and eateries. But the shopping arcade was of little interest to us, we moved forward along this street, waiting to see the first attractions. I did not have to wait long. Within 10 minutes of walking to the right, towers of the Kreuzkirche Church and the New Town Hall appeared. At the end of a shopping street in a bookshop we got a guide in Russian with a map of the central part of the city. Now we became our own guides, went from sightseeing to sights, reading about them in the guidebook.
I must say, the old town is small and all the important facilities are located not far from each other. Each structure in its own way is beautiful and majestic. What is only worth the pride of Dresden and the symbol of the city – the Church of Frauenkirche. This white huge building with a large paunchy dome can be seen from different parts of the central part of Dresden. Do not leave indifferent types of architectural ensembles from the Bruhl Terrace, Zwinger, Palace Square and Teaterplatz Square.
By the way, all these Dresden splendors were restored after complete destruction during the Second World War. Knowing this circumstance, the sensation of touching history, antiquity, antiquity is lost. Yes, all of them were collected from the old stone after careful study of the drawings in the original sources, noticed any detail to recreate the exact copy, and everything is done really above all praise, but still it was built recently by the hands of modern builders. The same Frauenkirche Church was restored only in 2005. Dresden still licked the wounds of the war, restores its monuments. There are cranes everywhere that spoil views in photographs.
The hotel went on foot in the evening. From the old town to the hotel 35 minutes a leisurely pace. The public transport did not use & ndash; there was no such need. Caught outside the tourist center of the city, we saw another Dresden. Here it was already not so clean, around the restored & laquo; Khrushchev & raquo ;. Yet the socialist past of the East Germans is affected.
The abundance of bicyclists is striking. It seems that every Dresden is old and young & ndash; have their own iron horse. Ride whole families and companies, putting the kids in special carts, attached to the back of the bike. Near all shops are reserved parking places for bicycles, on all roads there are special bike paths.
The second day we devoted to visiting museums. A great pleasure was delivered to us by the famous Dresden Gallery. The most famous and advertised paintings here are the Sextonian Madonna and the Chocolate Girl. And they deserve it, they are magnificent and gather crowds of visitors near them. But there are a lot in the Gallery and other world masterpieces, some of which are so fascinating that you want to look at them and watch without looking away.
The entrance ticket to the Gallery allows you to visit the other two museums of Zwinger & ndash; it’s the Armory and the porcelain museum. It costs only 10Euro, and the entrance for children is generally free.
The Armory presents various armor and weapons of knights, armor of their horses. All this is presented very beautifully and visually.
The porcelain museum impresses with a huge collection of East Asian and Meissen porcelain, which was personally collected by Augustus Strong. In the XVIII century. porcelain by weight equated to gold. You can imagine how much this collection cost at that time.
Returning to the station along the same shopping street, which was at the beginning, this time decided to look in the shops. Reading reviews about Dresden, in one of them I read that this city was simply created for shopping, that there everything is so cheap that you can not stop shopping. This tourist was clearly not in Prague. We did not find any cheap prices. All & ndash; and products, and clothing & ndash; here it was much more expensive than in the Czech capital.
By the end of the second day of our stay in Dresden, waiting for the bus, we realized that it would not be superfluous to have another day here. One could visit the Castle-residence with its treasury & la Grunez Geewolbe & raquo ;, the Great Garden, the Zoo. But, some other time & hellip;
Of course, we are spoiled by Czech medieval sights, after visiting which it is hardly possible to surprise us with something. But, nevertheless, Dresden left us the most pleasant impression. In this city has its own charm, its face and not for nothing that millions of tourists come here every year. I’m sure Dresden did not disappoint any of them, did not leave indifferent.
I hope the price policy in Dresden is not very different from the price policy of the Czech Republic? I’ve figured it out a little, read articles and it turns out that going to Prague is not so costly. It seems like the Czech Republic, even in the top 6 most profitable countries for travel, if you believe this article, of course: http://www.topnews.ru/news_id_50946.html.
I already looked through the site, where I can stay in Prague – the prices are pleasantly surprising. Booked. No wonder the Czech Republic in the top of the most economical tourist countries. Although here looked travel packages – prices unpleasantly bite, it turns out. I do not understand why a package tour is expensive, but it goes out on its own.
Of course, it will be necessary to tighten the belt tight and look for a cheaper place to sleep, but again looked already on the Internet where you can spend the night. It seems there are quite decent places at an affordable price.