You never know what to expect when planning an excursion in autumn – but as we Germans would say “There will be good weather once you finish your plate!” Definitely we all ate up our first dinner Friday evening at a very typical Czech restaurant “U veverky” close to our hostel. Loads of meat, Czech dumplings and wonderful čaj (Czech tea ;) were put on our tables and filled our empty bellies. Leftover ribs were allocated on other plates – no weather risk was taken. The sun gave us a warm weekend, a tan and 20 smiling faces until Sunday afternoon.
Saturday we followed our tour guide Jitka through the golden city of Prague, or as the Czech call it: the city of hundred towers. We walked through the old town of Prague, stopped at the Jewish quarter, crossed the world famous Charles Bridge and received many first-hand information about the life in Prague at the time and nowadays, especially about the rough days of the so-called ‘Velvet Revolution’. We found little landmarks, golden figures that need implicit touch, hidden spaces, vivid streets and fantastic buildings from art nouveau to rare cubistic styles. Our Czech tutor Lenka continuously provided insights into the Czech culture and traditions. As a special offer we took a tour in Franz Kafka Museum. You must not have read one of his very famous books and essays to understand that Kafka was an unique character suffering from different problems due to his Jewish background and fearful relationships with women, and writing remarquable literature in the meantime. After the museum everybody was happy to have some free time to explore the city in smaller groups, to hang out at the river banks, to climb the castle hill or to have the best ice cream in town. In the evening we met again to join a river cruise at the river Vltava (German: Moldau) admiring the enlighted city with its towers and bridges – just stunning.
On Sunday – and this is what surprised us the most – we took a tour at the Museum of Communism in Prague and it was astonishing and so well made that we all stayed longer and postponed our lunch. That was definitely worth a visit including a passionate tour guide, an impressive documentry and interesting displayed items. We took a lot of time for discussions, which were extremely interesting due to all these international backgrounds and experiences. We expected the museum to be a little dull for our group when outside the sun is shining, but it was the opposite!
Café Slavia in its style from of the 1930th, the most known restaurant/café in Prague, had some lunch prepared for us and made us think of all the artists and politicians having lunch there in the last 100 years. We all had a wonderful trip and some of us are very happy about the new friends we have made within a compact program in just two days :)
We are very grateful for the support of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) so support this excursion within a 3-years funding program.
(Text & photos: Claudia)