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Trip Report Czech Republic, Krakow & Budapest Trip Report

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DH and I (both in our early 50's) began planning our trip to Central Europe in January of 2015. We flew to Prague on Lufthansa - maybe the most uncomfortable 9+ hr flight I have ever been on. My, they really outdid themselves with making Economy class uncomfortable.

Our flight left 1 hour late, then our plane parked on the tarmac at Frankfurt. We were bussed to a terminal, then we had to go through passport control and security again. By the time we ran the gauntlet in the Frankfurt airport we had missed our connecting flight to Prague. Lufthansa was able to book us on the next flight to Prague, so I emailed our hotel to let them know we wouldn't be arriving until later.

In Prague we stayed at the Hotel Pod Vezi http://www.podvezi.com/
We stayed in Room #24, a suite, which was just lovely and had terrific views of the Old Town area. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is excellent.

They graciously sent a car to pick us up at Vaclav Havel Airport when we arrived on the later flight. My husband's suitcase arrived, but mine did not. Lufthansa did find my bag and deliver it to our hotel later in the evening.

Our trip itinerary is:
Prague - 5 nights
Cesky Krumlov, CR - 2 nights
Olomouc, CR - 2 nights
Krakow, Poland - 7 nights (the last night is technically a night train to Budapest)
Budapest, Hungary - 5 nights

This is our first time traveling to these cities and towns, so we are doing all the usual "tourist" things.
In Prague we did visit St. Vitus Cathedral - pro tip - go when it first opens in the morning as the crowds huge and the line to get into the cathedral is insanely long.

One interesting experience was a visit to the KGB Museum. It was overpriced, 350 Kr pp, but the curator (host) was entertaining - when we could understand him. Also, he tried telling us that the writings by Sozynitsen et al, about the Soviet Gulags was all a bunch of lies for the west. We didn't want to get into an argument with him since he had a bunch of weapons and he seemed to know how to use them.

We had some delicious dinners in Prague. We ate at the Pod Vezi's restaurant twice. Their food is excellent and there is something on the menu for everybody.

Other dinners were:
Casserol http://casserol.cz/ is located in an old cellar in Old Town. But the décor and menu are modern. The food was delicious. DH had roasted Swede puree which was a revelation. I need to learn how to make that.

For our final night in Prague I made reservations at Terasa u Zlate Studne at 7:30 so we could watch the sunset from the terrace while we ate. The food and service was outstanding. What a magical dinner. http://www.terasauzlatestudne.cz/en/

Our hotel arranged a car to take us back to the airport where we picked up our rental car, an Audi A5. Which then proceeded to stall out every time I came to a stop. DH and I figured out that it's best if I drive and he navigates. That way he doesn't have to do both (I am hopeless with maps & directions).

After visiting Hluboka Castle http://www.zamek-hluboka.eu/en/ we found a place for a little lunch and I called Europcar and told them we were having a problem with the car stalling when we came to a stop. They told me it had an "Eco" button that I needed to push to turn off this gas-saving behavior.

We figured out where the button was and now we make sure the light is on indicating that the Eco Mode is turned off.

Europcar was the only rental agency we could find that would allow us to pick up a car in the Czech Republic and drop it off in Poland: http://www.europcar.com/

Then we made our way to Cesky Krumlov - which we loved.

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