Posted: May 25, 2006 9:28 pm
Yeah, the CzechRepublic is pretty cool... I spent two weeks in Prague a few years ago. Starting to get really touristy, but we spent a little time in this town about an hour east of there called Hutna Kora (sp?) that was pretty cool. Very tiny town, the only tourist attraction being this crazy church made out of human bones. The story goes that when the plague hit, they ran out of space in the graveyards,so they built this "bone church" in out of the people they couldn't fit underground. The church itself is in the middle of the a graaveyard.
The train ride from Berlin to Prague is really beautiful. It might be worth it to stop in Dresden for a day of checking out all the bombed-out gothic architecture. Prague itself was one of the few eastern European cities not bombed to shit during the world wars, and has some of the craziest Gothic buildings I've everseen. Prague Castle is insane! There's also a very small Mucha museum (Mucha was the father of art Nouveau and was Czech)... really cool.
The hostel we stayed at is called the Clown and Bard, and is a super cool, non-touristy (but still central and closeto everything) 'hood called Ziskov. It was about $8 US for a bed in the dorm. They've got a great, cheap little basement bar. Also, who knows if it's still there, around the corner was a really cool bar run by an old rocker from Ohio. The bartender was from Portland, which was really strange, 'cuz the first time I walked in he was playing all this mid-90's Portland indie rock.