Eastern Europe

May 2004


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The highlights of this trip were the cities of Eastern Europe.
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Itinerary

Stockholm, Sweden, May 4-5
  • 1 Kr = $7.5
  • Boat hostels are the only affordable accomodation near the old town
  • Sweden still uses strange old money, so you have to change when you arrive and when you leave (very annoying: try to change as little as possible)
  • Another reason not to buy things in Stockholm is that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world (a subway ride costs easily $4)
  • Buildings do not use keys/locks but codes (you enter the code, the door opens).
  • Bus airport to downtown: 88 Kr ($12)
  • Dormitory Roda Baten (boat): 230 Kr = $30
  • Boat Stockhpolm-Turku (Viking line): 235 Kr ($30), 8pm-7am
  • Stadshuset/ City Hall +
  • Malardrottiningen from the south (southern bank of Riddarholm)
  • House of Nobility (1641) +
  • Bus terminal
  • Opera ++ (1898)
  • Riddarholm from the north
  • German church
  • Gustav Aldofs Torg (Opera square)
  • House of Parliament
  • Royal Palace viewed from Skeppsholmen (1754)
  • Cathedral viewed from Skeppsholmen
  • Gamla Stan
  • Palace viewed from Skeppsholmen
  • Strandvagen from Skeppsholmen
  • Nobel square
  • Stockholm from Stadgard (STITCH)
  • Kornhamnstorg

Turku, Finland, May 6
  • Castle (1288)
  • Cathedral (1300-1900)
Helsinki, Finland, May 6
  • Train Turku-Helsinki 20 euro
  • Ferry Helsinki-Tallinn 26 euro (1h40') six/ten times a day
  • Train station (Saarinen, 1914)
  • Kiasma, museum of contemporary art (Steven Holl, 1998)
  • National Museum (Saarinen, 1910)
  • Opera House (1990s)
  • Finlandia Hall (1975)
  • Temppeliauko Church (Timo & Tuomo Suomalainen)
  • Parliament House (JS Siren, 1931)
  • Cathedral (CL Engel, 1802)
  • Houses of Estates (1890)
  • Senate Square
  • Uspenski Cathedral (Alexander Gornostajev, 1868) ++
  • Cathedral and House of Nobility from Uspenski
  • Market Sq
  • Old Market Hall
  • National Theater
  • Train station

Tallinn, Estonia, May 7
  • 1 euro = 13 EEK
  • Bus Tallinn-RIga 6h (13-19, 15-21, 18-23)
  • Bus Tallinn-Vilnius 10h
  • Viru gate (15th century)
  • Kiek in de Kok tower (15th)
  • Nevski cathedral (18th)
  • Dome church (14th)
  • Views
  • St Nicholas (13th)
  • Town Hall (15th)
  • Church of the Holy Ghost (13th)
  • St Olaf (1267-16th, one of Europe's tallest buildings in the 16th century)
  • Old town from the new town

Riga, Latvia, May 8
  • 1 latz = 0.6 euro
  • Hotel 40 euros (incl breakfast buffet)
  • Restaurant "Patio Pizza"
  • Hotels are expensive and frequently full in the old town
  • Ainascez (border with Estonia): church
  • Old houses near the catholic basilica
  • Catholic basilica Sveta Jekaba (1225)
  • Jekaba Kazermas
  • Pulvertornis tower
  • Dom square
  • Rigas Birza
  • Sapju Dievnmates basilica (white-blue church)
  • Pareitzticigo Katedrale (1884)
  • Opera
  • St Peter square
  • St Peter
  • Meingalvju Nams (1334)
  • Museum of Occupation
  • Museum of History of Riga
  • Lutheran Basilica (13th c)
  • Maza Gilde (1353-1863)
  • Liela Gilde (white palace)
  • Rigas Birza detail

Vilnius, Lithuania, May 8
  • 1 euro = 3.43 litai
  • Train Vilnius-Praha: 380 litai = 110 euros (incl two nights)
  • By far, the least developed of the three Baltic republics
  • St Anne (late gothic, 16th c)
  • Cathedral (Laurynas Stuoka, 18th c, neoclassical)
  • St Casimir (17th c)
  • Gates of Dawn (1514)
  • Gedimas Tower

Warszaw, Poland, May 9
  • 1 euro = 4.5 zotl
  • Palace of Culture
  • LOT building
  • Monument by Kucina (1984)
  • National Library (baroque)
  • Palac Krasinskich (Gameren, 1683)
  • Market Square
  • Archicathedral Basilica St John Baptist (1139-15th)
  • Opera
  • Castle - Zamek Krolewski (1619)
  • Zamkowy square
  • Row of houses near Market Sq
  • Market Square
  • Palace Lazienkowski (Water Palace)
  • Intercontinentale building

Praha/Prague, Czech Republic, May 10
  • 1 euro = 30 KC (if you are lucky)
  • Hostel Viesta right at the train station (24 euros)
  • Train Praha-Munich: 62 euros (6:15-13:03, 7hours)
  • The National Gallery (in the Sternberg Palace just before the entrance to the castle) is closed on mondays
  • Train station
  • National museum (J Schulz, 19th)
  • Towards the Old Town
  • Ovocny square
  • Clock tower of Staromestska square
  • Staromestska Square
  • Our Lady Before Tyn (1365)
  • Views from the top of the clock tower
  • Rudolfinum (Zitka & Schulz, 1884)
  • Near Charles Bridge, eastern bank
  • The eastern from the bridge
  • The castle from the bridge
  • Charles Bridge/ Karluv Most (1357)
  • Schwarzenberg Palace
  • Castle
  • St George
  • St Vitus (14th - 1929)
  • Golden Lane
  • Views from the castle
  • St Nicholas (1704-1756)
  • Malostrans Square
  • Karluv Most
  • Eastern bank
  • Opera (Josefa Zitka, 1883)
  • Castle and bridge (STITCH!)
  • Our Lady Before Tyn and Gothic House
  • Granovsky Palace (1558)
  • Prasna Brana (gate)
  • Sacred Heart (1928)

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