Yesterday, we ended our stay in Berlin and headed to Dresden in our comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Our next stop was Dresden. After a long ride, we split up and had lunch in the city center, where our hotel was conveniently located. We then headed to the beautiful Zwinger Palace where we walked through the gardens and along the walls, viewing the gorgeous architecture. For dinner, we decided to go for some Italian food after all the German food we'd been having, and headed to Vapiano, a delicious fast-casual restaurant where they make your pasta or pizza right in front of you. We would only have a brief time in Dresden though, as we would be heading to our next stop, Prague, the next morning.
The drive to Prague today was very scenic and also surprisingly short. We left around 9:30 AM and arrived as early as 11:30 AM. After checking in, we tried our hand at Czech food at the Czech restaurant across the street from our hotel. After lunch, some of the students dropped off their laundry at a local dry-cleaner and we headed on the long climb up to the extremely scenic Prague Castle. The Castle offered stunning views of the city below, and we all took copious amounts of pictures to view later! After seeing the castle, we walked through the winding streets through an amazing array of local shops with local musicians and dancers along the path the whole way. If anything could introduce us to Czech culture, it was certainly the traditional Czech dancers, dressed in full garb, dancing to classic folk music.
We crossed the famous Charles Bridge and got scenic views of the river and the city, and we ended our day at the Old Town Square, the center of culture and history in the city. After a delicious dinner at U Parlamentu near the Square, we headed back to the hotel to rest after two long days of travel. Tomorrow we head to Wenceslas Square to view one of the many sites of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and will tour the National Museum before heading to some shopping!