Tuesday, May 31, 2016

EUROPE 2013 - Part 1 (Amsterdam - Prague)

In 2013, I visited several cities in Europe, namely Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Copenhagen, Malmo, Cologne, and Amsterdam. Before the trip unfolded, preparations were made well in advance (one year before departure). Bookings for airline and train tickets, accommodations, tours were done online much earlier. Accommodations were booked near the respective city central train station for ease of mobility.

Day 1
Departed KLIA to  Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) by MH16 at 2355hrs and arrived at 0700hrs (+1 day). After clearing immigration took the train to Amsterdam Centraal Station. Tickets can be bought at the ticket vending machine or at the ticket office.


Ticket Vending Machine

Ticket Office

Day 2
Since my train to Prague was at 1901hrs, I had ample time to take a short tour of Amsterdam. Left my luggage at Amsterdam Centraal Station for a fee. Beware, the luggage lockers only accept credit cards with pin numbers.


Amsterdam Centraal Station

Signage to luggage locker

Luggage lockers

After storing my luggage at the station, headed towards Damrak and Dam Square which was really crowded all the time. Then I took the Hop-on Hop-off Tour Bus. The stop is in front of Amsterdam Central Station.

Dam Square

The busy and crowded Damrak
Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Amsterdam Central Station from a distance

GVB Tram

City of bicycles





Had late lunch at Halal Food, Damrak, just beside Delta Hotel City Centre Amsterdam.

Halal Food Damrak

Then entered the Sex Museum, Damrak, the world's first and oldest sex museum to kill time while waiting for my train to Prague. The entrance ticket is €4.00 for those above 16 years old.

For adults only!!!

At 1901hrs departed Amsterdam Centraal Station to Praha Hlavni Nadrazi by City Night Line train (CNL 50447). The fare was EUR251. I had always wanted to experience taking the night train. Booked a sleeper berth with the attached shower online. Breakfast was included in the ticket price. The journey was 16 hours.

City Night Line Train
Deluxe sleeper berth
Sleeper shower

Day 3
Some photos taken along the route from Amsterdam Centraal to Praha Hlavni Nadrazi.










The scenery along the journey was beautiful and tranquil. It was an unforgettable experience taking the overnight train ride. Definitely a must.



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