Czech Republic: Bohemian Switzerland
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The Czech Republic is a student paradise, with cheap beer and plenty of hostels,it’s clear to see why every summer the place is teeming with backpackers. However, I find it a great shame that what brings many students to Czech Republic is the nightlife and nothing more. As someone who doesn’t regularly drink, I want to let everyone know what lies outside of five–room nightclubs and jelly shots. The main purpose of my journey was to go to a camp in “Bohemian Switzerland”, which lies by the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, near Děčín. It is around two hours from Prague, and the train ride alone makes it all worthwhile. The train follows the Elbe River, and the view is utterly breath taking. With the wide river and dense forest, it feels less like Switzerland and more like a journey into the heart of the jungle. The train itself is worth mentioning, as it is so radically different from travelling by noiseless, modern trains. Instead, you have the individual wooden cabins and the track rattling beneath you in a charmingly old-fashioned way. There is no greater pleasure than opening the cabin windows wide and feeling the fresh air blast against your face. Listen to the train pounding the tracks and gulp in the fresh, open countryside that makes such a refreshing change from the cramped cobbled streets of Prague.
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