My family and I visited several Central European cities where we met and spent time with friends and extended family. It wasn’t a sit-back-and-chill type of vacation but one full of action and adventure; it can’t be different with two young and active children.
As we left Switzerland and entered the plains of southern Germany, wind turbines started to pop up. I don’t know if I saw one wind turbine in Switzerland (there probably are some), but Germany is full of them. I saw them in eastern Austria around Vienna later in the trip. We usually travel through Munich, western Austria, and Slovenia to get to Croatia—either there aren’t wind turbines, or there are so few of them that they don’t register in my mind. However, metal and plastic giants followed us on this trip to Berlin. There is something dizzying in them, slowly rotating on the horizon as the road turns and winds.
Zoo Berlin has such a nice logo. I captured several visually appealing textures and patterns on animals and buildings on camera.
Little BIG City Berlin is the story of Berlin from the first settlements to today, told through miniature models. I was surprised by the craft.
The Museum of Musical Instruments was glad to send us our way because our kids tried every interactive exhibit; we were the loudest visitors in the museum. It was more try-and-listen than take-a-photo experience, but I captured a lute to the tone of “Toss a coin to your witcher.”
The Museum for Communication held a few surprises, primarily by displaying items that I used in my childhood. In other words, I’m not young anymore. On the positive side, the lobby of the museum is gorgeous. I’m a sucker for late 19th-century stone, glass, and steel industrial architecture.
We briefly stopped in Dresden on our way to Prague. Still, a short walk around the historical center was surprisingly lovely, particularly the opera house and the Procession of Princes mural painted on 23,000 porcelain tiles spanning a hundred meters.
Our first time in Prague. It was very nice because of the well-preserved historical parts, but I expected it to be more exotic. The city and the country are culturally and historically close to Zagreb in Croatia, where I’m from, so architecture, food, language, and people felt … too similar?
In any case, we had to visit all the standard locations like the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the cathedral on the hill, the old town, the astronomy clock tower, the Powder Tower where gunpowder was stored, and similar.
There are so many good photos of the St. Vitus Cathedral online that one more wouldn’t really matter. However, I enjoyed catching details around and on it, like these ornate doors.
Here are a few more details or interesting scenes from walking around the city.
Grinch is my spirit character.
The old library in Klementinum was gorgeous. It reminded me of the Library of Trinity College.
The LEGO museum delivered another blow—LEGO sets from the 90s that I still have at home that my kids play with. There were newer sets too, but not many older ones. The custom-built sets of Prague architecture were amazing.
I stopped in one neighborhood because I remembered a Google office might be nearby. As I reached for my phone, I lifted my gaze and saw the Google logo on a building. What a coincidence.