Friday, September 5, 2014

how to reach Krakow from Prague?

How to reach Krakow from Prague:

If you are looking to reach Krakow from Prague then I would recommend to take local train to Cesky Tesin and from there cross the bridge and take the bus for Krakow.



Cesky Tesin/Cieszyn is a small town located on the Czech/Polish border. It is divided into two parts by the Olza river: Český Těšín (Czech) and Cieszyn (Polish). On that bridge there were once terrifying frontier posts full of scary-looking gentlemen in uniforms. Nowadays, both Poland and Czech Republic are members of the Schengen agreement and travelling around both parts of the town is not a problem whatsoever.
Here is how I reached Krakow from Prague:

I went to Prague train station and got the ticket for Cesky Tesin (cost 12.25 Euros or 340 CZK).
Train departed at 12:16PM towards Zilina from Prague train station.
Reached Cesky Tesin around 16:30.
From there crossed the bridge behind the train station and entered the Polish side of the town Cieszyn.
Reached the city center and got the money exchanged.
From city center bus station is on 10 minutes walking distance.
Got the bus ticket for Krakow from there at 21 PLN (5 euro).
Bus departed at 5:30 PM and reached Krakow around 8:30 PM.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Engelberg - Switzerland

View from Hotel Belmont Engelberg
View from Hotel Belmont
Engelberg - heaven on earth
Engelberg (mountain of angels) is a very picturesque town in Switzerland , reachable via Lucerne - Engelberg Express train. This beautiful town is famous for its beauty and a lot of tourists visit this town everyday to see the majestic Mount Titlis and Ski Resort. More than 50% of the visitors were from India, I was told that many Bollywood pictures are filmed in Engelberg and this is the reason why this town is so popular there. Below are few pictures from our summer trip:

Ali Hameed - Hotel Belmont Engelberg

Engelberg Tourist information
Engelberg Tourist information center in the middle of town

Engelberg village










Wafia Tabina
Wafia Tabina - Engelberg


Ali Hameed - Engelberg



Engelberg railway station
Engelberg railway station - the last picture that I captured there


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lucerne - Engelberg Express

Engelberg is a beautiful town, gateway to Mount Titlis. I recorded this video from Hotel Belmont's balcony and you can see the swiss panoramic train Lucerne - Engelberg express passing by.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Zurich - The Smart City

Zurich is Switzerland's largest city with around 4 million population.There is no doubt that the city of Zurich is
view of Zurich city from Zurich Lake
Switzerland’s most popular tourist destination, if not one of the top European favorites overall. There is a lot to see, discover and do when you are visiting this culturally and historically renowned city. It is a major transport hub and both the Zurich Airport and main train station ( Zürich Hauptbahnhof) are the largest and busiest in the country. Zürich city is located by the Limmat River at the point where it emerges from the Zürichsee (Lake of Zürich), is a beautiful city with vistas of snowy mountains in the distance and a charming Altstadt (Old Town) made up primarily of medieval churches, guild halls and town houses.
Zurich old town
Zurich old town
Zurich — best known by many for being the city with the highest cost of living but to the citizens of Zurich, their city offers a high quality of life and given this positive view, it’s no surprise that citizens are also very satisfied with the city’s overall “smartness.” The city has a vast network of Trams which are heavily used. Swiss Railway and Zurich Traffic apps are available for Smartphone users and support the heavily used, efficient trams and trains.







Visit to Old town is a must. Zurich Old Town is a cultural, social and historical melting pot. Zurich's  Medieval houses, narrow lanes and guild and town halls from the Renaissance period offer an attractive backdrop for world-class entertainment. A tour of the Old Town lets visitors experience Zurich's multifaceted past.



Doner Kebab, Zurich Alstadt

For muslims, Halal food is available all over the Zurich, thanks to Turkish Doner Kebabs which are cheap and present almost everywhere in the Zurich city.


Zurich Bahnhof (railway station)


Ali Hameed - Lake Zurich



Lake Zurich






Ali Hameed - Zurich old town