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My travel in Europe:
Day 5, By train from Krakow to Bratislava:
Today our skills in traveling shall be tested, could we managed to go by train from Krakow to Budapest ? There are not many information signs in English so it will be difficult, and we are not used to travel by train either.
Google Map over Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia:
The train are not leaving Krakow until 1 pm, we took it slowly. A last look at our hostel that has been our home for four days. Maybe it look a bit grey, but we like it. Behind the wall there is a small park to sit in which we did.
This day we start with a walk to the Wisla river Western of Krakow old town. The upside down house was funny to see.
After we had eaten some lunch we go to the railway station, we don't want to be late.
Uwaga po sygnale odjazdu wsiadanie zabronione, okey, but what does it mean ? Attention after departure signal prohibited entry.
Krakow Glowny is a big railway station with a lot of railway tracks, are we standing on the correct platform ? The signs of this train say something about Krakowie, that is where we are now.
That was wrong train, here comes our train. It is rolling in to the railway station and we enter the blue / yellow wagon. The clock is 1 pm.
Now the train starts and slowly roll out from the railway station. We see rows of old trains lined up on the side tracks. Some are quite rusty, probably they are not used in traffic, they are more like spare trains or spare parts.
It doesn't take many minutes until we make the first stop. I try to take a photo of every station we stop at, but this one I missed the sign with the name at.
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I can read that Trzebinia was a Royal village in old days and today an important rail and road hub.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Trzebinia:
The pronunciations and spelling of the name of these towns is not easy. Couldn't find anything written in English about the town Jaworzno Szczakowa.
We will pass through a lot of industrial areas on our way through Poland.
Close to Myslowice we see this industry building.
Kopalnia Myslowice was a coal mine, it was closed down 2008. This is year 2010 so it was only two years ago.
This town is placed at which once was an important trading route between Wroclaw and Krakow. It's located between the White and Black Przemsza rivers.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Myslowice:
At Katowice we shall change to another train, we have only a few minutes to find at which platform we shall go to. But we have got help, on the train we got a new nice friend. A young girl who are traveling to Budapest as we do, she shall meet her parents in Budapest.
Here we follow her in a rapid pace, she was not sure either from which platform the train departure. She disappear for some minutes when she asked a conductor where we shall go. We wait nervously and watch the clock.
We look at the blackboard, we can't see our train. We wait and suddenly it shows up, just a few minutes until the train depart.
We can relax now when we are onboard, this was the first train change, two left. The train have just started and we rool out from Katowice. At this new train we find a restaurant onboard, perfect ! We ordered some grilled meat and beer to drink. Very nice staff and the dinner tasted very well.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Katowice:
Suddenly we where in another country, Czech Republic, Bohumin is close to the Polish border. Half the distance of our travel today we do in Czech Republic. The total distance is about 450 km. As most towns we pass has a broken history, they have belonged to a lot of different countries during the years.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Bohumin:
This could be the lake Prostredni Polom.
What exiting fortress is this we se on top of the hill ? After some research with Google map I found it to be Helfstyn Castle. That's something to visit in the future.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Helfstyn Castle:
We have stopped at the railway station Prerov. The clock is 22 minutes past 6 pm, we have spent more than five hours on the train now.
Wien is a popular city, lot of tourist visit it, but also local inhabitants go there for shopping.
The train waited for a long time on this station.
Prerov is a city at the river Becva in the Eastern Czech Republic.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Prerov:
The host of the flat we has rent in Bratislava has sent a sms to us and asked when we will arrive. We answer optimistic at 8 pm, something we have to change later, more than once.
I didn't find much information about this small town.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Stare Mesto:
We see a lot of these balls which is placed on top of a tower. It could be a water or maybe gas reservoirs, but I'm not sure.
Another stop, this time the town Hodonin.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Hodonin:
Moravska Nova Ves:
This is the town Moravski Nova Ves.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Moravski Nova Ves:
In Lanzhot we change to the third train. We had problem to find the train, walking around on the platforms and at last we found this miniature train, it's so small that it didn't look like a train !
This was the last stop in Czech Republic.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Lanzhot:
We have now crossed the border to Slovakia.
Now we had come to Kuty, the last and fourth train change for us and our friend.
At Wikipedia you find more information about Kuty:
At last, we have arrived to Bratislava, more than one hour late. Our hosts have been standing here for a long time waiting for us, I understand, but we had sent several text messages from the smartphone that we were arriving late. They drive us in their car to the apartment. The apartment is large and everything we need is there. We will stay here for two days.
We have today traveled 450 km, visited three countries, all this in 8 and a half hour, not bad. It was very interesting to see the countryside of the countries.