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Latvia, Poland and Germany

July 2004 - Travelling through the Central Europe by bus and train.


Way there: Warsaw | Through Germany | Kaldenkirchen
Way back: Berlin | Latvia

First part of the journey

We left Helsinki on Saturday morning of July, 3rd by Seawind passenger and cargo ship to Tallinn, Estonia. There we took a bus to Riga, Latvia, and after a short pause a night bus to Warsaw, Poland.

klik Mari on the deck of Seawind ship
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klik Border of Estonia and Latvia in Ainazi
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klik Mari with her red backpack and Riga market hall
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klik Eurolines bus having pause near Kaunas, Lithuania
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Warsaw

We arrived in Warsaw early in the morning. Scheduled time was at 6:30 but we already arrived there at 4 a.m. We began exploring the city with Sanna and Janne whom we met in the bus.

klik Sanna, Mari and Janne in Warsaw
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klik Mari in front of the Culture and Science Palace
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klik Skyscrapers in the centre of Warsaw
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We also visited the so-called old town of Warsaw. The old part of the city was bombed in the World War II but reconstructed again as a copy of the original town.

klik View to a small alley
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klik Central Square of Warsaw Old Town
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klik Art market next to the town wall
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klik Janne and Sanna looking at the map
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klik Beware of exploding cars?
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klik University library
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We continued toward Germany already in the same evening. Our intention was to take a night train but as we found out that it was an expensive Russian train we decided to leave few hours earlier to reach Germany by the evening.

klik Warsaw Central Railway Station
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More photos from Warsaw.

Through Germany by train

We spent overnight in a small city called Frankfurt-Oder on the border of Germany and Poland. In the morning we went to Berlin wherefrom we took different trains. I had bought a cheap ticket from Die Bahn online shop which was valid in express trains. As Mari is younger than I it was more profitable for her to have InterRail ticket also for Germany but that was not valid in the high-speed trains unless one paid relatively high extra fees. Hence we decided that I will wait for Mari in the border of Germany and the Netherlands.

klik Street in Frankfurt-Oder
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klik Duisburg railway station
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Kaldenkirchen

Last town in German side of the border was Kaldenkirchen. I decided to stop there for while and look a little bit around. It was quite a quiet small town.

klik Entrance road to the town
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klik Pedestrian street
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klik Street view
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klik The church
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klik Unfortunately Greek-style Niko's bar was not open
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klik Railway Station
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More photos from Kaldenkirchen.

From Kaldenkirchen I continued by train to Venlo in the Netherlands.

Further down on this page you can see photos of our return journey from France. If you continue to see the photos in order you will see them in the end of the tour.



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Return journey

After a short stop in Paris we continued by train via Strasbourg to Baden-Baden in Germany. Again we decided to traverse Germany separately: I used the DB online ticket and the fast ICE train while Mari followed me with IC trains. This time she paid one extra fee to get with me from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt am Main and not having to wait alone at night. After leaving Frankfurt we met again in Berlin.

Berlin

klik Alexanderplatz
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klik Karl Marx Allee
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klik Unter den Linden
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klik Brandenburger Gate
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klik Potsdamer Platz
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klik Tower of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church next to Zoologischer Garten railway station
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More photos from Berlin.

Again in Latvia

From Berlin we continued by Eurolines bus to Riga, Latvia where we spent overnight. After 21 hours in bus we really needed a pause.

klik Riga as seen from hostel's window
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From Riga we took another Eurolines bus to Tallinn. We did, however, miss the bus which we had originally planned to take and consequently also the Seawind ship. Fortunately Tallinn to Helsinki route is operated by several differnet carriers so we were able to take an Ecker÷ Line ferry just few hours later.

klik Bus had a stop in Ainazi near the Estonian border
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Below you can find links to the other photo pages of our journey:

Photographers

NL = Niko Lipsanen

 

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