Czech Republic

26 06 2014

The problem I find with being on vacation is that I don’t have enough time to write a decent posting. I didn’t do any caching during the second half of May and the first half of June but have made up for it somewhat since then.

I had booked a trip to Central Eastern Europe some time ago that included round trip flights to Prague and a rental car for a few days. We arrived in Prague on a wet day and took the airport express bus from the airport to the railway station in the centre of Prague then walked the few hundred meters to our centrally located hotel. As part of the preparations for the trip I had not only mapped out a route but I had, with the help of GSAK sorted out the caches with the most favourite points and mapped them on Google Maps that I printed out and had with me in my pocket, one for each of the cities we visited.

As I had my partner with me I knew that I would not be geocaching more than part of the time so I only chose a few caches to hunt for but ensured that there were some earthcaches included. In total we found just fourteen caches including two earthcaches. However, the total number of favourite points was 2818 or an average of just over 200 points per cache.

We took the airport express from the airport to the old main station and walked the couple of blocks to our centrally located hotel. That done we ate lunch in a nearby cafe and set off on a short sightseeing trip. I wanted to find geocaches and my partner wanted to visit the shops. I was able to find PORICI before we hit the shops. The first cache was in an inner courtyard and a guy at a reception desk had to be passed. Luckily the code word “geocaching” worked well. The next couple of caches were Prague, Staromestské námestí and Terezka on our way across Charles bridge and on to the Petrin Tower on the west side of Central Prague. The second cache was a virtual, of which there aren’t so many in Europe and the third was a rather simple micro.

House in the old town square

House in the old town square

Building in the old town square

Building in the old town square

Building in the old town square

Building in the old town square

Church in the old town square

Church in the old town square

Detail over a doorway

Detail over a doorway

View upstream in River Vitova

View upstream in River Vitova

On Charles Bridge

On Charles Bridge

The Petrin Tower - 1/3 scale copy of Eiffel Tower

The Petrin Tower – 1/3 scale copy of Eiffel Tower

View over Prague old town

View over Prague old town

The day after we picked up a Skoda rental car from close to the hotel and drove down to Brno where the two earthcaches on my list were found. One of them Ceská geologická sluzba Brno was at the Czech Geological Survey in Brno and was rather complicated but fun non the less. I learnt a lot from trying to answer the questions.

One of the large rocks at the Czech geological survey offices in Brno

One of the large rocks at the Czech geological survey offices in Brno


In my opinion the highlight of the trip was in Brno as we found two caches placed by berx.cz and were really deserving of their favourite points. If I were to be at all critical I would give these two caches favourite points but none of the others that we found. I don’t know if I have any Czech readers but if you are worried about spoilers read no further. The first of the two caches Pokojicek which was a birdbox but with a difference.

The cache Pokojicek was a masterpiece

The cache Pokojicek was a masterpiece

The details were amazing.

The details were amazing.

Vytah. Vytah, I learnt means elevator/lift. and yes there was one there, but not as I expected just from reading the description. When we arrived att GZ we came upon a local geocacher who was just signing the log. We said hi and then in order not to lessen our experience we let him replace and reset the cache before we moved in to find it. Yes, you have guessed it, this was a “gadget cache”

The Elevator in starting position.

The Elevator in starting position.

The Elevator after opening the cache

The Elevator after opening the cache

After a couple of days outside the Czech republic (more of that in the next two postings) we returned for a final day and found a further five caches, all centrally located micros bar one. Funnily enough it was the small cache that caused the biggest headache. We visited the spot three times before finding the cache. I was expecting it to be closer to the place it was named after Novomestsky pivovar and had seen it and discounted it on the first visit. However, on the third attempt I relied on the GPS despite us being in a street with tall buildings and arrived at the right spot.

I really like the old town in Prague as there is so much for a turist to explore and see at a pretty low cost.

A pile of bricks to be painted for charity

A pile of bricks to be painted for charity

A pretty decent painting on one of the bricks

A pretty decent painting on one of the bricks

Cache found at the Estates Theatre (NB Not in or on the statue)

Cache found at the Estates Theatre (NB Not in or on the statue)

Details on an old town building

Details on an old town building

Modern sculpture

Modern sculpture

No we didn't eat here

No we didn’t eat here

The second country that we visited was Slovakia.

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