Traveling to Europe
Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:01 PM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 06:00 PM
Edited by TiredOldSoldier, 05 June 2012 - 06:11 PM.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 06:43 PM
Rarely any visitors . Out back is an 88 and one section of an armored train. Full of great WW2 planes. P 51, ME 109 and Spitfire close together, All the Yaks and a Stormvik and ME 262 and P 47.
Kbely Airmuseum-Letecke Muzeum-Praha
If you have the time take a train or bus from Prague to Terezin on the Czech border with Germany. The Theresienstadt concentration camp is there and now a museum. If you have not seen one it is well worth the visit. Profoundly moving . Last time I was there I found 2 T-34/.85's new the entry but perhaps 300 meters away along with a Su 85 or 100. They may be post war production.
If you do not get to Terezin, maybe 90 minutes away, do go to the old Synagogue in Prague for a good bit of the camp's material has been moved there to be more accessible to tourist. Auschwitz may be too far off your path.
I concur with Tiredoldsoldier about Budapest.
Vienna has the best collection of intact flak towers in existance. Impressive.The city center is pretty much spared and thus were the towers, Impressive.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 08:08 PM
About 45 minutes south of the city is a former salt mine that was used for the production of He-162 jet fighters. Most of the mine was flooded after the war, and you can take a boat tour of it. In several places you can look down into the clear water and see pieces and tools associated with the He-162 production. If you're traveling with family, they might be interested to know that parts of the "Three Musketeers" was filmed here.
The Arsenal Museum (Heeresgeschichtliches) is also worth a quick visit. Although not heavy on WWII items (the museum covers everything from the medieval period to the modern day), there are some interesting things, including Archduke Ferdinand's car, his blood-stained uniform and the pistol that shot him -- which of course sparked the First World War.
While you're there, be sure to get a schnitzel at Figlmueller's. They have a few locations -- but the easiest one to get to is right downtown, located on Wollziele 5. The Strandcafe has good ribs (its located on the east side of the city), well inside the former Soviet sector of occupation. You can see the difference between the Allied and Soviet sectors even today -- the Allied sectors are more developed and architecturally-varied.
Edited by George Patton, 06 June 2012 - 06:51 PM.
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