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Roadtrip across the German Alps

The exam season was finally done and a well-deserved trip was on the list. Where better than a journey to the Alps to reflect on life so far and strategise on the future. We decided on visiting Prague and drive to Konigsee in Germany. Staying in Sweden means you could visit other EU countries without the need for a separate visa. And as tacit as it can get, student’s life implies budgetary constrains on travelling and spending. As a person who is used to staying in tents, hostels and hitchhiking, Europe seems to be on the higher side of the budget. Although the good news is that with meticulous planning, you could cut down costs to a larger extent. 

Our first city to visit was the beautiful capital city Prague. The first thing I loved about this city was the weather. After staying in Stockholm for 3 months (mind you winter hadn’t even started yet), it felt like moving out of a freezer into a warm hallway. The first night in the city was quite memorable. The city was peaceful and silent as we roamed through the corners of the city admiring the bridges, cobblestoned streets, architecture and the beer at the beer museum. The following day we visited Charles bridge, Prague Orloj (The oldest operating clock) and spend the rest of the day roaming around the beautiful city before boarding a bus to Munich.
Bus from Stockholm to Skavsta: 150 sek
Flight from Skavsta to Prague is: 100 sek 
Hostel for the night: 100 sek
Food cost in Prague: 120 sek

24-hour travel ticket: 48 sek
Bus from Prague to Munich: 64 sek 

We reached Munich early in the morning and rented a car for the remaining three days. We then drove to Konigsee. A beautiful sleeping town in the German Alps surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and mountains. A perfect place to experience nature and indulge in adventurous activities. We went on a boat ride on the Konigsee lake. The lake is surrounded by mountains and provides picturesque moments throughout the ride.
Car rental cost for 3 days: 900 sek for three people = 300 sek
Insurance for car for 3 days: 690 sek for three people = 230 sek
Hostel for 2 nights: 577 sek

Food Cost: 150 sek
Boat ride cost: 170 sek
Misc: 116 sek

The following day was rainy which made the terrain even more mesmerizing. We visited Hintersee lake about 10kms from the hostel. The water was so clear that we could easily see the bottom of the lake. It reminded me of the Dwaki in India which I always wanted to visit. The mountains around can capture and keep you occupied for a long time if you just let it. We then hiked to a Wimbackhlamm which had multiple waterfalls along a running stream. The view seemed like a scene right out of heaven. Since the winter had just begun, it started getting dark quite soon and we had to drive back to the hostel. To be honest, both the hostel in Prague and Konigsee seemed to lack the backpackers’ vibe, probably because we went there in an offseason or probably the hostels in India had raised my expectations. 
Food: 150 sek
Miscellaneous: 100 sek

Day 4: 
The final day was meant for a big trek since the weather was predicted to be sunny unlike the last two days and the sun was out in all its glory. The clouds had cleared its way and we could enjoy the panoramic view of the landscape. We started our trek from Konigsee city centre and lost of the way in the middle and ended up at Rabenwand, which was a perfect place to enjoy solitude with a view of the lake at the mountains together. We then hiked down to the lake and back to the city. An end to an amazing experience among the German Alps. We drove back to Munich. The interesting thing about car rentals in Munich is that all the car rental companies have set up a common car collection centre at Munich airport. This made it easy for us to leave the car and directly head to our flight back to Stockholm.
Food: 150 sek
Flight back from Munich to Stockholm: 680 sek
Bus from Stockholm airport to Tcentralen: 120 sek

Tips for Traveller:
• Booking flight tickets early helps. We got the tickets to Prague for 100 sek. Although we had to use the airport at Skvasta which cost us 150 sek to reach the airport.
• Prague and Konigsee have Mcdonalds where we could find burgers at affordable prices.
• The public transport in Prague is great. You could buy at 48 sek. And most of the places are walkable.
• However, the public transport at Konigsee is unreliable and not all the places are at walking distance.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

4 thoughts on “Roadtrip across the German Alps”

  1. Hey Vivek…
    Just got to know a little about you through the blogs of KTH. I am Akshay from India planning for my Masters and KTH is one of my option. It would be very kind of you if we could connect anyhow and share your thoughts/advice of joining the same. My mail I’d is

    1. Hello Akshay, Glad you reached out. Have you decided on which course to pursue here? Each program has been allocated a specific student ambassador who can give you a thorough briefing. Let me know which course you are interested in and I will connect you to the right person.

  2. Hi, Vivek
    Currently i am a M.Sc Student in IIT Hyderabad completing my degree.
    Can you de-brief me with the procedure and the requirements for applying into KTH?


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