This is not a quick journey. It took over six hours to cover a distance that a TGV on a high-speed line can do in a couple of hours. We changed engines twice and reversed direction about three times on our way – it was certainly an experience!

I was making my way from Prague to Munich as part of my long birthday trip on board the 8.15am ALEX train from Prague main station. Travelling first class for a few euros more only got you a little extra leg room, but the rest of the carriage was booked by a large Spanish family who made for entertaining (if loud) travelling companions – thankfully I’d not had a big night in Prague the night before!

The train is made up of slightly old-fashioned Czech carriages, but they’re comfortable – a lot of the modern trains have very hard seats whereas these were very well padded, something I appreciated on the six-hour journey.

Shortly after lunch the train arrived at Munich main station and I made my way outside to join my friends.

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