Automobiles and Astronomy: Academic Scholars Explore Czech’s Capital
Over the half term break, King’s Lower Sixth Academic Scholars departed for their annual trip. This year they visited the beautiful city of Prague, with the focus being to explore its history, culture and society.
Prior to the excursion, the pupils undertook research on the Czech city, which meant that they were able to lead the tour with their own knowledge and insight. Having become a very popular tourist destination over recent years, the group decided to explore the most popular sights in the late evening or early morning in order to avoid the busy crowds.
The iconic Old Town Square impressed, with the magnificent Tyn Church and curious Prague Astronomical Clock towering over tourists below. The pupils were also fascinated by the Museum of Communism, which was filled with information about the rise and fall of the Communist state within Czechoslovakia. A further visit to the art gallery sited in the Convent of St Agnes was a challenging contrast to the visual images they had previously seen.
As on previous trips to Prague, the Scholars travelled to Mladá Boleslav to visit the Škoda Auto Museum. Here they learned about how Škoda had developed from making bicycles in the 19th century to becoming one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers. To round off the visit, the pupils were able to view the company’s latest concept cars – including how they were assembled. For many of them, this was the real highlight of the trip.
Upon returning to the city, they were able to enjoy the splendour of Prague Castle and the breathtaking views it affords. After two and a half days of sightseeing, the whole group were fortunate to pay a visit to the famous AghaRTA Jazz Centrum to see the “Rhythm Desperados”; although particularly enjoyable for the musicians amongst the group, it was an experience that everyone will remember as a fitting end to a memorable trip.