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Great Continental Railway Journeys

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Lifestyle
  • Documentary

Summary

Michael Portillo travels on the great train routes of Europe, as he retraces more of the journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 Continental Railway Guide.

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Episode 5: Prague to Munich

Summary

Michael Portillo travels through Bohemia and Bavaria, beginning by exploring the art nouveau architecture of Czech Republic capital Prague. He then samples the sulphurous spa waters and wallows in peat and mud in Marianske Lazne, formerly known as Marienbad, before test driving a state-of-the-art passenger train made at the Skoda factory in Pilsen. Crossing the border into Germany, Michael encounters a fire-breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald, and learns about an early 20th-century pioneer who laid the foundations for Munich's pre-eminence in science and technology.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Michael Portillo starts this week’s journey in Bohemia. Now part of the Czech Republic, it gave us the word to describe unconventionality – so it is, Portillo smiles, very apt for a man wearing a luminous pink jacket.

In Prague he finds many beautiful buildings as well as a bar where he learns to tango. “You want me as a woman?” asks his alarmed (male) teacher. Just as alarming is the sight of Portillo stripping off for a mud bath and massage in the famous spa at Marienbad before he crosses the border into Bavaria, where he gets up close and personal with a truly spectacular fire-breathing dragon. Time for a bit of fancy dress.

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  • Episode 5

    Prague to Munich

    Summary

    Michael Portillo travels through Bohemia and Bavaria, beginning by exploring the art nouveau architecture of Czech Republic capital Prague. He then samples the sulphurous spa waters and wallows in peat and mud in Marianske Lazne, formerly known as Marienbad, before test driving a state-of-the-art passenger train made at the Skoda factory in Pilsen. Crossing the border into Germany, Michael encounters a fire-breathing dragon in Furth-im-Wald, and learns about an early 20th-century pioneer who laid the foundations for Munich's pre-eminence in science and technology.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Michael Portillo starts this week’s journey in Bohemia. Now part of the Czech Republic, it gave us the word to describe unconventionality – so it is, Portillo smiles, very apt for a man wearing a luminous pink jacket.

    In Prague he finds many beautiful buildings as well as a bar where he learns to tango. “You want me as a woman?” asks his alarmed (male) teacher. Just as alarming is the sight of Portillo stripping off for a mud bath and massage in the famous spa at Marienbad before he crosses the border into Bavaria, where he gets up close and personal with a truly spectacular fire-breathing dragon. Time for a bit of fancy dress.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Portillo

    Crew

    rolename
    Series producerAlison Kreps
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