tv Check-in Deutsche Welle November 13, 2022 4:30am-5:01am CET
welcome to this new edition of cheque in this time a reporters have set their sights on central and eastern europe. they're off to lithuania, to check republic and poland. lucas stake begins his travels in lithuania, capital vilnius, the largest city in the baltic states. the co froelich has to prague in the czech republic, where she wants to see how tourism has changed. since the pandemic began, and later lucas staker goes to condense the port city in northern poland, where the solid tarnish movement played a significant role in what led to the fall of the iron curtain. but 1st, to vilnius the symbol of vilios stance. 140 meters above the city, the giddiness tower, the remnant of what was once the city's most powerful defense system. the giddiness castle. hello,
from vilios. in lithuania. have you ever heard of it? well, lift raina is one of the 3 baltic states in eastern europe, russia, and bell roost our direct neighbors. and, well, the war in ukraine is not that far away. and i want to know, is it still safe to travel here in these times? let's find out the russian warren ukraine is viewed with concern to lithuania. no wonder because the length of the lithuanian border separating the russian ex place of coline grat from bella. ruth, is only some 100 kilometers. many lithuanians fear that it could be prudence. next target, of course, this also worries, curious like neat. is it the same for other holiday makers and vilios? ah, even how safety you feel as if you me to ties the i feel complaint i sang a mix and i didn't even think that we will be traveling to some dangerous area or
something like that. he's no the only his it's it's you up. so if ever sucking up her ear, i think europe kendra ricks, jamante because of the situation. ukraine weekly. give it a 2nd thought that decided it was all the more reason to go. hardly any other country has condemned the warrant ukraine as vehemently as lithuania. they've taken a firm stand in a way that is as creative as it is. clear. solidarity is huge in lithuania, both among the general population and the politicians. the street where the russian embassy is located has been renamed street of ukrainian heroes. the war in ukraine and attends atmosphere can be felt everywhere in the country. one business that is benefiting from this fear and c sailed skyrocket is the oxalis
arms dealership. according to the owner demand increased tenfold in the 1st month after the war. again. this is for self defense for home defense. yes. i don't know why you're so surprised because of it's a long video for immune machine groans of the homes. you know, so yeah, but i don't know anything about guns, so this is all pretty new to me. you know, and well, if i'm thinking of self defense, i'm thinking about a small hand gun. another bought a shotgun. yeah. but it's more effective up and actually, you know, it's more effective than they found a gun who needs listed here. you can like this. yeah. you can load it, you know, just like in a movie, just put the pull it back. i'm call it even though i'm safe as a tourist here and billions. i still have a sinking feeling but now the city guy
creased the bus will show me the city. our 1st stop, a small memorial plaque, though. why are we starting here? and these are plus, what is so special about? what does it say last? the boo is still set in class. that means miracle under versus what miracle were to plot his clack. his head to remind us that the miracles happen every day does. and the biggest miracle is that we got our independent shed here. 3 unarmed nations fought against the mighty u. s. a song next against the a 2 year back then the people united in that belief that nobody should have to live under the. so if you talk your patient any more, so from that kind of what they did it peacefully. i belmont, nobody threw molotov cocktails. oh, stones of the police of ty, now people just came together and sang and that was enough. and it comes up on cassandra that's working on this is against a little many people have passed. my stand has a close their eyes and turn 3 full circle decimal did i am. i mean,
while you have to make a wish and that wish will come true. stick to die or in the 10 years of truth about us, but you must not santa laugh on like lights and yeah, i let us lit up. this is i am not allowed to say it it, yes. okay. of course, i can't say it out loud, but because of the war in ukraine you can probably guess what i wish for. we continue to the most famous site of the city, the cathedral of saint stanislaus. it is the center of the catholic faith, lithuania, the classes. this building was finished in the early 19th century. the bell tower stands alone. as is the case with many churches in the baltic states at 68 meters high. it is the tallest building in vilnius, old town. next greece to person takes me through the old town. it is huge and has been a unesco world heritage site since 1994 winding streets and alleys,
magnificent town houses and palaces. i like it. vilnius is also called the city of churches. they are more than 50 of them as so he had been visa to important churches are the church of saint francis to arrive from the church of saint an to allah advocate. i it's not one but 2. why 2? i but they are bound by blood and blood. phillip lynn, according to legend of fennel, a german architect of the church of saint francis was jealous of his lithuanian pupil with or who had made the church of an answer beautiful that it became the most famous church vilnius. at the time, the older architect asked his people to explain the technical details to the 2nd when they were standing on the roof of them hit him on that alter the young man fell to the ground level and that's how the church got its romantic red. come out to show the father of right now greased the bus,
takes me to the last remaining medieval city gate lithuania, the small chapel above not only attract tourists for his neighbors. i've already seen a few people making the sign of the cross. why is that all evans in the garage, the gate of dawn, and it is the holiest place for christians. in lithuania, it has an image of the virgin young for also known as the black madonna of vilnius . it said that it can cure any illness. so people have been coming here to pray for centuries, and vilnius presents itself as a very western city, not much evokes its soviet pest. but there are still a few architectural relics from the communist era. for example, the former concert and sports palace,
the building and the brutalised style. in 2006, it was placed under monument protection. however, the building remains unused and is falling into disrepair. the parliament building of lithuania was built in 1976. the supreme soviet of the lithuanian soviet socialist republic met here. soviet architecture is usually huge architecture. the opera house, which opened in 1974 is also a reminder of the soviet past. operas and concerts are still performed here to day mixed up price. a city typically overrun with tourists, charles bridge, prox most famous landmark. only be early birds among you will ever get to see it
this empty. it's 7 a. m and i've managed to beat the crowds. the bridge, the vall, taba river, the spires now seems to be the perfect time to take it all in. the vibe is very special progress. one of the most visited cities in all of europe, and that's not really surprising if you consider that it's been a political and cultural center in europe since the middle ages. so what's left of all of that today, we're about to find out frag his home to about 1300000 people. since it's my 1st time in town, i'm getting some help from one of that actor and tour guide to stan mice. like 1st i want to learn some basic check skills. i mean, i would like to be able to be polite. okay. i met hello, hello. yes. so you know,
hello this which one of these hello, if you say hello, it's like a hoity by a little bit more familiar. so when you come to the shopping, it's like a hoity is not the best thing. you can do something to be done like hooton's. ok. you're saying gluten? dog is nobody. nobody den that nobody to nobody. them almost perfect. somebody will be there. then you okay. nobody to then you should from a know how to say goodbye. yeah. not scott. no, i'll never think i will have to stay here forever. this a good idea. i would love people. i do. all right. not fun. i know before the pandemic, the old town was often very overcrowded. a relaxing stroll through here was basically impossible. although tourists have returned to us here, it hasn't gotten out of control. there are about half as many as before the crisis, christiane tells me. our 1st stop is the old town square and friend of the
old town hall. a ticket for the tower costs $250.00 check crowns. yeah, prague is part of the you, but not the euro zone. that's about 10 euro at 41 meters, you have the city at your feet with y as prog and called the golden. the city, i think in the time that they started to use it, prague was one of the capitals of seats place of the holy roman empire. for the emperor vos, we don't use it anymore. actually, we locals don't use it as much. we, you know, we use the expression mother of 100 us pyre scale because if you look all from the window from the bars, because he thus pires everywhere. and actually, i will say this even more definitely done. hundreds of them at the top of every hour and tourists gather in front of the astronomical clock on
the town hall facade. to witness a little play. ah ah, but the true highlight is the clock itself built in $1410.00. the figures were added later. and then there's the skeleton miss gotham rings, the bow tie dongle skeleton is death. it's quite remarkable that death would be depicted in such a way in that time, isn't it? most of the you do, the message is remember that india is the death. so just like try to fill the life as a fulfill life was as much as we can do them and it's really beautiful. the square is a must for every proc visitor. and as you can see, we're not alone. so where are you from? where from scotland, for mexico? how come from austin, texas from type truth? what brings you to prague? why prague?
betty fuson and her foot, i think wondering about at she to just get the atmosphere is the kind of thing that we like to do. and to sort of soak it all in, it's a museum in itself. oh it's wonderful in for is heard progress such a beautiful city and it is with the local mom which little it's true. what you hear about products, arts and culture. and there was a piano player in the metro station and music on the bridge. oh, and it went, that was the guy that was like a c wedding, tennessee for the giftings was hosting for the structure of the town and the food and the food. of course, by the afternoon, the charles bridge is indeed pretty crowded, despite the unfavourable weather, but apparently still no comparison to the time before the pandemic back then, prague was overflowing, with tourists. with brag was having a bit of a problem before the pandemic with over towards. definitely,
definitely i don't know how big of a problem is it then right now, be slightly getting to the high numbers, but as i said before we giving out in 2019 we had like 8000000 people coming to brock. and now we are, they say we are getting to like 54 to person of that as a to work on you. of course one people coming to your city, right? so what is problematic about too many people coming or that amount? if it is through the atmosphere, you know, you see all these posters like the proc castillo, or charles ridge like no people really like a roof like a roof. this romantic atmosphere, the over there isn't really kills the atmosphere and actually even destroys that thing with this image. and there's like a 1000000 tons of people coming. so it's really destroys the stuff as well. how can that be managed though? because this is a beautiful city and you've done a great work showing it to me. thank you. but how can you keep people out? honestly, i think there's like, because we have the inner city, but we have
a swell, so many beautiful district all around the main city. i mean the, the main center. so we have like districts which were really industry are like hollis of it's got a lean article, then we have really push areas like glinnich over and over that. so there's so many things to explore just in a wider city center. so what i think is the solution is just to, to little bit to direct the people out of the city center and to explore with them . these are beautiful areas. thank you so much. so much sharing your think. we who is in loveland, you're meeting with me. i'm going to take his advice and head out of the center. sonya who's also a tour guide will show me this other side to proc we're off to hello. sure. it's in the hip part of town. fancy. well, how many and buildings in a district that grew during the industrialization? this is where it's tanya live. she takes me to her favorite cafe. so gretna and
he's done with no hope you're liking, hating me. it's one of my favorite grocery is so unexpected. i know that's like some think like a small paradise or a little paradise. exactly. so there are a lot of different plans and you can be sitting here always and the co face very good or making ever seen home made and really, really good one. coffee. you don't have to tell me twice with sonya tells me that only 20 years ago, the less of it. so it was a gray and dull part of town that i've seen a lot of change in the past year. they chose to live here. what is that you appreciate about how letterman de life oh dear freedom m d a. relax.
no rush. i'm ever seen. ward, i need to for my living is here. i don't need to. as i mentioned before, i do need to go to the city center and the price is lower than the terrific center. therefore, we do not live to dine. so we're in the center center because the prices are here for us, better and me a few, there is a bubba bakery and there is another rest around that is a tea room here. you can choose what you, i have everything your name. exactly. so if you would like to me check people come here and enjoy living with us because we apply a very hard to opening p and we live to speak when to foreign us. ah, night has fallen and time has come to bid prompt farewell back, where it all started on charles breads. and even at this time,
i'm not entirely by myself. the master is mcclain to sidney, before the pandemic has not returned the way many fear and hate. who can blame people for being attracted to this beauty? it's a perfect blend of history and modernity, so much to offer, especially off the beaten path. ah, chickens lost up the polar city of condenser. you can't tell by looking at seni gdansk that it's a city in europe marked by fate. but we'll get to that in just a minute. with its historic center, gdansk is one of the most popular city destinations in poland. creep endemic $1500000.00 tourists vacation to year annually. mostly germans is scandinavians, but poland borders, ukraine,
and with the war right next door people are staying wait. there are 60 percent fewer foreign tourists the old port on the lot while the river, without it, the gdansk of to date, would not exist. it's lined with co face restaurants in the middle ages. it made kittens. the richest city in europe. the city is seamlessly connected to the port which has developed a round could dance over the centuries. it's the biggest port in poland with one of the largest repair yards in the world. for the people of duns, these screens are a symbol of home. most of them belong to the old shipyard, which is the soul of the city will. and not only that, this is a place that fundamentally changed europe
the famous gdansk shipyard over 40 years ago. there was a strike here by shipyard workers. and with that began the decline of socialism and poland and the end of communism in europe. ah, the struggle for workers rights gained momentum here. millions of polls organized themselves in that solid dotted nash movement fighting for freedom and democracy under an authoritarian regime. the european solidarity center at the former shipyard tells the story right above the entrance, the ukrainian flag. ah, ah, didn't. how did it all start back then? what prompted the strike? oh, dear vista, good impulse,
what really triggered the revolution. vaughn was when a woman named ana valentino vince got fired up, got like a hot. she'd been working at the shipyard for a very long time with one another. and then 2 months before going into retirement, she lost her job. so again, you villain in dc, this prompted her co workers to go on strike home, but talk about her case and support her da houses. and it all resulted in a big explosive revolution. explosive, a hoops, yawning, stop does i? so she worked here that is this original organ i, yes, she worked her life, it's another and the knowledge was a crane operator. and later in the founding member of the solar data notched or solidarity trade union, you can't. how did that happened? why did millions of people join the local strike? guys didn't come fly heights when they were striving for freedom and justice lucas again wanted to shape the world politically. gosh, the skype can they wanted independent union hike?
of that the right to strike the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. i hated the person. they put together a list of 21 demands of the list of i. it's part of our world, cultural heritage and, and one of humanity's most precious documents supplemented a modified solid dotted moisture. this worker activism turned into an anti communist opposition movement. it spread across the whole country. the authoritarian regime increased. the pressure ah, is come through, i'm film this cook said, and they introduced marshal law good will just 16 months after sally don notion emerged even a mention. but that didn't stop people from opposing the regime won't. um, won't they operated under ground? illegally lie to fulton, yelled when to demanded 1989. at mill, the round table talks took place. if i'm holden to that was a major symbolic moment of a peaceful transition. amid the tense,
political times in eastern and central europe. bonham in aust, intimately oil. they reached their goals with the principle of non violence left but when so a trained electrician and trade union leader left poland to independence in 1990 he became president and remain so for 5 years these activists create a change in the hopeless situation. this is what the silly data much movement still stands for to day to day ships are no longer being built, the good dance shipyard. the area still occasionally used by companies. most of the production halls are empty. it's a lost place for the time b. but there are plans to create
a new chic urban district here based on the model of london stock, lance, poor hamburg hoffman, city with apartments shops offices. the old shipyard area is like a huge at venture playground because the investor has left the empty spaces to artist. and now you can find galleries rehearsal rooms, in studios here. ah, there are more spots of the shipyard that people and dance have taken over and filled with new life. the storage area is a container settlement with lots going on with peer. you can be loud in party until the early morning. ah. and you can meet cool people
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