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Austria, Prague & Budapest Itenerary for 12 days

Hi all,

I am travelling to Eastern Europe for 12 nights and 13 days from India. I would be flying into Vienna on October 23 and fly out of Vienna on November 5 (22:45). I plan to spend 3 days each in Vienna, Prague and plan to visit Budapest, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Hallstat. Below is the sample itinerary for guidance.

Day 1: Delhi - Vienna (Use 72 hour Vienna Pass)
Day 2:Vienna (Use 72 hour Vienna Pass)
Day 3: Vienna (Use 72 hour Vienna Pass)
Day 4: Vienna – Prague (Use Eastern Europe Pass and take Railjet 78 Timing - 15:09 – 19:08)
Day 5: Prague - Use 72 hour Prague Pass
Day 6: Prague - Use 72 hour Prague Pass
Day 7: Prague – Salzburg ( Use Eastern Europe Pass and take R1543 Timing - 09:34 - 15:48)
Day 8: Salzburg - Use Eastern Europe Pass

Day 9: Salszburg – Innsbruck - Salzburg : Use Eastern Europe Pass and take
Day 10: Salszburg - Hallstat - Salzburg : Use Eastern Europe Pass and take
Day 11: Salszburg – Budapest (Use Eastern Europe Pass and take RailJet 61 Timing 09:08 - 14:19)
Day 12: Budapest ( Use 48 hours Budapest Pass)

Day 13:Budapest - Vienna ( Use Eastern Europe Pass and take RailJet 68 timing : 15:40 - 18:18)

I would be travelling with my wife and 3 year old daughter. I want to cover most locations but at the same time not over-stress since the kid would be travelling in a Pram. I would be mostly staying in apartments or service apartments with kitchen facilities.

My queries are as follows:
1. Is the itinerary doable and gives adequate time to see most attractions?
2. I will take 7 days Eastern Europe pass for inter-city travel and use respective city passes for travel within the cities. Is this the most economical way to travel?
3. Am I missing on some important cities or places?
4. Are baby prams allowed in most tourist places like churches, museums, palaces etc.?

Thanks & Regards,

RD

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If you are not going to spend at least 3 full days in Budapest you might want to skip it till you can. You are spending about one full day traveling for one full day visiting. Not worth the effort.

My queries are as follows:

  1. Is the itinerary doable and gives adequate time to see most attractions?

No, not in Budapest. Skip Budapest or steal a day from Vienna. That would be my preference.
Another idea might be to go Vienna, to Budapest back to Vienna, then Prague then Salzburg and back to Vienna.... naa that's not too good either.

  1. I will take 7 days Eastern Europe pass for inter-city travel and use respective city passes for travel within the cities. Is this the most economical way to travel?

You would have to go to each carrier and check the rates to answer this.

  1. Am I missing on some important cities or places?

Important for what? The whole region is great. Again, I would skip Budapest and concentrate on those places within reach. Cesky Krumlov for instance.

  1. Are baby prams allowed in most tourist places like churches, museums, palaces etc.?

Generally from what I have seen, yes.

If you do end up in Budapest, don't mess with the Budapest Card, you wont be there long enough to get much value out of it. The Budapest Cards for you and your wife will cost a total of ft15,800. The baby is free if not yet school age. A pair of 72 hour Travel Cards will cost you ft8300 or even consider a 24 Hour Group Card which would cost you ft3,300 (or purchase 2 for your stay which is only ft6600). http://www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/

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Vienna to Prague - 19 Euro www.oebb.at

Prague to Salzburg - 19 Euro; instructions are here - http://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Prague.htm#Prague-Salzburg

Salzburg to Innsbruck - 9 Euro - www.oebb.at

Salzburg to Hallstatt - use an Einfachraus ticket; www.oebb.at

Salzburg to Budapest - 29 Euro; instructions are here - http://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Salzburg.htm#Salzburg-Budapest

Budapest to Vienna - 13 Euro; instructions are here - http://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Budapest.htm#Budapest-Austria

Total cost per adult is 100 Euro for all this train travel. Much cheaper than a Train Pass isn't it? So the answer to question 2 is No.

You will be able to get into every place with a stroller.

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  1. Are baby prams allowed in most tourist places like churches, museums, palaces etc.?

We have traveled with a 10 month old in 2014 and a 22 month old in 2015. We were in Italy, Switzerland and Germany not Austria. We saw strollers on the grounds of palaces but not allowed inside buildings. We used an Osprey Poco Backpack.

http://www.ospreypacks.com/us/en/product/poco-ag-plus-POCOPLUS_609.html

It is great for caring the child when they get tired. You can buy a rain cover and the child is covered. It can stand up by itself. It has space for a small backpack and multiple areas for children's toys or snacks. It is very adjustable for different sized people.

There are a lot of adjustment straps on it for your comfort. Wear it before you go because you will be using different muscles and to get your child comfortable with it.

Wade