I am trying to finalize plans for my upcoming trip in June to Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia and would love some feedback on the itinerary and timing.
I have a total of 14 nights on the ground, flying RT JFK to Vienna, prefer to use public transport but am very open to renting a car. I will be doing a mix of airbnb, B&B and hotels, staying in old town/city centers as much as possible. I love churches, history, architecture, scenery, vistas, beer.
upon landing in Vienna late afternoon, immediately leave from airport for Brataslava (via bus?) (2 nights)
Get to Brataslava around 5:00-6:00 pm, and spend the next day exploring the city.
I realize many might think two nights in Brataslava is too much, and I am open to revisiting that, but I thought since I don't get into Vienna until late in the afternoon, that first day is already shot so might as well move on. And I would like to spend a full day in Brataslava and I would like to end the trip in Vienna so that I am closer to the airport for departure. (or should I just stay one night, see as much as I can upon arrival and the following morning and head to Lake Bled mid afternoon and then spend 2 nights in Bled?) decisions!!
Leave Brataslava and get the first possible bus/train to Lake Bled (looks to be almost 5 hours?), (1 night) spend day seeing castle, island, lake; assuming Vintgar gorge isn’t possible.
Lake Bled to Ljubljana (4 nights) - is the bus the best mode?
activities and sites include exploring the city, the castle, visiting Postojna caves (are Skocjan better?)
trip to Logarska Dolina?
day trip to Piran
From Ljubljana, head to Hallstatt (1 night) - undecided what is the best plan for here. I am only planning on staying one night in Hallstatt and I would like to see the ice caves and do some light/easy hikes while up there.
RS book says to allow 5 hours round trip for this; I assume I would also have time to see do a city walk and take a boat ride? which do to first? I have been to the salt mines outside Krakow so I figured I would do the ice caves here.
but if the salt mines are a must see/not to be missed (understanding this is a personal preference) please advise
Leave Hallstatt and head to Salzburg (3 nights)
Cathedral, St Peter's church and cemetery, the fortress, Mozart birthplace and residence
Mirabell gardens and palace, Hellbrunn palace (assuming there is time).
Night time will be music concerts, and possibly the marionette theater, is that fun and a good choice?
I would like to take a side trip to Eagle's nest, is it worth it to take a day away from the city sites?
from Salzburg to Vienna (3 nights)
activities include -
Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Treasury, St Stephen's cathedral, St Peter's church, St Michael's church crypt
State Opera house, Kunsthistorisches museum, Schonbrunn palace, Freud museum
I know there is so much to see and do and I am leaving so many amazing places out, but you have to make choices and just hope you will be back another time to do everything else on your list.
thanks in advance for any feedback, suggestions!
Cheer and happy travels!