We are going to Vienna the week of Thanksgiving with our 4 and 6 year olds. Our plan is to make our home base Vienna for half the week and half in another place. With ease of travel and kids in mind, would you pick Budapest or Salzburg? I have been to Salzburg but the rest haven't. I like the idea of seeing some of the scenic vistas in Austria, and the Vienna/Salzburg combo seems like it would do that, but given the cold weather, would we be happier in Budapest? I also worry we won't have another excuse to see Budapest and it's easier to come back to Salzburg given it's proximity to Munich and Western Europe. FWIW, we are very excited about catching some of the early Christmas markets (looks like Vienna's should be open by then, assuming covid doesn't change that). Planning on renting in both places and doing day trips from that home base. But given we are bringing the kids, we have low expectations and want this to be very relaxed vs. our usual over-programmed :)
My kids would love to see castles if that influences anything!
Would love any/all advice! Thanks!