I am considering a Prague-Vienna trip this fall, and may add Budapest into the mix since that seems to be a popular combo. I was wondering if I could ask a few quick questions:
1) Language: Almost everyone under the age of 30 has some rudimentary knowledge of English. When language is an issue these are extremely warm and caring people. Keep a smile and work your way through it. If it happens once in 4 days I will be surprised. If it does happen know that you will get a more intimate look at the quality of the people; and consider yourself fortunate for that gift.
2) On this forum, it looks like there was some issue of Austria shutting the border with Hungary:
The only issue that I believe is still ongoing is crossing the border from Austria into Germany. A way to help minimize any impact if things do change is to plan your trip from North to South so that you are working against the flow of the migrants.
3)This might be more of a nebulous question, but roughly how easy or difficult is it to plan a few days in Budapest? : I can give you some day to day itineraries. But it’s easy. No real planning required. Just a few tips on how to maximize your enjoyment.
4) 9 to 12 day trip
1 depart US
2 arrive Prague
5 Prague to Vienna by train
11 Return home
Do you still have another day? Spend another day in Budapest. You will be glad you did I think. OR …. between Prague and Vienna spend a night in Cesky Krumlov. Take Bean Shuttle from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and then on the Vienna the next day.
Only have 9 days? Skip Vienna and fly Prague to Budapest as suggested above. Vienna never spoke to me for some reason. I always include it in recommendations because to be so close and not see it for your self is unfortunate. But it’s the one I would skip.
The “Great” Synagogue (and I would suspect the others) is closed every Saturday and October: 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 16: open until 2 p.m., 17, 18, 23, 24, 25.
Further, October 23 is a national holiday (but that can be good if you want to experience the culture). Otherwise there is a whole list of things going on in the fall. One of my favorite that you will see in this list is the National Gallop. http://visitbudapest.travel/budapest-events/
Prague and Vienna or Prague and Budapest?? Sure I am biased, but look through the forums and see how many other cities you find these remarks about; and so rapidly after the OP.
I really liked Budapest, and of the three (Prague, Vienna, and
Budapest), it is the one I'd probably go back to, given the
Looking back after several years, I very much want to return to
Budapest but not Prague
Of the three cities you mentioned, Budapest is hands down the city I
would want to return to
There are plenty of cities I want to visit and yet I've already made a
return to Budapest after first visiting in August 2014--why? Not just
because Hungary is a heritage country for me but because it's so very
easy to enjoy yourself in Budapest; the people are wonderfully kind,
the food is superb, the city is astonishingly beautiful and very easy
to navigate and our dollar goes a long way there.
Prague's sites and history are less familiar than, say, those of
Paris, where around every corner was an "I can't believe I'm seeing
this" moment. (I found the same with Budapest--even more so.)