My wife and I are flying into Prague for our 20th anniversary and are looking for a few cities to visit. We plan on 2 days in Prague, then renting a car and going to Vienna and Budapest. We have travelled to Western Europe and England many times, but never to Eastern Europe. Given our short stay, I was hoping anyone can write back with any itineraries/suggestions on where to visit, what to do or what not to miss. Thank you.
I would suggest Cesky Krumlov which is in the southern part of Czech Republic.
I am afraid that with 7 days you won't have time for anything else than for Prague, Vienna and Budapest and even that will be very hurried. In that case I would not bother with a car and take train.
I agree, skip the car. 7 days is short. With two days in Prague (Praha), I would stay in Praha and skip outside trips. Same goes for Vienna and Budapest. Way too much to see in any of those cites to consider day trips outside. Actually, I would skip one or two of the three cities. My experience, is that the more time you have in a city, the more you will enjoy it. Praha is drop dead gorgeous if you keep your eyes above the tourist shops. Budapest is a real live city, with real people, and Vienna, capital of the Hapsburg Empire, is expensive. wayne iNWI
I believe visiting Prague, Vienna, AND Budapest in 7 days is unrealistic. However, I do see where you can visit Prague and Vienna or Prague and Budapest (although getting to Budapest will take longer, naturally). If you did Prague and one of these other cities, I would not rent a car. I would also definitely look into flying into Prague and out of Vienna or Budapest instead of having to backtrack. But, don't discount what the Czech Republic has to offer outside of Prague. It's a beautiful and interesting country, where you could easily fill 7 days and barely make a dent. I'd make sure to include Brno in your itinerary, as well as checking out a lot more of Moravia, etc. Note that much of the CR is not heavily touristed, as many people make a beeline to Prague and/or Cesky Krumlov and then leave. Take a look at this website and it might give you some ideas: http://www.czechtourism.com/
It's not worth it to rent a car since you will be in big cities, where a car is a burden. Much better to take the train. Plus you will pay a huge drop fee from picking up in one country and dropping in another (and according to Rick renting in Czech Republic is expensive to begin with.) I would agree with the folks who say to cut back on the number of cities visited.
You'll see a lot of highways, front desks and gas stations with that itinerary. Why not seven days in just the Czech Republic?
I have never been to Budapest so I can not really comment there, however, the Czech Republic is BEAUTIFUL! I enjoyed it there very much and I was only there 2 days and I saw did everything that was on my list to do there. I would highly suggest staying at "The Castle Steps" if you do not have a hotel yet. Very comfortable rooms, some with private kitchens. My friends and I ended up with 2 rooms because our room was not big enough to fit another bed. Breakfast included, Vegan, but very yummy. Vienna is very beautiful! A trip to the Hofburg Palace is lovely and if you have time visit Schmetterlinghaus, the Butterfly House of the palace. We also had time to see the Schonbrunn as well and we were only there for a day and a half. The singing toilet Rick showcases on his DVD is worth a visit! It was very interesting! All in all, with seven days, you could do 2 of your 3 cities realistically. It just really depends what all is on your list to see in these 3 cities. Figure out the places of interest you'd like to see and that might help to make a more reliable timeline of your trip! Just my opinion, I really enjoyed the Czech Republic (I stayed in Prague). I liked it better than Vienna, but Vienna is also very brautiful and has a lot to offer. Just depends, again, on what you;re wanting to do. Good luck and happy travels!
Hi, I guess most agree, 7 days is too short to go driving from one place to another. Trust every one here, Praha will keep you entertained for a week. A day trip to Konopiste Castle (probably the most authentic as to contents you will ever see, seems the Arch-Duke left yesterday), a train will run you there and back. Get the book, "Prague Walks" I think it is by Trump. Each of the six or so walks will take a day and you will see so much. Get outside the touristy area for a meal or two, as old town and castle hill area are tourist-ed. Book a night of music at the Municipal House, an Art Nouveau masterpiece close to Old town Square. Chesky Krumlov is like a mini Praha. So going there is a repeat. Kutna Hora is another day trip out of Praha that might tickle your fancy. That is if thousands of artistically stacked human bones trips you. Check out the Mucha Museum. On the other hand, my wife and I go to Budapest every chance we get (leaving in 5 days). So unlike Praha. Praha is like a museum, Budapest is a zoo, so alive with activity of every day life. A bit like comparing Washington DC with NY City. An old lady, Ms. Scott, in Northern Ireland refused to let Sally and me check out after only one night with her. She told us to go sit on the beach and let the soporific air massage our bodies. Good advise, slow down, feel the air, smell the ground. wayne iNWI
Hi Jeff-I agree with much of the feedbackSPEND MORE time in Prague and skip the car rental, it won't feel like a vacation when your finished!! do the other cities on another vacation-Prague is fantastic, a real treat-get tickets for a concert at the Opera housea visit to the the "Alfonse Mucha" museum the Father of art nouveaua visit to the old Jewish quarter is a must-so much to see We stayed at the "Tulip Hotel"-not cheap, but the price includes a great buffet breakfast and easy walking into the town centre JohnSidney BCCanada