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Budapest to Prague Itinerary

This June I fly into Budapest and depart from Prague three weeks later. I'm primarily interested in urban areas, museums and Jewish historical sites. I plan to spend one week in Budapest and my last three full days in Prague. During the 11 days between Budapest and Prague, I would like to visit Vienna, Krakow with a day trip to Auschwitz, and Warsaw. For those 11 days, how many should I allocate for Vienna, Krakow/Auschwitz and Warsaw? Is it worth stopping off in Bratislava on my way from Budapest to Vienna? If so, how much time should I plan to stay there? Which of the following routes makes better sense for train connections: Vienna to Krakow to Warsaw to Prague, or
Vienna to Warsaw to Krakow to Prague? Thanks, Stan

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I would do Vienna to Warsaw to Krakow to Prague. This way you don't have to change trains. You should allocate at least three days for each city and realize that travel will take a lot of time, too. If you want to see Bratislava then one day will be enough ( as a stop over between Budapest and Vienna).

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Stan, Check out Trebic in Rick's "Prague " guidebook. It has the last preserved ghetto and houses are the same as when the residents left them tragically, 60 years ago. Hope this helps,
Larry

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Three weeks should give you enough time to see the highlights. I found Vienna very interesting with all its palaces, museums, etc. To go from Vienna to Prague you might think about using http://www.studentagencybus.com which may provide more flexibility although different grades of trains are also available. Taveling from Prague to Krakow take a while by rail; flying is not much faster since there is usually a long layover in Warsaw.
Mel

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You can also get to Both Vienna, Bratislava and Krakow by a company called Orangeways (orangeways.com). Usually they're the fastest and they offer quality service at an affordable price (around 20EUR one way). I've used them several times and was always satisfiyed. Bratislava can be senn in a day and I'd leave 3 days in Krakow (definitely visit the Kazimierz district of the city). For Warsaw you can also leave 3 days for Vienna 2-3. And you're right you need atleast 3 days for Prague as well. In Budapest a couple of Jewish sites: the Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum and the area called bels?-Erzsébetváros (inner Elisabeth city= part of the 7th district, like Király utca, Rumbach Sebestyén utca, etc).
Here you'll find a lot of Jewish Heritage.

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To visit Mikulov is a good idea. It is also a center of south moravian wine country. You can read more about Mikulov in Rick Steves book Prague and the Czech Republic. It is relatively easy to get there by train. Get off Budapest-Prague express in Breclav and then is less than half an hour by regional train.

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Here's hoping you either haven't left yet or have internet access along your way. In Prague, do take a day to visit Terezin. I started with the fortress, then walked into the town. Others start in the town, then go to the fortress. Just make sure you know where the bus stops and at what time for your return to Prague.