My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this Easter. After much thought, we've decided on Vienna-Prague-Berlin as our destinations. We'll fly the red-eye (to maximize time spent there) to Vienna and arrive on Holy Thursday, April 17th. We plan to stay in Vienna through Easter, taking a train to Prague on Monday the 21st (we thought that since so many places are closed for "Easter Monday," that would be a good day to travel). I'd absolutely like to take in services (in either English or German) during that Easter weekend-- open to suggestions!
We'll spend the afternoon of the 21st through the morning of Friday the 25th in Prague, when we'll take the train up to Berlin. We'll fly out Sunday morning on the 27th to go home-- we know it's a very short stay in Berlin, but I can't pass up the opportunity to visit, if only for a day and a half. (After studying German from grades 7-12, I can't pass up the opportunity to see Berlin-- if only for a short time-- let's hope I haven't forgotten everything in the 20+ years since high school!)
We're planning to stay in hotels rather than pensions... it's the first time in 20 years we'll be heading to Europe, so we're treating ourselves a bit. I'd like a bit of local flavor (not completely corporate hotel stays), while my husband would like to balance that with a little luxury-- our budget is approx. $200 per night). We are considering Hotel Josef in Prague; other than that, we're open to some recommendations.
Finally, are there any special things we need to know about being in Europe at Easter? Will everything be closed on Easter Monday, or will we be able to at least find some restaurants open? We'd like to balance sight-seeing with some more open-ended exploration, and are open to suggestions (even day trips we can access by train from our hub cities). Thanks for any and all help!