If you had to give one extra day to one of the two cities, which would you give it to? 3 days in Prague and 4 days in Vienna or vice versa? And why?
4 days to Prague & 3 in Vienna. Keep in mind the least expensive travel between these two cities is by bus 4 hrs 15 mins and train 4hrs 20 mins.
For Vienna, try Pension Suzanne website: www.pension-suzanne.at . Its where we always stay. Make sure to ask for the Rick Steve's discount. I stayed there a few weeks ago and only paid 92 euro per night for a double room with discount - includes a good cold buffet breakfast. They are a block away from the State Opera. And it has an elevator. Book now as they are very well priced and fill up fast.
For Prague, if you don't mind something a few minutes outside of city center, the best choice for your money is Guest House Lida. Website: www.lidabb.eu/en/0.html . They really take care of you. They also have a good cold buffet breakfast. No elevator. For slightly closer in to Prague city center for a good price, try Miss Sophies website: www.miss-sophies.com.
We were in both cities in 2007 along with Budapest and some smaller places. I would enjoy either but if I were to decide I would pick Vienna for the extra day because although Prague is really charming I feel that there is more to explore in Vienna. You have a nice problem - enjoy your trip.
Having spent time in both cities in August and September of this year, I would definately vote for Vienna. We found Prague to be most expensive and filled with tourists. Vienna was much more relaxed and less expensive. Whatever you choose, you will enjoy them both.
Both cities have a lot to offer. Rick Steves has his tour 7 days stay in Prague, not Vienna. Probably Prague will get 4 days and Vienna 3. Also Prague is quite cheaper. Accommodation prices are similar but everything else is substantially cheaper in Prague. Food, transportation, tickets to museums, theaters, concerts etc., souvenirs. Vienna is more classical, grandiose and Prague is more scenic.
I guess it depends on what you are interested in seeing. I personally thought 2 days in Vienna was more than enough and I became bored even though it is a lovely place to visit. Prague on the other had I stayed for 5 days and wished I could have stayed longer as I feel like I didn't even begin to see everything.
Thanks everyone! I think I am leaning towards Vienna getting the extra right now. The generalization I have gotten is Prague = quaint and Vienna = more options. My husband and I enjoy the full gammit of what cities have to offer, but at the most basic level, we love cafe culture. Sitting at a sidewalk cafe with the local wine/brew. We also love history, iconic history. And we also love culinary experiences - something new that we can't get at home. In that vein - I sorta feel like I have a vibe on Vienna that I don't have on Prague. Vienna, museums, cafes, coffee, strudel, music. Prauge?? I know it's great, but I haven't got it figured out yet.
Especially if you like cafe culture I think that Vienna is a wise choice. Also, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is wonderful. We were in Prague in March and it was expensive and extremely crowded. Have a great trip!
I'm not sure when PM was last in Prague and Vienna, but I spent time in both cities in August & September of this year and found Prague to be much more expensive than our stay in Vienna.
I already made this decision earlier this year. I stayed 3 days in Vienna and 4 days in Prague. This was influenced by the fact that I had already stayed 2 days in Salzburg, whilst Prague was my only stop in the Czech Republic. I slightly preferred Prague, but I enjoyed both places, so I think either option is good.
We just returned from these cities and Prague was very crowded with tourists even in this shoulder season. We only had two and a half days so I was disappointed we had to forgo the trip to Kutna Hora. We enjoyed everything we saw but I have to say I did not love Prague. We added enough time to Vienna to take a day trip to Melk to visit the abbey and it was well worth it.
Prague is my favorite city in Europe. But, I would give the extra day to Vienna and spend in in the Wachau region just outside Vienna. We stayed at a great family owned hotel (Hotel Sanger Blondel) in Durnstein two years ago and have recommended this excursion to friends who say it was the highlight of their Vienna trip. The people were so friendly and the food and scenery was fantastic!
Vienna would be my choice. Had a great time in Prague and the crowds not nearly intimidating (in June)as many posts indicate - we just took avoiding crowds suggestions. Still, Vienna would be my choice. Since you can do both, Vienna has more to see, do and I found more accessable.
Vienna. There's fewer sites to tour in Prague.