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Central Europe capitals: Budapest, Vienna and Prague

6 days exploring splendid Budapest, Vienna and Prague

by jstorresc27About Me:Colombian 28 years old. I used to be a teacher and spend four hours a day taking three different kinds of public transportation home to work and back, that's completely incompatible with the human spirit. So I gave the uncertainty of going... read more

EuropeHungary, Austria, Czechia5 days / September 2019

Highs & Lows

Hungarian food diversity

Some streets in Prague were overpacked with tourists

Itinerary Overview

After a two hour flight from Stockholm I found myself in a much nicer weather. I checked in on an Airbnb on the Pest side of the city. That first night I took a walk on the neighborhood to find the St. Stephen's basilica and then took the tram 2 that goes along the Danube. Next morning was time to explore the Danube but this time on a river cruise, it is possible to see many of Budapest's main landmarks: the chain bridge, the Buda castle and the magnificent Hungarian parliament. For lunch I wanted to try some true local food so I headed for the Budapest main historic market. A very nice place to see some of the local ingredients and souvenirs. I can recommend going there in the morning since it gets too crowded around lunch time. On my last day in Budapest I climbed the citadella looking for a broad view of the city. Later I took a walk up to the castle district to see the Fisherman’s bastion and the Matthias church. 

I took the train from Budapest to Vienna, I stayed in a hotel about 40 min south of the main train station. On my first day I visited the Schönbrunn palace home of the Augsburg empire. The gardens are free to visit, but to enter the palace it is required to buy a tour. Fortunately the weather was just perfect, so I could deeply explore the palace’s gardens, forests and the Orangery. That night I ended up going to a Strauss and Mozart concert in the palace mirror hall, it was a time traveling experience, I wasn’t dressed for the occasion though. Next day I headed to the city centre and I took a look at the Stephansdom before entering the catacombs where some Imperial treasures and walls of stacked bones. I finished my day by visiting the museum's quartier where I found a very welcoming young vibe and a good display of Vienna's avant garde art scene. 

I took the train from Vienna to Prague. Once in Prague’s central station I took an Uber to my hotel. This was one of the craziest rides in my life, (and I am used to chaotic Bogotá taxi drivers) sidewalks, grass, construction sites were all roads for this driver, later he told me he used to be an ambulance driver. From the hotel I took a random tram to get a glimpse of the city vibe and escape the pouring rain. Later that night I crossed the Charles bridge enjoying the artists and musicians on it. For the next day I walked up the Hrad to see the Prague castle, and climbed to the top of st. Nicholas church tower to see the sunset. I also went to see the famous dancing house and the old time square with its church and the notable towers that seem to be a Prague staple. The line for the Prague castle complex is so long it’s almost not worth it, I recommend buying tickets in advance if possible.

  • 2 Nights: Budapest
    Most beautiful city in the Danube
  • 2 Nights: Vienna
    Mozart's city and best city lo live in the world
  • 1 Night: Prague
    Medieval vibes and cheap beer

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Would have tried more Hungarian food and stayed in Prague a couple more days

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Got scammed with currency exchange in Prague

  • How was the food?

    Hungarian food stands out with the Töltött Paprika and the goulash

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Exchange small amounts of money at a time in Hungary and Czech Republic

  • Packing tips?

    Nothing special, depend on the weather

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the Tram 2 in Budapest

  • Any surprises?

    I found more people willing to speak Spanish than english in Budapest

  • Booking details?

    I used Hoteles.com for all my reservations, it was the cheapest