Vienna vs Prague vs Budapest vs Dubrovnik
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 22, 2012 5:39 AM Last Post By: battybilly
Nov 20, 2012 1:46 PM
I'm seeking advice about a certain leg of the trip, that basically takes me from Italy (Rome or Pisa area) to Berlin, Germany. We have budgeted time to see one city in between Italy and Germany. I had initially planned on Vienna, but after doing further research, I'm not sure how much I would enjoy Vienna. When I say that Vienna doesn't seem appealing to me, allow me to elaborate - I am not much of an art/museum person, and it seems that Vienna is pretty heavy on the art & museums.
I have two full days in whatever city I choose (not including a day of travel sandwiched on either end).
For someone that loves sightseeing and culture (and not so much art), which city would be the most enjoyable - Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, Dubrovnik, or Budapest?
Dubrovnik looks beautiful, but I've read that it is very expensive.
Am I wrong about Vienna?I realize this is broad, but does anybody have some input on their personal experiences out of those cities?
Nov 20, 2012 2:04 PM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
The fact that you don't like the idea of visiting Vienna, is your personal choice. I don't like it much either.
Everyone has a right to an opinion as to whether they like something, or the sound of it, or not.
Dubrovnik is not 'Very' expensive. Sure, it's a popular resort and very nice, so things can be a bit pricier.
However, I've had many a happy time there and it hasn't cost me too much.
As for where would be most enjoyable places for you.... Only you can answer that one.
My preference out of the places you mention would be....
Dubrovnik, Salzburg, Budapest and Prague, pretty much in that order.That's my choice though, not yours.
I wouldn't bother with Vienna. Some people adore it, I don't.
Hope that's of some help. Good luck with everything.
Nov 20, 2012 2:24 PM
2We were in both Prague and Dubrovnik last year- liked both cities a lot. We found accomodation in both cities for ~$80 usd per night, it pays to look a bit out from the city centers, as both have good public transport (esp Prague). How do you plan to transport from Rome/to Berlin? Seems like Prague would be easier in that respect. Also, while certain parts of Prague were crowded with tourists, it was easier to "get lost" there, so to speak. Dubrovnik without a doubt was the most beatiiful place on our itinerary but also the most touristy. Either way I think you will have a great time.
Also, June was a great time of year, not too hot yet.
Nov 20, 2012 8:05 PM
3Dubrovnik won't be any more expensive than Vienna.
One flaw in your system is that you want to see one city between Italy and Germany, and Dubrovnik is the opposite direction. Getting to/from Dubrovnik is going to take a great deal more time than routing to Germany via Austria. Budapest and Prague are a bit of a detour, too, but they are accessible via relatively efficient rail links. Not the case for Dubrovnik, which will require either flights (which could get expensive if you can't find a decent discount flight), or ferries/buses.
I am only slightly interested in museums and art, but I enjoyed all of the cities on your list. You will be able to have two very enjoyable days in either one of the cities you list, so don't sweat the decision too much.
Nov 21, 2012 3:48 AM
Nov 21, 2012 6:48 AM
5Apart from all facts and reviews already mentioned before, Dubrovnik is way smaller than the other towns and I doubt if you can spend there two 100 % satisfying days.
Nov 21, 2012 7:22 AM
6Thanks everyone for your expertise!
Tryfan - I would really prefer to fly between towns, but only because I've found that (in my experience looking around on the internet) flights seem ALOT cheaper than trains. If I could find a cheap train to one of the cities that are closer, then I would definitely be down for that.
Daveelmstrom - I see that Dubrovnik is out of the way, but unless I just get a GREAT deal on a train, I'll probably flying, so the fact that it is out of the way isn't too much of a problem. The main reason I included it on this list with the other cities is that I've read over and over again how beautiful and amazing it is.
Nov 21, 2012 7:48 AM
7There is no train to Dubrovnik, so ferry, bus or flight is your only option.
Nov 22, 2012 5:31 AM
8You like culture, but not museums, cathedrals, churches, palaces, theatres, operas, concerts, medieval city centers, Hunderwasser houses, castles, monasteries like in Vienna and surroundings. And you want to go to a city and not to a mountain or other stunnings landscapes.
I suppose you agree that it's very difficult to give any advice.
May be you should be a little more precise.
Nov 22, 2012 5:39 AM
9Ploče and Metković are the nearest two train stations. They are around 20-25 miles from Dubrovnik.
Both towns have bus services onward.
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