Vienna, Budapest, Prague & Hallstatt
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Apr 25, 2013 3:52 AM Last Post By: hopesprings1
Apr 14, 2013 5:08 AM
Vienna, Budapest, Prague & HallstattOur family of four is going to be visiting some friends in Vienna this June. We will be staying for two weeks and using Vienna as our home base, but hope to also see Prague, Budapest and Hallstatt. We will be arriving on a weekend and leaving on a weekend, and plan to spend the middle weekend in Vienna so as to maximize our time with our friends. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to fit in the other destinations during the two work weeks on either side -- i.e. does it make more sense to pair Prague & Hallstatt together or Hallstatt and Budapest? We will most likely have about eight days (four and four) on either side of the weekend in Vienna? Also, does anyone have a recommendation regarding which of these destinations should be given the most or least amount of time relative to the others? Our children are young teens, so they won't really slow us down. Thanks so much!
Apr 14, 2013 10:52 PM
1Hallstatt is no more than a night, but you could spend another night in St. Gilgen for example. Prague & Budapest are 2-3 day towns depending on how deep you want to delve. Prague has become very touristy in the last 5 years to Disneyland proportions in the summer. Budapest less so, but there is less to do and see. I would pick 2 out of the 3 and spend the rest of your time in Vienna which is by far the nicest.
Weather can be varied during June so perhaps keep an eye on the forecast. If it is showing cold rain in the Hallstatt/Lake district for example, skip it and go to Prague. During the next week if the weather is showing cold rain again, skip it and go to Budapest. You can generally get out of your hotel reservations if you cancel 3-5 days in advance but check the fine print.
Apr 16, 2013 6:54 AM
Apr 25, 2013 3:52 AM
I visited both Budapest and Prague from Vienna whilst I was living there last year. I would agree with previous poster - spend the bulk of your time in Vienna, it's easily the nicest, with plenty to see and do. Out of Prague and Budapest, there's more in Prague so maybe think about spending more time there? Budapest is nice for about 3 days but then you run out of things to do...Bratislava is also nice, cheap day trip on the train - we had a nice relaxed afternoon there and the best hot chocolate I've ever had!
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