We are going to be in Prague for a dance competition , which finishes on the 8 th of July 2015, and my family and I would like to spend some time touring the surrounding countries. ( I have never been to east Europe before - so we are super excited) We fly out again from Prague on the 17 th, so well have just over a week for touring. Were are a group of 5 ( 3 adults, myself, husband, and my sister) and my 2 girls who are 6 and 12.
We were thinking of a trip to Romania, Hungary, and then Vienna, and back to Prague ?
Does any one have any suggestions ? Do these countries make for the best destinations, ESP for a family group?
What is the best way to get around, and what are the 'must do's for the kids?
Busses/trains would be my usual response on how to get around - most have group deals as well that you can look into. You can see what the cost would look like for a rental car though. Split across everyone it might be an option.
3 places in 9 days only leaves 2 days in each place counting travel time and that's with one stop in each place. In my experience, traveling with kids and larger groups is generally slower than independently and that would be a really hectic schedule as an adult. I might recommend focusing on one place, and looking into day trips from there to eliminate the packing/unpacking a bit.
I haven't tried focusing on "family-friendly" activities, but I would guess that there are plenty of options in all those destinations (there are kids living there too, after all!).
If you decide to get to Hungary there are some really beautiful and interenting places to visit. I recommend you to travel first to Budapest - there are a lot of architectural sights to see, and you can find interesting places for kids also for e.g.: zoo, palace of the miracles, circus, the childrens's railway, tropiacarium ...etc. If you want to try one (or more) of the famous thermal baths of Hungary you have to try Hévíz. It is the biggest natural thermal lake in the world (wich is situated to swim). Not just the lake, but the surrounding places are worth to visit: Keszthely (the capital of Lake Balaton), Zalakaros, Sümeg, Tapolca... etc.
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