I'll be travelling to Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna then home (Malaysia) in a guided company trip.
A group of us have decided to 'detour' by going somewhere (anywhere) on our own for a couple of days (say 3 days) to the neighbouring countries.
Any good suggestions where else can we tour in 3 days other than the places mentioned above where we can either take an economical flight to the particular country or a train ride, bearing in mind that we would have to get back to Vienna for our flight back home on the 4th day.
Can you please indicate what are there to see (places of interest) of that city.
Please make sure your visas allows such detours. Sometimes visa are issued not individually, but jointly to a tour group with a guide.
From Prague, you could go and see Cesky Krumlov. Or from Salzburg dip into Munich or Passau.
From Vienna, Bratislava is quite easy to reach. (About one hour by speed boat down the Danube.) Check whether you need a Slovakian visa though.
BTW, if I was you I would take the time to explore Vienna some more. It used to be the capital of the old Austrian-Hungarian empire.
The cities you are visiting are already the pearls of Eastern Europe. Moreover, they were all once part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. So why don't you theme your visit around this? Or around the Danube?
What about Slovenia?
U can easily get the train, from the capital, to Salzburg.
I agree with Vienna, but what i would do (actually did do) is go to Sigisoara, Transylvania for 3 days. its a beautiful Romanian town in the Carpathians with a medieval castle and lovly girls!
You can go to Krakow in Poland... small city but nice atmosphere and history. You can fly to there for a cheap price.
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Thank you for all your inputs.
Reason I want to explore other countries is because this will be my 2nd trip to Vienna and thus I'd rather go somewhere else for a change.
My friends and I are quite interested to visit Munich and at the same time keeping Slovenia and Bratislava in our 'radar' as the probable places we can visit.
Would you be able to help shed some light into these places please? Like what to expect from the country and should we just concentrate on exploring the capital cities or venture into the country sides given our limited time for the detour.
You could probably add Bratislava fairly easily as well as Ljubljana/ Bled or Munich (or A.N.Other). Whilst you obviously wont see everything, the city centre of Bratislava is very compact. In addition, it's barely an hour from Wien, and even less from Wien airport. So you could, quite feasbily, arrive in Bratislava on the afternoon of the 3rd day, stay overnight and leave there to the airport and still have had time for a decent taster/overview of the city.
Munich and Ljubljana are both good options (i've lived in both Bavaria and Slovenia, and return frequently to both), but another potential option might be Venice. Although day connections aren't the best (there are two day trains a day from Wien, with connections from Salzburg in Villavh), there is a night train which runs Wien - Salzburg - (Villach) - Venice and vv, meaning you could go down there by day or night depending on timings and spend 2 or 3 days there, returning to Wien by overnight train in time to catch your flight.