A friend of mine and I are traveling to Prague, Budapest and Krakow from May 4th to the 18th. Which means 14 days to spread out between the three. We had originally planned:
Prague - 5 days
Budapest - 4 days
Krakow - 3 days
2 days of train travel
But hearing about Budapest and Krakow in these threads makes me wonder if we could switch the days around to spend more time in either city? Any suggestions would help tremendously. Also feel free to suggest places to see, eat, stay, party/drink, etc.
Lastly, we heard of a scam on the overnight trains from Prague or Budapest to Krakow (and vice versa) where groups of people put sleeping gas in cabins and robbed everyone while they were sleeping. Is this still going on? Overnight trains would seriously help our planning, but I'd rather not risk my life or my passport and credit cards.
Thanks to everyone for sharing!
Hi! I actually have a friend who got her suitcase robbed while taking an overnight train as well. But she was traveling alone... so I definitely suggest going in a big group if you and your friends decide to do so. Good luck!
When i went there 2 years ago with my friends we had a great time. Lots of things to see, and great pubs to go to.
When we traveled on trains 1 of us was allways awake while the others where sleeping just because we felt more safe that way, but nothing ever happened in the whole 6 weeks that we where backpacking all troughout Europe.
...Except for the train attendants, who allways "found something wrong with our tickets", but that happened mainly in eastern europe.
There was a gang who used to systematically do the Krakow-Prague (and occassionally Warsaw or Krakow-Wien/Budapest) trains on a regular basis (with alleged help from conductiors who took a share), mostly in seating but sometimes couchettes as well, and included a couple of foreigners posing as backpackers. Howevere, i think that this was wound up properly a good couple of years ago, and haven't heard any stories recently.
It depends what you want to do really, Budapest is the largest of the three by far and has more to offer for nightlife and attractions.
But surrounding Prague are nice towns - Kahutna hora (sp) and Czesky Kremlov - so you may wanna travel around Czech for a few days as well.
Give yourself time in Krakow to get to Aushwitz too.