I will be in Prague starting July 6th. I have 11 days to explore before I have to find a way back to Madrid. Where would you go? I have lots of research to do and have to find a flight back to Madrid from some city which will determine the last city in the itenerary. I'll be in Prague for undetermined number of days and then from there...probably head south. I'm just staring at the map wondering what cities to visit. I'm completely flexible. I don't know how long it will take me to get from city to city yet. Here are some of the "obvious" cities I'm debating between - Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Ljuljana, Zagreb, Venice, and maybe hit the coast. I'd also like to find some not so obvious smaller towns. Maybe some lakes, hot springs, castles, great towns along the way, the hidden gems... What would you do for 11 days? Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond! I'll buy you a round of beers next time I'm in your town!
I personally would take the train to Cesky Krumlov, spent 2 days there (Hostel 99, yeah!), catch the train to Nove Udoli in the Sumava national park, walk across the former Iron Curtain (the border to Germany), catch the bus to Passau from the village Haidmühle, spent a day or so in Passau, head to Munich, then Salzburg.
The trip from Cesky Krumlov to Passau has to be carefully planned, as there are very few connections that really work out.
From: Cesky Krumlov
To: Nove Udoli
From: Mühldorfer, Haidmühle
To: Passau (or Munich)
Note that you need to be under 26 to stay at the youth hostel in Passau.
And if intend to go all the way to Munich from Haidmühle and do not have a Eurail pass, buy a "Bayern-Ticket" online from www.bahn.de before you do.
[ Edit: Edited on May 16, 2008, at 12:44 AM by t_maia ]
If u like castles and lakes, then head down to Ljuljana. Its a nice town to visit and from there you can get to Bled, a small town on the shores of a pristine lake with a castle on the hilltop. And then head to Koper and follow the coast down to Pirana. These are beautiful Slovenian towns on the coast. You can work your way down to Rijeka and eventually the Dalmatian coast. Take the ferry to Italy and get back to Madrid from Rome on easyjet.
Or go Prague, Kahutna Hora (CZECH - the Bone Ossuary - one of the cooolest sites in Europe) Czesy K, Budapest, Transylvania and then Bucharest - Easyjet from there to Madrid.
Prague is a wonderful city, lots of things to see and do and there are certainly some great towns out in the countryside as well - have to agree about Kahutna Hora , weird but great!
Also possibility to get the boast down the Danube to Bratislava and on to Budapest or your suggested itinerary down to Vienna which can all be done by train also sounds great. Check out where there are IYHAs and then you can maybe stop off at these places along the way and find some really great little gems. Anywhere along the Croatian coast is just amazing and if you haven't been to Venice - make this a must! Plenty of flights on low cost carriers out of Venice back to Madrid ( just will fly via somewhere which is really no problem)