Chicagoian visiting Austria, Bratislava, Budapest in Sept.

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1. Posted by BKenn (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!


I will be spending a couple of weeks in Austria, Bratislava, and Budapest in September. I plan on flying into Vienna, and after a couple of days for work at a town nearby, I will be free to explore on my own. I am a single male in his early 40's and will be traveling on my own. I want to explore Salzburg, Linz, Melk and Vienna. I am thinking a couple nights in Salzburg, and a couple of nights in Vienna. I also want to visit Bratislava and spend a night or two in Budapest. I would fly back home from either Vienna or Budapest. I would like to travel by boat and possibly bicycle and the rest of my travel would be by train. No Car. I would be happy with any advice of places to stay or visit. I have alot of flexibility in my travels and could add more days if I would like. Thanks!

2. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 70 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Bratislava you can do as a daytrip, either by bus (Flixbus or Regiojet, from €5 oneway), train (OeBB, €16 return) or boat (from €30 oneway), to Budapst by bus from Vienna from €8,90 from Bratislava €8, by train (OeBB) if you book very early, ticket not changeable, from €14 (regular ticket €40).
Salzburg with Westbahn buy the ticket in the train €27, online on some days €18, by OeBB if you book very early, ticket not changeable, from €19 (regular ticket €54).
Melk by OeBB €18,40 (Westbahn doen't stop in Melk, closest stop towards Linz and Salzburg is Amstetten), between Melk and Krems are boats (Dürnstein would be a particular nice stop) for €26, Vienna to Krems is 18,40, to Dürnstein is €20,10
Bicycles you can rent everywhere, but i think in most cases you have to return it where you did get it.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2018, at 00:21 by UliS ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3920 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I would recommend allowing a few days for Vienna if you can- there is loads to see and do and it's a fabulous city. You could see the highlights of Bratislava easily in 24 hours and Linz is also doable in a day. I would actually skip Linz altogether if it means you can spend more time in Vienna or Budapest.

I caught the train from Vienna to Bratislava; the trains are regular and it takes around an hour.

In Vienna I stayed at Hostel Ruthensteiner which was a pretty decent place with helpful staff and it's in a central location. In Bratislava I stayed in the Danubia Gate hotel which was lovely.

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 626 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

If you only spend two nights in Vienna you will only have one day really to see the city, and none at all if you do the day trip to Bratislava. It easily merits three days imho - the Hofburg Palace, the excellent museums of the MuseumsQuartier, Stefansdom (be sure to go up on the roof), beautiful architecture, Schönbrunn ... And the food and wine are excellent!

5. Posted by BKenn (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

What great advice! This is my first post here and I am already impressed. Thank you all.

To clarify, before my actual vacation begins, I will have a work sponsored, guide led, all day tour of Vienna. Then I will have a free day, to do as I please. This will occur in a town 45 minutes outside of Vienna, called Baden. But, I am staying that night again in the Baden hotel. I could spend that day in Vienna, if I chose to do so. So, that will give me a good base to jump off from.

The next day I will be on my own to go a where I please. I am thinking I will stay one night in Vienna and then spend two nights in salzburg. I want to visit the Eagles nest during one of those days. From what is said here, I may avoid Linz all together.

I will then spend another day or two in Venice. Then travel through Bratislava, enroute to Budapest. I won't stay in Bratislava but only visit the town for an afternoon. Then have a couple of days in Budapest.

How are the Ruin bars in Budapest? Interesting or tourist traps?

Thank you again.