Thoughts on this travel itinerary for central europe :)

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1. Posted by KingBoo (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello Travellers Point;

I was wondering if you could give any thoughts about this 22 day travel itinerary for central europe, encompassing Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Im 23 years old, and like to take my time (hence I allocate so much time for places which can be visited in 2 or 3 days). Whilst I can handle long days and lots of walking I cant stand 8am starts and running from excursion to excursion, and would rather take my time slowly enjoying what each place has to offer!

Just wondering what you all think -

7th November - Fly from London to Prague in the afternoon, relaxing etc
8th -11th - full days in Prague (perhaps taking a day trip or 2)
12th - Travel from Prague to Vienna via train.
13th - 17th - Full days in Vienna (again maybe taking a day trip or two)
18th - Travel from Vienna to Bratislava via coach
19th - Day in Bratislava
20th - Travel from Bratislava to Budapest
21st - 27th - Full days in Budapest (including time at the baths, and visiting the X-mas markets assuming theyve opened by this point)
28th - Travel from Budapest back to London.

My flights are booked, however the split of days I spend in each place is still flexible as I am yet to book hostels (planning on doing it in the next few days).

How does this all sound in your opinion? My only concern is having too much time in Budapest, and not enough in Prague (given im keen to see Sternberk castle).

Many thanks for any advice :) It is really apprieciated

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 454 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

It's not part of the world I'm particularly knowledgeable about, but It looks workable to me from my brief experience in some of those places.
I would say that (if you haven't already) check the weather.
I haven't been around there in November, but I do know it can get really cold.
Have fun.

3. Posted by KingBoo (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the tips - Im more than happy for it to get cold, its hot weather than I cant deal with under any circumstances!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6577 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Looks like a great itinerary to me. Budapest is one of my favourite cities so I’m glad you gave it the most days. You’ll have a great time with the amount of time allocated to each 👍

5. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Praha to Český Šternberk (there is also a Šternberk near Olomouc!) are a few trains taking about 2 hours, more if you change train in Čerčany, the castle is then a short walk on the other side of the river, a easy daytrip.
There is more to see in Praha then in Budapest, but there are quite a lot of interesting baths in Budapest, also some nice Jugendstil/Art Nouveau buildings and a bit of nightlive. If you get bored go to Kecskemét for Jugenstil, 1:20 by train; Eger for Baroque buidings, castle and wine, 2:20 by train; Hollókő, a small UNESCO World Heritage site village, in November 1 or 2 buses (Volanbusz #1024) per day from Budapest.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1254 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

That's a nice sedate pace. I think you have the allocation of time about right, the only thing I would change is maybe steal a day from Vienna to give you an extra day in Bratislava, though it will only take a little over an hour to get there on your travel day so you will be able to see and do things on the remainder of that day.

I suggest looking for the free walking tours in each of those cities - I love them as a way of getting my bearings on my first day in a city.

If you like the outdoors, in Bratislava you can take a bus to the end of its line and then an easy hike through the forest to reach the TV tower, which has an observation deck with a bar.

Budapest is my favourite of those cities. I see the spas are already on your radar. Szecheyni is I think the biggest and grandest, I would go there in the evening, but the others are worth a visit too. If you like old transport, it is possible to do a loop to visit the Buda hills using the cogwheel railway, the Children's railway, a short hike through the woods and a chairlift to descend back to town.

On my last visit to Budapest we had 5 days during which we tried to see as much as possible, and were left wanting more. So I don't think you will be bored with too much time there.

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 454 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting KingBoo

Im more than happy for it to get cold

I much prefer the heat, but can handle the cold if necessary.
But not being prepared for the cold (clothes-wise) can put a real downer on a trip.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 805 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Don't worry about being prepared for the cold. If you get there and discover you don't have warm enough clothing, buy a jacket or whatever you need. The idea of packing absolutely everything I need for a trip is very intimidating to me. I've always felt you can buy something if the need arises. There are excellent stores in all these cities. Local folks can tell you where to go that won't cost a lot of money. If it's something you won't ever use at home, donate it to a charity when the trip is over.

In late November some of the Christmas markets may be open. You could check the city web sites to get dates for their Christmas markets. They will also give you locations so would be nice to have.

Enjoy your trip. Looks like you did some excellent planning.

9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 454 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

buy a jacket or whatever you need. The idea of packing absolutely everything I need for a trip is very intimidating to me.

Fair point, especially if it's just cold.
But I have known people that turned up in places close to freezing with only summer clothes.
Buying a full set of serious winter clothes can get rather expensive in most places.

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 805 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Once assumes a certain amount of common sense . . . ;)