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Planning a trip to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague with a 19 month old

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Hi, my husband and I are planning a trip to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague around June 10th for about 13 days excluding travel. We will be travelling with our 19 month old son. We need some help planning the trip - how many days to spend in each city, what day trips to cover, best places to stay and visit with a kid, etc. In addition to spending time at museums and castles, we like to take in the culture, language, food, etc. when we travel. We generally love taking day trips outside of the main city, but understand that this could be tricky with a kid, so are looking for recommendations for a few day trips that our a must-do. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    As far as day trips outside of the cities do look at the options for train, boat or car - since group bus trips often will not allow children below the age of 12 (since younger kids are not really suited to long hours sitting on a a bus).

    From Vienna definitely visit Melk Abbey (I think you can train one way and boat the other) and look at the options for visiting the Vienna woods.

    From Salzburg you can take trips into the nearby mountains, including Hallstatt or Berchtestgaden.

    There are also several day trips to castles outside of Prague.

    But don;t forget the time you need to really enjoy these cities. I would allow:

    3 nights (2 days) Salzburg plus day trips
    5 nights (4 days) each for Prague and Vienna plus day trips

    Remember you will need to allow time each day for your child to run around a local park - and hopefully find some local playgrounds

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    For Vienna, the obvious suggestions are the zoo at Schloss Schönbrunn and the aquarium inside one of the old flak towers. An afternoon or early evening at the Prater (when it's cooler) can be fun, as well. For a day trip, It is possible to rent bicycles (with trailers) in Vienna, ride the train to Melk, tour the abbey, then cycle the 40km back (almost entirely flat) along the Danube to Krems, where you can catch a return train to Vienna. Along the way are several villages and places to stop for a picnic.

    Within Vienna, a manageable outing would be to catch the 38A bus from the terminus of the U4 up to Cobenzl. There is a farm and a petting zoo, and wine tavern for mom and dad. Afterwards, wander down through the vineyards (we see lots of families with little ones on our hikes) into Grinzing for lunch, then catch the 38 tram back into the Inner Stadt.

    Vienna is stroller-friendly; Prague, not as much. Lots of cobblestones, hills, and fewer low-floor trams.

    Out in Salzburg you may want to consider a farm stay or family gasthaus and take day trips accordingly. Farm stays usually offer animals and other activities of interest for young children. We enjoy family gasthaus stays even though our children are teenagers; many can provide day packs for light hiking/exploration as well as a packed picnic, and both farm stays and family gasthaus usually have pools for young children.

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