3 days in Europe, which city?

Old Feb 7th, 2020, 02:45 PM
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3 days in Europe, which city?

Hi,

I will be traveling to Prague for a business trip in March. I will have three days (3/20-3/23) to explore one city before the business trip.

Budapest is top on my list. However, because I am flying from the US to Prague (I need to book it this way :/), the connecting flight from Prague to Budapest is limited and I will have to wait 6 hours at the airport to go to Budapest and that will leave me only 2.5 days to explore the city. I did a google search on direct flights and these are the cities that caught my attention and fit my schedules: Riga, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, and Stockholm (not a big fan of Vienna).

My personal interests are castles, museums, cultures, and bars (night life). Good weather will also be a plus

Thanks,
Chris


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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 02:52 PM
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How about Dresden? About 2:15 by train.
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 03:06 PM
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I've considered Dresden but my friend suggested Munich instead, which seems to fit 3 days pretty well. Thanks!
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 03:51 PM
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Either Dresden or Munich would work. I preferred more time in Munich though. We just got back from Dresden and Prague this week. I really liked Dresden as there were so few people, FWIW.
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 06:24 PM
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Is Prague off the table?
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 09:05 PM
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Museums etc Berlin. No castles I guess. It's March I wouldn't expect summery weather.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 06:11 AM
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kja--good catch. At first I figured they were staying in Prague for work, but rereading it I am not sure. If they are not spending any time there, I would suggest to rethink that.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 06:40 AM
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There is no need to go to Germany in order to see castles. There are tons of castles and fortresses in the Czech Republic. 130 of them can be found here:
https://www.czechtourism.com/a/castles-chateaux/
Many scenic cities are less than 3 hrs by train or bus from Prague, among them
Cesky Krumlow
Budejovice
Olomouc
Brno
Plzen
Decin
Dresden
Bautzen
Cieszin
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 10:20 PM
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Sorry that I didn't mention earlier. I will have a few days to explore Prague during the second week as well.
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 10:29 PM
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Rough estimates, to be adjusted base on personal preferences and fit to opening hours:
Prague -- 3 to 4 full days
Budapest -- 4 full days
Riga -- don't know
Paris -- at least 5 full days for a first visit
Amsterdam -- 3 to 4 full days
Munich -- 3 full days
Stockholm -- 5 full days
Dresden -- 2 days

Hope that helps!
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 10:56 PM
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Thank you for all the helpful comments. What's your opinion between Vienna vs. Munich for 3 days? Thanks
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Old Feb 9th, 2020, 11:10 PM
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IMO, Munich is a better fit for 3 days. I felt rushed with 5 full days in Vienna. But as already stated, it depends on what YOU want to see and experience, and only you can decide that.
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Old Feb 10th, 2020, 12:28 AM
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For 3 days, we loved Amsterdam. I really, really love Paris (we have been 4 times and sometimes just for a long weekend) but for your first visit it will be rushed. Now if you just want to see the highlights, it’s still great. Amsterdam is my #2. Our first visit was for 3 days and we loved it so much we are headed back. Anne Frank House (need tickets WEEKS in advance), museums, food, night life...it’s all great. Rent a bike to really explore the city. We stayed in the Jordaan district and it was perfect. As far as castles, I can’t really help you there.
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Old Feb 10th, 2020, 05:03 AM
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I think Berlin is the nicest city for all you are looking for.
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Old Feb 11th, 2020, 12:43 AM
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Thanks! I've heard good things about Berlin but unfortunately there isn't a direct flight from Prague. How's the weather in Amsterdam in late March? I think Stockholm will be winter weather so I will cross that one out. These are the ones that I am considering now: Amsterdam, Munich, and Istanbul (always wanted to visit but is 3 days enough?).
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Old Feb 11th, 2020, 01:25 AM
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Impossible to predict weather in Amsterdam late March. Could be lovely, sunny and spring-like. Could be freezing/raining/snowing.
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Old Feb 11th, 2020, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by chrischeng40 View Post
I've heard good things about Berlin but unfortunately there isn't a direct flight from Prague. .
Why would you fly? You have train, and even bus, options.
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