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How to split 9 days between Vienna and Prague

Mar 14th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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How to split 9 days between Vienna and Prague

We will be traveling to Europe this September for ~4 weeks - Rome - Bologna - ferry from Ancona to Split - Zagreb - then train to Prague and spend the last 9 days in Prague and Vienna before flying home from Vienna.

Have not been in either place (Prague and Vienna). Would anyone please suggest if we should split the 9 days more or less equally between the 2 cities?

We like walking around, exploring old streets, cafes, museums, galleries, neighborhood restaurants frequented by locals, bit of sightseeing, architecture, go to an opera or concert

We don't care much for: fancy restaurants, restaurants with tourist menus, department stores or boutiques, sporting events, dancing and bars, high-end shops etc.

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Mar 14th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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To me 4 full days in Prague would be too much - but I would take day trips to any of several neat places - Csecky Krumlov, Marienbad, Karlsbad, etc.

In Vienna I would day trip to the Wachau Valley - train to Melk - boat thru the gorgeous valley to say Durnstein - famous ruined castle once was the prison of Richard-the-Lionhearted when kidnapped on his return from some Crusade and a lovely lovely wine town and I would consider hitting Salzburg too and perhaps going from there to Prague, via perhaps Csesky Krumlov.

Trains are a great way to get around - for lots on trains in eastern Europe check out these fantastic IMO sites - www.budgeteuropetravel.com; www.ricksteves.com and www.seat61.com.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I would also weight it in favour of Vienna - say 4 nights in Prague, 5 in Vienna.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 01:11 PM
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I'd do the opposite, I think Prague is more low-key and interesting to walk around and cheaper and less formal. And smaller (at least seems that way in the central area). Also, if you want to go to the opera and concerts, they are a heck of a lot cheaper in Prague and they are excellent there. I found Prague a lot more fun and interesting than Vienna.

I would do day trips from Prague, though, although Kutna Hora would be more one of my top picks.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 01:52 PM
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I would also spend more time in Vienna because I have heard that Prague is so very crowded, even in the off season. Now, I have not yet been to Prague (we will be going in May) but I have been to Vienna a number of times (I even lived there in the early 1980's).

There is so much to do in and around Vienna and the weather should be good in September.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 02:18 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I guess in the end it does not matter much whether it is 4 days Prague/5 days Vienna, or 5 days
Prague/4 days Vienna. As long as it is not suggested that we do 6 days Prague/3 days Vienna or 8 days Vienna/1 day Prague etc. etc.

My only concern about Vienna is that it is expensive. I think a daily food budget of about 30 euros (a light lunch and dinner) is more realistic in Prague than in Vienna?!
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Mar 14th, 2013, 03:49 PM
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Since your interests include museums, you might want to skew your time toward Vienna, which has some outstanding ones. And if you are there at the right time of year, you might be able to attend an opera or other concert.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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3 nights i Prague, 4 in Vienna - spend the rest in between..a night in Cesky Krumlov is fun. See my trip report from a few years ago for ideas. http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-dumplings.cfm
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Mar 14th, 2013, 05:09 PM
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A great short day trip from Vienna goes to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, the poorer part of the former Czechoslovakia.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 05:55 PM
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4 in both Vienna and Prague (although I like Prague more) and 1 night in C. Krumlov.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 06:14 PM
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I took a look at Chesky Krumlov and lıke ıt a lot, seems lıke a perfect place for a stop over from Prague to Vıenna.

So 4 days Prague (side trip to Kutna Hora) + 1 day Chesky Krumlov + 4 days Vienna would be perfect.

Thanks for all the advices.
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Mar 14th, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Good choice!

Do try to get tickets for the baroque theater tour at the castle in C. Krumlov. Only a handful of tours each day with limited number of people in each tour. It is one of the few remaining baroque theaters in the world and is a very interesting tour!

Have a great time!
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Mar 14th, 2013, 07:03 PM
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Although I don't think you will find yourself with free time in Prague since there is so much to see, if time permits, you might find a trip to Terezin interesting... Not fun, but very sobering and interesting.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 12:09 AM
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We live in Vienna, and have visited Prague twice; I think the plan to spend 4 days in each, plus the overnight in Cesky Krumlov is fine.

Vienna is expensive. An ordinary plate of "Wiener Schnitzel" will average between 10 and 20 Euros in a sit-down restaurant, depending on the restaurant. The stands offering wurst, kebabs, and noodles are very affordable (3-5 Euros) and mostly tasty (wurst stands are my favorite), if less glamorous. Sandwiches from the grocery stores are fresh made with a great variety of breads and are the most economical, just a couple of Euros each.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 05:31 AM
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A main course in Vienna, let's say 15 euros is not too bad. Lunch at the stands (5 euros) + dinner (25 euros) looks achievable for our budget of 30 euros a day for food. Besides, it may be cheaper in Prague so the average cost will even out.

Right now I am checking out getting to Cesky Krumlov from Prague. Knowing that there is no direct train, for a group of 4-5 people I am looking into some leads of getting a private van/car, which cost about $40-50 per person. That will ensure that we are there in less than 3 hours from Prague. With train (3.5 hours) and all the time going to and from the train station etc. it may take us up to 5-6 hours.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 08:52 AM
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Try loboshuttle.com for transportation from Vienna to CK. Or search this site for other suggestions, it's been brought up a number of times.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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So I presume you never eat or drink anything the rest of the day aside from lunch and dinner? I didn't think Vienna was as expensive as people say, seemed moderate to me, but more expensive than Prague.

I just did a day tour company from Prague to CK, it was convenient and saved time, but I was staying in Prague so wanted to go back the same day. If you can hire a private car for a group, that sounds like a good idea. Here is a page of various shuttle/van companies from CK to wherever http://www.ckrumlov.info/php/katalog...i.php?&lang=en
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Mar 15th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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coffees in Vienna will be €2 ish, beers/wine probably €3 or so, it all builds up.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 11:38 AM
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I don't know how you can randomly assign a certain number of days in a place unless/until you figure out what you want to see/do in each place, which things have higher priority to you, etc. Have made your list for each city, estimated how much time is needed, how much time is needed to get around, etc?
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Mar 15th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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Johnmango, Prague is less expensive than Vienna, but not that much. Your food estimates for Vienna are still low.

The lure of coffees and ice cream, the desire to sit down for a meal, and holiday impulsivity can add up. Case in point: DH and I headed out to Naschmarkt last weekend to collect a favorite soy sauce and some curry pastes. The weather was nice and we paused for coffee, 7Euros. We wandered around a bit more, and decided to stop in a favorite little Italian restaurant, ordinary and off the tourist path, for lunch rather than waiting until we returned home to eat. Two main courses, with a glass of wine each (no coffee, dessert, or cheese) hit 25 Euros. Dinner was at home. We had the luxury of eating both meals wherever, but your budget may leave you hungry.
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