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How to split 9 days between Vienna and Prague

Old Mar 15th, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Annhig: yes I know the cost builds up. We are not "jet-setters" but we have done enough traveling and know how to spend economically

> I very very seldom, in Italy, Turkey, Spain, Portugal sit down in a cafe and do people-watching like many tourists do. In Italy we drank al banco where an espresso costs 1 euro instead of paying for 3-4euros at a table. There was really not a temptation for me/us to sit in outdoor cafe. For me, an outdoor cafe is sitting with the locals in Istanbul on wooden stools outside a local coffee shop.

> we rent apartments rather than hotels so generally there is more space and a kitchen to have a coffee. Breakfast is just pastries, coffee, juice and cereals. We shop at local markets to make 1-2 meals in a city. In Venice we rented an apartment in Arsenale and went to the fish market and shops to get white asparagus, huge shrimps and fresh-made pasta to make dinner. If we don't feel like cooking we would get some ready-made food from the deli.

> we are also not big eaters. Many people when they have ice-cream ask for 2-3 scoops. For us usually one scoop is enough. Most things I just want a taste rather than to fill hunger. Many times I don't even finish one scoop of gelato.

> I usually do a lot of research and look for restaurants outside the tourist areas where locals eat. Usually they are hole-in-the wall eateries with good food. I remember last November one of the greatest pleasure is finding a soup kitchen in Fez, Morocco where 20 people sat around a table sharing bread and the only thing they sell was lentil soup (with lots of olive oil on top).

> At dinner we order table wine which is generally as cheap as bottled/mineral water. A 1-liter carafe of red table wine in Sicily would cost 3-4 euros and they are totally drinkable. Occasionally I enjoy a Sassicaia or Ornellaia or a E&E Black Pepper Shiraz. But we are perfectly happy with ordinary local table wine.

> at every city I sometimes manage to go to a fancier Michelin Star restaurant, or one highly recommended in Travel Sites, or a private kitchen. But generally I find that the more money you pay and the higher the expectation, the greater the disappointment in the end.

We have adhered to this ~30 euros a day for quite a few years. In recent (last 4-5) years we have gone to Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho-Chi-Ming City, Hanoi, Budapest, Rome, Fez and Marrakech in Morocco, and seldom go over an average of 30 euros a day.
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Old Mar 15th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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Sorry, gave you the wrong URL for Lobo Shuttle, try http://www.shuttlelobo.cz/
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Old Mar 15th, 2013, 05:03 PM
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You might checkout my trip reports on Prague and Vienna. It mentions eating places as well as where we stayed and what we did.
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Old Mar 15th, 2013, 09:11 PM
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Thanks Robin for the nice trip report. The train to Vienna looks nice in your photo but we will likely do the private car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov, and then the shuttle, as recommended by Joannyc, from CK to Vienna.

Thanks Joan for the info. If the shuttle can pick us up from the hotel in CK it certainly beats taking the bus.

Since we really like trains, we will however still do the train from Zagreb to Prague. .
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I do not like Prague or Vienna... So I would not spend 9 days across the two (and lots of people will disagree with me , that 's fine)... I do like the idea of Bratislava as I just lived there for 18 months... I have blogged about this area extensively I during that time.


That said, I would not spend more than a day there.

I find a three day weekend in these cities more than enough.

And while Prague should be cheap.... Any place near The square will be a complete rip off.

I would go see these cities....as it does not matter what I think... They are worth forming your own opinion about .... But I would keep open the option of third city... I love our current home (Budapest)
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Another direct shuttle from Vienna to CK or reverse, is www.shuttlebus.cz

Splitting the time between Vienna and Prague works. We have been to Prague three times and would go again. Vienna a few times. Love both cities.

Prague being the easier city to just walk everwhere.

www.livingprague.com www.inyourpocket.com/czech_republic/prague

Enjoy you visit.
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Thanks Iris1745, another fodorite to the rescue. I always find Fodor very useful when looking for specific information.
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