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One Must Go - Prague, Salzburg, Vienna or Budapest. But WHICH one?


One Must Go - Prague, Salzburg, Vienna or Budapest. But WHICH one?

Old Nov 14th, 2004, 03:16 PM
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OOPS!! I meant Dont Drop Prague!!! Tracy
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ThinGorjus, I'm just a little older than you.
I learned about life in 1948 Vienna from watching The Third Man with Orson Welles about a hundred times.
And the first time I ever set foot in Vienna, I drove my wife crazy with my impromptu "Third Man" tour.
She'd roll her eyes as I'd jump up and down and say "I can't believe I'm actually standing in the spot where Harry Lime was supposed to have been killed!!"
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 03:46 PM
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WOW! Thanks for all the useful input.

As nobody gave Prague the thumbs down, thats a definite must visit, and completing the imperial trio of capital cities is a very appealing idea, so at the moment it looks like Salzburg may get the chop.

However, the train info from bob brown, plus the input from others that Salzburg can be fully seen in a shorter visit, may yet save it from the itinerary. Coming from SXM we will have 15 complete days in Europe from arrival in CDG.

Thanks all.
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One thing about train schedules, the winter schedules are in effect right now. It would be well to check again later on in the spring when summer schedules are listed in the national rail web sites. The German web site has an English version, although I don't think all of it is completely in English. It is quite good for most of the countries in the central European and western European regions.

Austria has its own national rail web site too which is also a good source of schedules for Hungary and the Czech Republic as well as other countries.

The times required for travel however, will remain fairly constant. The trains run about as fast as they can.
The Austrian trains as a general rule don't travel at TGV speeds, which can get up to 300 kph on the flat stretches in the open country.
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Yes, the Austrian railway website is excellent for working out itineraries, even for routes within foreign countries:

It has an English version.

It can give you all the trains for a given day. I just tried it for May, 2005 and it does process the request, though that schedule may, of course, change between now and then. It gives you every stop, the number of the train -- everything.

From what I can see, the fastest train (from Wien Sudbahnhof) to Prague takes just over 4 hours. The train from Vienna (generally Wien Westbahnhof but some trains go from W. Sudbahnhof) to Budapest is about 2 and 3/4 hours.

There is also the Hungarian train site, elvira (www.elvira.hu) though I once heard some people in Hungary criticize it for inaccuracy.
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