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Trip Report: 17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Czech Republic

Trip Report: 17 days in Switzerland, Austria & Czech Republic

Old Aug 27th, 2014, 02:45 PM
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Interlaken by contrast is just a bustling ritzy town, with no authentic Swiss feel about it.>

I see you no doubt only walked up and down the one main drag that has tacky commercial development - there are several preceints in Interlaken that exude Swiss charm and feel - Unterseen and Matten for two. Take a better look next time - so few tourists do then they lambaste Interlaken after a usually ephermal look about.

Great trip report but I do differ in your take on Interlaken, a place where I have stayed for days on end - that said first timers should IMO base themselves up in the hills - not because Interlaken is charmless but for the reasons you give - you are eyeball to eyeball with the soaring ice-girdled peaks.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 04:29 AM
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mycruise2000, I do not think that security is at all a worry in either Prague, or anywhere in Greece or Turkeey. All perfectly safe places, even at night.
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 04:50 AM
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When we first went to Switzerland and the BO we stayed in Interlaken at a B&B "Sunny Days" which was on a quiet street. We found it was just fine. So easy to get to other places in the BO.
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Loved your trip report - thanks for all the wonderful details. I will be visiting Munich, Salzburg and Vienna during Christmas/New Year's and made many notes from this report. We have 7 days in Vienna and am thinking of an overnight to Prague or Budapest. You brought all these cities alive!
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Old Sep 11th, 2014, 02:25 AM
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Thanks travellingmom ! Don't miss out on Prague : one of the prettiest cities in Europe.
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Bookmarking. BTW, I did not realize until midway through reading that your Spain & Portugal report was the sole reason we diverted to the "Balcony of Europe" near Nerja. A perfect break on the drive to Seville. Thank you for posting with such great detail...Switzerland is now going on our wish list!

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Old Sep 14th, 2014, 07:04 PM
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I am sure you will enjoy Switzerland as much as Spain. You reminded me of the wonderful sight of Balcony of Europe at Nerja. Thanks.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 07:58 AM
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Hi indiancouple, others,

Another travel freak from Pune.

We have not been to Europe. So instead of Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic, how about doing France, Italy and Switzerland ?

Plan is to do it in May/June 2015 for 3 to 4 weeks. We are a family of 4 with two kids ages 9 and 11. How many days will be sufficient to cover these 3 countries at a pace which is not too hectic ?

Looking forward for suggestions/advice.

BTW, indiancouple, I had taken a printout of your New Zealand trip report when we went to NZ in 2012. Since we are also vegetarians, we literally followed your choice of restaurants. Was a great help.

Thanks.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 08:48 AM
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Wow! What a wealth of information - will peruse especially your Berner Oberland experiences to keep my info up to date - splendid report so far.
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<<Wow! What a wealth of information - will peruse especially your Berner Oberland experiences to keep my info up to date - splendid report so far.>>

Pal, this report is from 2008, so I'm not sure how "up to date" that will make your information.

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Old Dec 31st, 2014, 08:55 PM
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golfdude : I think your plans of covering Switzerland, France and Italy in one trip is too ambitious. Switzerland deserves atleast 8 days, and I think both Italy and France deserve atleast 2 weeks each. Would suggest you delete any one of these.
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Hi Indiancouple:

I am an avid reader of your TR's and read this one recently and loved it. We are also going to visit Prague in Oct.
We love visiting new cities and getting immersed in the city, culture and cuisine. We are relatively relaxed travelers and like to visit local places as much as tourist attractions and like offbeat experiences. Also it is not a must for us to visit all the tourist attractions.
I am planning a trip to Prague, Krakow and Budapest in October. Unfortunately for this trip we have a limited time frame and we are trying to cover 3 cities in 10 days! So following is the plan:

5th Oct fly to Prague reaching at 9.00 am
5th to 8th - Prague
8th Oct take the overnight train to Krakow reaching Krakow in the morning
9th to 10th - Krakow (excluding Auschwitz)
10th Oct take the overnight train to Budapest reaching Budapest in the morning.
11th to 14th - Budapest
15th Oct fly back home.

Do you think we have enough time in Prague justice to the city considering we don't have to practically see all the different sight necessarily and also after reading your post now plan on visiting CK for a day.
Since we are travelling at night mainly we have included Krakow for 2 days/I night. We just want to get the feel of the city since we have heard so much and this gives us the opportunity to get a quick taste for a future trip.
Weather. I know it would be Autumn in Europe and temperatures would range from 6 to 16 degrees.
Any off beat experience or suggestions you may have for Prague. We did a tapas tour in Madrid that we really loved. Something on similar lines would be fun and give us a good understanding of the cuisine and culture. Am contemplating the running tour in Budapest! I hear it is great fun.

I have not yet decided on places to stay or sightseeing plans.

Gautam
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Old Mar 25th, 2015, 01:30 AM
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Gautam, you almost have 4 full days in Prague, which I think will be fine, including a day trip to CK. Ideally, you may have wanted to spend a night in CK, but that may not be possible (it was similarly for us).
We did see an opera at Prague, which was a lovely experience. Besides, Old Town Square will certainly take up a day, as it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. You have to visit Prague Castle, which also consumes almost a day. Just walking up and down Charles Bridge either very early in the morning, or late in the evening is magical. Do not miss the conducted tour of their Municipal Hall.

As for cuisine, we are vegetarians, so our experiences may not hold for you. But do visit some authentic Czech pubs for their fab beers.

Have fun !
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Thanks sir!!
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Hi IndianCouple - I am on my way to Switzerland, and your TR is just what I need. Thanks so much for taking the time to post it and thanks for ALL the detail. I will be following in your footsteps ... sometimes literally.

And as an aside: I agree with what you said about Prague ... very early on a winter's morning on Charles bridge with the castle and the swans in the mist is very special.
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Thanks for the compliment kovsie. Good to see a TR written 7 years ago still finding use to travellers. Enjoy !
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