Vienna, Prague and Budapest: three captivating capitals located in Central Europe. Each city brings the majestic touch of Europe's imperial age with centuries-old palaces, castles and monuments. Any visitor to these cities is certain to have a trip they won't soon forget.
That's why we've prepared a list of recommended places for you to visit if you're considering a trip to any of these cities. Due to the close proximity of Vienna, Prague and Budapest to one another, we recommend you visit all three in one trip. It only takes just over a week to explore each of the three.
Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a cultural melting pot of Eastern Europe and instrumental to the region's political landscape. The wonderfully-preserved buildings date back centuries and are now occupied by cafes, restaurants and museums. What makes Prague such a great city for visitors is that most of the city's most popular attractions are conveniently located within walking distance of the River Vltava, the city's main river. In fact, you know can walk from one end of Prague's city center to the other in under 30 minutes.
Vienna, is the capital city of Austria. It's is known for some of its classical music legends such as Mozart and Beethoven, but it does boast some of Europe's most beautiful architecture. The city is also known for it's palaces including Hofburg, Belvedere and Schönbrunn, located on the south bank of the River Danube. They'll all within walking distance of one another. Vienna is a great city to visit if you're looking for casual yet traditional European surroundings.
Also located along the River Danube, Budapest has a cosmopolitan, yet historic appeal that few cities in Eastern Europe can boast. Visitors to Budapest will notice the distinctive change of the city's character when exploring the eastern and western sections. On the western bank, you'll find much of the city's historic districts, including museums and royal palaces. The eastern bank of the city contains the modern and trendy districts. Plus, the gastronomy of Budapest will satisfy even the most demanding palates.
One of Prague's main city squares and centrally located near most of the city's attractions, Wenceslas Square is lively area with many bars and restaurants. It's a great place to visit if you're looking for lively and active spots. The Old Royale Palace of Prague Castle, which is the former residence of Czech monarchs, was completed in the 10th Century and is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles. We recommend a quick tour. St. George's Basilica, one of Prague's oldest churches, contains over 1,000 years of Czech history within its walls. It houses many painting and wood carvings and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Hofburg Palace, once the official residence of Habsburg monarchs, is now a museum with a fine collection of artifacts on Austrian history. This should be at the top of your list as places to visit in Vienna. Schönbrunn Palace, located near Hofburg Palace, is known for the beautiful parks and gardens on the palace grounds, which are open to palace visitors. In addition to exhibits for adults inside the palace, there's also a children's museum. Vienna's City Hall is also a place to visit for a quick tour inside. The markets on the public plaza in front of the building are a great place to shop for local souvenirs.
Arguably Budapest's most well-known attraction, the Parliament Building, is located along the River Danube. Built over 150 years ago, the building contains many of the former monarchy's crown jewels. Guided tours of the building are strongly recommended for you. If you'd like a photo opportunity of the Parliament Building, the best place from which to take it is the Chain Bridge, which spans the River Danube. Joining the city's east and west banks, it's a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of many of the city's most well-known attractions. Just north of the Chain Bridge is the district known as Monument Hill. The district has many of its own attractions which may be seen on foot.