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Prague, Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

Prague, Vienna, Budapest – a trip worthy of the most worldly explorers, those looking for a way to see the best of Central Europe. Consider the following itinerary for those planning a trip to visit Central Europe.

While there is ample room to spread out this trip from a five-day excursion up to a week, this Central Europe itinerary can serve as the solid foundation for a plan to see the best sights in these cities and explore some of the best amenities.

Prague, Vienna & Budapest Itinerary

This trip takes you along a journey, a Prague, Vienna, and Budapest itinerary based on times and booking accommodations currently available. Yet, these could change.

Make sure to use this as itinerary planning advice, but make this trip your own. Maybe you wish to stay in the city center, explore a Danube River cruise for a longer period, or take on one of the nearby beautiful cities in the region – each trip will look a little different than the next.

Look at the options for visiting tourist attractions as well as the many small holes-in-the-wall towns and local destinations that make exploring Central Europe enjoyable. You will find that you can easily hop on a train station just about anywhere and see a wide range of the region.

First Stop: Arrive in Budapest (1-2 Days)

Aerial view of Budapest, Hungary, taken on our tour of Prague, Vienna, Budapest.Aerial view of Budapest, Hungary, taken on our tour of Prague, Vienna, Budapest.Aerial view of Budapest, Hungary, taken on our tour of Prague, Vienna, Budapest.
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I’m basing this itinerary on a trip I took from Amsterdam not long ago. As such, this itinerary starts in the Dutch Capital. I flew from Amsterdam Schiphol to Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport, then traveled to my hotel to get a layout of the land.

To see the very best of Budapest, you’ll need one to two days, but you could easily make it a long weekend. Arriving in Budapest by 11 a.m. is ideal if you don’t want a crazy early start and still want to make the most of day one. That said, you could arrive earlier than this if you’re confident of keeping jet lag in check or if you’re desperate to see as many sights as possible.

Exploring Budapest

Here are some recommendations for seeing the city over the next day or two. If you’re looking to take in as many landmarks as possible, I highly recommend hopping on a sightseeing tour so you can get to know Budapest more intimately later!

Buda Castle and Matthias Church

Buda Castle in Budapest, HungaryBuda Castle in Budapest, HungaryBuda Castle in Budapest, Hungary
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These first two are absolutely essential to experience for first-timers. The thing is, everyone visiting Budapest plans to spend some time at Buda Castle, and most visit earlier in the day….

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