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What to see in Vienna and Prague

Hi all,

This maybe be a bit off-topic, but I hope somebody can help ..
Me, the wife and our 2 year old are planning a trip to Vienna and Prague this weekend.

We've got a lowdown on the tourist attractions to visit, from all those travel portals, but would still love to hear what ppl who have travelled to these places from CH really think are the Must-see's.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

How long do you have for both places?
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How long do you have for both places?
About 2 days each ..
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

And some tips on Salzburg as well. I am planning 2 days in Vinenna and 2 in salzburg.

Thank you and sorry for hijacking ur thread. I just though while people were at it they cold arite abt salzburg as well
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

Hi,
I have been to Vienna recently. Its a beautiful city.
i would recommend visiting
Schönbrunn Palace - Its a beautiful palace with a wonderful garden. You can also take a tour in the Palace.
St.Stephan's Cathedral. There is tour in English at around 15:00
Hofburg Palace - There is a combined ticket for Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palace. If you are interested in visiting both.
Kunsthistorisches Museum -It has a good collection of paintings and egyptian collection.
Prater Park - Its a good place to spend time with your family.
Opera House - Worth a visit if you are interested.
You can take a tour of the city in tram 1 or 2. Most of the spots are covered by these two trams.
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

For Prague

1. Charles Bridge - loads of vendors / painters selling knickknacks. If you are a keen photographer, I suggest you go really early in the morning or late evening as the bridge gets REALLY crowded during the day. A friend of ours had some amazing shots when he got up really early and took pictures of the bridge with the mist over the river and bridge.

2. The old town square - loads of restaurants here serving traditional Czech fare. The Jan Hus Monument as well as the Old Town Clock Tower is here.

A tip - if you plan to sit outside and watch the world go by, prices for sitting outside are 10- 20% more than the prices inside the restaurant for the SAME MENU

3. Petrin Hill provides spectacular views of Prague. Go up by the funicular railway if you dont fancy the walk. There's also an observatory up there where you can observe the galaxies and stars with a guide and a fee of course.

4. Prague Castle

5. The Jewish Quarter is worth a walk. Birthplace of Franz Kafka and the Jewish Ghetto during the Nazi invasion. Rather moving experience as some of the synagogues commenmorate the victims of the holocaust.

A tip - entrance fee to the Jewish Quarter does not include ANYTHING. You'll have to pay extra for tours (if you want one), take photos and even use the WCs. So hold it in!

Cant give you any advice on public transport as I didnt get to use it. We either walked all the time or took taxis.

Taxis are reasonably priced but do check the prices before getting in. They vary from vehicle to vehicle especially after dark. Some drivers tried to rip us off after we came out of a club and it was raining heavily. But we braved the rain and walked a little further, finding another taxi charging 40% less than the others earlier.

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If you like to eat sushi or Japanese food I can only recommend Toko-Ri on Naschmarkt (Vienna). I am not an expert but we love to eat there and it is really fresh and yummy. Their web page is terrible http://www.tokori.at/index_1024.html
but at least you will find the address there. Here are some reviews http://www.qype.co.uk/place/253400-TokoRi-Wien

If you are into architecture you must see Hundertwasserhaus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundertwasserhaus

It is worth to go on a dinner on Donauturm http://www.donauturm.at/en/
From time to time they have some specials (we went there for a dinner and it was 30eur with the elevator tickets included). This might be useful http://www.donauturm.at/en/shop/defa...px?PID=7&GID=1
or this http://www.donauturm.at/en/shop/defa...px?PID=6&GID=1

Have a nice trip.
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

Prater Amusement (Ferris wheel), Stefansdom, im Heurigen (Dinner), Schönbrunn
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

In Vienna: Also visit the Naschmarkt, It's full of Vendors trying to sell you dried fruit!
Theres a good Health food shop near there too. From there you can get the Underground to the Schoennbrunn palace.
The Haus of Musik is amazing, and you can spend the whole day there. It's am interactive music learning place, set over 3 floors. A good place to bring kids.

Both are amazing cities!

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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

In Schoenbrunn, there is a place with butterflies - probably it will be interesting for the kid.

St Stephans - you can go to the top (not sure what the tour includes)

Summer time, you can go to the Rathouse and the area where you can catch a concern or a happenning

also, you can go to the park if you want to have a glass of spritz listeining Waltzs (I found it too cheesy but it is a personal preference)

Also Belvedere is an option

If you want to taste original Sacher torte, the hotel is close to the opera and Hoffsbourg so you can have a cup of coffee there.

Salzburg
the city center, a few cathedrals, fountains - it is not a huge place after all and everything is close.. you can go and visit the Schloss Leopoldskron where the external/garden scenes of the Sound of music were shot.... There was a discussion while ago if the place where the movie was shot should be open for toursists . It is a gordeous place and a home of the Salzburg seminars and I think you can go for a walk in the garden and enjoy the vew (the lake and the mountain)
Also, the market in the city center, the music academie
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Re: What to see in Vienna and Prague

Can you guys recommend a hotel in Prague? We shall be staying for 2 or 3 days over Easter and do not mind walking but a nicely centered hotel will make things easier.

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Can you guys recommend a hotel in Prague? We shall be staying for 2 or 3 days over Easter and do not mind walking but a nicely centered hotel will make things easier.

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2 people? Family? Budget?
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Oops..sorry. 2 people, no kids, not too tight on budget as well but of course do not need a fancy hotel as it will be used only for sleeping. good location and cleanliness are the main requirements.
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Oops..sorry. 2 people, no kids, not too tight on budget as well but of course do not need a fancy hotel as it will be used only for sleeping. good location and cleanliness are the main requirements.
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I stayed in a studio in Aparthotel City 5 last fall and highly recommend it. The owners are really nice, the place is clean, there is wifi access and the area is relatively central but not full of tourists. We mostly walked everywhere, and took the metro at the end of the day.

I found a good deal though tripadvisor, so you might want to have a look there.
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