Central Europe on a Shoestring: 4 Capitals in 5 Days!


Yes for those not acquainted with Central Europe, it sounds like a nightmare but it is not! With the right preparation, it is possible to visit these 4 beautiful towns, squeezing the majority of these”Must do” items in each of the Capitals without rushing through.

To pay Central Europe on a shoestring, an individual can land in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic and from there visit Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, flying out of Budapest on 8th day. Or start from Budapest and visit Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, flying out of Prague. These capitals of all Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary have rich history by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and provide some of the best heritage, culture and night life adventures.

Here is the itinerary to visit Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest in 8 days!

After landing in Prague, head to Prague Castle and visit St Vitus Cathedral located on the mountain. Soak in the gorgeous view of the bratysława zabytki city from the hill top. Walk to Mala Strana out there and cross Charles Bridge by foot. It is highly suggested to accelerate the bridge tower stairs, to relish panorama of old city from a vantage point. Evening is a great time to hang around the area over drinks and dinner.

Day two:

Start with Old town square and see Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church and Old Town Hall. The square is exceptional with the existence of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings next to each other. You are able to spend an hour , gazing at Astronomical Clock, this also gives time to relax and observe tourists activities round the square. From there visit older Jewish quarter that’s a home to a few of the oldest synagogues in Europe. It’s Prague’s first gothic building. Wenceslas Square is a shopper’s paradise and must be considered only if shopping is among the’Must Do’ items on the listing. Enjoy the evening at one of those Czech restaurants and attempt variety of local beers along with local cuisine.

Take a 4 hour bus journey to Vienna; arrive at Vienna by noon and following refreshments head to the Old town for a walk. Many of the monuments are within walking distance, beginning from Vienna State Opera House, Burggarten, St. Stephen’s Church, Kärntner Strasse, Graben, St Peter’s Church, Ancient Roman ruins and Hofburg Palace. Relax in sprawling lawns at Hero’s Square, soaking up sunlight and beauty of Vienna. After a bit of rest visit Museum Quartier. Relax and finish the day with Viennese dinner, even over wine.

Start the day with a trip to Schönbrunn Palace, spend the afternoon exploring the palace and museums, marveling Neptune Fountain from the spawling courtyard! By noon head to Belvedere Palace, a must see for art aficionados. The museum hosts among the most well-known paintings’The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt and other renaissance artists. Head to beer garden in the evening, popularly called Rathaus Platz. It’s an excellent spot to unwind, watching outdoor movies or operas over few beers! Neo-Gothic towers of City Hall dominate the square. Take a Look at Austrian Parliament building on the return.

Just take an hour long train to Bratislava. Walk around the old city square and up on the mountain to enjoy the panaromic view of the city from Bratislava Castle. Visit St Martin’s Cathedral, stroll St. Michael’s Street leading up to St. Michael’s gate. This street is buzzing with lots of restaurants and pubs. Eat Slovak food at one of those restaurants and enjoy beverages at an Irish pub while looking at tourist activities in the square.