I have to admit the fact that when I was younger I used to dream to backpack between these 3 cities. Why? Mostly because of the countries’ history, the pictures that I was obsessed with and the incredible fun everyone had(has) while being in Austria, Czech Republic or Hungary. I am, hands down, a Central European girl and I love, every minute of every day, that I live right in the heart of it.
Prague – it is also nicknamed the golden cities of 100 spires and if you will admire the panorama from the Castle you will not be able to call this city anything else. Basically Prague is like a jewellery box: jaw drop architecture and incomparable street soundtrack. If you are not in a hurry and you enjoy walking I recommend to do so: use the public transportation only when necessary. In this way you cannot miss any detail. The Castle Town, the Little Town, the Old Town and the New Town offer tourists plenty to see and nobody gets bored in Prague. Eat a local trdelnik and walk the streets of the Old Town. Fight the tourists’ crowd to hear the clock striking midday. Enjoy a good, cold beer in a pub.
Vienna – the forever elegant city has an amazing history and undeniable cultural importance. Vienna was always considered the place to be – cities wanted to be like it, rulers wanted to have it. And this feeling is even kept today in the streets and in the buildings. Vienna is a compact museum, celebrating the glorious past, reinventing the present and welcoming the future. With gothic highlights as St Stephen’s Cathedral and the City Hall, Romanesque details of the markets and magnificent palaces such as Hofburg, Belvedere and Schonbrunn Vienna’s charm does not stop there. Everywhere you go you will be reminded that music is the heart of this city: Mozart, Strauss, Bethoven – their music is everywhere. If you venture away from the touristic places you will find daring architecture within the Hundertwasser-Krawina-House and you’ll be swept off your feet in Prater.
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Budapest – is an European gem and, in my opinion, it should be more popular than it already is. This city is a combination of Prague and Vienna: it has amazing (night)life, beautiful architecture, nice people, great history, preserved culture. Budapest’s boom was in the 19th century when the Habsburgs made it their second capital – this is way this city feels emperialistic. Althought it is 2 cities in one: Buda and Pest the overall feeling will stay the same. You can skip the public transportation system and only walk: from Gellert Hill to Buda Castle to the Parliament, to St. Istvan Basilika, Andrassi Utca to Heroes Square.
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But if you are in these countries do not stop in their capitals: venture in lesser known locations cause Central Europe is a delight.