Upcoming Travel Plans: Central / Eastern Europe
One of the most anticipated times of the year is approaching.
It is time for our big annual trip and this year we are heading to Central / Eastern Europe! Big Hurrah!
I am beyond excited since all the cities in this trip are new to me (and most countries too, I have only been to Austria).
On top of that, I was able to secure tickets and accommodations at the end of the summer season. That means the weather is going to be ideal (low 80s / high 70s), the crowds are going to be small (I hope) and most Danube river excursions will still be operating (they stop operations when the river flow is low).
Here is a list of the places we will be visiting.
Later this week, we will be flying to the Hungarian capital. In there, we expect to visit Castle Hill, the Parliament, Saint Stephens Basilica, the main drags in Pest and, at least, one of the Thermal Baths. Of course, our journey will not be complete without visiting the Great Market Hall and the New York Café. In addition, we have booked a Danube Bend excursion and a bicycle tour.
For one reason or another, my plans for Vienna are still fuzzy. All I know is that I do not want to miss the Lipizzaner Stallions performing their daily exercises at the Spanish Riding School.
Other than that, I would like to stop by the Schonbrunn and Hofburg Palaces, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and the Prater. In addition, I have a long list of all the pastries I want to try in the city (and the places where to get them). I have heard the ice cream if great in there too. As a market lover, I would love to stop by the Naschmarkt.
We will be doing a Wachau Valley Boat Excursion too.
We will visit the city as a daytrip from Vienna. I already have a walking tour that cover the city’s main sight such as the Old Town, the Castle and the UFO Bridge.
I am completely in love with the pictures I have seen of this small town. Therefore, I could have not left it outside our travel plans.
Most people visit the town as a daytrip from Prague. The thing is that it takes three hours to go from one city to another. And that is one way!
Because of that, I figured it is going to be easier to stop when transiting from Vienna to Prague. We will have a bit more than half day to explore the town. Doesn’t sound like much but it is better than nothing.
I know Prague is a gorgeous city. I mean that is why I was initially attracted to it. But, research has shown me how much of a foodie city Prague is. Yes, I have plans to stop by the Prague Castle, Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter and the Dancing House. But, I am planning to do all that while eating the best of the city (I can’t wait).
We will close our trip with a visit to Royal Krakow. Since it is the last city on the itinerary, my plans are not concrete yet. My husband and I are discussing if it is a good idea to visit Auchwitz. I have been to a concentration camp before and have to say it is very depressing. My husband has never visited one, so, this may be his opportunity. I have heart Polish food is delicious. We are looking forward to all the great treats waiting for us.
After Krakow, it is back to Budapest for a day.
So, there you have it, my upcoming travel plans. Have you been to one of these cities? What are your recommendations? I am eager to see read all your fantastic suggestions!