Diary of My Trip To Austria (Vienna), Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest) 2007

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I apologize in advance for the limited information I am about to tell you through this post. This was one of those trips that was spontaneously planned by my sister, Hina, and I don’t remember much of what I saw. However, I will promise it will give you some idea about these beautiful Eastern European cities.

We decided to combine these three countries because we felt they are small and close enough to cover in the time we had. Our traveling mantra is usually to focus on one country at a time and see everything, but to be honest there is not much to see outside Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. If you have more time and money, then I will not stop you from exploring the villages and castles outside these major cities. Interestingly enough, each country offers a similar architecture, but very different cultural experience. Vienna is very vibrant and “rich” with historical buildings beautifully preserved, whereas Prague offers you beautiful vistas and red-roofed buildings. Budapest was in my opinion, still showed signs of the wreckage and fire from before. It’s not a typical European city, but still worth the trip.

We flew in to Austria and then traveled on trains between the countries. The trains leave daily from each country and we had no trouble getting from one place to another, although I always recommend to book your tickets in advance.

I don’t remember there being a language barrier so no need to worry about that. However, since all the names of buildings and landmarks are not in English, it is difficult to remember the names and pronunciation of each place. I highly recommend getting a guidebook if you don’t do it already. It will go a long way. Also, if you are a bit on the adventurous side, just follow large crowds. You are bound to run into something special.

Food is nothing spectacular there. I wasn’t eating halal at the time so I don’t remember any issues. These are big meat countries, but there are always vegetarian options. Salads, pizzas, you name it-it’s there. I am not much of a risk-taker when it comes to food so I try to eat in one of the restaurants at their plazas. The selection is marvelous, you are bound to find a place you like, and yeah, although it can be pricey, one can’t compete with the views and people-watching experience.

Austria (Vienna)

  • Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens
  • St.Stephen Cathedral
  • Hofburg Palace
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Rathaus
  • Austrian Parliament Building
  • Karlskirche
  • State Opera House
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • Rathausplatz
  • The Spanish Riding School

Czech Republic (Prague)

  • Old Town
  • Charles Bridge
  • Old Town Square
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Castle District
  • State Opera House
  • Josefor District

Hungary (Budapest)

  • Parliament Building
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • St. Stephen Basilica
  • Mathias Church
  • Chain Bridge
  • Hero’s Square
  • The Great Synagogue

Have fun!

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