Royal palaces, gothic churches, picturesque skylines and one-of-a-kind experiences make for a perfect trip to central Europe. The most visited cities on a trip to Central Europe include Vienna, Prague and Budapest. There is always a scope of some off-beat add-ons like Bratislava, Cesky Krumlov or Krakow. Or you can club your trip to central Europe with German and Austrian highlights such as Salzburg, Munich or Berlin.
If the travel bug has bit you, and you have not planned a trip to Central Europe already, you are certainly missing out on something amazing. Here are the top 10 things of what you can expect on your trip to Central Europe:
A trip to central Europe is really inexpensive
Talk about the dollar rate and it impacting the currency exchange rates worldwide. Travelers would often fear not being able to enjoy a vacation on a budget. Here is when a trip to Central Europe comes to the rescue. Destinations like Prague and Budapest do not follow Euros as their official currency. Czech Republic’s official currency is Czech Koruna and Hungary’s official currency is Hungarian Forints. The exchange rate of these to the Indian Rupee is very affordable and you’ll suddenly feel that everything is cheaper out there.
European cities are very well connected by rail
Cities in central Europe can be explored by rail. You do not need to take internal flights to travel from one city to another. The frequency of trains is pretty good and they run on schedule, which really helps in planning your trip to central Europe. The tickets can be purchased in advance, or you can pick them up over the counter on the railway station.
Exploring the Central European cities on foot
What better way to imbibe the culture of a city than to walk around? You can join free walking tours that take you around the most important sights of the city. The local guide would brief you about the history of the city and also help you with interesting facts and tips that might come in handy. Though these tours don’t take you inside any of the attractions, it is a good way to spend the first few hours knowing the city and getting familiar with it.
Use public transport on a trip to central Europe
Similar to most European towns, cities in central Europe also have a good network of trams, buses and metro. Single and multi-day travel tickets are available and are absolute value for money. They allow unlimited access on any public transport for the said duration within the specified city.
Enjoy the local food and drinks culture
This is your chance to try out some unique delicacies. Czech and Hungarian cuisines are different, but certainly worth a try. To top it all, the desserts are amazing. Some must try dishes on your trip to Central Europe include Goulash, Langos and Trdelnik (Chimney cake). Prague will treat you with some of the best European brews. You should not miss out on Pilsner Urquell, the most commonly found beer in Czech Republic. Also try out the local wine in Budapest.
Learn in depth about the World War II history
World War II had a huge impact on the central European countries. It continues to be an integral part of the history of the countries. A trip to central Europe would be incomplete without learning about what impact did the World War II have on these countries. Attractions like the Shoes on the Danube Bank in Budapest will help you understand the details better.
Marvel at the architectural wonders of Central Europe
A trip to central Europe is all about a mix of architectural styles. The grandeur of palaces in Vienna, to the intricate carvings of Gothic churches in Prague, to the neo-Renaissance architectural style of the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, each monument that you witness will leave you awe-struck. The Hungarian Parliament is the third largest parliament building in the world and offers tours to see the gigantic building from within.
Museums and museums all around
If you are a history buff, you will fall in love with central Europe instantly. Almost all cities have a long list of museums that you must not miss. Even if you are not a fan of history, you must certainly visit the House of Terror in Budapest, the National Museum in Prague, the Natural History museum and the Kunsthistorisches museum in Vienna.
Go for a dip in the ‘City of Baths’
Budapest is built on over a hundred natural hot water springs. It has plenty of thermal baths that gets its water from these springs. A trip to central Europe is not complete unless you have visited the thermal baths of Budapest. The recommended Szcheneyi bath house has 18 pools, both indoors and outdoors, with waters at different temperatures. Other bath houses in Budapest that you could incorporate in your trip to central Europe include Gellert Thermal Bath and Rudas Baths.
Cruise in the might river Danube
Did you already know that the Danube is the only river in the world that flows through 10 countries? You have multiple opportunities to cruise in the Danube river on your trip to Central Europe. Hourly cruises are highly popular in all cities. You can choose to go for a day trip along the Danube from Budapest, in a cruise offering breath-taking views of Hungarian towns. Another option is to take a cruise from Vienna to Budapest or the other way around. This experience would certainly be one to remember.
The best experiences are more often found in the little things. You might want to skip the larger than life cities on your next trip to enjoy the offbeat European towns. To make it real, start planning your trip soon and experience it for yourself. It can be certain that you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Having traveled over a hundred cities, from bustling metropolitan places to quaint countryside towns, it’s at the beaches that Shreya finds true solace. She strongly believes in travel therapy, and that solo-travel is the best teacher.
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