Prague combines well with Vienna, Budapest and Berlin to make a fascinating multi-centre city break.
Prague is one if the most popular European city break destinations, whether for a short break or for a longer holiday, perhaps combined with another city such as Berlin or with Vienna and Budapest to make a very popular multi-centre holiday.
For those feeling adventurous, Prague can easily be combined with the other grand Imperial Cities of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, Vienna and Budapest. Flying into Prague and out of Budapest (or vice-versa) holidaymakers can enjoy a multi-centre city break of ideally seven nights or longer, travelling by train between the cities. There are direct flights to both Prague and Budapest from many UK regional airports, making this a very logical option.
There is plenty to do in a few days in beautiful Prague, city of a hundred spires, but any visit should certainly include the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and Prague Castle with its majestic location across the Vltava River from the Old Town.
The train journey from Prague to Vienna takes only 4½ hours by comfortable, modern Eurocity train. The journey from Vienna to Budapest is even shorter, at just 3 hours by Railjet trains which operate regularly throughout the day. Budapest, grand city on the River Danube, also has more than enough to satisfy every tourist, including the Parliament, Heroes Square, the Opera and St.Stephen’s Basilica on the Pest side of the river and the Royal Castle on the Buda side. It’s worth taking a walk through the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and the Citadel to enjoy a panoramic view over the River Danube and Margaret Island if you have the time.
A visit to Prague also combines very well with a stay in the German capital, Berlin. The rail journey between the 2 cities takes under 5 hours. Berlin has plenty to offer the tourist, from a fascinating history to an exciting and vibrant present. In the space of a few days in Berlin you can take in a wonderful mixture of old and new.
Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and most beautiful royal palace still standing in Berlin. The palace contains interior decoration reflecting several architectural styles and the famous palace gardens contain the mausoleum of Queen Louise and the Belvedere with its world-renowed collecion of porcelain. .
The Brandenburg Gate is a sight easily recognised by many all over the world and has come to symbolise German unity. The Gate was built between 1788 and 1791 and is modelled on the Propylaeum of Athens’ Acropolis. Since October 2002 the Brandenburg Gate has been closed to all traffic, making it appear an even more impressive landmark.
The Potsdamer Platz quarter is one of the most exciting areas of the German capital. Potsdamer Platz offers a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping and cosmopolitan flair – combined with a touch of history.