We looked at the wonderful city of Vienna in a previous blog and lamented the lack of direct flights from the UK – you have to fly from either London Heathrow or Gatwick if you want to fly direct to Vienna. There are, however, a few ways to get around this problem…..
Ryanair currently fly into Bratislava airport from a number of UK regional airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh and Liverpool and they also fly from Dublin, Luton and Stansted. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is only about an hour away from Vienna by bus, train or taxi, making this a very easy and often inexpensive way of travelling to Vienna.
For anyone choosing flights into Bratislava it makes perfect sense to add a night or two to a city break holiday and spend a few days exploring Bratislava as well. This historic city on the River Danube has a compact pedestrianised city centre which is home to most of the city’s cultural and historical monuments, The city has a wealth of galleries, museums, theatres and historical sights to offer the visitor, as well as some high quality and well priced cafés and restaurants. The city’s excellent public transport system, provided by trams, buses and trolleybuses, means you can also move around easily outside the old town centre.
For those feeling more adventurous still, Vienna can easily be combined with the other grand Imperial Cities of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, Prague 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 VltavaRiver from the OldTown.
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, MatthiasChurch and the Citadel to enjoy a panoramic view over the River Danube and MargaretIsland if you have the time.
So…. a city break in Vienna can be enjoyed wherever you live in the UK, either just by making use of the flights to Bratislava or by combining Vienna with other great cities to make a really memorable holiday.