12 days in Budapest, Prague & Vienna Itinerary

12 days in Budapest, Prague & Vienna Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
End: Ottawa, Canada

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Budapest Pinball Museum and Parish Church of St. Elizabeth. Museum-lovers will appreciate Miniversum Budapest and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Faust Wine Cellar, steep yourself in history at Citadel, and examine the collection at Holocaust Memorial Center.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Budapest is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
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Miniversum Budapest ©
Miniversum Budapest
Budapest Pinball Museum ©
Budapest Pinball Museum
Faust Wine Cellar ©
Faust Wine Cellar

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral and Vlassky dvur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Vyšehradské sady. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Prague: Kutna Hora (Italian Court, St Barbara's Church, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

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Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral ©
St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaisergruft and St. Othmar unter den Weissgerbern. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt and Ringstrasse. Venture out of the city with trips to Melk Abbey (in Melk) and Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt (in Weissenkirchen). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien, contemplate the long history of Karlskirche, explore the different monuments and memorials at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof), and explore the world behind art at Albertina.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Vienna, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Melk, Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt
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Kaisergruft ©
Kaisergruft
Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt ©
Stadtpfarrkirche Maria Himmelfahrt
Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt ©
Wehrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt

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