Imperial Cities Trail: Vienna, Prague, Budapest
Europe is always a good idea. Specially when you are going to visit Central Europe's three of the most magnificient cities. In which, Austria could easily pass off as the culture capital of central Europe. Explore the popular museums, historic centres and heritage corners of Vienna and Salzburg. And how can we forget the music? It is the soul that defines this country.
Next fly to the capital city of Hungary, a grandeur on the Danube. Budapest is so full that you will explore something wonderful at every turn. Sail along the Danube and visit the iconic Cathedrals. Indulge freely in the Michelin-star restaurants, simply because you can. Think 3-course meals for 15€. The city comes to live after the sun sets in, so don't leave your shutters off when night comes, for it's when the city comes alive in all shapes and colours.
Lastly explore the City of a hundred Spires, Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of Europe's prettiest cities. With its outstanding beauty, rustic countryside and delectable beer, there is so much to explore in its capital city of Prague. Witness the important sites and sail on a cruise to admire the surroundings. Prague is Europe's most attractive historic places with fairytale hilltop castle and soaring gothic spires. When the sun goes down, boogie the night away in one of the city's hip and happening clubs.
Out of a billion things to do we have picked some of the must do's for you:
Admire the Schönbrunn Palace:
Be mesmerised by the big bright Baroque Habsburg imperial summer palace with staggering 1,441 rooms stuns you with its sheer size painted in sunny yellow. Plan your visit early in the day if you want the “imperial tour” of the opulent private apartments of Franz Joseph and Sis. Stroll around the beautiful garden complex “Great Parterre” surrounding the palace and adore the architecture! Climb the 200 feet high hill facing the palace with “Gloriette” on its top for the grander view of the palace with Vienna as backdrop. If that’s not enough, you can royally stay at the “Schloss Schönbrunn Suite” at the place to wine-dine-bed like a monarch!
Spend your evening at the Strauss & Mozart Concert:
Immerse into Austrian music at a concert at the Kursalon Vienna. Be captivated by orchestra masterpieces by Strauss, Mozart and other Viennese musicians. Enjoy accompaniment by opera singers and ballet dancers. Hear Strauss’ ‘A Little Night Music’ and ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube,' and Mozart’s famous overture to Le Nozze di Figaro. You’ll also be treated to Johann Schrammel’s ‘Vienna remains Vienna' and many more pieces from local musicians throughout the centuries.
Stroll around Prague's Old Town:
In 1992, Prague’s Old Town was certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre of Prague is characterized by small winding lanes and buildings of all architectural styles - look and see! Step into the Old Town Square in Prague and journey back in time, 600 or 700 years. As you stand in awe, the dramatic history of Prague permeates the air. It is the oldest part of a very old city. The best approach is to choose a direction, wander at will and lose yourself amid a largely undisturbed 14th-century townscape.
Gawk at the Prague Castle:
Prague is one of those places that seems like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale. Head to Prague Castle, specifically, and you'll see what we mean. Situated on mount Hradschin, Prague Castle has been forming the political and cultural center for over 1000 years, not only of the city but also of the whole country. With its three castle-courtyards, Prague Castle is said to be the largest enclosed castle area. The Prague castle complex counts several sights, such as the famous St. Vitus Cathedral, the National gallery or the golden lane. Definitely, Prague castle is a must for every Prague visitor.
Fall in love with Budapest:
You will love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture, romance, and sticky apricot jam. Budapest’s beauty is not all God given; humankind has played a role in shaping this pretty face too. Architecturally, the city is a treasure trove, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest has a fin de siècle feel to it, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you see today was built. head off for a panoramic city tour, followed by a visit to the Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion in the Budapest castle district.
- by Twinkle Motta, Content Leader