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I'm in Budapest and have 18 days before I have to be back in Prague, where would you go if you were me? Krakow, Olomouc, Croatia?

6 Answers

answered by
Taylor from New Orleans

I simply love Budapest! There is a lovely town called Szentendre just up river from there possible to visit by taking a boat or by taking a cycling tour. More about that at

I would go to Viennaand/ or Krakow between Budapest and Prague

Depending on your budget, age, and interests... Vienna is much more expensive, however has a great classical music scene, excellent museums, and beautiful old palaces. 

Krakow is much cheaper, has great nightlife, lots of young people, interesting sights related to the Holocaust. Multiple posts about Krakow including this one are on my blog about my time there

From Krakow you can take an overnight train to Prague, combining transportation with accommodation!

Hope you enjoy!!

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  2. Szentendre (city)
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  4. Krakow (city)
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answered by
Crystal from Anchorage


Budapest is one of my favorite cities!

I would spend at least 4 days there. For this answer I will assume that you have already been there for a couple of days and will provide a sample itinerary for 16 days on route to Prague (the long way around of course).

  • Pecs for 2 days. They are a pleasant small city with great attractions like their UNESCO Early Christian Mausoleum and Vasarely Múzeum.
  • Zagreb for 2 days. Croatia's capital offers an interesting assortment of things to see including their very unique Museum of Broken Relationships.
  • Split for 3 days. It's a beautiful coastal town with fabulously preserved Roman ruins. It also offers great day trips to places like Brac.
  • Backtrack to Zagreb for 1 night.
  • Ljubljana for 3 days. It is one of my favorites- so charming. Just walking around Ljubljana Castle and the old town is rewarding.
  • Vienna for 3 nights. It's the city of music!
  • Prague for 2 days.

Alright! Well that is a very fast paced itinerary, and while it has many great highlights it might not be the right choice for you! There are so many options like taking it slower, visiting small towns, seeing natural wilderness, or just going a completely different route!

If you would like more personalized suggestions contact me through The Traveler's Toast. I have recently spent 3 months traveling across Europe including the regions mentioned in this post.

Happy Travels!


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  2. Pecs (city)
  3. Early Christian Mausoleum (attraction)
  4. Vasarely Múzeum (attraction)
  5. Zagreb (city)
  6. Museum of Broken Relationships (attraction)
  7. Split (city)
  8. Brac (city)
  9. Ljubljana (city)
  10. Ljubljana Castle (attraction)
  11. Vienna (city)
  12. Prague (city)
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answered by
Katarina from Fes

Olomouc is definitely a good choice, Brno would be another one. You can also think about exploring Slovakia

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answered by
Roman from Fribourg

Hi Ryan,

You might check this place Cesky Krumlov

It's in the south of Czech Republic and and very nice spot if you like nice old cities;-)


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answered by
Charles from London, United Kingdom

If you've already spent a lot of time in Budapest and you're going to Prague anyway, then Krakow would be my choice for sure.

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answered first by
Paul from Sharjah

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  5. Gellért utca (attraction)
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