If someone told you that you could get a three week European Multi-Destination Holiday visiting five countries and seven cities with transport costs totaling less than £111 would you believe them? Probably not… but here I show you how it is possible to visit Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungry, Austria and Germany without breaking the bank on transport!
Day One: Fly – London Stansted to Prague
Start you journey off in London where you will catch an early morning flight to the Czech capital of Prague. Prices and times vary but based on a September trip of this year you will pay something in the region of £20 for a one way flight from Stansted to Prague with Ryanair. We would recommend the early flight of 8am, an early start but more time to explore Prague once you arrive at 10.55am!
Day Two: Exploring Prague
Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.
The heart of Prague’s historical center is the Old Town Square. It has been beautifully restored and it is a good place to start your Prague visit. You will find the Gothic spires of the Týn Church towering over the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall on the opposite side of it. You will not regret a climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower. The view of the square and beyond is spectacular. A walk across Charles Bridge will take you from Old Town to Lesser Town. We recommend strolling across the bridge at night to enjoy the magnificent view of the Prague Castle all lit up. Also, at night the crowds will be smaller. Another special time of day to be on the bridge is very early in the morning when there is hardly anyone there. We recommend climbing the towers on both sides of the bridge, especially the one on the Old Town side. The views are beautiful.
Day Three: Exploring Prague… Some More!
You can start your day with a visit to the Prague Castle area (Hradčany) where you can spend up to four hours. From there you can continue to Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Spend some time on Kampa Island, which is just off of Charles Bridge. Walk through the park and enjoy the view of the bridge and across the river. Spend the rest of the day strolling through the picturesque streets of Malá Strana.
These are just a few ideas of what you can do in the days you spend in Prague. The list of things to see and do is endless and we recommend you get yourself a Prague Card which will save you time and money and get you discounts on tours, shows, and get you free entry to monuments, such as Prague Castle. You will also receive a free two hour historical bus tour as well as a river boat cruise!
Day Four: Prague to Brno
With twenty one direct buses leaving for Brno from Prague there will always be some flexibility on when you can leave the Czech capital. If you’re done with the hustle and bustle of Prague and want a more chilled out vibe then you can catch a bus as early as 6.20am! There are two trains earlier than that at 2am and 4am but i’m sure you’ll be sleeping at that time after three busy days in the capital! Alternatively, if you haven’t finished exploring then why not jump on an afternoon or evening bus with buses running right up until 11.45pm. The FLIXBUS is amazing value with a one way ticket from Prague to Brno costing just £5.99 with a journey time of two hours and 35 minutes.
Day Five: Full day in Brno
The charms of the Czech Republic’s second-largest city may not be immediate, but spend a few days in this Moravian town and Brno’s vibrant, authentic Czech ambiance will win you over. It’s a fine way to experience Czech life without the teeming herds of tourists that visit Prague. Art Nouveau, Empire and Neoclassical buildings stand in the bar- and restaurant-packed old city center. Leafy parks abound. Be sure to get a photo with a local landmark, the suspiciously crocodilian Brno Dragon statue
Top things to do in Brno –
- Get the best views of Brno from the top of the Old Town Hall
- Villa Tugendhat (An architectural paradise!)
- Visit the best bar in Europe (Trust me, it is!) – Super Panda Circus
- Visit Spilberk Castle
- Check out the second-largest ossuary in Europe (After the Paris Catacombs)
- Visit the cathedral of St Peter and Paul
- Relax, eat and drink at Náměstí Svobody
- Sample the amazing beer in one of the many bars and clubs in the city!
Day Six: Brno to Bratislava
It’s time to cross the border for the first time! The second country of your multi-destination trip will be Slovakia. With a short journey time of one hour and forty five minutes, step abroad a FLIXBUS again to travel to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. There are six direct buses running each day with the first leaving at 6.40am and the last 7.30pm, again, amazing flexibility and value with prices starting at just £4.99 for a one way ticket!
Day Seven: Check Out What Bratislava Has to Offer
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.
It’s an absolute hidden gem with so much to offer. The best things to do? You can check out our top ten things to do in Bratislava here
Day Eight: Bratislava to Budapest
After your full day in Bratislava you can either continue to explore the Slovak capital in the morning or catch another FLIXBUS to Budapest, the capital of Hungry. Great flexibility again with twenty direct buses departing Bratislava for Budapest costing just £6.99 with a journey time of two hours and forty minutes. The first train departs at 6am with the last leaving Slovakia at 9.30pm
Day Nine: Explore Budapest
A city in a stunning natural setting with a rich architectural and historical heritage, offering an unmatched combination of culture, fine cuisine and thermal baths…
A city on either side of the majestic Danube: Buda, with its romantic streets and alleyways, and Pest, an effervescent cultural centre. Divided in two by the Danube, the city is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of the spectacular Gellért Hill, the royal palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and peace. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Secessionist architecture, its majestic Parliament building considered as one of the most magnificent in the world, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District.
Day Ten: Budapest Sights and Attractions
Besides its historical value, Budapest has a highly developed cultural scene with its world-class festivals, theatres, museums, concert halls and sporting events. For relaxing and enjoying nature, Margaret Island is the city’s “green heart” (considered by many to be one of Europe’s best city parks) – the perfect place to enjoy a stroll, various sports, swimming in outdoor pools or soaking in thermal baths and spas. As for foodies, the celebrated creations of Hungarian cuisine are a definite must!
While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street-food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations featured in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all.
Day Eleven: Budapest to Vienna
This will be the longest journey you make as you leave one country for another. You’ll travel from Budapest and enter the beautiful country of Austria. The bus will take just under three hours with a cost of a one way ticket starting at just £7.99. A whopping 53 buses leave Budapest for Vienna in a single day, just be aware that some of the buses travel to different parts of the city so make sure the FLIXBUS you book is going to the center of Vienna if that is where you’re staying.
Day Twelve: Exploring Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence, is one of Vienna’s most popular sights. The sumptuous palace with its beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, Palm House and zoo attracts hordes of visitors each year. Then there is the huge Hofburg (Imperial Palace), which was the base of the Habsburgs for over six centuries.
The splendid baroque Belvedere Palace today houses the Österreichische Galerie (Austrian Gallery), displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt and Kokoschka, as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the giant big wheel in the Prater (Vienna’s old recreational park), and the Spanish Riding School with its famous Lipizzaner horses. In the heart of Vienna, 200m from the State Opera, you’ll find a unique, tropical oasis – the Imperial Butterfly House. In one of the world’s most beautiful Art Noveau palm houses you can admire around 400 live, free flying butterflies all year round. Absorb the colours and grace with which they float through the air, past waterfalls and exotic plants, in an environment as true to nature as possible.
Day Thirteen: More of Vienna
Vienna has more museums and galleries of international reputation than you can shake a stick at. Take, for example, the Museum of Fine Arts with the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, MuseumsQuartier with the Leopold Museum, the Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Center) and the Kunsthalle, all ranking among the city’s most important cultural venues.
So, if museums are your thing you could probably spends weeks in Vienna just exploring them all!
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Day Fourteen: Vienna to Salzburg
Although this will be the most expensive trip you make, it will be totally worth it. Jump on the train to the picturesque city of Salzburg from Vienna to escape the busy cities and take some time to relax and unwind. There are no direct buses servicing the two cities but there are regular trains which take around two hours and twenty minutes. One way tickets start from £19.99.
Day Fifteen: Explore Salzburg
Hohensalzburg Fortress, the landmark of Salzburg, is Central Europe’s largest intact fortress and offers fantastic views of the city. Visit the Princely Residence, a magnificent early baroque edifice with splendid halls and a gallery featuring European paintings dating between the 16th and 19th century. The nearby vast Salzburg Dom is without doubt the main attraction of the old town. Inside there is the Romanesque font where Mozart was baptized.
Take time out to visit Mozart’s Geburtshaus, the place where the genial composer was born on 27th January 1756. The house is located in Getreidegasse, Salzburg’s most attractive and most visited shopping street with its high and narrow houses and romantic courtyards. Another highlight is Mirabell Palace with its splendid gardens built by the baroque master builder Lukas von Hildebrandt.
Get free access to all of the top sights and attractions in and around Salzburg with the Salzburg Card. Take advantage of free and unlimited use of public transportation, and enjoy lots of additional discounts and perks at locations across the city.
Day Sixteen: Salzburg to Munich
Make your way to the last stop of your European city break – Munich! Nine buses leave Salzburg for Munich each day with the first departing at 6am. Unbelievable value once again from FLIXBUS with tickets starting from just £6.99 and all buses having a journey time of two hours and ten minutes.
Day Seventeen: Explore Munich
Plenty to see and do in Munich and we recommend a hop on, hop off bus for the most convenient way to get around the city to all of its famous attractions…
The Bavarian State Opera, the Residenztheater and the Cuvilliés-Theater are just some of the institutions which enjoy an excellent reputation beyond the Munich metropolitan area. Not many cities can offer this: The banks of the Isar are accessible from almost anywhere in the city and give you the chance to have a fantastic break in the open air. Parks like the well-known Englischer Garten or the rambling Olympiapark also provide the people of Munich with plenty of opportunity to experience nature.
Love beer, singing, dancing and having a jolly good time? Then why not travel to Munich late September/early October when the people of Munich have their mind on one thing and one thing only… OKTOBERFEST!
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year!
Day Eighteen: Neuschwanstein Castle
Set in the heart of the Bavarian countryside, Neuschwanstein Castle is the picture-perfect real-life Disneyland castle that inspired Walt Disney’s magical creation. All those childhood dreams of becoming a princess will soon come true when visiting. If it’s not already on your bucket-list, it 100% needs to be added. It will simply take your breath away!
Munich is the perfect base for visiting Neuschwanstein, as it can be reached by a train or through a tour; whilst also giving you that traditional German city break. This is the tour we took. If the fairytale castle is all that’s on your mind, I couldn’t recommend the tour more. The other alternative is this one, which also takes you to the neighbouring castle of Linderhof, so it depends on whether you’d rather have more time at Neuschwanstein Castle, or venture out to see another one whilst you’re in a relatively close proximity.
To see these pictures online and then actually be there in real life, well – words can’t explain! Brilliant experience and another great one to tick off your bucket-list.
Day Nineteen: Munich to London Stansted
It’s time to fly home 😢 Flying with Easyjet, depart Munich for Stansted. Flights in September starting at £35 with a flight time duration of two hours… Enough time to look through all your photos of your European multi-destination trip and talk about all the amazing memories you have just made! 😃
So there you have it, a European Multi-Destination Holiday visiting five countries, seven cities and a total travel cost including all flights buses and trains: JUST £110.94!!
What are you waiting for?? ✈️🌍