Eastern Europe Tour brings together the most beautiful cities in Central Europe. Check out a trip between Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 

With cities that harbor a rich history and unimaginable architectural collections, the destinations of the eastern europe are in the imagination of all travelers who seek to discover authentic vestiges of a part of Europe less explored by mass tourists. This is the case for countries like the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

This area of Europe was once the scene of intense conflicts between great empires such as Austro-Hungarian and Turkish-Ottoman, and also suffered from the two great world wars. These influences undeniably formed a fascinating historical and cultural trajectory, quite different from Western European countries.

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In order to help you plan a trip to Eastern Europe, we have separated tips on how to get around, when is the best time to visit and what to do in each destination.

Discover which cities you can visit in this surprising Eastern Europe tour passing through the capitals of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and check out the main attractions of each region.

Getting around in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe itinerary

Eastern Europe Tour: Budapest. Photo: Jorge Franganillo / Flickr

All the cities on this Eastern European itinerary are connected by bus companies, trains and some sections of boat, making all trips easy and quick to make. However, knowing all the options will make you make smarter decisions, within your needs.

Check the distances between the main cities of the itinerary and see which companies offer the transfer service between each capital:

from prague

Bratislava: average of 4h40 min by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 5h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium

Vienna: average 4h by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 4h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

Budapest: average of 6 by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 6h30 min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

from Vienna

Prague: average 4h by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 4h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

Bratislava: average 1h by bus (buy at Flixbus), 1h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium) and 1 hour by boat with the company Twin City Liner.

Budapest: 3h by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 2h 30min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

from Bratislava 

Prague: average of 4h40 min by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 5h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium 

Vienna: average 1h by bus (buy at Flixbus), 1h by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium) and 1 hour by boat with the company Twin City Liner.

Budapest: average 2h 20min by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 2h 40min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium 

from Budapest

Prague: average of 6 by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 6h30 min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

Bratislava: average 2h 20min by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 2h 40min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium 

Vienna: 3h by bus (buy at Flixbus) and 2h 30min by train (buy at Rail Europe or in omium)

When to go

Eastern Europe itinerary

Eastern Europe Tour: Prague. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The spring and autumn seasons have pleasant climates and milder temperatures. During the months of May to June, and September to November, there are fewer tourists in this region of Europe and prices tend to decrease a little, making it a great time for those who want to save money and go to cities with less tourist flow.

Summer marks the high season. The season has the longest days of the year in this region of the globe and is considered one of the best times to visit Eastern Europe for sure. Despite receiving more tourists and having a considerable increase in the price of accommodation, it is at this time that more events and festivals take place in European capitals.

In winter it is quite the opposite, temperatures usually reach below zero and the period with light is usually much shorter. However, winter is ideal for those who want to admire the snow-covered Eastern European landscapes.

Eastern European cities: where to go and what to do 

Eastern Europe itinerary

Eastern Europe Tour: Bratislava. Photo: Wikimedia Common

Prague

There's no denying it, the city of Prague it is certainly one of the most attractive and charming destinations in Europe. With a bucolic climate, the capital of the Czech Republic is home to an impressive architectural ensemble that forms the main postcard of the destination.

Filled with medieval buildings, art nouveau buildings and Gothic cathedrals, Prague is certainly a paradise for architecture and history lovers. Each neighborhood and street presents a bit of the city’s history with its different architectural styles – from the Roman roundabouts, through the Gothic towers, the Renaissance houses and palaces, the surprising Jewish synagogues, ending the era of Baroque churches and monasteries. 

Prague is certainly a destination that needs to be admired with calm and time. A walk along the Vltava River is the best way to see the impressive city skyline at sunset. Charles Bridge (Charles Bridge) connects the Old Town to Malá Strana, an important neighborhood in the Czech capital, which is home to Prague Castle, considered one of the largest in Europe. 

Malá Strana is one of the oldest and most historic districts in Prague. As well as the historic center, this neighborhood has a huge variety of hotels, restaurants and interesting places to visit in the city. 

Those who want to enjoy the green areas of the destination and to check out some of the most beautiful viewpoints in Prague, the options are Petrín Park, located in one of the highest areas of Malá Strana, Letná Park and Kampa Park, located on the banks of the river Vltava.

If your idea is to learn a little more about the history of the city, check out the National Museum of Prague on Wenceslas Square, take a guided tour of Prague Castle combined with St. Vitus Cathedral and visit the museum dedicated to the writer Franz Kafka.

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Prague

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Useful tips from Prague

How many days to stay: minimum of 3 days

Where to eat: Stredoveka Krcma / Gallery 44 / The Eatery / Pivnice U Jary

Where to stay: Charles Bridge MOODs / Mama Shelter / Metropolitan Old Town / Hotel International Prague

What to do in Prague: 

  • Old Town Square
  • Charles Bridge Prague Castle
  • Cathedral of S. Vito
  • Orloj
  • Dancing House
  • Powder Tower
  • Church of Our Lady in front of Týn
  • Mala Strana

Unmissable day trips from Prague: Kutná Hora / Cesky Krumlov / Olomouc / Brno.

vienna

The Austrian capital breathes history and is in fact known for its artistic and intellectual legacy, thanks to personalities who lived there, such as Beethoven, Sigmund Freud and Mozart. 

the old center of vienna carries the main attractions of the destination, the vast majority of them being museums and important buildings in the country. To get to know the best attractions in the city, book at least 2 days in your tourist itinerary. 

Vienna is home to several world-renowned museums. The Kunsthistorisches is certainly one not to be missed: the museum offers an impressive journey through the world of the arts, with works by Vermeer, Velásquez and Brueghel, in addition, the installation has another highly sought after wing with Egyptian objects. 

Very close to the Kunsthistorisches is the Albertina, a gallery with a beautiful collection of paintings and areas with temporary exhibitions. The Quartier Museum is certainly one of the largest cultural complexes in the world and concentrates numerous museums with permanent exhibitions and which areeventually receive samples itinerant

If your visit to Vienna has as a priority the city's museums, don't leave the purchase of tickets only for the moment you are in the city, the best thing is to try to buy tickets in advance on the internet, that way you won't have unforeseen with huge queues or even lack of tickets at reception.

For shopping and tasting some typical dishes of the country, walk along Boulevard Kärntner Strasse, Vienna's most famous shopping street. The road is pedestrian-only and has been in existence since the Roman era. Today, the place concentrates famous restaurants and luxury stores such as Rolex, Louis Vuitton and Hermès.

Another popular spot in Vienna is its famous palaces, the most famous being Shonbrunn. Another option is the Belvedere Palace and its wonderful gardens decorated with sculptures, later there is the Hofburg, located in the center of the city.

Finally, check out the most important buildings and monuments of the Austrian capital, among them are the city hall, Rathaus, the Spanish Riding School and the Fountain of Neptune.

vienna

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vienna

Travel through Eastern Europe. Photo: Jacek Dylag / Unsplash

Useful tips from Vienna

How many days to stay: minimum of 3 days

Where to eat: Restaurant Route Bar / Schachtelwirt / Wiener Wiaz Haus / ef16 Restaurant

Where to stay: Austria Trend Hotel Astoria / Steigenberger Hotel / Mailberger Hof

What to do in Vienna: 

  • Schonbrunn Hofburg Palace 
  • Belvedere Palace 
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral 
  • Prater 
  • Vienna State Opera 
  • Rathaus 
  • Hundertwasserhaus 
  • naschmarkt 
  • Austrian National Library 
  • Karlsplatz Aurgarten 
  • Anker Clock

Unmissable day trips from Vienna: Graz / Linz / Bratislava

bratislava

Many travelers visiting Eastern Europe decide to make a quick visit on day trips from Vienna, or during the connection between Vienna and Budapest, but the truth is that the capital of Slovakia deserves your attention and we will explain why.

bratislava It is undeniably one of the few European capitals that is not constantly crowded with tourists, in other words, the city is ideal for those who want to get away from the obvious on a trip through Europe. In addition, this is an extremely economical destination among the countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement.

Small and compact, the Historic Center of Bratislava allows visitors to discover the main attractions of the destination on foot, however, if you are traveling with people with reduced mobility, it is possible to take a bus tour passing through the most important places in Bratislava. .

First of all, start your tour at Hlavne Square, a wide space surrounded by beautiful buildings and interesting points such as the famous Rolando Fountain and the Old Town Hall, the old “town hall” of the city, which today houses the oldest museum in the city. slovak capital.

Then go to the Portão de São Miguel, the only gate that remains of the old wall that fortified the city during the Middle Ages. The street concentrates a huge variety of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.

For a view of the city and the Danube River, visit Bratislava Castle. Then head to the modern Ponte SNP (UFO Bridge). The walkway has a gigantic cabin built identically to a flying saucer, 85 meters high, where one of the most sophisticated restaurants in the city operates.

bratislava

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bratislava

Travel through Eastern Europe. Photo: Martin Katler / Unsplash

Useful tips from Bratislava

How many days to stay: 2 days

Where to eat: Globe / Modrá Hviezda / Houdini / Konditorei Kormuth / UFO Restore

Where to stay: Ibis Hotel / Gracia Bratislava / Park Inn / Hotel Albrecht 

Things to do in Bratislava:

  • Bratislava Castle 
  • Most SNP (UFO Bridge) 
  • St. Martin's Cathedral 
  • Hlavne Square 
  • Cumil Statue (The Watcher) 
  • Sao Miguel Gate 
  • Hviezdoslavovi square 
  • blue church 
  • Devin Castle

Unmissable day trips from Bratislava: Vienna / Banská Štiavnica / Bojnice

Budapest 

Budapest

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Eastern Europe trip

Eastern Europe Tour: Budapest. Photo: Dan Freeman / Unsplash

Like its neighbor Prague, the Hungarian capital was also formed by the junction of two cities divided by a river. Budapest It is divided into two parts: Buda, located on the right bank of the Danube River, and Pest, on the left bank.

The Buda side concentrates the oldest area of the city and consequently its main attractions, while Pest, has its modern avenues and concentrates great options of restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. 

The Széchenyi Lánchid Bridge is indeed a great point to decide which areas to start exploring the city. When crossing the beautiful footbridge it is possible to see the main buildings of the city, such as the Budapest Parliament, the Fisherman's Bastion and the Buda Castle.

Budapest is also famous for its hot springs. The city was built on top of the largest thermal water basin in the world and has more than 30 different hot springs. Despite being always crowded with tourists, Széchenyi is located in the City Park and is a great spa option in the city.

To see Budapest from above, be sure to check out the green area of Citadella, a fortress built to guard the city and prevent possible invasions. The tip is to try to get to know the place in the late afternoon to see an incredible sunset from the top of Gellért Hill.

Useful tips from Budapest

How many days to stay: 3 days

Where to eat: Remma's Bistro / Retek Bistro / Aszu Etteem / between

Where to stay: President Hotel / Hilton / Eurostars Danube Budapest / Novotel Budapest

What to do in Budapest : 

  • Buda Castle 
  • budapest parliament 
  • Fisherman's Bastion 
  • Széchenyi Lanchid Bridge 
  • Heroes' Square 
  • Matthias Church 
  • Széchenyi hot springs 
  • Daisy Island 
  • Gellert Hill 
  • Hungarian State Opera

Unmissable day trips from Bratislava: Vienna / Banská Štiavnica / Bojnice






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