Travel From Prague To Budapest Was Our Spring Adventure
For our big spring adventure, we headed to Central Europe for 6 weeks. We started the trip with our first land tour with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) for a great trip to travel from Prague to Budapest. It was a busy 14 days but we saw so much. Days were filled with historic sites and fun activities.
Start Your Visit To Central Europe in Prague
Our trip started 5 days early in Prague and gave us the chance to see so much of this great town. The panoramic views from the Petrin Tower let us plan the sites we wanted to see.
We walked along the Vltava River and enjoyed a river cruise. A trip up to the Prague Castle started our view of the churches and castles of the Czech Republic. Every day we walked this beautiful city and admired the stunning architecture. We walked the Charles Bridge for yet one more iconic stop in this city. Local food kept us nourished as we explored. And a visit to an absinthe bar let us try this local specialty!
It was great to start our visit to the Czech Republic in Prague. This large city gave us a magnificent view to start us on our travel from Prague to Budapest.
A View of Medieval Cesky Krumlov
From Prague we headed to stay in the quaint town of Cesky Krumlov. The castle again dominated the skyline of this town.
Everywhere we walked we found art and beauty in the streets of Cesky Krumlov. Local markets tempted us. Local beers needed to be tried!
A day trip from Cesky Krumlov to the Vyssi Brod Cistercian Abbey let us explore more of the churches and castles of the Czech Republic. Another day trip gave us panoramic views of the countryside from the Lipno treetop walk.
We enjoyed a 3 day stop in Cesky Krumlov on our travel from Prague to Budapest.
Small Towns In The Czech Republic
Our next stay was in the small town of Slavonice. This small quaint town offered another view of the amazing building art we found throughout the Czech Republic.
Our stay at the charming U Ruze Hotel let us enjoy the hospitality of the hosts. We explored the vast underground wine cellars and were entertained by a local band.
Stops in the small town of Trebon gave us yet another view of the small Czech towns. On another travel day we explored the small town of Trebic.
We loved the chance to see the small towns in the Czech Republic on our travel from Prague to Budapest.
Busy Travel Days
When we stayed in a city or town, we spent time exploring the local areas. On our travel days, we often stopped several times to see other interesting sites. One day we got to explore the Budvar Budweiser plant and learned about the beer history of this country.
A stop at thePrimbram Uranium Mine was a sobering look at the country’s history. This forced labour camp was first used by the Germans and then by the Russians. This memorial was a stark reminder of the not too distant past.
One afternoon we were entranced with a visit to the stunning Lednice Palace. This palace was well restored on the outside and inside.
On our travel day from Bratislava to Budapest we took an easy detour into Austria. The Roman ruins at Carnuntum were fascinating to see. This was once a massive Roman city.
Our busy travel days on our travel from Prague to Budapest added another dimension to our education.
A Short Stay in Bratislava
We had only one short day in Bratislava. During the day we walked to explore the old town.
For dinner we headed out of town to the Ludvik Winery for a delicious dinner and wine tasting. We even took a few bottles of wine with us for our travels.
What we saw of Bratislava intrigued us on our travel from Prague to Budapest. We would definitely like to come back to explore more of this city and the countryside of Slovakia. From Bratislava it is a short hop to Prague, Vienna or Budapest. A great place to use as a base for a return visit to Central Europe.
We Finished Up In Budapest
We rolled into Budapest for our final stop. Yet another stunning castle stood high up on the Buda side of the Danube River. We walked around the castle hill grounds, the Matthias Cathedral and the Fisherman’s viewpoint. On another day, we strolled up through the castle gardens.
A day tour around the Budapest Parliament provided us with a first hand view of the history of Budapest. War memorials were found everywhere we walked.
But the image that is burned into my mind is of Budapest at night. We started our evening high on the Gellert Hill to watch the sun set over Budapest. We then went down and did a night Danube River cruise to see the city sparkle before us.
Our final stop in Budapest was a great way to sum up our travel from Prague to Budapest. Stunning architecture surrounded us. Hilltop castle views captivated us. River views gave us yet another perspective.
So Great To Travel from Prague To Budapest
We were so glad we booked a tour to travel from Prague to Budapest. We got to explore so much of the Czech Republic from the cities to the towns and countryside. Each stop added another dimension to our understanding. A short stop in Bratislava showed us another view of what was once Czechoslovakia. Finishing up in Budapest added yet one more sparkling gem to the tour.
From Budapest we headed off on our own to tour through Austria. After Austria we finished with two weeks in Switzerland. We slowed our pace down a little. But added yet more adventures to our spring travel.
Have you done a trip to travel from Prague to Budapest? What was your favourite part?
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I am planning this trip for next year. I told myself no more car rentals in Europe, the parking garages kill me! It’s tough the have the freedom to see the small villages without a car. I love that this tour incorporated so many great spots along way; and, most of them I hadn’t heard of. It also seems well rounded with a tour of a concentration camp and a Budweiser factory. Will definitely look at this when creating my itinerary!
Sherianne, I am glad you will be doing this trip next year. And glad that our stops may help with planning your itinerary. We loved every spot. Linda
Prague to Budapest seems like a great trip to do. Love Budapest at night!
Carolina, Yes, Budapest at night was lovely. Linda
What a fantastic tour – I would love to explore more of the unique towns and cities that make this country so fascinating to visit and explore. Great tour and post.
Noel, Thanks! We were glad we got to visit such a variety of spots on this trip. Linda
So much in 14 days!!! You sure got a good deal with OAT. I was planning a trip to Berlin-Prague-Budapest in November this year and now you have shown me what I am missing out on 🙁 Hopefully soon I will get another chance (book marking your post for then). Krumlov looks like such a charging town btw!
Vaisakhi, It was a really busy tour. We saw so much. So exciting that you will be heading that way in November. I am sure you will love it so much that you will want another visit. Linda
Gorgeous write up! You got so lucky with those blue skies too. That really helps old slightly spooky buildings look more inviting for sure! 😀 But wow, what a fascinating trip to be able to explore so much terrain, thanks for the great info!
Vanessa, Thanks for the feedback. We had such a great trip with so many stops. Hope you get to visit one day. Linda
You are right, when you take a tour you learn so much more and discover spots you otherwise would have missed. Love the museum stops on your Prague to Budapest tour. The Lednice Palace is simply stunning. A tour of the Budapest Parliament with a historical focus is something I’d love to do. Great write up. Have fun in Austria.
Rosemary, Thanks for the feedback. We generally are not long tour group people. But with 14, this was manageable. And we saw so much more than we would have on our own. The small towns and museums were indeed a particular treat. Linda
I enjoy reading posts about Europe because next year hopefully, I’ll move there. I’ve seen Prague from postcards my partner sends me and it’s also because it’s near my parents in laws house. This place is so simply gorgeous! Isn’t it? But haven’t heard about Bratislava. But you did have wine tasting! I’d never say no to that! I love all your photos! all postcard ready!
Catherine, I am glad this post may have inspired you to visit. Hope you get to visit. We did not do wine tasting on this trip. Although we normally do on other travel. Thanks for the great feedback on our photos. Linda
You really did so much! I feel so many times we rush and miss out on so much but you guys were really able to take your time and explore so many small cities that I’m sure most tourists miss. And wow, that staircase inside the Lednice Palace is amazing!
Vicky and Buddy, We do try to not just do the big tourist sites when we travel. Our tour guide on this trip was great for getting us to spots we might not have visited. Linda
Each of these places look so fascinating. In fact every one of them almost feels like a destination of its own. Loved the Lednice palace and the Roman ruins along the way. The Uranium mine must have been so melancholic. On the whole… Loved the whole journey
Ami, I am glad our journey from Prague to Budapest gave you some new places to see. Hope you get to visit one day. Linda
What a beautiful route you took! We did a similar route a few years back in our lovely little Skoda we rented, always best to see some of these off the beaten path destinations <3
Jim, A trip by car would give you the great opportunity to see some of these places off the beaten path. We asked about train and bus service and it did not appear to be as pervasive as you would want if yo didn’t have a car. Glad you got to experience the back roads. Linda
This is such a cool route you’ve travelled. I’ve been to Prague and I’ve been to Budapest, but I haven’t seen all those cute places between. Especially Cesky Krumlov is high on my list – because of Egon Schiele, obviously. But also the other small places look very intriguing – and finally it’s rather those small spots that give you a true feel for a country since the big cities are so globalized.
We normally don’t book land group tours. But this was a great one with a local guide. We got to see so much more than a typical tour of the smaller towns.