Take a six- or nine-night break to discover some of the iconic cities of Central Europe. Start in the laced with Gothic features Prague, known for its astronomical clock and Charles Bridge, then head to Vienna, the city of waltz and classical music legacy, and finish the trip off with a visit in Budapest, home to the famous Szechenyi Spa Baths.
After eventful days on the road and unravelling the city’s mysteries, unwind in the conveniently located hotels which offer contemporary accommodation in en suite rooms.
- Hotel Union and Hotel Taurus in Prague
- Ibis Wien City or Arion Cityhotel Vienna in Vienna
- Royal Park Boutique Hotel, Hotel Mediterran or Six Inn Hotel in Budapest
- Outbound: flight from Dublin to Prague
- 2 or 3 nights in Prague
- Train from Prague to Vienna
- 2 or 3 nights in Vienna
- Train from Vienna to Budapest
- 2 or 3 nights in Budapest
- Inbound: flight from Budapest to Dublin
Prague: One-Hour River Vltava Cruise
Holidaymakers can embark on a one-hour Vltava River cruise and indulge in the views of the city from a different perspective. The route of the cruise leads under Charles Bridge, with a view of the panorama of Prague Castle and the baroque churches of the Old and New Town. Live commentary given by an experienced guide will give more insight into the history of the city.
Vienna: Danube Canal City Sightseeing Cruise
This canal cruise serves as an opportunity to marvel at Vienna’s waterfront sights. During this 75-minute sail, passengers will have a chance to see landmarks such as the Uniqua Tower, the Urania Observatory and the Vienna Ring Tower, the Zaha Hadid House, and the Schützenhaus. The cruise features several departure times per day.
Budapest: Entrance to Széchenyi Spa
Széchenyi Spa is the largest public bath in Budapest, alluring visitors with neo-baroque features. Guests are invited to enjoy a full-day access to a selection of steam rooms, saunas, and spring-fed baths, as well as 18 indoor and outdoor pools. The ticket includes a skip-the-line entry and a personal changing cabin. The experience can be upgraded with an additional 20-minute aromatherapy massage and a gift.
Groupon’s Guide To Prague
The capital city of the historic Bohemia region, Prague is one of the most popular destinations in Central Europe. Mirroring in the River Vltava, the city has been alluring visitors with numerous bridges, cathedrals, and gold-tipped towers for more than 10 centuries. Travellers can embrace the medieval charm of the city while strolling through the winding cobblestone alleyways with red slate rooftops and historic quarters of the Old Town, indulge in the panoramic views of the city from the 9th-century castle or catch a traditional puppet performance at the National Marionette Theatre. Various restaurants tempt the senses with hearty Czech cuisine and local beer, while the new town offers an array of high-fashion shops, clubs and entertainment options.
Groupon’s Guide To Vienna
Nestled on the banks of the River Danube, Vienna has a busy cultural calendar which makes it a year-round destination for globetrotters. The city of Mozart is the proud possessor of a famous opera house and binds a plethora of Baroque and contemporary architectural styles. Viennese charm echoes through the city centre’s restaurants and bars that hold a world-famous culinary tradition with dishes such as Wiener Schnitzels and cheese Danishes.
One of the city’s focal points is the 12th-century Stephansdom Gothic cathedral, from which tourists can get one of the best views of Vienna, after climbing its 553 steps. Imperial Austria left its mark with the vast palace complex of Hofburg, where Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth once lived. Close to the Museum of Art History, in the former imperial stables, lies the Museumsquartier, a grand complex of museums, galleries, cafes and shops where visitors can relax and enjoy the Viennese atmosphere.
Groupon’s Guide To Budapest
Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, is a living picture of castles and Neo-Gothic grandeur by day, and a pulsating example of European nightlife by night.
Guests may take a stroll to the historic Lajos Kossuth Square, which plays host to Hungary’s coronation crown and ornate Parliament Building, as well as the Museum of Ethnography’s folk art displays. After admiring the crown, similar treasures may be found in the City Park, where an enormous flea market brightens up weekends with knick-knacks, clothes and much more, amid grandly landscaped environs. Pocket-dipping sessions may follow with a plunge into the thermal spas of Margaret Island, which complements its riverbank surroundings with fragrant gardens, ornate pavilions and parties of sunbathing locals.