East Europe

Austria, Czech & Hungary

Why visit East Europe?

Austria, Czech & Hungary

When people say they would like to visit Europe, little do they know that the continent holds so much to offer that it is impossible to cover in a limited time period!  A better way to cover this continent is to make multiple trips covering adjacent and well connected countries.

So why East Europe? Eastern Europe is a combination of countries like Austria, Czech, Slovak & Hungary , stands apart from its western counterparts , with a diverse culture and heritage and a unique history. Not to forget the unique cuisine beer and folk music. We are not even talking about Balkans here.

For an immersive experience a good 15 days would be our suggestion, but for the time starved people, the best way would be to go for experiences basis ones interest.

I landed at Vienna international airport in the night at around 11.45pm as a solo traveller & boarded and managed to find my way with an impressively advanced tram system for the commute around the city and safely getting around with an actual map. While Google maps conveniently found the best time to lag, the locals could not communicate fluently in English and given the fact that it was midnight , there were just a handful of people out on the road.

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Not only they have an impressive public transport system, the people are friendly and are always happy to help.  .

My next stop was Hallstatt, followed by Salzburg, Prague and then Budapest.

After having enough of the cityscape view and activities, a trip to the upcountry hamlet like Hallstatt was just what I needed. If Vienna is about the palaces, night life and museums, Hallstatt in Austria would be a fairy tale land. Almost looks like a postcard image. The lakes and mountains surrounding the town make it a great getaway from the city life.

From Salzburg, I took a train to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, a country that’s known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history.

Did you know that Czech Republic has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world? The people of Czech are passionate about their brewing ever since the 12th century. By the 13th century, Prague had one of the first breweries in the world called ‘Pilsner’ which is still running actively.

The last leg of my travel was to Hugngary, country which before the Holocaust, had a thriving, centuries-old Jewish community. It still houses ‘The Great Synagogue’. Hungary has a great history and boasts of a scenic landscape.  Turkish and Roman influence on Hungarian culture includes the popularity of mineral spas, including at thermal Lake Hévíz.

Best time to visit Eastern Europe is from  April to October. The other good part about his region is that unlike other parts of Europe, this region is a little lighter on the pocket.

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Places to visit in Austria, Czech & Hungary

Hallstatt: It is said that mesmerised by its beauty, the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine villageBut only in the original will you discover this truly unique culture with such a history all in a breath-taking mountain setting.

Salzburg: This is the birthplace of Mozzart. Here’s a fun fact, the iconic movie ‘Sound of music’ was shot in the city of Salzburg and is a very popular tour

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Prague: Prague is a romantic town with narrow alleys and lovely people and a rich history both ancient and new. Unlike Vienna, the streets are much narrower and the lane alleys are almost adjacent to the trams. The place has an unexplainable charm to it with it’s orange roof homes that look like the palace tops.

Budapest: Budapest is blessed with architectural landmarks like the majestic Budapest parliament and the 19th century chain bridge. The reason the chain bridge is so iconic is because it connects the two cities Buda and Pest which is split by the river Danube.

Bratislava: One of the thing which was very admiring at Bratislava was a mosque, synagogue and church next to each other, reflecting the understanding and respect for other religion.

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Top 19 things to do in East Europe

  • Explore the Schonbrunn palace & gardens
  • Cruise on the Danube river
  • Unwind in a lake side apartment in Hallstatt
  • Experience something as unusual as taking a dip in ‘Samadhi-bad’, a bath house that allows you to float in complete darkness
  • Mozart museum is a must for music lovers
  • Explore Belvedere museum, war museum , Leopold museum & Sigmund Freud museum in Vienna.
  • Take a selfie with the Maria Theresa (empress) monument
  • Go on a ‘microbrewery tour’ & explore many breweries and see the upcountry caves while washing down different types of freshly brewed beer!
  • Explore the country side of Hungary. Visit the palaces in Esztergom, the mountains and chateaus in Visegrád and fõ tér square and churches in Szentendre.
  • Don’t miss the Czech Beer festival in Prague if you are visiting in the month of May.
  • Enjoy the live music at Charles Bridge in Prague
  • Try sauerkraut, apple strudel and pastries in Prgaue
  • Visit the World War ll Concentration camp. In my opinion, it’s an entirely different experience that appeals to only certain sections as it involves more realistic, gruesome scenes from the past
  • Explore the Prague castle and don’t forget to take a selfie at the castle’s view point. The castle is symbolic of the deep history with its Renaissance and gothic influenced buildings.
  • Attend a live event near to the  astronomical clock tower at Prague
  • Experience the life of a salt miner on a short salt mine tour in Hallstatt
  • Relax in a Hungarian mineral spa
  • Treat your adrenaline rush at the Hallstatt skywalk
  • Take a ferry ride in an ancient wooden boat in Hallstatt

Things to note

Shoulder season is often the preferred time to visit Eastern Europe. The crowds aren’t as heavy as in high season but not as small as low season. Shoulder season refers to Spring (March – May) and Autumn (September – November).
We have created an immersive plan for Eastern Europe after travelling to these places ourselves . However, basis your time and interest area, we can tailor the vacation just for you

Contact us to create a customized Eastern Europe itinerary for your self

Our Travellers Say

Dinesh KumarBeyonder Traveller - Belgium & Netherlands

The travel plan was crafted just for me – I loved the biking experience at Damme in Belgium, photography of the windmills and old world charm at Zhaans in Netherlands and the hundreds of varieties of beer in Brussels. I had the safety of tour plan and tickets and hotels and all other bookings done by Beyonder, but I had opted to not have a guide with me.

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