Vienna & Prague March 2016
Our flights booked with Easyjet were very good, we arrived into Vienna on time and was met by the driver of our pre booked transfer. After a short walk to the car we were on our way to the Trend Savoyen that was to be our base for 3 nights. Which turns out is in what is known as the Embassy area. The transfer took around 30 mins. Check in was quick and efficient and help was given in taking the luggage up to the room. Our room was on the 5th floor, at the rear of the hotel so was nice and quiet. The room itself was spacious and very clean, plenty of seating however no tea making facilities. If you want this then you will need to upgrade to an Executive room, which also has its own breakfast area.
The breakfast was buffet style with plenty of variety to suit all tastes and eggs and bacon cooked to order. They have a restaurant (did not eat here) as well as a bar which is welcome at the end of a busy day.
We had already pre booked the 2 day Vienna Pass (www.viennapass.com) which can be collected at the airport or in the office near the Opera house. We opted for the pass that also included city transport, so we were able to use the trams and hop on hop off buses whenever we wanted.
Vienna is a truly cultural city with so much to see and do in 3 days you have to choose wisely.
Above Schonbrunn Palace, here you can also learn to make (and eat) Apple Strudel
It is very easy to get around the city using either the Tram network or the Hop on/off buses, or you can take a ride in the traditional Fiacker, around €50 for a short ride around the town.
We managed to see the Lipizzaner horses during their morning exercises at the Spanish Riding School, but get there early so you can get a seat at the front.
A cheaper alternative to the State Opera are the shows that the Weiner Residenzorchestra put on in a smaller venue around 10 mins walk from the Government buildings.
They feature a combined show of Opera, ballet & classical music. You can usually find ticket sellers dressed in costume near the State Opera and we paid €42 for a seat near the front.
Our hotel was just behind the Belvedere Palace which now houses art exhibitions and I would imagine in the summer when the flowers are out and the fountains running would be well worth a visit.
Eating out can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. You must try the Schnitzel and we found a lovely little bar/brewery that served fantastic food a short walk from our hotel.
We travelled by train from Vienna to Prague, the trains were very clean and comfortable and in 4 hours we were in another fantastic city.
I had arranged via our hotel the Savic for a car to collect us from the station. The driver was there ready and waiting and some 15 mins later we were sitting in the reception of this great little hotel sipping champagne. The hotel is on the site of an old monastery and just minutes from the Old Town Square and the famous Astronomical Clock.
The staff at the hotel could not do enough for us and we were given maps and general information on the local area.
We had a lovely superior double up on the 4th floor (lift up to 3 and a short walk).
We had booked a full day city tour at the hotel which was great value for money, around £28 each with guide, a short coach ride up to the castle, then a gentle walk back into town followed by a trip on the river with refreshments and lunch with a drink. It is mainly a walking tour but that’s the best way to see the city.
The evening in the square is busy and there are numerous places to eat, drink and watch the world go by.
Taking a tour is a great way to see the major sights and get an idea of what the city has to offer.
My recommendation for Prague is try and go midweek as the city gets very busy at weekends and choose a hotel near the Old Town Square.
Again the hotel arranged for a car to take us back to the airport and all too soon we were on our way home after a fantastic time in 2 great cities.