Take an eight-night break to discover some of the iconic cities of Central Europe. Start in Berlin, a vibrant capital of Germany, full of cultural spots, historic architecture and modern dining venues. Then continue the journey to Prague, laced with Gothic features and known for its astronomical clock and Charles Bridge. The next stop is Vienna, the city of waltz and classical music legacy. Holidaymakers finish their trip off with a visit to Budapest, home to the famous Szechenyi Spa Baths.
After eventful days on the road and unravelling the urban mysteries, travellers can unwind in the conveniently located hotels which offer contemporary accommodation in en suite rooms.
- Day 1: Flight from London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool or Birmingham to Berlin and stay in Berlin (1st night)
- Day 2: Stay in Berlin (2nd night)
- Day 3: Direct train transfer from Berlin to Prague and stay at Prague (3rd night)
- Day 4: Stay in Prague (4th night)
- Day 5: Direct train transfer from Prague to Vienna and stay at Vienna (5th night)
- Day 6: Stay in Vienna (6th night)
- Day 7: Direct train transfer from Vienna to Budapest and stay at Budapest (7th night)
- Day 8: Stay in Budapest (8th night)
- Day 9: Flight from Budapest to London Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool or Birmingham
Groupon’s Guide to Berlin
Famous for its many museums, galleries and a wide variety of cultural and architectural landmarks, Berlin is a popular destination amongst culture seekers.
As well as offering countless sightseeing opportunities, the city has a unique nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs and live music events providing locals and tourists with entertainment throughout the year.
Around Christmas time, travellers may choose from up to 60 different Christmas markets, the most famous being Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market, where a multitude of Christmas tree decorations, traditional souvenirs, local delicacies and mulled wine may be enjoyed in a cheery atmosphere, with carols and bright lights around.
Shopping fans may visit designer boutiques on Kurfürstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin, or find a bargain at one of the flea markets in Mauer Park. The Cathedral, Berlin’s largest church, boasts artistic furnishings, including a Sauer organ and a 70-metre dome featuring colourful mosaics. Tourists can also head to Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of five of the city’s most important museums. Here, visitors can admire classical antiquities, excavated findings of the Near East, Islamic art and much more. Baroque gardens and art collections dating back to the 18th-century France can be admired at the Charlottenburg Palace, while nature enthusiasts may take to the nearby trails of Grunewald forest.
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.