Vienna is far more significant historically and culturally, with many world class museums. On the other hand Prague looks much more beautiful and a better place than Vienna for just wandering around and hanging out, the nightlife is better too. Not to mention it is much cheaper than Vienna if budget is an issue.
Vienna is definitely worth it! Absolutely worth it; we have been many times and still come back for more. Vienna was the capitol city of the Hapsburg Empire for centuries, the hub of culture and art for most of Europe during that time.
To really see Prague, it’s best to visit for four to five days . That will allow you to see all the main sites and get a sense of the city’s culture.
The best time to visit Budapest, Vienna , and Prague are during the spring and fall months. Weather is pleasant and tourist numbers are low. The weather is still very pleasant during the summer months but these cities can get very crowded. The winter months have bitterly cold temperatures and snow but very few tourists.
Vienna has the Glamour of an Imperial City as it was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It has incredible Palaces, Museums, Restaurants, and ofcourse Cafés. Its Architecture is stunning, and it is a very well organized and clean City. Budapest on the other hand is beautiful , but it is stuck in the Soviet Era.
The fastest and most comfortable way to travel from Prague to Vienna is by taking the EuroCity train . This modern and luxurious train will get you to your destination in 4 hours and 25 minutes.
Must Sees Schönbrunn Palace. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs impresses with imperial ceremonial rooms and magnificent gardens. St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Hofburg and Heldenplatz. Belvedere. Giant Ferris Wheel. Albertina. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Art History Museum) MuseumsQuartier .
While Paris wins over with its world known monuments and towers, Vienna is close second with its amost all impressive buildings within and around Ringstrasse. No where in Europe is so clean, well maintained and organised as a metropolitan Vienna .
It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
The best times to visit Prague are the spring and early fall when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds . Because of the city’s generally chilly climate, the warmer summer months (average high temperatures hover in the low to mid-70s) see the largest influx of tourists – which means higher hotel rates.
Budapest is a significantly larger city than Prague with roughly 1.7 million inhabitants over 1.2 million. Prague feels like a very compact city where most important sights are within a very short distance. The winner of this category is Prague , because all its beautiful sights are so easily accessible.
The rate of violent crime is low and most areas of Prague are safe to walk around even after dark. Be careful on Wenceslas Square. It is usually packed with tourists and the crowds make things easy for pickpockets. There have also been cases of trusting “love-seekers” being robbed of all their money at night .
Traveling the scenic route from Vienna to Prague is a great experience in itself, and it is the most convenient option: It is a fast, reliable and comfortable connection between the two cities. Vienna and Prague are connected by the modern, high-speed Railjet trains .
Between the two, we preferred Vienna by far. If you are wondering how many days in Vienna you will need, I would say you will want at least two full days to explore. Ideally you would stay up to five days , especially if you want to take any day trips from Vienna, but 3 days in Vienna is really the sweet spot.
You can explore the following cities and sights along the journey from Vienna to Prague or from Prague to Vienna : Cesky Krumlov – No. 1 UNESCO site after Prague . Cesky Krumlov Castle. Lunch in Cesky Krumlov with a breathtaking view. Melk Abbey (surcharge) Prague Tours and Day trips from Prague .