Monday 2 December 2013

Family holidays in Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

If you are look for a family holiday to Europe that won’t break the bank then you can’t go far wrong with a holiday to visit three of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Prague, Vienna and Budapest are all beautiful; they are cities rich in history and culture and with something to please all tastes and ages they make for lovely family holiday destinations.

Prague is a heavily pedestrianized city that is easy to get around as you enjoy all the beautiful and interesting culture, architecture and locations that the city has to offer.  With many museums, galleries and restaurants in Prague there are plenty of opportunities available for you to be able to soak up Prague’s rich culture.

For little ones (and big kids too) who are mad about trains a trip to Vytopna Railway Restaurant, situated on Wenceslas Square is highly recommended.  Vytopna Railway Restaurant offers great food at affordable prices and sure to entertain little ones a 400m miniature railway runs around the whole restaurant and delivers drinks to tables. 

If you want to experience Prague as the locals do a visit to the visually stunning Charles Bridge is essential where street vendors selling food and trinkets fill the street.  Experience Charles Bridge at its most beautiful and experience a spectacular view by visiting it at dawn to admire the sunrise overlooking the Vlatva River.

Another location well worth a visit whilst holidaying in Prague is Petrin Hill.  With vast green space, beautiful gardens, the Church of Saint Michael and even a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower, Petrin Hill makes for a lovely day out.

Vienna is a city which is famous for its classical music, ballet and architectural history.  Whilst you may not initially consider Vienna a location for a family holiday, Vienna welcomes children with open arms with most places appealing to children as much as adults.

Schonbrunn Palace is well worth a visit and makes for a lovely day out with so much to see and do there that an entire day can easily be spent there.  Schonbrunn Palace features a palace tour, the World’s oldest zoo, an outdoor maze and labyrinth and a children’s museum where children can dress up in imperial costumes and play with toys.

In comparison to the heavy pedestrianized city of Prague, may of Vienna’s greatest experiences are only accessible by car, the majority of roads throughout are well-treated both in urban and rural environments. 

According to Mike Callaghan a spokesperson and Head of Argus Car Hire  “It's a fact that driving around Vienna is very popular as many of the roads offer some of the best views in the whole of Europe.  It would be wise avoiding using the vehicles horn in Vienna or near hospitals as you may easily receive a fine.  It is illegal to overtake school buses when the yellow lights on the vehicle are flashing.  Also know warning triangle, first-aid kit and reflective vest must be kept in the car at all times.  They are considered essentials and there are chances to receive a fine".

A great way to experience Budapest and enjoy panoramic views of the city is to take a cruise down the Danube River.  Well worth a visit whilst holidaying in Budapest is Hungary’s Parliament Building where you can see the crown jewels.  Another key location to visit and experience Budapest’s history is the Chain Bridge which was the first bridge to connect Buda to Pest.

A great place to visit to entertain children is The Palace of Miracles.  Located in the Compona Shopping Mall children will be spellbound by The Palace of Miracles which is an interactive science designed for children with highlights including the simulated low-gravity ‘moonwalk’ and the ‘miracle bike’.

Tips for having a great holiday and keeping costs down.

*  Czech out your spending.
The cost of days out and holidays can soon mount up when you have a hungry brood to feed.  Whilst it is all too tempting to dive into the nearest restaurant after a busy day of sightseeing when everyone is getting tired and hungry this can sometimes be costly.  A great way to avoid expensive restaurants is to plan in advance, make use of locations offering free Wi-Fi connection and check online for reviews on Trip Advisor of top bars, restaurants and eateries that offer great food at affordable prices.  It is also worth going off the beaten track a little as you will often find restaurants that offer more authentic food at cheaper prices, helping you to save money and experience the culture and authentic food.  Also if going out all day rather than pay for food at expensive cafes and restaurants buy some food from a local mini mart and have a picnic.

*  Avoid child road rage.
Having a child in a car for an extended period of time can be very testing on your patience especially when you are travelling on foreign roads and are not quite sure how to get to your destination.  If you don’t have a portable games console or tablet to keep your child entertained or they have already been used to their maximum affect there are other ways to keep children entertained and keep boredom at bay for a little while longer.

Traditional games such as eye spy can come in handy to occupy and stimulate children’s minds and young children can be entertained with sings songs.  Another great way is to download and print off our very own kids eBook, packed with games and activities to keep children buy and hopefully keep them from uttering that famous, and very annoying question ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ and hopefully after lots of fun and entertainment they will have a little snooze and make long car journeys stress free and enjoyable so that grumpy, tired children do not spoil all the fun you have whilst on holiday.

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