Malini Dutta, Boston, Massachusetts

Hi Martin and David,

We arrived home in Boston last evening after a busy eight days of travelling in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. We can’t thank you enough for the detailed plans, maps and suggestions. It really felt that someone was holding our hands and showing us around. We had all the excitement of discovering foreign lands, with none of the problems that can happen while negotiating unfamiliar places. In fact, all the cities felt like home within a few hours of arriving and exploring.
All three hotels were in excellent locations to help us get to the chief attractions within a few minutes walk. Having metro/tram/bus stops nearby was an added bonus, and our lives were made easier by having the public transportation tickets and your detailed instructions on how to use them. We made very good use of the tickets, and even went to the Vienna train station from our hotel by metro. We dropped off 13 unused tickets from Budapest at the reception in Hotel Casati, and hopefully you will receive them soon.

The airport and train station transfers went off smoothly and in timely fashion. I also want to specially mention the guides we had at the three cities. Marie in Prague, Brigitte (not sure about the spelling) in Vienna and Dorka in Budapest won our hearts with their friendliness, extensive knowledge and helpful hints. The extensive guided tours not only gave us an in-depth look at what we were seeing, but also helped us to move more easily around and decide what we wanted to focus on. Please do thank them again on our behalf.

We loved the Hotel Kampa Garden in Prague for both the location and the ambience and comfort of the room (we got a suite with a separate space for our daughters). The Continental in Vienna was interesting; a little cramped, but fine for a couple of days stay, and its location was fantastic. We also really enjoyed the Casati’s funky décor and its proximity to the metro and tourist attractions. All three hotels were friendly and helpful in providing us breakfast for our daughter’s allergy needs.

The only time we had a bit of a hiccup was trying to find the right platform at the Prague railway station…. It took a bit to figure out that the escalators went into different platforms, as we had never come across this before. But after that it was easy in Vienna to do the same thing, and your directions also mentioned this specifically for Wien Railway station.

We enjoyed an afternoon at the Heurige you mentioned at Grinzing and were happy with your wine recommendations, though we didn’t end up going to the vineyard. It wasn’t clear to us how to go to the vineyards, and after walking around a lot on a warm day, we lacked the energy to make more enquiries. My family was also enjoying Budapest so much that we didn’t do the Szentendere trip, though we did the Danube cruise with Duna Yacht that you recommended. In fact, one ticket was good for two trips on two consecutive days, which was a pleasant surprise.


Thank you so much again. If we ever have a chance to go back again, hopefully we can discover more gems to explore in this area.

Good Luck to Go Real Europe!

Best

Malini

 

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