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Berlin to Budapest by train


9 days visiting Berlin, Prague, Vienna & Budapest

This trip makes tracks through Europe's coolest cities, taking the train from Budapest to Berlin and stopping off at bohemian Prague and opulent Vienna along the way. You’ll glide through the continent on the most classic way to experience Europe, enjoying scenic train rides from city to city.

Travel by train: a timeless way to see Europe

Dreamy views, eco-friendly credentials, comfy cabins - there’s a reason that taking the train across Europe is just as popular as it was 200 years ago.

Feature Hotel: The Moxy

Berlin, Germany | Day 13

Look out over Berlin from this super-chic hotel’s viewpoint, right near Berlin-Gesundbrunnen station. The rooms and social areas are all about the creative expression and contemporary style that embodies Berlin in the 21th century.

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Feature Hostel: A&O

Vienna, Austria | Day 5

With its rooftop bar - with panoramic views of the stunning city below - a games room including billiard tables and free, high speed WiFi and a convenient location next to the Südtirolerplatz Metro stop, this feature hostel is the perfect base to explore Vienna.

Feature Hotel: Ibis Styles

Prague | Day 3 & 4

Situated in the heart of Prague, this hotel is the perfect place to stay for history, architecture and culture lovers alike. The hotel is just 100 yards from the old town, and Na Porici, the main shopping street, is just a stone’s throw away.

See a city through the eyes of a refugee

Berlin | Day 2

This tour, led by a Syrian refugee, showcases places of historical significance in the fascinating city of Berlin, drawing parallels between Europe in the 20th century, and what has happened to Syria in the 21st, using Berlin’s turbulent past to question the attitudes that Syrian refugees face in today’s world.

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Base fly off a building

Berlin, Germany | Day 2

This is the much safer (and legal) way to experience the unique thrill of base jumping. Leaping 125m down from the roof of the Park Inn Hotel, granting you peerless views of the sprawling city below, you’ll reach free fall speed and feel like you’re flying before your harness brings this blood-pumping experience to an end.

Drink at a traditional beer hall

Hofbräuhaus House, Berlin  | Day 1

Experience Bavarian hospitality in the heart of Germany’s eclectic capital at the Hofbräu Wirtshaus. This classic beer hall is the perfect place to order a stein of beer, clink glasses and shout ‘Prost!’ with the locals, as you enjoy pork knuckles and giant pretzels.

Visit the Szechenyi Baths

Budapest, Hungary | Day 8

Budapest is famous for its baths, and Szechenyi is the most famous of them all. 100 years old in 2013, these baths have been home to over 100 million bathers, who come here for the warm, medicinal waters and the adjacent swimming pools. As well as taking a dip, you can get a massage, enjoy the saunas or just relax by the pool with a beer.

See a goulash demonstration & dinner

Budapest, Hungary | Day 6

Learn all about how this hearty Hungarian meal is made, as your master chef for the day takes you through each vital ingredient, as we walk through the central markets. Then you’ll be served a goulash feast and have some drinks with your Contiki fam before being handed your own traditional Goulash recipe card so you can show off your skills when you return home.

See the world's oldest theme park

Vienna, Austria  | Day 2

The Wurstelprater is a theme park located in the beautiful Wiener Prater park in Vienna, and it dates all the way back to the Austrian Empire, first opened to the public in 1766. Today, its most famous attraction is the Wiener Riesenrad, a 120 year old Ferris Wheel, but it’s also home to roller coasters, ghost trains and food stands.

Food tour

Vienna, Austria | Day 5

The only thing better than Austrian architecture in Austrian food, so what better way to kick things off in the grand capital of Vienna than with a foodie walking tour. Strudel, schnapps and fascinating historical streets make this the perfect way to uncover the local culture.

Explore Vienna on a kickbike

Vienna, Austria | Day 6

Cruise around Vienna with a local on your own classic kickbike, as you explore the hipster districts & quirky neighbourhoods along the Danube. Along the way, enjoy a Spritzer at a hidden bar or a coffee at a traditional Viennese coffeehouse in the old town.