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Vienna or Prague: Which one is better for my next trip?

Are you planning a trip to Europe and trying to decide between visiting Vienna or Prague? Well then this guide is for you. Here we look at everything you need to know from food and drink to accommodation and attractions to help you decide which city is best for your next break.

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Vienna or Prague: Some background

Before we get into the whole Vienna vs Prague showdown here is some background on both destinations.


Vienna, located in the eastern part of Austria, has been voted one of the most liveable cities in the world for several years running.

It is a very multicultural city with over 30% of the population born somewhere other than Austria.

Vienna is a mix of new and old, with music, arts, and dancing, being some of the shapers of Viennese culture.

For more information on Vienna you can checkout our 2 day itinerary.

And if you want to know if Vienna is worth visiting, here is a handy guide.


Prague is located in the western part of the Czech Republic in the Bohemia region. It’s located on the Vltava River, and is a mix of old and new.

It is filled with gothic churches, baroque buildings, and much more. And if you wander past the old town you will be treated to a bustle modern metropolis.

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Vienna or Prague: which one is better for accommodation

Accommodation is a major factor when deciding where to stay in a city. Here we look at Vienna and Prague and decide which one has the better accommodation options.


Vienna has a lot of accommodation options to suit every type of budget. When looking at accommodation you might notice that the city is broken up into different districts.

If you are a first time visitor we highly recommend Innere Stadt or District 1, which is the historic part of the city. Transport links here are excellent and you are close to attractions like the Spanish Riding School and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

If you want something a bit cheaper District 2 or Leopoldstadt is a good choice. It’s still close enough to transport and some of the main attractions, but accommodation is priced a bit more reasonably.

Finally for those wanting to be close to the museums or some of the best restaurants and bars head to MuseumsQuartier or District 7.


Prague also has excellent accommodation options to suit all budgets. Although there are a lot more choices for hostels and cheaper options compared to Vienna.

There are lots of great areas to stay in Prague with some of the best being the Old Town and Lesser Town. They are both incredibly close to top class bars and restaurants, as well as transport links and tourist attractions.

It might be touristy but our recommendation for Prague is to stay near the Charles Bridge. Mostly because it’s the perfect place to go at sunset, and let’s face it no one wants to be traipsing across the city at that time of the morning.

Vienna or Prague?

Prague is a little cheaper as a whole so we would say it is the better choice when it comes to accommodation.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for attractions

A huge consideration when visiting a new city is based on the attractions. Here we decide if Vienna or Prague has the better attractions.


Vienna has a lot to see such as imperial palaces and gardens to cool modern architecture. Here are some of our highlights for things to see and do in Vienna.

Schonbrunn Palace

Built in the 1630s Schonbrunn Palace is one of the must visit attractions in Vienna. It was once a summer residence for the royal family, but these days is a top tourist spot.

Hofburg Palace

Another palace you can visit is Hofburg Palace. It was used as a winter residence for rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire, but these days it serves as a base for the President of Austria. You can do tours of the museum or explore the imperial apartments.

Prater amusement park

For something a little different you should visit the Prater Amusement Park, particularly if you like rides and classic fairgrounds. It’s full of rides like bumper cars, roller coasters and fairground games.

The highlight of the park is the Riesenrad which is a ferris wheel standing at 212 ft. It was constructed in 1897 and was one of the first ferris wheels ever built.

St Stephen’s Cathedral

Located inStephensplatz in the historic centre of Vienna, St Stephen’s Cathedral is the tallest cathedral in Austria. It’s opulent design, particularly the hundreds of colourful tiles that make up the roof dominate the Viennese skyline, making it hard to miss.

Explore the MuseumQuartier

The MuseumQuartier, actually only opened in 2001, but it has since become home to a number of top class museums. One of our favourite museums is the Leopold Museum is a good choice as it houses a number of modern art works by Austrian artists.

The Vineyards

It is a bit of a journey out of town if you want to checkout the vineyards of Vienna but not impossible.

You can stroll around the area and stop at local vineyards for a sample along the way. The wine here is also pretty cheap, and goes great with a cheese and meat platter. There are also some really beautiful views from here.


Prague is full of beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, and lots of beer. Here are some of the best things to do when you visit Prague.

Charles Bridge

The oldest and honesty most beautiful bridge in Prague is of course the Charles Bridge. It’s 621 metres long and about 10 metres wide and honestly is one of the must see attractions in Prague.

Prague Castle

Perched on a hill looking down on Old Town is the Prague Castle. This is another must see attraction in Prague. Not only are the views spectacular from here, but there are so many museums and bits of architecture to explore.

John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall was once, and still is in fairness a symbol of political expression and freedom of speech in Prague. When the country was under communist rule Beatles songs were actually banned so John Lennon and the Beatles represented freedom of speech and when Lennon died the youth of the city visited the wall to mourn – hence the name.

Old Town Square

For the life and soul of Prague head to the Old Town Square. It dates back to the 12th Century but it still a key meeting point in the city today. A top tip is to get some Trdelnik and eat it whilst taking in the sights and sounds of the square.

We also recommend visit the Old Town Hall Tower for some amazing views of the Old Town and Prague itself.

Astronomical Clock

Installed in 1410 this is one of the oldest working astronomical clocks in the world. Every hour the clock springs into action attracting crowds in the Old Town.

Dancing House

Located in the New Town the Dancing House or the Nationale-Nederlanden building, is one of the most photographed modern buildings in Prague. It was designed to resemble a pair of dancers, hence the nickname.

Petrin Hill

Petrin Hill is another great viewing spot in Prague. You can ride the funicular to the top – which is part of the public transport network – and admire the views. The Petrin Tower is also located here, and you can access the top of the tower for some even more amazing views.

Jewish Museum

If you want to brush up on your Jewish history (and general history of Prague for that matter) head to the Jewish Museum. It is a sombre but fascinating place to visit. Tickets also include entry to the Old Jewish Cemetery were some prominent figures in Jewish history are buried.

Vienna or Prague?

Both cities have a lot to see and do. We enjoyed Prague a little bit more especially when it came to exploring the Old Town and the Charles Bridge.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for unique experiences

If you are after some unique and memorable experiences you might be wondering if Prague or Vienna is the better option.


There are a lot of quirky things to do in Vienna. For instance you can tour a waste incineration plant, which we have to say has some pretty cool architecture.

And speaking of architecture one of the quirkier things to do in the city is to visit Hundertwasser an incredibly colourful apartment complex in the city.


There are a lot of interesting experiences you can have in Prague. Considering it’s communist past there are some fascinating ex Soviet Bunkers that you can visit. In fact you can do a tour of the nuclear bunkers and see all the gas masks and clothing from the time.

Prague also has some interesting museums including the Sex Machines Museum which documents the history of well….sex toys.

If you want something a little less edgy though you could opt for a beer bath. Prague is known for its Pilsners so why not bathe in it?

Vienna or Prague?

When it comes to random things to do Prague is the winner. The Soviet bunkers are a fascinating but intense experience, and luckily you can relax afterwards with a beer bath. It’s win win.

Vienna or Prague: which one is prettier

Europe has so many picturesque and quaint cities, but when it comes to Vienna and Prague you might be wondering which one is nicer.


Vienna is a beautiful city especially if you are into grand architecture and royal palaces. There are several beautiful viewpoints in the city, and a few hidden gems too.

The palaces and grand buildings really add to the charm and beauty of the city, making it a really picturesque place to visit.

Plus you also have the vineyards on the outskirts of Vienna which again are incredibly pretty.


Prague is incredibly picturesque. You only have to wander around the old town with its medieval style buildings to see just how amazing it is. It’s a very romantic kind of city with it’s beautiful river, gorgeous parks, and incredible viewpoints. Plus you also have those classic photos of the city with the red roofed buildings.

Walking around the Vltava is a magical experience. The tree lined streets perfectly complement the flowing river, with swans floating on by, particularly on an autumn morning.

Vienna or Prague?

While both cities are incredibly picturesque we think Prague is just that little bit nicer. There is so much atmosphere, and so many photo opportunities here too particularly with those striking red rooftops.

Vienna or Prague: which one has the better vibe

Judging a city based on vibe is a weird statement I get it but hear us out.


Vienna is a complex mix of old world vibes, and modern fun. There are elements of the city that can feel incredibly serious and pretentious, I mean it is famous for classical music and balls. But it also has a youthful relaxed vibe, particularly seen on a sunny day as young people spill out onto the streets sipping cocktails and craft beers.


Prague has a very contemporary, and energetic vibe that we haven’t really felt in other cities. There is something really positive and exciting about the energy of the city and the people. It’s also got a very youthful and playful vibe, and once you mix that with its fascinating and often dark history it has a very different feel.

Vienna or Prague?

This is a hard one because it honestly depends and what you are after. For a classic arts and culture kind of vibe you should go to Vienna. For something a little edgier and more relaxed go for Prague.

Vienna or Prague: which one is easier to get to

Getting to your destination is obviously something that will impact your decision to visit. Here we look at whether Vienna or Prague is easier to get to.


Vienna is a popular destination and the airport is a key European travel hub. You won’t have any issues with getting flights into the city.

Getting away from the airport is pretty easy too. There is a train that takes you straight into the centre in 16 minutes, and costs €11 one way. You can also get a taxi but this will cost a bit more at €35.


Prague also has an international airport where a number of international and European carriers fly to regularly. Once you arrive at the airport, the easiest way to get from here into the centre will be via taxi.

It usually takes 30- 45 minutes to get into the centre depending on traffic, and a fare will set you back around €30/ 736 CZK. You can also take a bus which will involve some changes to a metro line eventually so is a little more complicated.

Vienna or Prague?

Vienna is the easier destination to get to, particularly once you have arrived at the airport and are looking to get into town quickly and cheaply.

Vienna or Prague: which one is easier to get around

Wondering if Vienna or Prague is the easier city to get around? This section is for you.


Public transport in Vienna is incredibly cheap and easy to use. You can purchase a 2 day travel card for example for about €15 per person. This pass is valid on trams and trains. You need to carry your pass on your at all times, and show your ticket to inspectors when asked for it.


Prague is a walkable city, so you may not need to use public transport that much. If you do though the good news is, is that it is cheap and easy to use.

Public transport in Prague consists of the metro, the tram, the bus, and the funicular. You can either buy tickets that cover one trip or longer time periods like 24 hours.

Make sure you purchase your tickets before using public transport and validate your tickets upon boarding. For more information you can visit the Prague Public Transport website.

Vienna or Prague?

In our experience the public transport in Vienna was a lot easier to use especially when it came to purchasing tickets.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for architecture

If you love buildings and admiring the architecture a new city has to offer, then you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is better?


Vienna is a real architectural mix, with styles reflective of many periods of architecture. And if you really love your architecture you can visit the Austrian Architecture Museum to really get to grips with the styles of the city.

One of the more common themes though is Baroque architecture which can be seen in a number of historical buildings, palaces and churches throughout the city.

For something a little more modern though we recommend visiting Hundertwasser. It’s a colourful housing complex that was built after an idea and concept by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, hence the name.


Prague too is a mix of new and old when it comes to architecture. The main styles of architecture are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo, with many of these styles located right next to each other.

Old town is one of the best places to checkout the picturesque buildings in Prague. The designs are striking and so photogenic.

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It’s not just the old world architecture that makes Prague, there is also some pretty cool modern styles. One of the most popular buildings in the new town is the Dancing House which is supposed to be modelled on Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dancing together.

Vienna or Prague?

Both cities are great for architecture, but Prague is our favourite just because there are so many different styles.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for food

If you are anything like us a massive part of travel is centred around food. But in the battle of Vienna vs Prague which one is better for foodies?


Foodies will really enjoy visiting Vienna. We mentioned earlier in this article that around 30% of the population of Vienna were not born in Austria. So with that in mind you can imagine how diverse the food is.

If you are after something more traditional though you should try the schnitzel. Traditionally it is made from veal, but you can get chicken so just make sure you specify if this is something you would prefer.

Another must is visiting a coffee house where you have to try the Sachertorte. It’s a rich chocolate cake which a layer of apricot jam.


If you love stodgy, meaty, type foods you will love Prague. For starters they have some excellent bakeries with pastries and coffee to get you going in the morning.

There is a lot of choice when it comes to good food in Prague, but if you want to try some of the authentic dishes go for things like goulash and pork knuckle. You should also try Chlebíčky which is a traditional open faced sandwich.

Do your research when it comes to good places to eat in Prague, particularly around the old town. A lot of places around here tend to be complete tourist traps with expensive and lower quality food.

Vienna or Prague?

Vienna is our favourite when it comes to food. It’s a much bigger and more spread out city, so you get a lot more options, and a lot less tourist trap type places. Also Sachertorte and a coffee is pretty much the best thing ever!

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for nightlife

If you are looking to party the night away you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is better.


Vienna has a broad range of nightlife options from cocktail bars, to traditional pubs. There is something for everyone here.

If you love clubbing though you are in for a real treat, as Vienna is one of the top places to go clubbing in Europe. Inner Stadt is the area to go to as it has the highest concentration of nightclubs in the city.


Prague is also a good destination for a night out. If you head to the new town, this is where a people on stag and hen dos tend to spend their nights out. There are clubs and your typical bars that you would find anywhere in the world in this area.

The real charm though is in the old town. Here you can visit a traditional Czech drinking den like U Tygra, or sip fancy cocktails in the Hemingway Bar.

For us the highlight in Prague in terms of nightlife was the beer halls. It is known for it’s top quality pilsners, so you have to give them a try.

Vienna or Prague?

While both cities are great for a night out, Prague is our winner because it is a lot cheaper than Vienna.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for culture

If you love to take in the culture of a destination when you travel you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is better for you.


Vienna is one of the best places in Europe for culture. It has a really long history of being the home of classic music, with Beethoven and Mozart both being linked to the city.

You also have incredible museums, and theatres, which give you the opportunity to explore the culture firsthand.

Also we couldn’t mention culture in Vienna without mentioning coffee. It’s an important part of life in the city, so a visit to a coffeehouse is a must.


Prague really does give Vienna a run for its money when it comes to culture. Like Vienna classical music is a big deal in Prague. Mozart lived here and his Prague Symphony and Don Giovanni were performed here before anywhere else.

Beer is another part of the cultural landscape in Prague, with the Czech Republic having the highest beer consumption in the world. It’s cheap, it’s good, and it’s pretty much a way of life in Prague.

Vienna or Prague?

Prague and Vienna are both excellent locations when it comes to culture. We would rank Vienna slightly higher though because there are so many cultural institutions and things to do in the city, like attending on one of the 300 yearly balls hosted here.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for safety

Safety is a big consideration when travelling, so between Vienna and Prague which one is safer?


For a European capital city, Vienna is relatively safe. Yes you get some dodgy neighbourhoods like anywhere, but the touristy parts are generally ok.

Pickpocketing and petty theft can be common, so take your usual precautions, and keep an eye on your belongings.


Prague too is a relatively safe city. A lot of the touristy activities are concentrated around the old town and here we felt completely safe even at night. Like any big city you should have your wits about you, but from what we have seen tourists don’t usually have too much trouble in Prague.

One of the main issues for tourists in Prague is falling victim to pickpocketing or petty scams. Make sure you keep your valuables hidden away. We’ve also heard stories of people being ripped off using ATM’s so just make sure you that you are using legitimate cash machines in well lit areas.

Vienna or Prague?

Vienna and Prague are both safe cities. If you have your wits about you and take your standard precautions you should be fine.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for couples

If you are planning on visiting Europe with your significant other you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is the better option for couples.


Vienna oozes romance, in the very traditional and opulent sense. There are so many amazing date ideas in the city. You can visit the vineyards, get lost in the royal palace gardens, or just sip drinks at one of the trendy bars along the Danube. And don’t forget the perfect date night surroundings of the Prater Amusement Park. If you are feeling extra romantic you can actually rent out a full cabin on the Reisenrad and sip champagne.

And for a more opulent night you can go to the Opera, or to a Ball, or just hang out in one of the grand coffee houses in the city.


Prague too is a romantic city to visit. The cobbled streets, and incredible architecture makes it the perfect place for a couples break.

There are also so many cosy bars and restaurants, that make for a fantastic date night. Although our top tip for something to do as a couple is waking up for sunrise and visiting the Charles Bridge. This was one of our favourite moments from our trip to Prague.

Vienna or Prague?

Both Vienna and Prague are really romantic cities. We preferred Prague though because it felt so intimate. You can walk around the old town or Prague Castle and the beauty just takes your breath away which adds to the romance.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for families

If you are planning a visit to Europe with kids you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is the better option.


Vienna is a good travel option when it comes to vacationing with kids. For starters it’s a safe city, and is easy to navigate. You also have a ton of parks and museums to explore as a family.

We found a lot of the tourist attractions where geared towards families. For example when we visited Schonbrunn Palace there were lots of things for kids to do including mazes, and playgrounds, and even a Children’s Museum. You’ve also got the Prater Amusement Park which is perfect for both kids and adults.


Prague is also a good option when travelling as a family. It’s not just beer and parties. There are so many beautiful parks to stroll in, and there is so much that kids can learn about in regards to history.

But the best thing about Prague is that there are several museums and attractions perfect for kids, like the Lego Museum. Also a fun fact, there is an island located in the river called Children Island, that has a traditional playground that is perfect for younger children.

Vienna or Prague?

Both Vienna and Prague are great for holidays with kids. Vienna is our winner though because there is just that little bit more to do with kids. And seriously who doesn’t love amusement parks?

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for solo travel

If you are travelling alone you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is the better option. Here are our thoughts.


Vienna is a good choice for solo travel. Like we have mentioned previously it is a pretty safe city, so it’s great for solo travellers, particularly women.

It’s also relatively easy to get around, and there is a lot to see and do in the city so you definitely won’t be bored. You can also book onto a number of city tours or food tours, that are great for meeting other travellers.


Prague is a great place to go if you are travelling solo. For starters you will never have a dull moment in this city. There are so many amazing things to do in Prague to keep you entertained. It’s also relatively safe, again making it a great city for solo travel.

It’s also really easy to get around and is very walkable. You have option to book tours too if you want to see the sights and meet people in the process

Vienna or Prague?

Both Vienna and Prague are good options for solo travel. There is a lot to keep you entertained, plus you can book onto group tours if you are wanting to visit bars or explore the nightlife.

Vienna or Prague: which one is cheaper

Money is a big consideration when visiting a new city. So is Vienna or Prague cheaper?


For a capital city, Vienna is probably in the mid range mark when it comes to costs.

To give you an idea of prices you will probably pay around €15- €20 for a main meal at a restaurant. A pint of beer averages at about €4-€5 with touristy areas being a bit more expensive.

You can do Vienna on a budget but for a mid range trip we would recommend putting aside €120 per person per day. This will cover things like your public transport, tourist attractions, food, and several evening cocktails.


Prague is one of the cheaper European capitals, although it isn’t as cheap as it once was. To give you an idea on costs a pint of beer will set you back 72.38 Czech Koruna or €3. A meal at a restaurant for 2 will cost around€20/€30 – which again as a European standard is pretty cheap.

It’s easy to see Prague on a budget and you can really bring down costs depending on the kind of accommodation you book, where you eat, and the attractions you wish to see.

On average we budgeted around €100 or 3000 CZK per person per day. We didn’t usually spend this much but it might help you plan your own budget in the city. For us this included things like tours, cocktails and beers, dinners, and transport. This didn’t include accommodation though, as we paid for that well in advance.

Vienna or Prague?

Prague is the cheaper option particularly when it comes to accommodation, and alcohol.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better for nature

If you want to get close to nature you might be wanting to know if Vienna or Prague is the better option.


Austria as a whole is a great place to visit for nature lovers, but you might be wondering if Vienna is too. Vienna is a pretty green city, and you can enjoy nature. In fact it is one of the greenest cities in Europe which is perfect if you enjoy parks and open spaces.

Also you don’t have to venture too far out of the city for some natural landscapes including vineyards, and parklands.


Prague itself is a bustling city so if you are a nature lover then you might want to get out of the centre. That being said there are a lot of green spaces and parks in Prague where you can immerse yourself in nature, and take a break from the chaos of the city. A great place to go in Prague itself is Petrin Hill where you can explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands.

If you want to completely immerse yourself in nature, then there are a number of day trips from Prague that you can do. One of the most popular is to the Bohemian Switzerland National Park which is situated in the North West of the country and near the German border.

Vienna or Prague?

Because Vienna and Prague are both big cities you don’t get a ton of nature, but they both do have quite a bit of green space to enjoy, making them equally good for nature lovers.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better in summer

If you want the perfect summer holiday getaway you might be trying to decide if Vienna or Prague is better. Here are our thoughts.


Summer in Vienna is a good time to visit. Temperatures are warm and average at around 20 – 27 degrees Celsius.

Something to keep in mind is that it is peak travel season, particularly in August which coincides with school holidays. So expect more expensive accommodation, and longer lines for tourist attractions.

The good news though is that there are a number of great festivals in the city in the summer, as well as bars and restaurants opening outdoor areas, and people spilling out onto the streets to sip drinks.


If you are considering visiting Prague in the summer, this is a great time of year to go. The days are long and temperatures are mild. Average temperatures in Celsius range from 15- 26, making it a bit cooler than Vienna. It’s perfect for wandering around and enjoying everything the city has to offer.

As mentioned above if you are traveling in the summer months book accommodation and tours well in advance as it does get busy.

Vienna or Prague?

Whilst both cities are great in the summer we enjoyed Vienna. The city really comes alive with young people drinking at bars around the river, and with brighter days the city really is your oyster.

Vienna or Prague: which one is better in winter

If travelling in winter is more your thing, you might be wondering if Vienna or Prague is the better holiday option.


Winter in Vienna has a magical feel to it. This is in part due to the Christmas Markets in December. But there is also something about the cold weather that makes you really enjoy sipping coffee and eating cake in a warm coffee house.

The city also has a lot of museums to keep you entertained in those colder darker months.

Winter temperatures average between 1 – 4 degrees Celsius. It’s also not unusual for it to snow, turning the city into a winter wonderland.


We think Prague really comes to life in the winter months. It is cold with temperatures often going below freezing. On average you are looking at minus 2 – 5 degrees Celsius.

Like Vienna, in December you have the Christmas Markets which really adds to the romantic charm of the city. It’s also a magical experience walking over the Charles Bridge as it lightly snows and you sip some mulled wine.

And if you want to know what it’s like visiting Prague in autumn this article might be handy.

Vienna or Prague?

Prague and Vienna are both really good destinations for a winter city break. If we had to push and choose one though we would go for Prague, just because it is a little more atmospheric.

Vienna or Prague: which one is for me

So you have made it through this article in the battle of Vienna vs Prague. Hopefully you have decided which city you should visit for your next break. But if not let’s do a final recap.


Vienna is a beautiful place to visit, particularly if you are into culture, art, and history. It’s also a key European city when it comes to coffee culture.

Vienna is great if you are looking for a weekend break or a city break style holiday, as a couple, with kids or alone.


Prague is like walking around in a fairytale. The cobbled streets, and romantic atmosphere make it the perfect location for city break no matter what time of year.

If you love old world charm, atmospheric streets, and easily walkable destinations Prague is for you.

Vienna or Prague?

As beautiful as Vienna is we actually preferred Prague. The cobbled streets, grand architecture, and the air of intimacy in the city make it a firm favourite for us.

Hopefully this article has been useful for you in deciding if Vienna or Prague is the better option for your next break.

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