We are entering spring! Say goodbye to winter, as the weather heats up, the colourful flowers start to bloom and you think about your Easter weekend Holidays.
April is the best time to visit cities in Europe; it isn’t too hot, isn’t too busy and is a great chance to spend your Easter Holidays somewhere different.
We have listed 3 of the best European cities for you to visit for your Easter weekend.
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Easter Weekend in Vienna
Why choose Vienna for your Easter Weekend? We are so glad that you asked! Vienna’s Easter Celebrations have so many things to do for adults and children which make it the perfect destination. We suggest you visit the Schonbrunn Easter Market, which is open from the 1st of April until the 17t. Located at the Schonbrunn Palace, expect huge Easter Eggs of all sizes surrounding the area, freshly prepared Viennese snacks and Jazz Music.
For those who are going with a loved one or friends, you may be interested in OsterKlang. A period in which leads up to the Easter Holidays with performances from the Opera, Ballet and much more. Starting from the 3rd of April until the 16th, it could be a unique experience to have for your Easter Weekend.
Anyone who loves music will enjoy the Vienna Blues Spring Festival, from the 20th of March to the 30th of April. Locals and tourists can enjoy an array of performances over the Easter Period. It is also the world’s longest running Blues festival!
Things to do in Vienna
As well as the Easter Festivals and Markets, there are plenty more things to do during your time in Vienna.
Starting with a very obvious one, go and explore the State Opera House. Vienna is known for its orchestral music and its love for the opera.
St Stephen’s Cathedral is also known as the symbol of Vienna, having been around since the 12th century it is known as the most important Gothic building in Austria. Just from that you should want to visit it already!
Visiting a coffee house in Vienna is something you must do, as of course this city is known for its unique coffee houses which became an important part of the society in 1683. You can find plenty of coffee houses in the Old Town which will let you experience the coffee house culture.
Things to do for Children
Tiergarten Schönbrunn also known as the Vienna Zoo is great place to take your children this year’s Easter Weekend. Founded in 1752, it is the oldest zoo in the world and is something you should not miss. The Zoo is also a conservation park, where vulnerable species are being researched, looked after and treated. For adults, prices are €18.50, for children and disabled individuals, it is €9 and for children under 6 years old, admission is free. The admission you pay also goes towards the conservation and research for these animals. Great way to do a good deed!
If you want to let your children let off some adrenaline, Prater is the place for you. It is a large public amusement park with over 250 attractions including the famous Ferris Wheel. Entrances to the park are free but expect to pay between €1-€5 euros for a go on the rides.
How to Get Around Vienna
Getting around Vienna is pretty easy; a good thing to remember is that children under 6 years old travel free on public transport in Vienna.
To get from the airport to the city centre, we recommend you take the CAT (City Airport Train) that leaves every 30 minutes and the journey is only 16 minutes. Children under 14 don’t need to pay and a single ticket only costs €11 and a return ticket costs €17.
If you want to perhaps take a taxi which may seem easier, expect to spend somewhere between €30 – €40 euros to the centre.
If you are tired of walking and want a quick way of getting around the city, public transport is easy to use. A transport ticket covers all types of transport including the U-Bahn (subway), Bus and Trams. We recommend you buying the Vienna Pass where you can buy 24 hour, 48 hour and 72 hour tickets from €13.90. This way you get access to all types of transport.
For more information on the beautiful city of Vienna read this Travel and Leisure Vienna Guide including where to eat and drink.
Easter Weekend in Prague
Prague is another very popular city to visit for the Easter Weekend amongst tourists, and we couldn’t agree more. There are so many Easter Markets from you to choose from including in Wenceslas Square and Republic Square. The most popular one and the one that we recommend is the Old Town Square Easter Market. It has over 90 stands selling everything from Easter Eggs, laces, traditional wooden toys and puppets which can be great presents for children to play with.
As well as the charming Easter Markets, you will be entertained by some music and dance performances too! Throughout the markets there are a number of performances as well as concerts around the city.
Prague is a very family friendly destination in Easter; children have an opportunity to go into barns and meet some farm animals like sheep, goats and donkeys and get to feed them!
Things to do in Prague
Prague is home to one of the best preserved medieval mechanical clocks in the world and is known as the pride of Prague. We suggest you visit the clock when it strikes the hour. After being built in the 15th Century, it still work properly. You cannot miss it!
Stroll across Charles Bridge and appreciate the view. Built in 1390, it is one of the most famous bridges in the World. The beautiful stone Gothic bridge connects the Old Town to the Lesser Town.
Seeing as it is Easter, it seems appropriate that you go visit the Infant Jesus. Dating back to the 16th century, every day hundreds of people visit the Roman shrine and make a wish hoping it will come true. Why not make a wish there while you have the opportunity!
Things to do for Children
There is a small island in Prague called Children’s Island! It is a great place to take your children if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, it has benches for the adults to relax on whilst the children have fun in the park! Hint for the parents and adults… there is a great bar and restaurant there too!
From April, head to Slav Island. Here you can rent pedalos or rowing boats and explore the Vltava River, a different way to explore the city that is fun for all of the family.
How to Get Around Prague
Although Prague can be easily explored by foot, if you want to take public transport it is really easy.
You can use the same ticket on all types of transport including trams, subway and buses. Children under 6 years also go free!
Getting from the airport to the city centre is easy, you can either get the bus route 100 or 119, or there is an option of getting the Airport Express. If you prefer getting a taxi you can pay anywhere between 550czk to 780czk depending on the amount of passengers.
You can get a 30 minute ticket which prices range from 12czk for children and 24czk for adults, and for a 90 minute ticket which ranges from 16czk for children and 32czk for adults. If you want to see lots of landmarks we recommend you buy the 24 hours pass which costs 55czk for children and 110czk for adults. There is also a 72 hour pass which costs 310czk.
If you are thinking about Prague and need some more information on places to eat, drink or just need more information. We recommend read this Lonely Planet Guide.
Easter Weekend in Budapest
Budapest is becoming more popular by the year, especially around spring time. It isn’t hard to see why Budapest so popular, especially with its incredible architecture and the fact that it is really affordable. When it comes to celebrating the Easter Weekend, you should definitely consider Budapest.
One of the Easter activities we recommend in Budapest is the Spring Fair located in Vörösmarty Square. You will find plenty of things to do here such as food and wine tasting, a craft fair and folk dancing. The children also get a chance to make their own crafts and watch concerts.
For all you foodies, the Easter Lamb Festival in Vajdahunyad Castle is the place for you to be! From the 15th to the 17th of April, in the city’s largest park, you will be able to try the local lamb and other food symbolic of this festivity. You can watch a lamb cooking contest on the Sunday to see who wins the “Golden Lamb Award” whilst you eat some of the local street food. Children can also get involved by making their own chocolate at this Festival!
Things to do in Budapest
The Thermal Baths are one of the most popular landmarks of Budapest, every time that you type in Budapest into a search engine a picture of the Thermal Baths come up. So it would be a shame to miss such an experience. One of the famous Thermal Baths is Széchenyi. For an admission fee of only 5400 HUF (17€) for a daily ticket with cabin usage it seems like a pretty good deal.
The Fisherman´s Bastion is a beautiful terrace looking out onto Budapest, situated on the Buda Bank by the Danube River. Offering great views of the city and it´s Neo-Gothic/Neo-Romanesque details, you can see why everyone loves it. Many of the towers are free to enter, but you will find the upper towers do require a fee of 800 HUF (7€) and children under the age of 6 are free to enter. Don’t forget to take your camera!
Things to do for Children
Head to Buda Hills, known as the city’s playground with heights reaching 500m, it is the perfect getaway for your family. Take the Children’s Railway, a train operated by children but under the supervision of adults! If you are feeling daring and your children are old enough, stop at Csillebérc for a go on the zip-line!
The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest zoos in the world, with over 1,000 species, take your time walking around this great family activity. Admission is 2800HUF for adults (9€) and 1900HUF for children (6€). This affordable trip offers you services such as petting the animals, animal shows and luggage storage!
How to Get Around Budapest
Just like the other two cities, getting around Budapest is cheap and simple. If you want to play safe, get a taxi. They usually cost around 7000HUF to the centre which in Euros is around 23€. Your other option is getting a shuttle called MiniBUD, which if the official airport transfer service. They also offer Budapest Cards for 24 Hours, 48 Hours and 72 Hours which give you access to all the public transport and discounts to certain landmarks.
If you do not want to purchase a Budapest card, then we recommend you use the metro or tram when visiting this city. You can use a ticket on any type of transport so you have options for how you would like to travel. A single ticket costs 350 HUF and you can also get a block of 10 single tickets for 3000 HUF which will save you buying them separately.
Children under 6 also travel for free!
If you want to find out more about Budapest including any places to eat and drink, make sure to read this Fodors Guide!
There we have our Top 3 cities to visit for your Easter Weekend! What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments below.
We hope you have something great planned for your holidays and if you are in any of these cities make sure to upload your photos with the hashtag #Waytostay!