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If you’re wondering whether you should visit Prague or Vienna for your next cultural endeavor, this comparison will help you pick the best destination for you.

On one hand, you should visit Prague for its historical landmarks, modern architecture, and unforgettable beer experience. Vienna, on the other hand, will seduce you with its variety of museums and galleries, royal palaces, classical balls, as well as coffee and wine culture.

Each capital offers a ton of amazing attractions, so the choice isn’t easy. Of course, if your time and budget allow it, you should travel to both.

However, if that’s not the case, we have another solution. Below, you’ll find the reasons to visit Prague vs Vienna, so you can best select which one suits your travel style better.

Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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Where to Travel to – Prague or Vienna?

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It’s difficult to choose Prague or Vienna, but we can help

People visit Prague and Vienna for their historic centers, magnificent castles and palaces, and culinary scenes. However, they offer very different journeys for travelers looking to experience the Old Continent’s most popular cities.

The two metropolises occupy the banks of mighty rivers, and both offer a range of attractions you can’t find in most other capitals.

To help you choose, here’s a breakdown of the most popular things to do in each city, as well as the practicalities of visiting them.

Prague vs. Vienna: The Case for Prague

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The magnificent Charles Bridge leading to the Prague Castle

You can easily reach Prague by car or train from its neighboring countries – Austria, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia – as well as from the rest of Europe.

The city’s international airport PRG serves numerous destinations. This makes landing in the Czech capital from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America fairly simple.

Prague is known for its UNESCO-protected Old Town, stunning bridges, and medieval castles.

The city’s main attractions include:

  1. History-drenched museums and buildings, including Prague Castle and Vyšehrad.
  2. Peculiar attractions, such as the Dancing House and the Žižkov TV Tower. What’s even cooler is that you can spend the night in both. If they’re not your cup of tea, check more ideas of where to stay in Prague in our article.
  3. Breathtaking landmarks, including the intricate Charles Bridge over the Vltava River and the medieval Astronomical Clock.
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The delectable chimney cakes – trdelnik – will seduce your taste buds in Prague

Now, you might be wondering: what are the best foods and drinks to try in Prague?

  • Love meat? Treat your palate to the world-famous Prague ham, the pork knuckle, and the Czech hot dog.
  • Craving a sweet treat? You’ll find trdelnik (chimney cake) virtually everywhere in the city.

One of the most interesting facts about Prague is that Czechs are the world’s largest beer consumers per capita. It’s no surprise then that the capital will tempt beer fans with an endless choice. Spending a few hours in a pub – especially one that brews its own hoppy elixir – is an absolute must.

To make your visit even more appealing, getting around Prague is extremely easy. The city center is walkable, and the transportation system is vast and convenient. In addition, you can ride a historic funicular, rent a vintage tram, or join a river cruise to learn about the city’s past.

Who Should Visit Prague?

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The whole charming Old Town of Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

If you love exploring castles, finding your way in a maze of narrow streets, or trying copious amounts of beer, Prague will steal your heart.

The Czech capital is a fun place to visit for families, couples, and solo travelers.

Do you belong to one or more of these categories? Then, Prague is the place to be!

Prague vs. Vienna: The Case for Vienna

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Vienna’s royal grandeur will make you fall in love with the Austrian capital

You can travel to Vienna by car or train from most European countries. The city’s international airport VIE connects the Austrian capital with Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East.

Vienna is welcoming, walkable, and easy to navigate. You’ll love it for its royal palaces, diverse museums, coffee and wine culture, and amazing parks.

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The extraordinary Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna will stun you with its vibrant colors and quirky lines

The main attractions of the Austrian capital include:

  1. World-class museums and galleries, such as the 60 establishments at the MuseumsQuartier Wien – one of the largest historical and cultural complexes worldwide, and the biggest one in Europe.
  2. Quirky neighborhoods and attractions, for example, the Hundertwasser House, the Republic of Kugelmugel, and the only Globe Museum in the world. Not weird enough for you? How about these unusual things to do in Vienna?
  3. Incredible parks, vineyards, and islands, like the Prater, the Vienna Vineyards, and the Danube Island.
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The vast Vienna vineyards make the Austrian capital a wine city

If that’s not enough to make you want to travel to Vienna, how about the juicy Schnitzels, the heavenly Sacher Torte, the puffy croissants, or the Viennese coffee houses which are on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list?

Plus, one of the coolest facts about Vienna is that it’s a wine city. You can sample the produce from the Vienna Vineyards in one of the countless Heurige – cozy, traditional wine taverns.

Last but not least, Vienna is known as the Waltz Capital of the World. To make things even more intriguing, you can “become” royalty in Vienna! Attend one of the over 450 balls per year or the countless opera and concert performances the Austrian capital hosts. Not a classical music fan? Then, spend the night in a royal palace.

Who Should Visit Vienna?

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Attending a Viennese ball is a unique and unforgettable cultural experience

To sum everything up – you should put Vienna on your travel itinerary if you can describe yourself as one or more of the following:

  • museum lover,
  • history buff,
  • opera or waltz connoisseur,
  • wine aficionado,
  • coffee-addict,
  • sweet treats craver,
  • fine-dining foodie.

No matter your travel style or companion, Vienna will live up to your expectations. In fact, we’re sure it will even surprise you in more ways than you can imagine.

Prague vs Vienna – The Verdict

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Prague vs Vienna may come down to beer vs wine at the end 😉

So, here’s our unbiased opinion.

If you want to stuff your face with scrumptious treats and delectable beer while exploring unusual buildings and historic sites, go to Prague.

If you prefer to roam countless museums, dive into a unique coffee and wine culture, and feel like royalty, visit Vienna.

Now, it’s your turn:

Which one of these gorgeous capitals would you visit first?

In case you’ve already been to either one, what impressed you the most?

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Naddya has been road tripping on four continents in altitudes from 0 to 4,655 m. She spent 12 years in Germany studying, working, and partying. In this time, she visited approximately 253 European cities by planes, trains, and automobiles. Her favorite activity is to get lost and then find her way again. Fun fact: Naddya has a love for islands and a hatred for tan-lines.

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  1. Anna Kisluk

    If by Dancing House you mean the building on which Frank Gehry had a hand, then it is more colloquially known as “Fred and Ginger.” Taneční Dům is also used. I’m prejudiced though in choosing Prague. There is a Romanesque house (House of Stone Bell) next to the Tyn church. It was uncovered when repairs being done on the Baroque exterior. The astronomical clock (Orloj) had to be restored after the Germans bombed the Old Town Hall at the end of WWII. The crosses on the pavement mark the place where Czech nobles were executed by the Austrians during the 30 years war.

    1. Naddya and Svet

      Hi, Anna,
      yes, that’s the building we mean. We’ve added all its names and some of its history in other articles but we briefly mention it here.
      Thanks for sharing all these details about the incredible structures in Prague’s Old Town. It has so much history and charm, so it’s no wonder it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage List!
      As for us, we enjoy exploring both Prague and Vienna, and keep returning to both European capitals as often as possible.
      Happy travels,
      Naddya and Svet

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