Hi all, I've found this site to be tremendously helpful and decided to post a topic that would cover most of my questions or concerns with the hope that expert advice, or any advice for that matter, will be provided.
Me and my partner are looking to go to Europe for 2 weeks from Canada and are aiming to visit Prague and Vienna. We have never been and had a few questions:
**Are Prague and Vienna good choices?
-Our main objective is to explore architecture, eat at nice restaurants/cafes/terrasses, do tons of photography, and visit museums/tourist attractions. We are not particularly looking for nightlife and we would like to do all of this by foot without having to take major means of transportation like trains and buses and subway.
**Where would you recommend we stay?
-We like to wake up in the morning, put on a hat and go out for coffee and breakfast. Then we like to come back to our room, shower and get ready for the day and spend the whole day out. So we are looking for a hotel that is close enough to walk back to it quickly but not too expensive as we will not be in the room long enough to enjoy any luxurious amenities.
**What are your thoughts on individual safety in those cities?
-Like I said, we are not looking to party but to explore and visit places for photography, sightseeing and eating. We'll probably be out after sunset for more photography at popular places but that's it. We are aware that dark places and dark alleys and dark roads and subways are to be avoided.
**When would be the best time of year to go?
-We are looking to go for 2 weeks between June and September. Of course we prefer not having too much rain and that is something no one can predict.. and we don't enjoy super cold weather and not too hot.
**Would you recommend booking everything through a travel agency or would you book everything yourself?
-We don't know anything about those cities so I'm trying to research as much as I can but would using a travel agency take away all this trouble and be better in terms of finding the best places to stay and the best things to do? Are they really effective in ensuring your needs are met?
**Do you suggest booking excursions in advance or do you suggest playing it by ear once you get there and do your own custom made excursions?
I guess that's it for now and looking forward to hear from all of you!