5 Trips Abroad Under 2,000 CZK

Set out for a summer voyage that promises plenty of adventure for very little money

Trenčín, Slovakia

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Trenčín Castle / Image: Wiki – Abphoto

Trenčín is near the Czech border around 120 kilometers from Bratislava. One of the nicest places to visit is the medieval Trenčín Castle that has a great view of the entire city. The castle also has a rock with a 179 AD Roman inscription.

Getting there: STA bus direct (5 hours; 360 CZK one way).
Lodging: 550 CZK/night at Sport Hotel Ostrov.
TOTAL: 1,820 CZK for two nights

See & Do

Biograf One of the nicest restaurants in the city and the perfect place to grab lunch.
Lanius Brewery Home to delicious Slovakian beer.
Volt Racing Center Let off some steam with go karts!

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Linz, Austria

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This city in northwest Austria, south of Prague, is often referred to as Austria’s Forgotten City. It is the second largest shopping city after Vienna and home to many art exhibitions. Next to the castle, the Franz-Josef Warte offers an amazing view and one of the highest points in the city.

Getting there: STA bus from Florenc (4 hrs; 500 CZK one way).
Lodging: From 441 CZK/night through Airbnb
Total: 1,882 CZK for two nights

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See & Do

Josef Brewery Enjoy traditional Austrian food and drink. 
Landestheater Offers a variety of plays, operas, and musicals.
Easy Cocktailbar Great drinks and atmosphere. 

Chemnitz, Germany 

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Water Castle / Image: Wiki – Kolossos

The third largest city in Saxony, Germany. It is located in the Ore Mountains and is known for the Chemnitz University of Technology. The city’s flag is blue and yellow just like the flag of Ukraine. Proximity to Prague makes it a nice alternative to Dresden.

Getting There: STA bus from Florenc to Dresden then Blablacar (3 hrs; 350 CZK one way, 100-150 CZK for rideshare).
Lodging: 500 CZK per night through Airbnb.
Total: 1,900-2,000 CZK for two nights

See & Do

Karl Marx monument Controversial 7-m-tall, 40-ton bust of the philospher.
Le Crobag A nice, inexpensive restaurant that offers vegan and take-away options.
City Pub Chemnitz Serves delicious drinks amid seriously impressive décor.  

Budapest, Hungary

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Museum of Applied Arts / Image: Wiki – Indafoto

Budapest is one of the top 10 most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The architecture is similar to Prague but with a unique Hungarian feel: highlights being the castle and the parliamentary buildings. Budapest is also known for its baths that offer pools with mineral water, massages, and even pool parties!

Getting there: Euro Lines bus (8 hrs; 350-500 CZK one way). 
Lodging: 250 CZK/night at Eurostar Budapest Center Hostel.
Total:
1,200-1,500 CZK for two nights

See & Do

Szechenyi baths A must-have bathing experience.
The Blue Rose Restaurant For the best Hungarian goulash in Budapest.
Blind Mice Exchange Pub Buy alcohol based on its stock value.
Legenda Sörfőzde Söröző brewery Hard to pronounce, easy to drink beer.

Náchod and Kudowa Zdrόj, Poland

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Chapel of Skulls, Czermna / Image: Wiki – Merlin

Náchod is a city to the northeast of Prague on the border with Poland. It’s relatively small but has a beautiful castle with bears in the moat and is surrounded by a forest, full of old military bunkers, that is great for hiking. Náchod is known for Primátor beer, while Kudowa Zdrόj the Polish town just across the border is known for its spas and mineral springs.

Getting there: Hlavní Nádraží-Strakoč-Náchod (3 hrs; 222 CZK one way, 25 CZK for bus to Kudowa Zdrόj).
Lodging: 412 CZK/night at Apartmán Maršík (no web), 200 m north of Náchod station.
TOTAL: 1,318 CZK for two nights

See & Do

Ogrod muzyczny Park with musical instrument statues and a music-note fence.
Zlota Oberza Elegant, affordable restaurant with amazing pierogi.
Náchod mini-Zoo Exotic animals including the world’s smallest monkeys.

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