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Travel guide: Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest

Central Europe

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Are you headed out on our Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Budapest tour? Wondering what you should pack? What food you should try? Or how much money you should bring with you? We’ve got you covered!

The Basics

Weather: Fall – 41-56° F | Winter – 25-35° F |  Spring – 39-57° F |  Summer – 54-74° F 

Language(s): Various, but they speak English in most major cities.

Cash or card: It’s easy to use both! However, it’s easier to have a credit card without transaction fees since there is a different currency in every country!

What $1 will buy you: A pretzel (Germany) Pączki (a Polish Doughnut!)

How much $ to bring per day: $25


Spring/Summer Packing List: Walking shoes, light jacket, umbrella, portable charger, a bathing suit

We wished we packed: More casual clothes, the local style is pretty laid back.

We wished we left behind: Extra pairs of jeans, realistically you only need one pair.

Fall/Winter Packing List: Comfortable/warm shoes, a heavy coat, layers, hat, scarf, umbrella

We wished we packed: A book about WWII to read on the plane or bus.

We wished we left behind: Extra shoes. You really only need one or two pairs of good walking shoes.

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The Food

Average cost of lunch: Anywhere from $5-$20 (depending on the city and local currency)

Tipping: A few dollars.

Atmosphere: Pretty busy in restaurants, and there are also a TON of food vendors.

Best place to have lunch: We ate at this great burger place, Hans Im Gluck, in Dusseldorf, Germany. The inside of the restaurant is filled with trees!

You HAVE to try: Fondue, Trdelnik (Prague), Currywurst (Germany)

Advice: The outdoor markets and vendors are great cheap eats!

Budapest Baths

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Everything Else

Total spend on souvenirs: $30-$50

Coolest thing you bought: A Hungarian secret box, holiday decorations, and a leather purse in Prague!

Free time: Visit the markets! Christmas markets start in the Fall, and there are Easter markets in the Spring.

Tips/Advice: Bus rides are nice for catching up on rest, but remember to look out the window! You can gain so much insight just from observing and contrasting architecture from city to city, or even within the city itself. There’s lots to learn from simple observance! Also, remember to lean into discomfort. The best experiences often come from the moments you doing something silly or unfamiliar.

Best Part: The Budapest Baths!

Julia Karam

Julia traveled with EF in 2015 and started in a content marketing co-op at EF Tours while in college. She has since studied abroad in Florence, Italy, traveled to 10+ countries, and now works as a Tour Consultant with EF Tours.

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