My SO and I are planning a European adventure next spring and I was hoping to get some advice! We'll have about 2 weeks (maybe 2.5 if I can swing the vacation time) in April/May. We'd both really like to visit Prague so have decided on the Czech Republic for the first week. Besides the typical tourist sights (castle, Jewish Quarter, etc.), are there any off-the-beaten-track must-sees? Any recommended day-trips? We were also thinking of going down to Cesky Krumlov for a night.
Although I'm sure we could easily occupy ourselves in Czech for a second week, we'd like to hit a second country while we're there. Currently, we're torn between Budapest and Croatia. Has anyone been? Pros/cons of both?Budapest seems to be easier in terms of (economic) transport options from Prague and gives us more flexibility in when we go. I also didn't realize how long it takes to get from the northern part of Croatia down to southern Dalmatia- two of the places we want to see (Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik) are over 10 hours apart! The problem, of course, is that the Adriatic coast is a bit more appealing to me than a Hungarian bath....
Regardless, this will be a first for both of us and I know we will have a good time wherever we go. Our interests are pretty diverse- we like history, architecture, the outdoors, good food/drinks, seeing beautiful places, and just experiencing new cultures. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!