Get Inspired / Europe / Hungary / Czech Republic / Austria Europe’s Crown Jewels Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Hungary / Czech Republic / Austria Europe’s Crown Jewels story by: Inspire Magazine We’ll never be royals, but we can holiday like them in the imperial cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague. Glimpse into the regal past of the Habsburg dynasty in the incredible imperial cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague. This family was of the main ruling forces in Europe from the 15th until the 20th century, leaving behind an array of opulent palaces and prominent landmarks. Awe-inspiring architecture No great royal family can rule without a beautiful palace, which is why these cities are overflowing with their grandeur today. Wander the magnificent grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, the Royal Palace in Budapest and the Prague Castle. Each piece of architecture is etched with charm, lined by narrow cobbled streets so ancient you can feel, see and touch the history around you. The emperor’s new clothes Treat yourself to royal robes from arguably the most luxurious shopping centres in the world. Vienna’s Kohlmarkt and Karntner Strasse are well known hubs for indulging in exclusive brands; from Chopard and Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. Budapest’s Vaci Street and Fashion Street are other shopping hot spots for the serious shoppers amongst you – you won’t exactly be hard done by! A crowning glory: kingly culture Culture reigns supreme in the cities where galleries, museums, opera houses and theatres occupy every street corner. Watch an opera or ballet in the stunning Vienna State Opera building or enjoy a show at the Prague National Theatre for a banquet to the eyes and ears. Delve into the darker side of Europe’s past in the Holocaust Memorial Centre and Jewish Museum in Budapest, then lift your spirits at the city’s inspiring Museum of Fine Arts. Take to the House of Music in Vienna to find out exactly why it’s known as the capital of classic music. Walk in the footsteps of royalty in any, or all, of these cities to embrace the elegance and power from days gone by. Royally inspired? Call us on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today. > Click here for Central & Eastern Europe Inspire deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Experience Austria Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Discover Budapest's Eastern promise Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.