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Imperial Weekend - Vienna and Budapest

Enjoy August’s long weekend visiting three Hapsburg capital cities; Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.


Breakfast will be waiting for you when you arrive in Budapest on Friday morning. After breakfast you will take a guided tour of the city before checking into your four star hotel in the afternoon, leaving your evening free to explore the Hungarian capital. On Saturday you will have the chance to visit the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Sunday you will transfer to Vienna, where you can immerse yourself in Austrian art, opera and culture with your tour manager's assistance. In Vienna, you can visit the Imperial Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, watch a performance of the Lipizzaner Stallions at the Spanish Riding School or the Vienna Boy’s Choir, or visit the Prater amusement park. On Monday morning you will have the chance to visit Schönbrunn Palace before you return home.

Spaces on the Imperial Weekend trips often sell out quickly. Reserve yours today with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation!

Estimated Itinerary

Thursday: Check in

After settling into your seat, lean back and relax while your comfortable coach whisks you away to Budapest, the first destination in your multi-city trip. Don’t forget the essentials for your overnight ride. Blankets, pillows, power banks, and drinks will all help make your overnight journey to Hungary more enjoyable.

Friday: Budapest

After you arrive in Budapest, drop off your luggage at your four star hotel and have breakfast, you will take part in a guided orientation tour of the city. Budapest was created by joining two cities, Buda and its royal castle on the hill, and Pest, the city center across the Danube river. After your morning tour you will be free to enjoy the city however you like. Shopping on the Vaci Utca, visiting the Turkish Baths, and enjoying the riverside promenade are always popular choices. Fans of the James Bond film “Goldeneye” will not want to miss Memento Park, the resting place of 40 Soviet statues, plaques and memorials which were removed at the end of the Cold War. 

Saturday: Free day or optional excursion to Bratislava*

Will you visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, today, or enjoy more of Budapest’s culture and attractions? The choice is yours. Also on the Danube, the city of Bratislava is also a former Hapsburg Imperial Capital, and features a castle and a small but interesting city center along the river. This is your chance to eat at the UFO restaurant on the peak of the Most SNP, the bridge crossing the Danube River from the city center. Your evening will be spent in Budapest, and will be another opportunity for you to enjoy Hungarian cuisine and hospitality.

Sunday: Vienna

When you arrive in Vienna, the capital of Austria, and the home of the Imperial Hapsburg family, you will be stepping back in time to the 19th century.  While the city has all the modern conveniences, including a Hard Rock Café, the city center maintains its 19th century appearance and feel, complete with horse and carriage rides and much more.  After an orientation tour of the Imperial Capital, you will be free to explore the Hofburg, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, watch a performance of the Lipizzaner Stallions at the Spanish Riding School or the Vienna Boy’s Choir, or visit the Prater amusement park.  Your tour manager can even assist with making plans for the evening, if you would like to go to the opera, concerts or dinner. 

Monday: Return to Kaiserslautern

After breakfast, a stop at Schönbrunn Palace** will allow you to visit the gardens before your afternoon return drive to Kaiserslautern. 

* Optional excursion at additional fee paid directly to tour manager
** Optional Palace entry not included

Price, on or prior to Friday, June 14

  • Double Occupancy: $649 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $879

Price, on or after Saturday, June 15

  • Double Occupancy: $729 p.p.
  • Single Occupancy: $959
  • Children aged 4-11 with 2 paid adults: $589 per child
  • Infants under 4 sharing existing bedding with adult: $229 per infant
  • Children under 12 will be accommodated in either a triple room for two adults and one child or in unconnected double rooms for families with multiple children.
  • Infant price does not apply in triple rooms.

Deadlines and Discounts: Early bird discount expires on Friday, June 14

Trip Includes: 

  • Round trip tour bus transportation
    • 2 overnights at Novotel Budapest Centrum**** or equivalent
    • 1 overnights at IntercityHotel Wien**** or equivalent
  • Daily breakfast (including upon arrival in Budapest)
  • Guided tours of Vienna and Budapest

Optional excursions: 

  • Bratislava City Excursion: €40 per person.  Payable to Tour Manager in cash.  

What to Bring: 

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Credit/Debit Card or Euro
  • Powerbanks (ODR cannot guarantee availability of charging options on 3rd party contracted busses).
  • Military ID and Passport

Departure: 6 p.m. from Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, bldg. 2905

Return: Around 11 p.m.

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. Reserve your space today by contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

Cancellation Policy:

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior to Friday, June 28
  • 40% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Monday, July 1
  • 60% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, July 11
  • 70% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, July 18
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, July 25
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of or reason for that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.