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We're planning a September trip with stops in Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana and Bled, and it would be great to get some tips on hotels and housing options! We're adventurous, but still want something on the more comfortable side (by which I mean no luxury hotels or shared bathroom hostels). Thanks!

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We'll be in Salzburg for a couple nights late in the summer and would love any hotel recommendations. Ideally, something historic with character and modern amenities - and most importantly, something that won't break the bank (no Hotel Sacher or luxury castle resorts!)

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Does anyone have any ice cream recommendations for Ljubljana, Bled and/or Piran? Thanks!

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I'm looking for great ice cream recommendations for Prague as well! Vegetarian restaurants where I can eat something besides fried cheese would also be helpful to know about. THANKS!

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    • Angelato CafeRytirska 27
      Sarah Warren recommended Angelato Cafe
      My favorite gelateria in Prague, made in-house with fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits. Friendly owners and cute atmosphere made this a daily destination for me while in town.
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      Sarah Warren

      This is a fantastic gelateria located halfway between Wenceslas and Old Town Squares. Fresh ingredients, seasonal fruits, and a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy!

    • Bistro Metropolitan - NerudovaNerudova 225/44, Malá Strana, 118 00 Prague-Praha, Czech Republic
      Sarah Warren recommended Bistro Metropolitan - Nerudova
      Fine vegetarian dining located directly beneath Prague Castle. Vegan options available
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      Sarah Warren

      A slightly more upscale vegetarian restaurant, with vegan options as well. Directly beneath Prague Castle!

    • Country LifeMelantrichova 463/15, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
      Sarah Warren recommended Country Life
      As a former vegetarian, this place was my salvation whilst in Prague. Buffet-style restaurant with an incredible salad bar and wide array of vegetarian entrees.
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      Sarah Warren

      Hey Becky! I visited Prague while vegetarian and this place was a total godsend. It's a buffet-style restaurant with an incredible salad bar and wide array of vegetarian entrees.

    • Maly BuddhaÚvoz 46, Praha 1, Hradčany Prague, Česká republika
      Gregory recommended Maly Buddha
      Arteries clogging from all the fried cheese and pork knees you been eating? You best get into Maly Buddha and fill up on healthy Vietnamese fare. Great vegetarian options and plenty of vegetables on ... read more
      this menu - sometimes an anomaly in Prague.
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      Great for vegetables, not so sure about ice cream though.

    • Emily Drevets commented on this list

      I can't remember the name of the place in Ljubljana, but bear with me: At the central square, after crossing the bridge to the side that's closer to the big hill and walking to the right, there was an ice cream cart that had Mozart flavored ice cream, which was a combination of chocolate, hazelnut, and pistachio. It was incredible and I wish I had some right now. Good luck!

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    • Lesar Hotel AngelGornji Trg 7, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
    • Wallenstein Palace & GardenValdštejnske náměstí 3, Prague 118 00 Czech Republic
    • Letna Parknábreží Edvarda Beneše, Prague 170 00 Czech Republic
    • Café SperlGumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Vienna, Austria
    • Petrin Hill Observation TowerMalostranske náměstí, Prague 118 00 Czech Republic
    • Prague CastleJiřská, Prague 119 00 Czech Republic
    • Old Jewish CemeteryŠiroká, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic
    • Leopold MuseumMuseumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
    • KunstHausWienUntere Weißgerberstraße 13, Vienna, Austria
    • Městské muzeum a galerie - synagogaU Tržiště 475/10, 690 02 Břeclav District, Czech Republic
    • Eisriesenwelt, 5450 WerfenEisriesenwelt, 5450 Werfen, Austria
    • Klub architektůBetlémské náměstí 169/5a, 110 00 Prague 1-Old Town, Czech Republic
    • Zentralfriedhof234 Simmeringer Hauptstraße, Vienna, 9 1110 Austria
    • arte vidaDreifaltigkeitsgasse 9, Salzburg 5020, Austria
      Pro 2014
      Rachel E. recommended arte vida
      Amazing location for a lovely B&B style guesthouse. With a Moroccan theme, the furnishings feel luxurious and comfortable. The rooms are quite large with high ceilings. The only downside was the ... read more
      smallness of the bathrooms (so small in fact, that the shower was in the bathroom...literally). The lounge with fully equipped kitchen was great for cooking full meals and relaxing. You have your own dedicated space in the refrigerator and freezer to keep any food for later. The back garden was nice for relaxing in the afternoon with a cup of coffee. Some of the best restaurants in the city are within a few blocks and the Mirabell Gardens are 3 minutes away. The other downside is that most of Salzburg is under construction so by 7:30AM construction noise started all over the city. However, for the price and the space you get, it was well worth it.
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      Rachel E.

      I know I had trouble finding anything within my price range last summer. I stayed here with my folks and although it's not historic, it is very spacious and comfortable and literally in one of the best locations (2 minutes from the Mirabell Gardens and 4 minutes walk across the river to the center). It also has a back garden which is really nice for relaxing at night.

    • Boutique Hotel StadthalleHackengasse 20, Vienna 1150, Austria (Formerly Minotel)
      Pro 2014
      Rachel E. recommended Boutique Hotel Stadthalle
      Usually when I see the "eco-friendly" label on a hotel that either means bare basics or extremely expensive. I was thrilled that this hotel was neither! Room: Pros: Very space efficient. We had a twin ... read more
      room and the beds were head to head so no awkward rolling on your friend. Well-appointed design elements, everything looked new and clean. TV with several good international channels. We had a room overlooking the rooftop lavender field and it was nice and quiet. Cons: The eco-friendly air-circulation system didn't quite work for us during our hot and humid stay. We couldn't figure out how to use the air conditioning and so it was hot at night. Also the bathroom is configured oddly and thankfully we were good enough friends to not worry about privacy but it's definitely more for couples and families (glazed glass doors and no private dressing area except behind a fairly sheer curtain) Services: Free wifi--good strength Computers in the lobby--saw plenty of others using them Luggage storage--secure and easy Breakfast: Pros: Wide selection of meats, cheeses, egg dishes, yogurt, fruit, breads and sandwich spreads. Tea, juice and coffee as well. We ate in the lovely garden area but you can also dine in their dinning area. Cons: Come early. Although the food never ran out, the selection got smaller. Location: Three blocks from the Westbahnhof and less than a block from a major tram stop that takes you into the center of town. It was quiet, good for making train connections, but not walkable to the center (if that is a must, for us it wasn't) Overall, really nice hotel and I will definitely be staying there again.
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      Rachel E.

      Nice eco-hotel near the train station. A bit too far to walk in, but great transportation links.

    • Molly Freedenberg recommended Benediktinerabtei St. Georgenberg-Fiech
      This centuries-old monastery-turned-abbey still houses real live monks, but it also maintains a number of guest rooms for pilgrims (and non-believers who say or imply that they're pilgrims) at a ... read more
      reasonable price. The rooms are simple, but nicer and fresher than you might expect, and the tall ceilings, majestic hallways, framed excerpts from Bibles of the ages, and monks themselves all lend to the special magic, mysticism, and history of the abbey's atmosphere. Visitors are allowed to witness (or participate) in the monks' nightly chant ritual, view their interesting museum of global art (as well as the abbey's history), and imbibe in libations in a basement bar area...perhaps even with one of the monks himself.
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      Molly Freedenberg

      An especially interesting, affordable, and comfortable option in places like Germany, Austria, and France is a monastery or convent. Many full-functioning monasteries and convents set aside rooms or wings for "pilgrims," who pay a modest rate for clean, comfy digs. This one also has a bar downstairs - awesome.

    • Vila BledC Svobode 26, Bled 4260, Slovenia
      Pro 2014
      Alex recommended Vila Bled
      Let's say you were a Slovenian president, visiting head of state or famous celebrity, and you wanted to go to an alpine lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and an imposing hilltop medieval castle and ... read more
      centered around an island lake with the most beautiful church atop it. You would, of course, have to stay at the Vila Bled. On the banks of Lake Bled, the hotel's view is possibly even more stunning than its restaurant (or spa). Take a small rowboat out to the island and tour the church (be sure to walk the steps to the church bell; good luck is said to come to those who ring it).
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    • Do & Co1, Wien, Österreich
      Meg Brooker recommended Do & Co
      A fascinating fusion of Viennese and Asian cuisine with a killer view of the city, Do & Co is my boyfriend's favorite restaurant in Vienna (and he's a pretty tough food and wine critic). Advance ... read more
      reservations are an absolute must, and definitely ask for a table with a Stephansplatz view.
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      Meg Brooker

      Do & Co is a very cool hotel-- not sure what your budget is and if adventuresome also means affordable, but this place is pretty amazing, and even if you don't stay here, it makes for a very chic dinner out--

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