On this trip, I combined walking and public transit but still managed to walk a ton. Taking the subway and tram was great for cities like Vienna and Budapest that are bigger and had places I wanted to visit that were out-of-the-way or just a little too far to walk. My hostels were either right on a tram line or very close to the city centre which made getting around way easier. Here’s a summary of the steps/km and flights on my trip:
Day 1 (Travel/Prague): 17,234 steps (11.1 km), 21 flights of stairs
Day 2 (Vienna): 24,268 steps (16.0 km), 46 flights of stairs
Day 3 (Vienna): 14,305 steps (9.5 km), 48 flights of stairs
Day 4 (Vienna): 27,699 steps (19.7 km), 51 flights of stairs
Day 5 (Vienna): 33,276 steps (22.6 km), 55 flights of stairs
Day 6 (Budapest): 13,785 steps (8.5 km), 8 flights of stairs
Day 7 (Budapest): 31,655 steps (22.5 km), 51 flights of stairs
Day 8 (Budapest): 22,565 steps (14.6 km), 20 flights of stairs
Day 9 (Budapest): 21,339 steps (15.3 km), 58 flights of stairs
Day 10 (Budapest): 7,472 steps (4.9 km), 2 flights of stairs (spent the day sick at the hostel!)
Day 11 (Bratislava): 21,558 steps (15.2 km), 46 flights of stairs
Day 12 (Prauge): 21,468 steps (15.4 km), 43 flights of stairs
Day 13 (Prague): 27,302 steps (17.6 km), 44 flights of stairs
Day 14 (Prague): 18,524 steps (11.7 km), 29 flights of stairs
Day 15 (Prague): 34,344 steps (23.9 km), 85 flights of stairs
Day 16 (Travel home): 11,902 steps (7.3 km), 8 flights of stairs
Total: 348,696 steps (236 km), 615 flights of stairs in 16 days. Not bad!
As with my other Travel Fitness posts, fitness is not only exercise but diet as well. I typically ate breakfast at the hostel (often some sort of grain) and I had granola bars in my bag to snack on throughout the day (to save money). I usually ate one large dinner to try the local cuisine and national dishes, including a dessert. I felt that with all the walking I was doing, I was justified in enjoying some treats. I really enjoyed all the food I tried.
Here’s all the food I tried (or at least remembered to take pictures of before devouring).