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TheOcean
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Heading to Budapest in December
20 days. Things to do? Recommendations on other cities/countries to go to?


namvet6566
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Vienna
Prague
You will love it


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Zappas Stache
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Ljubliana and Lake Bled in Slovenia.


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Globetrotter747
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Hungarian Parliament from across the river at night is a pretty sight to see. There’s an art museum up on a hill in that same area that’s not bad. That’s all I remember about Budapest. I wasn’t there long.


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03GeeTee
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
There's a pretty neat cave under the palace that was turned into a field hospital during WW2 by the Germans (and later used as a bunker by the communists). It's worth taking the tour if you're in the area.

Also the Terror House Museum is good if you like history. The museum is located in the police headquarters that was used by the Gestapo and later the communists. There are numerous exhibits detailing the horrors and struggles the Hungarians faced by both groups and is a good way to learn about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Also, I second the recommendation of Prague. Overall I liked Budapest a little more than Prague but had a great time in both cities. Beer is cheap and very good in Prague.
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BigVoodoo
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
I did a train from Prague to krakow to Budapest ….. honestly had a hard time picking a favorite between the three


BigVoodoo
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Budapest is actually two cities Buda on one side the river and Pest on the other side. Must see Parliament House, Opera House, Gellert Bath house, Heroes Square, fisherman’s bastion, st. stephens basilica, and stroll along the promenade


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TheOcean
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
How long does it take to get to the three?


BigVoodoo
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
About 7 hours from Prague to krakow (take sleeper trains) about 9 hours krakow to Budapest . One other gem we stopped at was cesky krumlov in Czech Republic


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Nole Man
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
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Krampus. Hallstatt. December 5th.

See you there!


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speckledawg
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Budapest is great. Check out some ruins pubs (Szimpla Kert was cool) and the baths.
Faust Wine cellar was great and super cheap. Would highly recommend (Reservations recommended, but we got lucky and someone had canceled when we showed up).
Fisherman's Bastion and go up to Castle Hill.
We did a cheap river cruise that was fun. Great views of the parliament building from the river.

We took a train from Prague to Budapest and it was enjoyable. Careful with cabs in Budapest. Some will try to screw you. Not sure about now, but a few years ago, there was no Uber/Lyft.

As others mentioned, definitely go to Prague. Great city.


OldHickory
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Budapest to Vienna is an easy train ride. When I saw the Budapest train station, it felt like a third world country… but you go a couple blocks and it looks like Paris. The ruin pubs are great. Prague is cool. Took a bus from Budapest to Prague and definitely wouldn’t recommend that. Check on the Covid entry requirements for individual countries… they may be different.


03GeeTee
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Budapest had Uber when I went 2 years ago. However, the Bolt app was more popular in that part of Europe and seemed slightly cheaper than Uber.


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Pepperoni
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
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Check on the Covid entry requirements for individual countries… they may be different.

And these requirements seem to fluctuate by the individual states within some EU countries as well.


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HurricaneDunc
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re: Heading to Budapest in December
Christmas markets will be open during that time. 20 days is a long visit, so you’ll definitely want to explore other places nearby. Vienna. Great wine stops in Austria. . Lake Bled in Slovenia. Poland is nearby but would recommend flying. Wiz air should be your go to out of Budapest.

Lived in Budapest for 2.5 years.


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