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bratislava or budapest or both?

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1. Posted by newlywed (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y


we are looking to go for a city break next february in eastern europe. we are attracted to easter europe because of the low cost. we liek the sound of bratislava but have heard that there isnt a lot to do. what would peopel recomend?? is budapest better? coudl we do both by catching a train from one to the other? how far is it and has anyone done this?

any help would be appreciated.


2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

I was wondering how you decided on Bratislava and Budapest. You are right about Bratislava. There is not much to do. Budapest warrants about two nights. Do NOT miss the baths at Gellert Hotel (on the banks of the Duna River on the Buda side of the city). If you have more time for Eatern Europe, I would suggest combining Budapest with Prague. Prague warrants about 3 nights. The train journey from Prague to Budapest is an overnight journey. I hope this helps.


3. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

I would certainly recommend Budapest over Bratislava. Took in both in the last few years - saw Bratislava in a day - Was in Budapest for 3 days and still didnt do everything that was there. Is a very beautiful city, and one that currently is not as touristy as it will be soon. It is the - for want of a better phrase - the new prague. Very historic and cultural with lots of places to look at and lovely architecture. Surrounding places worth a look if u have the time are prague, cesky krumlov in the south of the czech republic - v different from either prague or budapest, much quieter, but very quaint and a great way to spend a day or 3. Krakow in the south of POland is great as well, loads to do.

Hope i havent overloaded u!!

Wherever u decide to go in eastern europe im sure ull have a brilliant time.


4. Posted by newlywed (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

thank you guys for your helpful replies. thinking about bratislava i dont want to end up somewhere with not much to do for 3 day! is prague cheap for beers and food? what about budapest? we are looking for somewhere in eastern europe thats the best value once you are out there

5. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Prague is ridiculously cheap for beer and for food. I don't believe making any trips to the supermarket for food. Eating out was a low-cost deal. Somehow, I did not have the same luck with low-cost meals in Budapest. I guess I was looking in the wrong places. I mean, the meals were not expensive, but I went to Budapest right after Prague so in comparison, it seemed a little pricier than Prague. If I were you, I'd just pick Prague. I had to pinch myself several times during the trip to make sure I wasn't dreaming when I was there.


6. Posted by newlywed (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Thankyou pranavc. id heard though that prague had got more expensive lately. when did you go and did you have to eat in particular areas/ restarants to find the cheap ones?