Skip Navigation

Ideas & help needed for: Budapest, Bratislava ...

Travel Forums Europe Ideas & help needed for: Budapest, Bratislava ...

1. Posted by tehsi (Budding Member, 42 posts) 8 Nov '06 07:43

I am planning a trip to EE in end February and upon checking the map and reading as many posts in this forum as I can, I have decided that I wanna visit: Budapest (3 days); Bratislava (2 days); Prague (2 or 3 days) and Vienna or munich (2 days).

Can anyone please share with me what is there to do especially in Budapest and Bratislava. You know, what is the must see and must do things given the limitation of time. I know there's the famous thermal bath & Danube River in Budapest are some of the places I must visit, (which baths are economical & good?):) As for Bratislava, I really have no idea.

Would spending 3 and 2 days in Budapest and Bratislava respectively be sufficient?

What's there to do in Munich? I'm deciding between Vienna or Munich to end my holidays.

Thanks and cheers.

2. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member, 34 posts) 8 Nov '06 10:04

Hi there,
The old town in Bratislava is quite small, but very pretty, so 2 days should be plenty to wander round and take it all in. There's also a couple of small museums that won't take up too much of your time, but they're all located in the old buildings, have some decent displays and are cheap to get into (about a euro each i think), so you should go into some of them.

The thing i most enjoyed about my time in Bratislava though was checking out an ice hockey game. It was fast and fun and the tourist office can organise tickets for you (they're only about 5 euro each). The local team is HC Slovan, and according to their website (www.hcslovan.sk) they'll still be playing in Feb. It's a fun couple hours if you're there on the right day.

I've never been to Vienna, but it would be a lot quicker to get there than to Munich, so Vienna might be a better choice if you've only got a short holiday and don't want to spend so much of it just travelling. You can even take a boat down the river from Bratislava. Munich is definately fun for the big beer houses though and you can check out the old glockenspiel. Though the pretty castles are all around Munich, not in the city, so you might not be able to see them in a short time without a car. I suspect there might be more for you to do in the centre of Vienna, especially if you're not that interested in the Munich beer halls.

3. Posted by jonnydonny (Budding Member, 23 posts) 13 Nov '06 11:51

i have been to budapest and bratislava. both got palces 4 a couple of days. beer is cheap in bratislava. less than a £1 a pint. also been to munich had 2 days there put would go back. if your interested in ww2 there is dachu in munich which was a concentration camp for the jews. easy to get to from the centre of munich and free to get in, also very interesting

4. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member, 280 posts) 13 Nov '06 12:29

Munich is nice, but Vienna is a wonderful city, I would say without a shadow of a doubt that you should pick Vienna.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 14 Nov '06 03:00

agree with Vienna, one of the nicest cities in europe

6. Posted by tehsi (Budding Member, 42 posts) 24 Nov '06 06:03

Hey, thank you all for your feedback.

Yup, places I will visit will definitely include Bratislava and Budapest, plus prague and vienna. :) thanks for the recommendations.

By the way, any good recommendations for hotel / hostel / apartments stay in Bratislava? Which part of the city has easy accessibility to most places, i.e. food, cuppa etc. and for sightseeings and of course economical as well (value for money).

thanks guys. You've all been a GREAT help.

Kathleen

7. Posted by enaumova (Budding Member, 7 posts) 24 Nov '06 08:06

i have just return from the trip to prague-bratislava-budapest. higlight to me was Budapest as it is illuminated in the night and if you drive up the citadel you'll be amazed by the beauty. I would say it was even nicer than the view from Eiffel. About the accomodation - I would suggest to book it in advance if you do not want to get into too expensive hotels (they are easy to find which is not the case whith cheaper ones). Thermal baths is very good experience as well and they are all around the same price - 10EUR I think.

About the time - I would say Prague you can do easily in 2 days but if you want to get into cafes then 3 days is better. Budapest - as well 3 days is nice. Just a little bit outside the city there is a park of communism statues, there are buildings spread all over the city and the ride around the city is nice itself.

I did not enjoy Bratislava so much. I would say that one day there is enough to see what is worth to see. And if you are renting a car be careful with the police officers and border guys. They like to take advantage of tourists;)

8. Posted by kody (Respected Member, 234 posts) 7 Jun '07 02:35

Hi all,

I'm a lil ambitious.
My plan is to hit 3 places in 4 days.

I'll be touching down in Bratislava in this coming August around 9:30-10am on the 1st day.
So I presume that I can pretty much cover Bratislava town it self on the very 1st day.

On the 2nd day, I wanted to travel to Budapest via train since it's much quicker than hydrofoil. I've checked that Hydrofoil will takes 4.5hrs and charge 99Euro for a return trip Bra-Bud-Bra. As for train it takes 2.5hrs to reach Budapest.

However, I failed to check how much it'll cost by a return train ticket because the link below redirected me to a non-english webpage.

http://www.zsr.sk/

Anyone got a clue on how much is a return fare for a direct train from Bratislava to Budapest?
Planning to spend a night in Budapest.

3rd day, I'm thinking of an evening train from Budapest to Vienna and spend a night in Vienna, and cover Vienna on the 4th day, before heading back to Bratislava in the evening to catch my flight back to London. Flight is at 22:30.

Kindly please advice as if the whole idea is too much, I'll be skipping Vienna if that's the case and will only concentrate Bratis & Buda.
I would appreciate your kind advice.

Many thanks!

Cheers,
Nick;)