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1. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

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i'm thinking about going to Budapest for a few days on january, on my own.

i've beenr eading all the threads i could find about it, but i still cant make my mind up about it. How safe is this city? Might sound stupid to some, but i havent got the slightest idea about safety in eastern europe countries.
How cold is the winter there? and do you know any cheap and decent places to stay?

2. Posted by JohnMAndre (Inactive 5 posts) 9y

Having lived in Budapest I can tell you it is a perfectly safe city. Actually, I have yet to find a place anywhere in Europe that I don't feel safe. Perhaps because I come from the US where safety is not as common but I just don't find the stress in Europe as I do in the US (hence why I still live here).

It does get cold, maybe 0C (32F) so dress warm.

I don't remember the name but there is a hostel in the 7th district which was quite clean and well laid out (best I've seen). You can also rent an apartment (google for Budapest rental apartments) for something like €35-40 per night and get get a full home.

Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by Vadrozsa (Inactive 13 posts) 9y

Budapest is -in general- a safe city. No problems whatsoever, but allways bear in mind it is a Capital City and as everywhere it attracts all kind of people to visit. If you be prepared to face an unpleasant experience it allways helps. (cannot read if you are male or female)
In winter it can be cold to very cold. During daytime normal temperatures can vary between plus 5 and minus 5 degrees celcius.
In the dark it can be seriously colder; upto minus 15. Bear in mind that days in Hungary in winter are very short. Daylight between 9 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. At 4 in the afternoon it is completely dark.
Budapest offers lots of Hostels, Panzio's and cheaper Hotels as low as 4000 HUF per night.
Plenty possabilities on this site to search for one.

have fun in Budapest,

Kace

4. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Thanks to both of you for the information :)

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello s-deisler

I think Eastern Europe is safe enough. I have been there a bunch of times.
It can get very very cold. When it does, Budapest is a good place to be, because u can visit the Turkish baths, to warm up.

Although, beware of taking taxis. I dont trust them in most countries, but I think they may be a little worse, with the overcharging etc, in Budapest. I would choose public transport or walking, instead.

Mel

6. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

would you choose Budapest over Prague? and also, is there much to do in Bratislava?

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello S Deisler

If given the choice between Budapest or Prague, i really would not know which to choose. I have been to both, a few times, and they are both equal in interesting and beauty.

But that idea, that johnmcandre has, about renting an appartment, for 30 to 40 euros, might swing the decision for me, more towards Budapest, if i was going with a friend or two. This price is ok, because last year, i was in Prague, and payed around 18 euros, per night, for a bed, in a mixed dorm of a hostel.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2006, at 8:00 AM by Mel. ]

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Vadroze

How much would 4000 HUF be, in Euros?

This post reminds me, that it is about time i took another trip, to Budapest. I have not visited other parts of Hungary, so i think a trip out of the city is also in order.

Mel

9. Posted by Vadrozsa (Inactive 13 posts) 9y

Hi,
4000 HUF is about 15 euro.
Because I live just inbetween Bratislava and Budapest, I know my way around Bratislava quite good.
It is a nice place to visit, but just for a day or max. two, its much smaller than Budapest or Prag, which is very worthwhile visiting also. The whole innertown is renovated and kept in the old style. You can see several pictures from me on the picture pages from Hunagry, Tsjech Rep aswell on Slovakia page.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello s_deisler

Here are 2 links, u may find useful. They are about hostels in Budapest, and Prague. U can even use these links, to book them online.

Prague

http://www.bug.co.uk/reviews/hostels/Europe/Czech_Republic/Prague_Praha/sbi/rank_known_as_asc/index.htm

Budapest

http://www.bug.co.uk/reviews/hostels/Europe/Hungary/Budapest/sbi/rank_known_as_asc/index.htm

Mel