My husband and I will be traveling to Vienna on May 18th in order for me to attend a conference there. The conference is over at noon on the 21st and we plan to remain in Vienna for two or three more days (since I won't have much time to see the city at first). We are trying to decide whether to visit Budapest or Munich afterwards; I have been reading travel guides and both cities seem wonderful and I am having a difficult time deciding. If anyone has advice/insight to offer regarding the Budapest/Munich choice and/or the cities (including Vienna) themselves, I would love to hear it; we have never been to any of these cities.
To be honest, you can't go really go wrong whichever you choose. All 3 are wonderful cities, so it doesn't really matter which one you decide afterwards!
To try and help, what are you interested in/specific requirements? Budapest is significantly cheaper, and is also currently less toursity/undeveloped. However, its taking off in a big way at the moment, and i would guess that within 5 years max, it will have been properly diccovered like Dublin and Prague have in recent years, and become allot more expensive and overrun with tourists. It also has the "Danube bend" nearby for a lovely day out, and although not the most direct route, it's perfectly possible to stop off in Bratislava for a few hours on route to have a look (or as a trip from Vienna if desired)
Munich is a big city that still manages to feel Bavarian instead of German or International, despite lots of tourists and international business. You have teh advantage that Salzburg is betwen Vienna and Munich, so wiould be easy to to stop off for a few hours on the way if you desired, whilst it's close enough to visit the alps for a day, and also places like Oberammergau, Fussen and Murnau, all important/famous for very different reasons and worth a trip.
If i had to choose one for someone else, i would probably pick Budapest, but it's a very close call.
If you are looking for more detauils/suggestios for teh cities themselves, just reply here or PM me - unfortuantely i don't have time to go into details now, but can do if neccessary, as i know all of them well and frequently go to/through all as well.
Tough call. I spent a summer in Budapest and loved it, but have visited Munich a few times and loved it there too.
Most of my experiences in Munich involved big steins of beer, but it's also a cute town and so typically Bavarian, plus there are nice day trips (Neuschwanstein castle is a must for most people, and I really liked the town of Regensburg... both 2ish hours away by train). Plus, as Gelli said, Salzburg is on the way, which is nice, but I wouldn't spend more than a day there. When I was in Salzburg, we took a day trip to a town called St. Gilgen, which was beautiful... little town on a little lake, take a tram up a little mountain for one of the best 360 degree mountain views i've seen. I'll send you a picture if you want. There were paths up top for hiking around and some people were hang gliding. I'm sure there are a bunch of other towns just like St. Gilden in that mountain region.
Budapest is beautiful, easy to get around, cheap... and maybe harder/more expensive to get to on later trips and therefore it might be good to go there now. if you want to go to munich some other time, you can fly pretty cheap into frankfurt, whereas there isn't really a cheap hub near budapest. going to the baths is cool and pretty unique (Szechenyi and Gellert were my favorites).
Hmmmm... don't know which i'd suggest... i guess if you want multiple stops/day trips, i'd say head in the munich direction, if you want to go to one place and stay put, budapest.
Oh, i would say Budapest. Had 3 days there on a tour of eastern europe last summer and loved it. There is somuch to do and see, and it is just eastern enough to have a unique feel about it. It is very unlike any other city ihave been too. Munich on the other hand is very German! Make of that what you will, but i would choose Budapest any day.
both are fine , very colourfull and traditional , so think of other things there are to do :
like shopping ? yes ? go to munich !
cheap food and beer ? go to munch !
cheaper food and wine ? go to budapest !
romance ? go to budapest !
fun in beer-halls ? go to munich !
hotel rates will be about the same