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Budepest verses Prague

We are planning a river cruise on the Danube in May. It starts in Prague and ends in Budapest. We are contemplating adding some extra days at one of these cities. Which city has more to offer for the museum/castle type of travelers?

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The cities have some commonality in that they're both split by a major river. They're both beautiful cities too.
We have found that Budapest doesn't have so many weekend revelers coming over from the U.K. Budapest does have a very strong nightlife with ruin pubs and large parties in Roman Baths on weekends, however. The young people of Budapest speak great English, and they're very hip.
We just feel more secure in Budapest, and plan on returning in April, 2020 for our 3rd visit in recent years.

Posted by
892 posts

They both have castles on the hills. Both have lots of museums. Budapest has Parliament, which is incredible. And far fewer areas that feel crowded. I prefer and would suggest Budapest.

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13314 posts

Budapest would get my vote every time. Plus Hungary has great food and even better wines. Don't miss the Postal Museum, the Holocaust Museum and the Parliament.

Posted by
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I'd go for Prague if it weren't for the crowds, but there they are so Budapest it is. And, not a bad second.

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That's a tough one, but we were so impressed with Budapest---particularly it's affordability, that we added 4 additional days to our 3 day stay! It was just a great place, good food and food halls, safe, etc. I love Prague as well and am visiting the 2nd time over Christmas. Can you do both? They deserve your time!

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Thank you all, for your advice. I think I am going to try and add two days onto each end of the trip!