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christmas market

planning a driving trip to the Christmas market this winter from Budapest, Hungary to Regensburg Germany a long the Danube River. Any ideas as to what highways to use to see the different cities along the way, how much time to spend in each city?

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We did part of that trip last December (Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich) via train so not sure about the roadways along the Danube.

It's a festive time to be in Europe--the markets in each city are different and it's fun to compare. As far as how much time to spend, Budapest was our favorite Christmas market city--we easily spent 4 nights there and stayed at Hotel Zenit Budapest Palace just around the corner from the main market. We also stayed 4 nights in Vienna--perhaps one night too many though the markets are spread all over the city so there is quite a lot to see there--especially if you want to go to some of the museums too. In a smaller city, (Salzburg for us), 2-3 nights could be enough.

The time you spend really depends what you want to do and see in each city (in addition to the Christmas markets)--we like to settle in for 3-4 days to have a relaxed experience.

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Do something unusual. Budapest to Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, to Bratislava, then Vienna. Its a beautiful drive, Banská Bystrica has a nice market and you get to enjoy yet another culture. Adds about 3 hours of driving on to your trip.

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Thank you, you were very helpful, we thought at least 2-3 days , in each city, and I thought the drive would be beautiful at that
time of year, how were the road, clean of snow or not taken care of?
Margaret

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No one can guess the weather. The December we traveled it was a few days after Christmas and while it had snowed a few days earlier there was very little on the roads. I guess it could be bad if the snow were fresh and heavy. If that were the case I might reconsider the trip north through Slovakia and go the more direct route towards Vienna on the major highways. But that's a decision you can make when the time comes.