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Debating going to Krakow or Edinburgh or Budapest (I know not usual combinations)

Debating going to Krakow or Edinburgh or Budapest (I know not usual combinations)

Old Aug 1st, 2022, 12:03 PM
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Debating going to Krakow or Edinburgh or Budapest (I know not usual combinations)

Hello smart travel people!!!

I am a solo traveler and am not enjoying my current destination (a beach destination, super tired of the beach) so Iím looking to change my plans 2 days from now. I already was concerned about accommodation given the festival in Edinburgh but found top rated hostels in the city center for less than $50 a night. Ditto for the other 2 locations.

My interests: History, Architecture, Food, Nature/Hiking

I will be staying for 4 nights (3 - 7th). I am debating either going to Edinburgh for the Fringe festival or Krakůw or Budapest because I heard amazing things about the latter 2 destinations. Has anyone been to all or some of these locations?

Iíve found good accommodation for all places so thatís not an issue.

I know theyíre not usually compared but I saw thereís a special event in Edinburgh so wasnít sure if I should miss it!

Krakůw appeals to me because of its beauty and Iím also Ukrainian so we have very similar cultures. Iím also Jewish so visiting Auschwitz is very important to me. Any input appreciated!

And Budapest seems to be every solo travelers favorite destination! And I loved Prague and have heard Krakůw is like a mini Prague.

I think if it wasnít for the Fringe festival I probably would save Edinburgh for another trip. Iíve never been into the arts but I watched the YouTube videos and it seems intriguing!
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Old Aug 1st, 2022, 12:30 PM
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From what you write, Krakow sounds like the best choice.

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Old Aug 1st, 2022, 01:38 PM
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Any reason why not Edinburgh? I guess one side of my brain is like when will you ever be in Edinburgh during Fringe again. I guess a part of me is feeling what is called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

I guess whatever I choose I canít lose!

I also forgot to add I was considering Berlin as well since it intrigued me but I also heard some say itís just a big city like NYC. I have a friend who lives in Berlin so I could even see him for a day. But donít wanna base a decision just off that.
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Old Aug 1st, 2022, 02:09 PM
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You don't tell us where you are now, which might affect the choice .

I understand the pull of Krakov but that is not a time limited event whereas the Edinburgh Fringe is only on for a short period of time. If you can really stay there for that price, go for it.
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Old Aug 1st, 2022, 02:29 PM
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You don't tell us where you are now, which might affect the choice .

I understand the pull of Krakov but that is not a time limited event whereas the Edinburgh Fringe is only on for a short period of time. If you can really stay there for that price, go for it.
Omg I really apologize!! I am currently in Athens. I have already been to a lot of Greece, so not interested in staying here. I found a $70 flight to London on Aegean. Then could take a $100 6 hour train ride to Edinburgh (I love trains, so it would be cool to see the British countryside). Thereís also a direct flight to Edinburgh on EasyJet for $181. The train + plane combo would arrive 4 hours earlier.

Berlin has a direct flight for $345 on Aegean.

Krakow costs $257 and requires a stop in ZŁrich on Swiss airlines. 5 hours total.

Budapest has a direct flight from Athens for $203 on Aegean.

Price isnít really an issue for me, I am looking for the best experience. But of course saving money is always a plus.
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Old Aug 1st, 2022, 03:08 PM
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Just a bit skeptical -- IF you in fact found a city centre hostel for less than £40 (with availability) in Edinburgh that is the bargain of the year. Jump on it - (but at those rates it might be a social services hostel)

The city is HUGE fun in August but all restaurants are extremely crowded so you'll need to book in advance unless you are just eating prepackaged sandwiches and street food.
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Our visit to Krakow was amazing. I recommend it but it will be there next time you return to Europe. Since Edinburgh is an option for you now, it would be my choice. So much going on! So much fun! If you can find a reasonable place to stay, meals and ticket prices will be manageable. In my experience, performances began mid-morning and there were places to go, things to do, productions to see until midnight. In addition to the fringe and the International festivals and the Tattoo, donít forget the book festival.
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Originally Posted by k_marie View Post
Our visit to Krakow was amazing. I recommend it but it will be there next time you return to Europe. Since Edinburgh is an option for you now, it would be my choice. So much going on! So much fun! If you can find a reasonable place to stay, meals and ticket prices will be manageable. In my experience, performances began mid-morning and there were places to go, things to do, productions to see until midnight. In addition to the fringe and the International festivals and the Tattoo, donít forget the book festival.
I decided on Edinburgh. Was even able to book tickets to the castle! And a Harry Potter walking tour
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Good choice. I have been to all 3 destinations, plus Prague as well, and I was going to say you cannot miss with any of them, however, the Edinburgh Festival made the decision easier. Have a wonderful time.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2022, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by AlpacaLlama View Post
I decided on Edinburgh. Was even able to book tickets to the castle! And a Harry Potter walking tour
THANKS for posting your decision! Too often people ask for advice but never report backÖEven though I offered no advice, thinking there was no bad choice, glad to know your outcome.
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In case you havenít already found it, hereís a link for whatís onó

https://edinburghtourist.co.uk/whats-on/august/
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That's wonderful, AlpacaLlama and I'm sure we all hope that you have a blast.
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