Four days in Budapest? enough?

Old Jul 13th, 2004, 07:50 AM
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Four days in Budapest? enough?

I am planning a trip to Prague and Budapest. I have four days planned for each city. Should I spend more time in one or the other?

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It's been several years since I visited Budapest, but four days probably is more than enough.
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Old Jul 13th, 2004, 12:13 PM
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I agree - 4 days is more than enough.

I spent 4 days in Prague and wished I had more time. Too much to see and do.
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Old Jul 13th, 2004, 04:52 PM
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I prefer Budapest to Prague, though not all do. Among other things, what there is worth seeing in Prague is closer together, than what there is worth seeing in Budapest. Left to my own, I'd probably go for 3 in Prague and 5 in Budapest. But ... 4 well-planned days should cover Budapest adequately, as it surely will in Prague.
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Old Jul 13th, 2004, 05:53 PM
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I also prefer Budapest to Prague (although I have found that I am in the minority in that). When I visited both cities, I was wishing for more time in Budapest (we had spent more time in Prague). I think equal time in both cities should work out well.
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Old Jul 13th, 2004, 08:18 PM
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We spent four days in Budapest and four in Prague. It was enough but I can't wait to go again.
Next time, I'll go to Budapest first so I can spend my first day at the Széchenyi baths and recover from travel.
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Old Jul 14th, 2004, 09:02 AM
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Tell me more about the baths--sounds wonderful.
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Old Jul 15th, 2004, 06:36 AM
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Hungary has 100 or so thermal baths, including a dozen or so in Budapest. These are naturally heated mineral waters, with precise composition varying by location. Many/most are recommended there for treatment of various ailments. The national tourist office has, or at least did have, a directory available in English (and other languages).

The best-known, and fanciest are those at the Gellert Hotel in Budapest. Others include the Széchenyi, Rudas and others. Some are single-sex only, some are part single-sex, part both sexes together, the distinction being made either on a space/area basis (as the Gellert's with some men-only, some women-only, some both) or on a day/time basis.

Apart from any therapeutic benefit from water minerals, the experience is delightful, not the least because they are wonderfully relaxing. The pools vary in size and in temperature as well as ambiance.

A web search will bring up more info faster than trying to recreate it here.
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Rod did his research, I can only add that I went to both the Gellert and the Széchenyi. The Gellert used to be very lovely but it hasn't been well cared for and still retains some charm. My biggest complaint about the Gellert was that the pools and steam rooms were not hot enough.
The Széchenyi was a labyrinth of steam rooms, hot saunas and pools, including a wave pool. The steam room was like walking into a hot fog, I loved it. If you're not used to hot steam then bring a washcloth to cover your face with.
Bring a towel, bathing suit, flip flops and your toiletries.
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