Melk Abbey or Budapest.

Old May 7th, 2003, 03:43 PM
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Melk Abbey or Budapest.

Day trip from Vienna on the Danube--which would you choose.
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Old May 7th, 2003, 03:46 PM
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Melk Abbey, try to catch it during an organ concert, it is amazing. Take a climb up to the organ and stroll the other rooms, I really enjoyed it.

Budapest is nice too, hard to choose, depends on your taste, really.
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Old May 7th, 2003, 05:34 PM
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Budapest need more than a day. Save it for another trip.
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Old May 7th, 2003, 06:58 PM
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weaverm: There really is no comparison. Budapest is an amazing beautiful city with much to see and do, but it requires a minimum of three days to do it justice and more if you really want to see it.
Melk would be a much shorter ride, has a pretty fantastic Abbey and the town is cute. It is a neat place for a one day/night trip from Vienna. Take a boat on the Danube up to Durnstein or Krems, both neat (if a bit touristy) towns. You can train or boat back.
Trains leave Vienna for Melk hourly and it takes an hour. The Hotel Furst is a creaky, fluffy old hotel (Rick Steves accurate description) right under the Abbey. It is clean and quaint. Try to get one of the upper level rooms right over the front with a view of the happenings below. The restaurant in the hotel serves medium-priced home cooking. Really quite good. Have a great trip.
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Old May 8th, 2003, 08:11 AM
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Thanks for the help--we'll do Melk and vicinity this trip, Budapest next trip.
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