Trip advise to Munich, Vienna & Budapest

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Jan 30th, 2012, 07:38 PM
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Saige, thanks again for the info.
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Jan 31st, 2012, 07:04 AM
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You're welcome!
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Jan 31st, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Second class is comfortable but reserve seats, the trains can be crowded.
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Jan 31st, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Se liked this place in Budapest:

http://www.bellevuebudapest.com/inde...en&faz=1&aaz=0
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Jan 31st, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Jan 31st, 2012, 10:44 AM
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These days the trains just need 4.5 hrs from Munich to Vienna when you take the faster Railjet. It has several daily direct connections from Munich to Budapest via Vienna.
You buy tickets as for any other train on bahn.com (for travels starting in munich) or oebb.at for tickets from Vienna.
Each train has a dining car but also a snack cart coming around 2-3 times with coffee, cold drinks and some sandwiches and candy.
2nd class on Railjet trains is fine. The only downside are the seats which do not recline, but are quite comfortable.
Class names are a bit confusing as on Railjet trains you have Economy (2nd class), First (well, 1st class, obviously) and Premium class. The latter offers a bit more perks than 1st class, and can be booked for an additional surcharge on the regular 1st class ticket.

You pay a lot more for tickets when you don't buy in advance. Compare regular fare Munich-Vienna at around €86 vs discount fares starting at €29. A good deal are discount fares for 1st class which start as low as €49.
You should reconsider if you cannot commit yourself on a specific date and train to take advantage of the discounted fares.
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Feb 1st, 2012, 04:51 AM
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Cowboy1968, if you don't have access to a computer while traveling to purchase tickets in advance can you purchase tickets in advance at the station?
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Feb 1st, 2012, 06:15 AM
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Yes, you can buy them at the station or at any DB ticket machines at any time when you get to Munich.

Though I am not sure I understand the problem.
With your itinerary, won't you have to leave Munich on a very specific day in May to travel to Vienna?
And if so, why not buy the tickets for the train up to 92 days in advance via bahn.com later this month while you are still at home, print them, and take them with you?
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Feb 5th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Things you missed on your list for Munich are the Hofbrau Haus anytime but also a cheesy but Fun Bavarian folk evening every night at 7 on the 3rd floor. Get your hotel to call to reserve a place since it can fill up with bus's loads of tourists.
Being there in spring you should spend a little time in Englisher Garten, Munich's central park with occasional beer gardens.
Make sure you make it to the Vikualien Markt, a fruit and vegetable outdoor market a block from Marienplatz.
Also in that area the Alte Peter church is worth a quick look or a climb up the tower. Be sure to look at the photos on back wall that show what the church looked like after it was bombed.
The Nymphrnberg Palace is worth seeing if for nothing else than the Coach House that is full of Cinderella coaches.
If you like or want to sample good Bavarian food we like the Augustiner Breweries restaurants. There are several of the, one right beside the Frauenkirche. Another good restaurant very near the Frauenkirchekirche is the Andecher am Dom. The walls of the restaurant are covered with walls from former confessionals. If walls could talk.
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