prague + budapest: oct/nov/dec?
August 28, 2014 12:16 PM Subscribe
I'm planning a trip to Prague and Budapest in the fourth quarter of this year, and would love to hear your suggestions on which time would be best!
posted by swimmingly to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm mainly trying to choose between (1) early Oct, (2) late Oct and (3)early Dec, though am open to November if that happens to make more sense.
The total trip would likely be 8-9 days, and I may squeeze in another city that isn't Vienna -- only because I've been there before -- in the middle. Haven't decided which city yet but I've heard good things about Brno, suggestions for which city would be welcome too though this isn't be the main question :) I'm thinking of starting in Prague and finishing in Budapest.
On the one hand, I initially thought of going in early December mainly because Christmas markets will be open in both cities. I really love their atmosphere, and all the snacks and mulled wine and handicrafts. I can deal with ice and snow.
On the other hand, I tend to find winter's overcast grey skies and early nightfall rather depressing (in the S.A.D. kind of way), so I thought it might be better to go in October instead if I'm spending more than a week there. I'm not sure if late October will still provide decent amounts of sunlight though.
If it helps to sway things either way, I'm into:
- trying as many local food specialties as humanly possible, especially if there are some awesome dishes that can only be found at certain times of the year;
- walking around the old quarters of cities and just soaking in the atmosphere (perhaps while snacking along the way, because hurray food!) and how people live;
- seeing and experiencing things that are fairly unique to, or defining of, the country or city. This one's a bit vague, I know.
Museums and performances and galleries aren't a top priority, not that interested in standard tourist attractions either.
I'll be a solo Asian girl on a budget that's one or two rungs above backpacker. Probably hostels all the way. This will be my first time in central/eastern Europe, and I don't speak the languages there. I've generally had no issues in western Europe, though I was with friends then. I know I'll have to be extra careful about avoiding potentially dangerous places, particularly after dark.
Thanks so much for your help!