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Old 01-18-2015, 04:30 AM
 
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Budapest. It's more exotic. Vienna is magnificent (and richer and less gritty) but has much in common with other Western European capital cities that you may have already seen.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:08 AM
 
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Budapest is build to look like Vienna, so my suggestion is to go to the original

Also, you wont make mistake if you visit Budapest, since it is really beautiful. The only problem is that almost no one speaks English over there!
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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What about...both?
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I prefer Budapest and it's far cheaper. But it also depends on what you are interested in.
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I've never been to Vienna, but I have been to Budapest and I wouldn't go back.

I found it dirty and hard to get around. The language is impenetrable, and no one seems to speak any English. We got lost using a public bus and had a very hard time finding out way back to our hotel.

I've done a lot of traveling, in Europe and elsewhere, and Budapest is one of the few places I've been to that I just wouldn't return to.

So a choice between Vienna and Budapest would be easy for me: Vienna it is!
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:51 PM
 
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Pffffft on both of them - go to Prague!
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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Thanks again for all the suggestions and opinions. Dd714, I am definitely doing Prague.
You have all given me a lot to think about!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I've been to Prague (FABULOUS!!) but never Budapest or Vienna.....but from what I know about both cities and our travel likes, I would pick Budapest over Vienna if it wasn't possible to do both. We much prefer more local culture over museums and I think Budapest fits that bill better than Vienna. But, I'm sure either would be fantastic, as I've never traveled to a city I hated!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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Thanks again for all the suggestions and opinions. Dd714, I am definitely doing Prague.
You have all given me a lot to think about!
if possible avoid visiting Prague at peak season. The city is magnificent, but there are simply TOOOO MANY people. It is like a zoo wherever you go.
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Quite frankly, both cities are fairly similar in terms of what to see and do. Both have excellent nightlife, restaurants and entertainment options.

Now, the overall vibe is definitely different. One can definitely feel that Hungary used to be part of the eastern geopolitical hemisphere. The city is a bit rougher, some buildings aren't in perfect shape, people are noticeable poorer, English isn't widely spoken. Nothing drastic, I myself think that that's actually quite charming.

Some people seem to hold the opinion that Vienna is basically dead at night and on weekends. Those people usually say that Vienna is all about churches, museums and palaces. Here is the deal: Most tourists only visit the historic city centre (1st district), the Opera plus Schönbrunn/Belevedere Palace. That's not where people usually go out. Think of it as one huge museum with the occasional 2 star restaurant in between.

The (more interesting) bars and clubs are scattered around various other parts of the city. And here is the big difference to Budapest, where you can just stroll around the more touristy areas and have a drink. In Vienna tourists would have to go off the beaten path and venture to areas that don't have as many sights per se (Donaukanal, Naschmarkt area, districts 3 to 8, Prater, Spittelau, ...).

In case you decide to go to Vienna I'd be more than happy to give you some recommendations on where to get food, have a drink, what to see and what to do

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