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Old 10-13-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Two senior citizens who don't walk long distances too well, don't like museums to much, and prefer (but don't demand) smaller cities to large, busy, crowded cities. Quaint is better than metropolitan. We don't run around like crazy to see every tourist site - we pick a few and leave the rest. We don't do much shopping unless it's local artsty-farsty stuff to take home. Short boat rides are always fun.

We enjoy small restaurants where locals go, bars/pubs where locals go. We enjoy sitting outside and having coffee while people watching. In Europe, we typically stay a bit off the tourist grid with good public transport in small hotels or B&B's, and Airbnb is definitely an option. (for example, in Rome we stayed in Travestere. In London, we stay near Russel Square.) Uber a bonus. Sidewalk artists/performers are always an added pleasure.

I have some interest in seeing Auchwitz or another CC, but not sure I can get DH to go. Even if I could, he's the type that would hate that visit. So, that's kinda up in the air.

Anywhoo, given the preferences above, which would you choose for 3 days? Prague, Munich or Budapest and why?
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:17 PM
 
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I prefer Budapest but they are all big European cities and what to like is so subjective.

However Prague has a concentration camp (Terezin) that is an easy bus ride from the city center so that might scratch your Auschwitz itch.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Dachau is a short bus ride from Munich.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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lieqiang is correct that all three are good sized cities. Maybe you'll find a smaller, more compact city (though one with things to do) like Salzburg or Innsbruck more to your liking? Have been to the former, and it's very nice.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:41 PM
 
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Two senior citizens who don't walk long distances too well, don't like museums to much, and prefer (but don't demand) smaller cities to large, busy, crowded cities. Quaint is better than metropolitan. We don't run around like crazy to see every tourist site - we pick a few and leave the rest. We don't do much shopping unless it's local artsty-farsty stuff to take home. Short boat rides are always fun.

We enjoy small restaurants where locals go, bars/pubs where locals go. We enjoy sitting outside and having coffee while people watching. In Europe, we typically stay a bit off the tourist grid with good public transport in small hotels or B&B's, and Airbnb is definitely an option. (for example, in Rome we stayed in Travestere. In London, we stay near Russel Square.) Uber a bonus. Sidewalk artists/performers are always an added pleasure.

I have some interest in seeing Auchwitz or another CC, but not sure I can get DH to go. Even if I could, he's the type that would hate that visit. So, that's kinda up in the air.

Anywhoo, given the preferences above, which would you choose for 3 days? Prague, Munich or Budapest and why?
The walking distances involved in Prague are not that great, so it might be your best choice. Beer is cheap and there are plenty of places to eat.

Munich is good though too. You can concentrate on the area down around the Marienplatz. It includes the Glockenspiel, the Viktulien Market, the Hofbrau Haus, the Residenz, and the Frauen Kirche. The Englischer Gardens are close by too. Its all very walkable. You may find street performers near the Glockenspiel.

I enjoyed visiting Budapest, but didn't feel it was quite as walkable.

We just finished seeing all three cities, PM me if you want more information.
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Old 10-14-2017, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Two senior citizens who don't walk long distances too well, don't like museums to much, and prefer (but don't demand) smaller cities to large, busy, crowded cities. Quaint is better than metropolitan. We don't run around like crazy to see every tourist site - we pick a few and leave the rest. We don't do much shopping unless it's local artsty-farsty stuff to take home. Short boat rides are always fun.

Anywhoo, given the preferences above, which would you choose for 3 days? Prague, Munich or Budapest and why?
None of them. I'd pick Bruges.
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Old 10-14-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Salzburg (one of my favorites), Bruges and a number of other smaller cities in Europe (Dubrovnik???) seem like they would better fit your style.

However, from the 3, I would suggest Prague would be the best fit for you.
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Old 10-14-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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Prague is beautiful but very crowded with tourists. If you want to see Auschwitz, have you considered Krakow? It ticks a lot of your boxes.

Budapest and Munich are both great but not what I would call "small" cities.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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Munich felt a little run down to me around the central station. There are a lot of day trips from the city though. The concentration camp is very easy to get to.

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Salzburg (one of my favorites), Bruges and a number of other smaller cities in Europe (Dubrovnik???) seem like they would better fit your style.

However, from the 3, I would suggest Prague would be the best fit for you.
Bruges and Salzburg were both lovely. I wish I didn't have just a day trip to Salzburg.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:22 AM
 
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I wish I didn't have just a day trip to Salzburg.
I actually did see Salzburg as a day trip from Vienna, first train out, last train back. Fortunately, it's possible to experience most of the city's attractions in a day. But a couple days make perfect sense if you want to linger.
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