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Old 01-26-2018, 09:30 PM
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Default Anybody know anything about the lower Danube?

Particularly Bucharest? I'm mostly clueless.

I'm booked in to a river cruise from Constanta, on the Romanian Black Sea, up the lower Danube, through the Iron Gates, and with multiple riverside stops including Belgrade, unto Budapest.

Then, I've another ten days in Budapest. I think I've got the Pest scene down to what I want to do, but I'm intrigued with the central location and eager to try to reach some other locales for 'side trips'. What intrigues me are:

- Hallstatt. Back to the Saltmines and the World Heritage site with a view. [ETA: Salzkammergut!]

- Krakow. It looks to be within relatively easy reach.

- Dubrovnik and Split. This looks more difficult.

- Venice. I'm not interested, but my travelling companion is.

Then there is Bratislava. It is tres close. We have eaten lunch there and stumbled around the old town...so a return is not so high on our list, but if we're northbound, it looks like we'll be going through it.

What are realistic expectations about reaching any of these destinations from Budapest? I figure two nights away from Budapest, allowing for travel and time to actually see something while there.

Has anybody been? If so, have you any pointers?
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Old 02-02-2018, 02:21 AM
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Default Re: Anybody know anything about the lower Danube?

I was in Romania and Hungary when it was communist. Budapest was good even then. Bucharest I didn't see much of. The Black Sea coast then was guarded by bored-looking soldiers. So not much useful information.
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:04 AM
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Default Re: Anybody know anything about the lower Danube?

Can't help you with most of the area, but I did travel from Venice (nice but touristy, avoid the busy season if you can) through Slovenia then down the Croatian coast, including Split and Dubrovnik. I loved Split, the whole "the barbarians are ravaging, let's build the town inside the old Roman emperor's palace" origin of the town is pretty cool. The Dubrovnik old city is pretty and well-restored (after being shelled in the 90s), to the point of seeming a bit theme park in the same way as Venice - but maybe that's me being a curmudgeon.

However, if I was you I'd focus on the area closer to your main base. I'm sure there's relatively unknown gems in the vicinity of Budapest.

If you do head to Venice or the Croatian coast, consider a stop in Slovenia.
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Oh yeah, I was here too, this was cool: Postojna Cave - Wikipedia
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