I must recommend Budapest in Hungary if anyone is in Europe. My friend recommended we go there and I hadn't heard much about it. Well...it was amazing. Of course, timing is essential -- we arrived in early June right when the weather warmed up. The city is split in two by a river -- Buda (old city) and Pest (new city).
Budapest has great wines and outdoor markets, but best of all the Turkish Spas (outdoor pools, etc.).
Anyways, contact me if you want more info and pics.
I have to agree. I arrived in Budapest by train from Slovenia. We were on an extended trip from France carrying all of our things on a bike.
This turned out to be the gem of the trip. Like gverutes said, timing is important. THe climate is not wonderful in winter. The summers are beautiful, and there are great accomodations for a limited budget.
The city spy maps you can find at the Hostels are good basic maps, and the Pestiest magazine is a good guide for happenings.
There is a lot to be discovered there, because there is little preconceptions from travel agencies available.
Where are you from deanhills?
Does down there mean you live somewhere 'up' in the north of Europe!?
I will post some pics when I get a chance...
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS IN CAPS
Was it easy to get accommodation and did you make these arrangements in advance of your arrival?
I TOOK THE EURRAIL FROM PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST OVERNIGHT. GREAT TRAIN RIDE, EXCEPT WHEN THE GERMAN GUARDS WAKE YOU UP AT THE BORDER TO CHECK YOUR PASSPORT. SKYEUROPE AND EASYJET HAVE CHEAP FLIGHTS FROM MANY BIG EUROPEAN CITIES TO BUDAPEST...SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY TAXES.
I STAYED AT HOSTELS (~$25 EURO PER NIGHT)...HOSTELS ARE THE WAY TO GO, JUST DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE!
What were the prices like?
IN 2006, PRICES WERE VERY REASONABLE -- HUNGARY IS STILL ON THEIR OWN CURRENCY SO IT DOESN'T HAVE THE BAD US$ TO EURO EXCHANGE RATE
What kind of transportation did you use?
I WALKED MOST PLACES -- BUT TAXIS ARE CHEAP. HOSTELS OFFER FREE MAPS SO YOU CAN GET YOUR BEARING AROUND THE CITY. YOU MUST CHECK OUT THE OLD CITY (BUDDA). IT IS AMAZING!
budapest is in hungary[EUROPE}.But its something like unknown .
There´s a hydrofoil going from Budapest to Vienna and vice versa!
Great way to see the danube
Definitely a great place. Went there with my school around 8 years ago, and I enjoyed it a lot, even though I wasn't really developed enough to really take it in I guess... Would love to return, and combine it with some central-west Europe interrail...
Oh, and the cities of middle-europe are quite close together.
You could take a look at Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Brno and some of the smaller gems all together.