Munich and Budapest are two beautiful cities in Europe.

Munich is among the largest cities in Germany, while Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary.

Munich or Budapest?

1. Munich x Budapest Overview

Munich or Budapest?Munich – ©Dimitry Anikin

Munich or Budapest?Budapest – ©Kate Kasiutich

Munich is a charming city. It offers numerous attractions that can be explored on foot from the central point of the city, the famous Marienplatz.

In Munich there are several Biergarten, “Beer Garden” and is home to the famous Hofbräuhaus brewery.

From Munich, you can combine a day trip and discover one of the symbols of Germany, the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle and also the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Budapest is a beautiful city along the Danube. It is considered one of the most photogenic cities in Europe, and has notable landmarks such as the majestic Budapest Parliament building on the riverside.

2. Hotels

Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München©Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München

Corinthia Budapest©Corinthia Budapest

In Munich the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 88 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 308.

And in Budapest the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 59 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 189.

3. Shopping

Marienplatz MunichMarienplatz Munich – ©Sergey Mind

Shopping in BudapestBudapest – ©Joseph Sun

Surrounding the Marienplatz you will find many stores and department stores like Galeria Kaufhof. In Munich, the most elegant street is the Maximilianstrasse.

In Budapest at the WestEnd City Center there are several international brand stores, and you will find the luxury brands on the elegant Andrássy Avenue.

4. Museums

Museum in MunichMunich – ©Dimitry Anikin

Hungarian National GalleryHungarian National Gallery – ©Mihály Köles

In Munich, you will find the Deutsches Museum, located on the banks of the Isar River, it is among the oldest museums in the world of science and technology.

Other famous museums in Munich, include the BMW Museum and the 3 “Pinakotheken” located at Königsplatz.

Highlights in Budapest include the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Hungarian House of Parliament.

5. Parks

Hofgarten in MunichHofgarten – ©Luis Fernando Felipe

Városliget BudapestVárosliget Budapest – ©Mihály Köles

The Englischer Garten in Munich is the largest urban park in Germany, covering an area of 910 acres with more than 100 bridges. Another beautiful green space in Munich is the Hofgarten.

Budapest has some beautiful parks such as Városliget (City Park) and Népliget (People´s Park).

6. Palaces

Nymphenburg Palace PhotoNymphenburg – ©Sid Saxena

BudapestBudapest – ©Henrique Ferreira

In Munich, you can visit the beautiful Residenz that served as the seat government and residence of the Dukes of Bavaria, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918, and in the western part of the city is located the Nymphenburg, which was a summer residence built for the birth of the expected heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, born in 1662.

Buda Castle is a huge Baroque palace and the most spectacular structure in Budapest along the river.

7. Day Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle Photo in WinterNeuschwanstein Castle – ©Bharat Patil

BratislavaBratislava – ©Martin Katler

From Munich, you can visit the beautiful city of Füssen and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Regensburg, Augsburg or even Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

And from Budapest it is possible to visit on a day trip destinations like Visegrád, Pécs or Bratislava.

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