I think this schedule is so wired, but last year we had men's final and ladies final the same day and I was really exhausted on Saturday evening.
This year I plan to be there one day before, I love to come to Budapest, can't wait
If you want to see some other stuff too, then you would want to have half a day free - the city centre is pretty albeit dirty and mostly smells, there are museums of various sizes and topics, a pretty impressive Basilica, all within walking distance, there are also some voidy eateries around. The Castle is one thing I wouldn't miss (it's free to wander inside the courts, and there are some museums in there, and there is a funicular ride, which is pretty awesome (and funny thing: it cost more uphill). If it's not too couldy/foggy and the roads are not insanely slippery you should risk climbing up to Gellérthegy (a hill we call a mountain, but that's just bragging in our part) from where you can get the most amazing panorama of the whole city, but for the latter two you have to cross the river, but to be honest, Buda is pretty boring and quiet apart from these attractions - but then again, those two would take at least two, two and a half hours even if you walk in a reasonable pace and don't dawdle much.
And of course Budapest is the city of thermal baths, and the most famous one is Széchényi which is located also in the City Park area, and it's really cool, the open air part of it is open all year through and if it snows you can just float on your back and watch the snowflakes melt into steam just a few feet above you. But there are also about a dozen other baths, some of them cheaper, some of them are pretty expensive - Széchényi among them -, but any of those would need a few hours to experience. (Some also has timed tickets, which expire in 2 or 3 hours.)
You also should keep in mind that most museums and whatnots close early, so if you plan on that kind of sightseeing, one night probably won't be enough. But if you are into walking in the city and stumbling upon serendepitiously on random prettiness, then a Budapest night is exactly what you are looking for, it looks amazing at night, especially on the banks of the Danube.
Okay, that turned into one seriously offtopic post, sorry about that.
Poggi, would you like to start a new 2014 Euros/Budapest planning and info thread in GSD?
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Poggi (and other local posters) - can I ask you my signature question? Are there any areas where I don't want to book my accommodation considering that the skating events tend to end after 10-11 pm and I want to walk back safely?
Last edited by Hanna; 09-10-2013 at 11:44 AM.
Oh what a BEAUTIFUL city to host a skating event. How I wish I could go. They should host WORLDS there once again.
You probably want to stay close to the metro lines, and that way you will be fine. The arena is situated on the red line, but it's well connected, so whatever rocks your boat. Common knowledge is that the 8th and 9th districts have a bad reputation (you can recognize them by the zip codes, they go 108x or 109x) but in my experience they're not that bad.
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But you better fire away with those questions before I start to feel very stupid and panicky for starting a thread no-one cares about and go into hiding. (Just kidding… well, kinda.)