When it comes to travelling Europe, there is so much to see and do, in every corner of this magical continent. Europe has an array of cultures, languages, cuisines, religions and tourist hotspots to explore.
Europe is one of the best places in the world to travel on a budget, so I have pulled together my favourite cities in Europe for a weekend break.
Offering some of the world’s most iconic sights, best museums and superb cuisines, Europe has always been a must-do destination for many travellers from across the world.
However, much of Europe has become pricey with overpriced hotels, expensive restaurants and entry fees to many attractions and museums. But there are still some gems across the continent offering value for money and more bang for your buck.
Here are some countries that make a big impact, with little impact on the purse.
Tallinn is the most expensive city in the Baltic area because it’s a popular getaway for the Finns just a two-hour ferry ride away, but it’s still cheap by most European standards. Frequent ferries from Helsinki are loaded with the party crowd and those looking to stock up on bulk alcohol for the return trip. It’s a fun place with a lovely Old Town. Average living costs per day are around £32.
Surprisingly, Berlin, the capital of Europe’s largest economy is also one of its cheapest cities. And what a city: where else can you see Cold War and WWII relics in the flesh, enjoy a selection of some of Europe’s best contemporary art and shopping before dining on traditional German food with a modern twist? There is also a multitude of bars and clubs for you to dance the night away and there is a great range of cheap accommodation and stylish hostels. £40 a day is the average living cost in Berlin.
Dubrovnik has one of the most amazing walled historic centres in the world, and it used to be considered a bargain compared to Italy. Croatia and Dubrovnik are however on the rise with tourism so prices are rapidly rising. So get there before they get too expensive! An average cost of a day is around £45.
Prague, Czech Republic
The topic of €1 beers brings us neatly to the centre of Eastern Europe: Prague! This amazing city has lots to offer and is often nicknamed “the Rome of Eastern Europe”. Prague is already quickly becoming a tourist destination because of its beautiful medieval centre and also for being a cheap place to party and drink. The city has a rich and long history and many museums that are certainly worth going to. Check out this guide to spending a weekend in Prague
Another excellent travel bargain, Budapest is all-around cheap as long as you steer clear of the tourist places along the river. There’s so much to do with castles, cathedrals and thermal spas that are cheap enough even for the backpacking set. Hostels are also budget-friendly but you have to travel outside the centre to find inexpensive hotels.
It’s surprising to see a city so far north also so high on the cheap-cities list, but it turns out that Riga is quite a bargain for backpackers. Hostels are inexpensive, and so is pretty much everything else. Riga’s main problem is that it’s a bit out of the way for those not on an extensive tour.
Bratislava is basically a small Munich: everything is clean and safe. It is also well connected with the rest of the country and public transportation is abundant. It is apparent the government have invested money into this city in order to make it a budget tourist destination. Unfortunately, there isn’t a massive amount to do except drink several good quality beers with locals or other people staying at your hotel.
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