A trip to Europe is on everyone’s bucket list. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful continents with an overwhelming scenic beauty, rich history and artistic and culinary diversity. Most European cities are quite expensive and if you’re on a tight budget, your options get limited. But here we are to show the best of Europe without digging a hole too deep in your pocket. Read on as we give you a lowdown on five budget friendly European cities.
The capital of Romania has the reputation of being called the “Little Paris”. This tree lined lively metropolis has a rich history.
Must Visits: House of the Free Press, The Arch of Triumph, Victory Avenue, Cantacuzino Palace, Revolution Square, The Royal Palace, The Romanian Athenaeum and others.
The city is not very expensive and there are many budget hotels to choose from especially near Unirii Square, a major thoroughfare in central Bucharest. Apart from that, Romanian street food is safe and flavorful and you could indulge in a hearty meal without burning a hole in your pocket. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags to be in Bucharest!
Legend has it that Krakow the capital of Poland was founded on the defeat of a dragon. The city has much in store for the discerning traveler. So be it churches, museums or Rynek Główny, which is Europe’s largest market square, Krakow has that perfect old world charm.
Must Visits: Wawel Castle, Kraków Old Town and Sukiennice Underground Museum – one of Krakow’s most remarkable historic museums.
During July and August Krakow is very pricey and so it is better to book your ticket after watching the calendar carefully. Do not forget to tickle your taste buds with traditional Polish food which is not too expensive!
This Hungarian capital boasts of a 1,000-year-old culture and is popularly called the “Paris of Middle Europe”. The River Danube bisects the city into the hilly Buda and the more dynamic Pest. The two sides that stretch along the banks of the river have distinctive characters and are connected by the 19th-century Chain Bridge. Remains from both the Roman and the Turkish occupation can still be seen in the city.
Must Visits: Castle Hill, Buda Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, St Stephen’s Basilica, Opera House and others. The Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can take a funicular that runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces life from Roman times onwards.
If you want to enjoy culture, arts, music, architecture and gastronomy and yet want to keep your costs low, then the capital of Croatia is one name that comes to the mind. It is one of the most popular places in Europe for a city break where you can spend your time strolling the streets, stopping for coffee breaks, popping into museums and enjoying a good theatre or a concert. The city can be enjoyed year round, and depending on whether it’s summer or winter, you can wither go swimming or dancing or even hiking.
Must Visits: Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark’s Church, the Croatian parliament (Sabor) in the Gornji grad (Upper Town) and shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres and parks in the Donji grad (Lower Town). Don’t also forget to stop at the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships, that keeps mementos long after a relationship has ended.
The City of a Hundred Spires is the capital of the Czech Republic and it is the perfect combination of colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and medieval history. It is romantic, and ancient and is filled with interesting stories like those in its Jewish Quarter, frequented by none other than Franz Kafka, or in the lanes that surround the Prague Castle.
Must Visits: Prague Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas, the Palace Gardens, Petřín, Prague Castle and various others. Don’t miss the sight-seeing cruises on the Vltava.
Now that you know about these five cities, there is no need to count your savings when thinking about a Europe tour. Rather, pack your bags and set off for the most remarkable adventure of your life.