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6 of the Most Popular Budget-Friendly European Destinations

6 of the Most Popular Budget-Friendly European Destinations

Europe is a fascinating continent with a diverse culture and landscapes.

However, it is also quite expensive to explore compared to some countries in Asia, South America or Africa.

But don’t fret because there are places to see that is still within a reasonable budget.

Here are some budget-friendly destinations worth adding to your itinerary during your Euro trip.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of the most beautiful capitals in the continent.

The old buildings and the serpentine alleys that weave through the town have a distinct charm.

Buda Castle, Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Hungarian Parliament Building and the Fisherman’s Bastion are some of the more famous landmarks in the bustling city.

When evening arrives, the city lights up figuratively and literally; visit the idiosyncratic bars to try the local fare.

Top Things to do in Budapest

  • Buda Castle – Castle home of Hungarian art collection
  • Fisherman’s Bastion – Turreted fortress & city views
  • Hungarian Parliament Building – Gothic Revival–style government building
  • Széchenyi thermal bath – Grand spa with in- & outdoor pools
  • Matthias Church – Late-Gothic Roman Catholic church

Kraków, Poland

Kraków, Poland

Some luxury hotels, 4 and 5 star, are often half the price of their counterparts in cities such as Madrid and Vienna.

Budget travelers will also find affordable hostels during their stay, if they prefer spending less on accommodation and more on attractions and experiences.

Cracow or Krakow has a variety of cultural and historical sites worth exploring.

The old town and market square have quaint houses and shops to explore and discover, while Wawel Castle provides you with a glimpse of the past.

Top Things to do in Kraków

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine – Underground chapels, chambers & lakes
  • Wawel Castle – Medieval royal castle museum complex
  • Main Square, Kraków – 13th-century square at the city’s heart
  • Kraków Cloth Hall – Market hall with a Polish art museum
  • Kazimierz – Old Jewish quarter with hip bars & shops

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

If you want to visit an affordable European city, a trip to Bratislava will be worth it.

The latter has a quaint and beautiful old town and Devin Castle.

The prices of restaurants and accommodations are budget-friendly, which means you’ll get to stretch your money throughout your stay.

Eat and drink more and explore nearby attractions.

Its location allows you to make day trips to Austria and Hungary during your stay.

Top Things to do in Bratislava

  • Bratislava Castle – Restored hilltop Baroque castle
  • Devín Castle – Castle ruins with Danube views
  • St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava – Gothic-style Catholic cathedral
  • Most SNP – Architecture
  • Michael’s Gate – 14th-century city gate & museum

Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Porto is the perfect place to relax, chill and drink a glass of wine while letting time pass.

The city has quaint buildings that emit an old world charm.

The local restaurants and cafes are nice places to try the local fare while taking all the experiences you had in.

A few notable destinations while exploring include the Clerigos Church, Luis I Bridge, Palacio da Bolsa and Church of Sao Francisco just to name some.

Top Things to do in Porto

  • Dom Luís I Bridge – Iconic metal bridge crossing the Douro
  • Clérigos Church – Ornate church with an iconic bell tower
  • São Bento railway station – 1800s train station with ornate tilework
  • Livraria Lello – Ornate bookshop with iconic red stairway
  • Palácio da Bolsa – Neoclassical landmark tours & events

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a magical city that is budget-friendly, but maybe not for long because of all the attention it’s getting.

Start planning a trip before the prices skyrocket in the near future.

Its picturesque old town is a great place to start exploring.

Notable attractions while in the city include Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock.

Top Things to do in Prague

  • Charles Bridge – Iconic 14th-century structure with views
  • Prague Castle – Castle complex dating from 9th century
  • Old Town – Cobbled streets & the Astronomical Clock
  • St. Vitus Cathedral – Shrine & home of national treasures
  • Prague astronomical clock – 600-year-old mechanical clock face

Peloponnese, Greece

Peloponnese, Greece

If you’re looking for new, budget-friendly destinations in Greece outside Santorini and Athens, the Peloponnese is a good addition to your itinerary.

Here you’ll find fine, white sand beaches, amazing views and Byzantine and medieval-era towns.

You’ll get a mix of both natural and historical attractions during your visit.

Top Things to do in Peloponnese

  • Ancient Olympia – Olympia Town
  • Ancient Mycenae – Argolis
  • Mystras – Mystras
  • Ancient Messini – Ancient Messini (Mavromati)
  • Ancient Corinth – Corinthia
  • Epidavros – Argolis
  • Kastro – Medieval Village, Monemvasia
  • Corinth Canal – Corinthia

These are only some of the affordable places to visit for your Euro trip.

There are other cities and destinations worth exploring.

Sources via Rough Guides | Mens Journal | The Culture Trip

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