When most people think of traveling to Europe, they tend to hone in on cities like Paris, London or Rome. While these world-class cultural and historic centers are very much worth a visit, they’ll burn a hole in your wallet like nowhere else. There are many budget-friendly European cities where your money can stretch twice as far, if not further. Some may be a little under-the-radar than the familiar “grand tour” destinations, but they offer fascinating sights, rich history, great food and more. As relatively cheap places, you can settle in and stay awhile, or splurge on some comforts and conveniences to make the trip more memorable. Don’t overlook these ten affordable cities when planning a European getaway.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
No one visits the City of a Thousand Spires without being awestruck by its splendid architecture and ridiculously cheap beer. Although parts of Prague can be expensive, a visit to the city can be very affordable if you do a bit of research. You can certainly find good value hostels and hotels, plus food, drink and nightlife for a fraction of the cost in the major European capitals. Top sites include the ancient Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and Vyšehrad Castle. Join a free walking tour to get a lay of the land. If you have time, make a daytrip to Karlštejn Castle or the town of Kutná Hora.