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7 Most Affordable Places in Europe to visit on a Budget

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Here are 7 places in Europe that you can hit on a budget. 7 amazing adventures that'll be stories for your grand kids. Dive right in!

When your wanderlust clashes with budget constraints, it isn’t easy to pick a vacation that can connect all the dots. For Singaporeans, there is always a search going on to find the most affordable holiday destinations around the globe and for many of them, a holiday in Europe ranks first in the most sought-after holiday destinations.

Europe is a melting pot of various cultures and has preserved history that goes back to the advent of life on earth. The lovely tourist spots in Europe define a holiday with charm and magnificence not easily found anywhere else.

1. Royal tour of arts and history at Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is only the cultural hub of Scotland but also a host to historical gems that has often led the tourists to call it ‘Athens of the North’. With Greek style columns and elegant avenues replete with museums and galleries, Edinburgh is an explorer’s paradise into a world full of ancient histories.

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Calton Hill Edinburgh

Top highlights of the city:

  • Festival Capital of the world: The city of Edinburgh is one of the most iconic cities of Scotland and is often popularly called the world’s festival capital. It is host to some of famous arts festival like the Edinburgh International Festival, International Film Festival, International Book Festival etc.
  • Storehouse of ancient architectural wonders: Edinburgh is a host to crown jewels of Scotland that have stood against the vagaries of time like the famous Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle, Abbey and Palace of Holyroodhouse etc.
  • Plethora of museums to peek into Scottish heritage: Edinburgh boasts of several museums and galleries that will capture your imagination. Some of the famous ones are National Museum of Scotland and Royal Museum, National Gallery of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Fruitmarket Gallery etc.
  • A cinematic haven for film lovers: There are many mainstream and alternative art houses that showcase various films and foreign language works too. Fans of cinema will be spoilt for choices in Edinburgh with venues like Cineworld, Dominion, Odeon Cinema, Filmhouse etc.
  • Scotch Whisky Experience: Scotland is famous for many things, but above all its production of whisky. So, gear up for some tasting and seeing one of the world’s biggest whisky collections while learning about its origins in Edinburgh.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Visit the most famous Edinburgh Castle for revisiting the glorious history
  • Witness the sweeping views from the top of Arthur’s Seat
  • Capture some memorable pictures with St. Giles Cathedral in the backdrop
  • See the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden
  • Have a blast from the past at the National Museum
  • See the fabulous shops at Princes Street
  • Take a tour of the Royal Mile

 

Best time to visit:
The Scottish capital has a pleasant weather throughout the year and it sees the maximum number of tourists from June to August when people flock here to see the arts and cultural festivals. However, if you are looking forward to celebrating Christmas or New Year in the beautiful city with some quiet, winters are good. But remember to take warm clothes to gear up for the winter chills.
2. Explore the timeless beauty of Paris, France

The vibrant and historic city of Paris has been a setting for most romanticized inspirations for fans of art and culture. The elegant beauty of the city filled with architectural grandiose captures the imagination of every traveler. Paris is a city to enjoy the beautiful riverscapes, take a walk down history, revel in gastronomical delights and add something to your style statement. Paris casts a spell of enchantment, whether you go there to explore history or cuisine or fashion or culture.

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The beauty of Paris, France

Top highlights of the city:

  • The fashion capital of the world: Paris is synonymous with fashion and been the home for most in vogue brands and designers. Since the 17th century, Paris has reigned the fashion industry and continues to do so till now. It plays host some of the most flamboyant events like Paris Haute Couture Week, Paris Fashion Week etc.
  • Centre for arts and culture: Paris possesses an enormous cultural richness which it owes, not only to its history, but also to its formidable heritage. Paris is also home to notable cultural attractions such as the Louvre, Musée Picasso, Musée Rodin, Musée du Montparnasse, Musée National d’Art Moderne.
  • A heavenly culinary centre for foodies: Paris is renowned culinary finesse with a strong reputation built over years. If you are a foodie, don’t forget to take a tour of the city to spice up your taste buds in Paris with delicious dishes of French cuisine.

City of romantic landmarks:

Paris is replete with architectural wonders everywhere with a cityscape crisscrossed by wide boulevards. Some of the most famous attractions are Eiffel Tower, Panthéon, Notre-Dame, Palais Garnier Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle etc.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the magnificent view of Paris
  • View the famous portrait of Mona Lisa at The Louvre
  • Climb the Arc de Triomphe for one of the best views of the city
  • Enjoy the summer sunshine at the Luxembourg Garden
  • See the famous gargoyles from the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Take a day trip to the Palace of Versailles
  • Cruise on the Seine to explore the beauty of Paris against a breathtaking sunset
  • Find some entertainment at the Moulin Rouge
  • Bring out the kid in you at Disneyland in Paris

 

Best time to visit:
For visiting the beautiful city of Paris, there is no bad time. However, Paris comes in full bloom during the spring season from April to June with the perfect weather to go for sightseeing. While summers see the maximum crowds in Paris due to various events and festivals, winters are best if you want to go soft on your pockets. However, you should be prepared to beat the winter chills and carry warm clothing on your holiday.
3. Get captivated by the Irish charm in Dublin, Ireland

Enriched by natural beauty and blessed with a beautiful historical legacy, Dublin the capital city of Ireland is an alluring tourist destination with a plethora of exhibits and attractions to explore for a leisurely traveler. The striking amalgamation of ancient and modern facets in Dublin never fails to capture the tourist’s imagination.

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The charm of Dublin, Ireland

Top highlights of the city:

  • Plethora of historical sights: To catch a glimpse of history and the way of life among the royalty, Dublin is the best place to set your foot. There are some excellent places to see here like Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College Library, Ardgillan Castle, National Gallery of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral, National War Memorial Gardens etc.
  • Hub of parks and wildlife: Dublin is  fascinating for wildlife and nature lovers who can explore the serenity of the beautiful city with their favourite hobby. Some of the famous places for enjoying biodiversity in Dublin are Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Iveagh Gardens, National Botanic Gardens, Garden of Remembrance etc.
  • Shoppers delight: Whether you want to examine high end boutiques and indulge yourself or you’re simply looking for some good deals, Dublin serves every purpose to fulfil your shopping spree. For shopping lovers, there are some amazing places in Dublin like Avoca Handweavers, Gutter Bookshop, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, Irish Design Shop etc.
  • Vivacious Nightlife: Dublin has a vibrant and nightlife and is reputedly one of Europe’s most youthful cities has got many pubs and restaurants that showcase the pulsating lifestyle. Some of the most popular places for nightlife are Temple Bar, St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, especially Harcourt Street, Camden Street, Wexford Street and Leeson Street

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Learn all about beer at the Guinness Storehouse
  • See rare and exotic animals at the Dublin Zoo
  • Read out the Book of Kells
  • Check out Irish paintings at the The National Gallery of Ireland
  • Take part in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Explore royalty at the Dublin Castle
  • Style up your wardrobe with some shopping in the street markets of Dublin

 

Best time to visit:
Dublin witnesses the highest number of crowds during the summer and ideal for outdoor activities. However, if you want to avail the added benefit of rock bottom prices, try traveling in the winter season from November to February. Many visitors also find spring and fall a preferable time of year to go to Dublin as prices drop from the high season, the weather is cooler but mild, and the city isn’t filled with tourists.
4. Revel in boundless culture & panoramic views of Barcelona, Spain

The multicultural capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona is portrait of quaint charm with pulsating vibes to encounter the perfect amalgamation of arts and culture. With sweeping views, Mediterranean coast and rich history, Barcelona has become one of the most sought after holiday destinations.

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The boundless culture of Catalonia in Barcelona

Top highlights of the city:

  • Fabled architecture: Spain has witnessed manifestations of culture taking form of brilliant pieces of architecture that leave the passer by short of words to express their exquisiteness. Some of the popular architectural marvels of Spain are Parc Güell in Gràcia, La Sagrada Familia, Palau Güelland Torre Bellesguard and Casa Vicenç.
  • World Renowned Beaches: Spain has got an enchanting seaside with beaches ranked number one by National Geographic. The relaxing ambience with music and food is perfect to lift up your spirits and enjoy a soothing day in the sun.
  • Host to cultural fiestas: Barcelona hosts a number of annual festivals which draws millions of tourists to take part in the cultural extravaganza. To celebrate the distinctive culture, some of the famous events held in Barcelona are Cavalcada de Reis, Fira de Santa Eulalia, Sónar, Festes de Gràcia, Festes de Sants, Fira de Santa Llúcia, La Mercè etc.
  • Gastronomic culture: Barcelona is a pioneer destination to enjoy the Catalan cuisinecharacterized by the aromas of the herbs that can be found on the mountains, the animals that are bred locally and the seafood harvested from the Mediterranean. It is bustling with Michelin star restaurants that will let you enjoy a delightful culinary experience in Barcelona.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
  • Relax at the beaches of Barcelona
  • Experience the beauty of the magnificent Palau de La Musica Catalana
  • Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Barcelona at Tibidabo mountain
  • Explore the relics of ancient Roman buildings at the Gothic Quarter
  • Hangout and chill at the La Rambla
  • Explore the picturesque the Monestir de Pedralbes
  • Discover intriguing architectural details at the Quadrat d’Or (Quadrant of Gold)

 

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit the Barcelona is from May to June and it is the time when the city is brimming with a flurry of colourful festivals. Barcelona in Europe is blessed with a benign Mediterranean climate which makes this time of the year pleasant to explore the city in the sunny locales. Barcelona can also be enjoyed in the off season during the winter months which are a bit cold.
5. Visit the City of a hundred Spires – Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is often known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries. With a gamut of artistic creations spilling all around, smell of delectable sustenance and beverages drifting off the bistros, the strings of traditional music vibrating through the air, Prague will captivate you with its magnificence.

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Prague – City of a 100 Spires

Top highlights of the city:

  • Exuberance of arts and culture: Remaining as genuine demonstration of its goodwill, Prague is prominent destination for globetrotters looking to appreciate art and culture. It harbours countless events throughout the year, be it fashion shows, sporting tournaments, festivals or international art exhibitions.
  • Best beer in the world: If you are planning your trip to Prague, you are already acquainted with Pilsner Urquell or Budweiser, the two largest breweries in the Czech Republic. When it comes to beer, Prague has made a mark on the world map and got the best pubs which you would not find anywhere else.
  • Mesmerising cityscapes: Prague’s labyrinth of paved lanes and hidden courtyards are best explored on foot. Go for a wonderful walk down one of the acclaimed avenues in Prague and find the concealed jewels of Prague. Splash up the thousand years of history in the cobble-stoned boulevards that have numerous stories to let you know.
  • Embedded with enchanting history: Prague hosts several historical wonders with fine examples of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau styles dot the city. The most popular attractions include the famous Charles Bridge, the splendid Jewish Quarter with its old synagogues, and the many historic churches of Prague.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Visit the largest ancient castle in the world- the Prague Castle
  • Enjoy spectacular views over the River Vltava from Charles Bridge
  • Dive into history at The Clementinum and the National Library
  • Explore the city from Old Town Square
  • climb up the St. Vitus Cathedral for spellbinding views of the city
  • Check out the arts at the National Gallery in Prague
  • Have a fun outing at the Prague Zoo

 

Best time to visit:
Prague in Europe is a city of all seasons. The spring season in Prague witnesses flowers blooming and pleasant temperature and witnesses the maximum number of tourists. It is said that after Spring, Fall is the best times to visit Prague. Christmas, Easter and New Year also draw huge crowds in Prague from all over the world.
6. Wander the fascinating streets of Brussels, Belgium

Brimming with intriguing sights and architectural grandiose, Brussels is the de facto cultural hub of Belgium. Not to speak of the fascinating attractions which have made it a desirable holiday destination enticing visitors from across the globe, Belgium has come a long way from being a fortress town to the center of major international events.

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The colorful streets of Brussels

Top highlights of the city:

  • Centre of European culture and international institutions: Brussels hosts the headquarters of the main EU institutions and is emerging as an international city like no other. Brussels hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Council, as well as a second seat of the European Parliament.
  • Nirvana for chocolate and beer lovers: Brussels is like a heaven for any chocolate aficionado and has got everything from delicious, gluten-free treats to unique flavor pairings. If you are in Brussels it will be a hard temptation to resist one of the best range of chocolates that just melt in your mouths. Belgium is known for producing some of the world’s best beer and visitors can explore the distinct beers at authentic brown cafés to hidden cellar venues here.
  • Historical delight for sightseers: Slip back in time in Brussels with an exploration of some of the star attractions of the city which will never stop touching your heart. Enjoy the most brilliant works of art and architecture with a walk down the lane of history through famous attractions like The Grand Place, The Town Hall, Manneken Pis, Palace Ruins, Martyrs’ Square etc.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Explore the unique architecture of Grand Palace
  • See the impressive Saint-Michel Cathedral (Sint-Michiels Kathedraal)
  • Climb the Brabantine Gothic tower and enjoy the amazing views
  • Explore history at Maison du Ro
  • Check out the curated comics at the Belgian Comic Strip Center
  • Catch a glimpse of Manneken Pis
  • Have a musical sojourn at the Musical Instruments Museum

 

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Brussels in Europe is between March and May and September and October as the weather is generally nice and warm and it is great for alfresco dining. However, be prepared for consistent rainfall temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius.
7. Discover the exciting capital of Hungary ~ Budapest

Also called the ‘Little Paris’ of Middle Europe, Budapest is a diverse city boasting of rich culture and history. Offering something for everyone, Budapest has got it all from parks, majestic synagogues, fascinating museums, sports halls, churches, islands and thermal baths.

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The beautiful capital of Hungary ~ Budapest

Top highlights of the city:

  • Charm of history blending with modernity: Travel back in time with the marvellous landmarks of Budapest. Budapest has no shortage of things to see when it comes to ancient marvels like the Buda Castle Hills, Budapest Parliament, Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square etc.
  • No dearth of cultural entertainment: If you are seeking cultural entertainment, be prepared to be spellbound by Budapest with extravaganza of festivals, events and theatre. Budapest has brought alive the culture of Magyars through galleries and museums while there are several concert halls and theatres that never lets anyone feel devoid of arts and culture in Budapest.
  • A gastronomic sojourn: Hungarians love their food and wine and so will you when you’re in Budapest. Budapest has a number of cafes and restaurants and many street shops that provide mouth-watering delicacies, the most popular being cold fruit soup, Chicken Paprikash, goulash and kurtoskalacs.
  • Spa-like thermal baths: Budapest isn’t called the ‘City of Baths’ for nothing. If you’re looking to unwind and refresh yourself over the holiday, Budapest is the place to be to enjoy a unique spa experience with a dip in the thermal baths. Some of the popular among them are Széchenyi Baths, Gellért Baths, Rudas Bath, Király Baths, Veli Bej and Lukács Baths.

The Must-See Attractions:

  • Visit the famous Budapest baths and the grandiose Széchenyi Baths
  • Explore Budapest with a Danube River sightseeing cruise
  • Walk Across the Chain Bridge
  • Enjoy tasting Hungarian wine
  • Indulge in an adventurous cave tour in Budapest
  • Sneak Around the Labyrinth of Buda Castle
  • Explore the seven ornate turrets from the Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Shop at the Central Market Hall

 

Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Budapest in Europe is the season of spring and fall which are March through May and September through November. That’s when the weather is idyllic and the city isn’t overcrowded with tourists. The winter season varies between chilly and cold, but there are great hotel deals which makes it an affordable time to make your trip.

 

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