To Europe for the weekend: 5 of the most beautiful and inexpensive European cities
Traveling to Europe before was an expensive pleasure, and taking into account the new economic conditions, holidays in the main European capitals have become an almost inaccessible luxury.
Fortunately, in addition to the expensive London, Paris and Rome, there are cheaper European cities, so there is still the opportunity to see Europe and not go broke, you just need to carefully plan your trip and choose a destination. To simplify your task, we have compiled a list of 10 interesting and inexpensive cities in Europe, the weekend in which will not leave a hole in your budget.
Surprisingly how we see on the world map, Krakow, one of the most beautiful and at the same time the cheapest cities in Europe, has still not been appreciated by tourists. Krakow was the capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century, but even having lost this status, it always remained the main cultural and scientific center of the country. Fortunately, unlike Warsaw, during the Second World War, the city was practically not damaged, so many old buildings were preserved here (there are thirty-nine churches alone), a medieval Jagiellonian University and a huge 13th-century royal castle.
Despite the fact that the popularity of the Hungarian capital has grown significantly in recent years, prices here are still relatively low. If you choose a hotel not in the very center and use public transport, you can view the Danube and classical architecture, while remaining within the modest budget. Be sure to visit one of the famous thermal baths in Budapest, cross the river along the Chain Bridge and take a stroll along the Buda Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion.
Even by European standards, in Lisbon and its environs there are a lot of attractions castles, palaces and basilicas, and the decent cost of air travel to the Portuguese capital is more than compensated by cheap hotels, restaurants and shops. If you plan to travel a lot around the city by public transport or use the funiculars (including the famous Santa Zhusta city elevator), be sure to buy the Viva Viagem travel system, this will save you extra money.
Prague has won the love of tourists from all over the world thanks to two factors: cheap Czech beer houses and a beautiful historical center. By its attractiveness and richness of cultural monuments, Prague is hardly inferior to the main Western European capitals, and a trip here will cost you much cheaper than in Paris or Amsterdam. The only negative is that there are a lot of tourists in Prague during the high season, so choose less popular months, since this city is beautiful at any time of the year.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Istanbul is considered a place that must be visited by every lover of history. Mosques, bazaars and amazing views of the Bosphorus Strait will not leave indifferent even the most experienced travelers. Today, Istanbul captivates not only with its rich cultural heritage, but also with low prices, which, alas, fall in inverse proportion to the level of security in the city.