Forget January blues, we’ve got February blues! We’re combating the cold and thinking ahead to summer 2017 with our run-down of the top 10 places to go “on the cheap”. From the culture of Krakow, to the heat of Lisbon, we’re sure you’ll find a hidden gem in this list.
10) Vilnius, Lithuania
The capital of Lithuania and the largest city, Vilnius offers a cultural break like no other. Visit Kalnai Park for breath-taking views over Vilnius Old Town and be in awe of the gorgeous architecture. With a total spend of £198, Vilnius is 10th on our list.
9) Krákow, Poland
Krákow is one of the oldest cities in Poland and is full to the brim of culture and things to do. You can visit Oskar Schindler’s factory (Schindler’s List a favourite film for anyone?) and have a mooch around the Main Market Square. With a total spend of £198, Krákow makes a great long weekend break for anyone!
8) Dublin, Ireland
What better way to spend the summer than close to home in the beautiful city of Dublin. Have a nice pint of Guinness and explore everything the city has to offer; at a total spend of £197, Dublin is worth a thought this summer.
Flights: £105* round trip via British Airways
Accommodation: £92* for 2 nights at My Place Hostel
7) Berlin, Germany
The cultural capital of Germany, Berlin is packed full of things to do on a budget. No trip to Berlin would be complete without seeing the last piece of the Berlin wall or you can visit the Reichstag building for a snapshot of WW2 history. A total spend of £192* puts Berlin 7th on our list of cheap places to visit this summer 2017.
Flights: £128* round trip via British Airways
Accommodation: £64* for 2 nights at Hostelo Berlin Mitte
6) Lisbon, Portugal
The capital and the largest city of Portugal, Lisbon is rich with history. Take a visit to the Maritime Museum (great for kids!) or head to Lisbon Oceanarium to learn all about the deep blue and then head to Lisbon Zoo to learn all about the animals on land! With a total spend of £185, Lisbon makes a gorgeous break this summer 2017.
Flights: £134* round trip via TAP Portugal
Accommodation: £51* for 2 nights at Visitas de Lisboa Hostel
5) Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
The capital city of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City is lies at the heart of Western Europe. Visit the Gothic Revival Cathedral of Notre Dame and explore everything this city has to offer. With a total spend of £184, Luxembourg City is one to keep in mind for a gorgeous city break.
Flights: £59* round trip via British Airways
Accommodation: £125* for 2 nights at Hotel Bristol
4) Stuttgart, Germany
Located on the Neckar river, Stuttgart makes the perfect summer 2017 city break for any cultural buffs out there. Home to the Old State Gallery, you can view artworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet and Cézanne. Stuttgart makes the top 5 in our list with a total spend of £169*.
Flights: £92* round trip via British Airways
Accommodation: £77* for 2 nights at Hotel Espenlaub
3) Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, despite being a small city, is made up of 19 municipalities which means there are plenty of areas to discover. Visit the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History or take a visit to one of Brussels vast green spaces such as the gorgeous Sonian Forest. There’s something for everyone for a total spend of £163*.
Flights: £95* round trip via Brussels Airlines
Accommodation: £68* for 2 nights at Urban City Centre Hostel
2) Sofia, Bulgaria
In 2013, Sofia was voted Europe’s most affordable capital to visit which makes it 2nd on our list! Located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, this city boasts both gorgeous architecture and sights. Wonder over to Tsar Ivan Shishman Street, for example, to see some stunning pieces of street art. A total spend of £159, Sofia makes a great option for summer 2017.
Flights: £127* round trip via Bulgaria Air
Accommodation: £32* for 2 nights at easy Hotel Sofia
1) Warsaw, Poland
The capital of Poland, Warsaw is a beautiful city to visit this summer 2017. Hailed as Eastern Europe’s chic cultural capital, you can visit Lazienki Park for a relaxing bit of peace and quiet or you can head to Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn a little bit more about Warsaw history. With a total spend of £146*, Warsaw takes the number one spot on our list.
Flights: £103* round trip via Air France
Accommodation: £43* for 2 nights at Start Hotel Aramis
Used: Google Flights for 2 night stay over a weekend in June. Hotels from same dates via hotels.com and pictures all from pixabay.com.
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