From the well-known to the unusual, here are 5 destinations you can reach on a low budget this winter.
Routine is a normal part of everyday life for most people, but it doesn’t hurt to break it every once in a while! Getting away for a few days is one of the best ways to give you that boost you need and the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost you as much money as you may think!
Here are five of Europe’s most beautiful destinations that you can visit on a budget over the few months.
Flights: Flexible on dates? You’ll be able to find flights for less than £40 each way
Something for nothing: Climb Castle Hill and take a walk around the Buda Castle courtyards
Best cheap eat: TöLTő – a huge hit with visitors to the city serving gourmet hotdogs
Hungary’s capital city is a popular travel destination at any time of the year, but it’s arguably at its most magical during the winter months. With sprawling Christmas markets and enchanting lights, visiting Budapest in winter is like stepping straight into a fairy-tale.
The Széchenyi Baths – one of the city’s most popular attractions – stay open throughout the colder months. The water is naturally heated by hot springs, so there’s no need to worry about freezing water temperatures. Remember to wrap up warm for the rest of your visit though; the average temperature in the city from December through to February is just 1°C.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Flights: A round trip to Prague can set you back less than £100, followed by a train journey costing as little as €7 each way
Something for nothing: Join Wiseman’s free walking tour to discover the city’s secrets
Best cheap eat: Bluegrass Club – serving great value portions of traditional barbecued meat
Divided in half by the Vltava River, Český Krumlov is a charming city located in the south of Czech Republic, often overlooked by the tourists who flock to Prague in their thousands. With its towering castle and the quaint, Renaissance buildings that surround it, the city becomes even more idyllic with a light dusting of snow.
The Moldavite Museum is a must-see if you are in the area. Millions of years ago, what is now Germany was hit by a meteorite with an impact so huge that stone fragments managed to scatter all the way to where Český Krumlov is today. You can see some of those fragments at the museum, and enjoy short films and interactive exhibits, all for 149 Czech Koruna (just over £5).
Flights: If you’re travelling in January, you should be able to secure flights for less than £60 return
Something for nothing: Wrap up warm and take a stroll through the beautiful Kadriorg Park
Best cheap eat: III Draakon – a medieval-themed favourite serving soups and pasties for €2 or less
Estonia’s capital is home to one of the best preserved medieval cities, and the Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it’s not one of the most visited tourist destinations, Tallinn is becoming more popular as the years pass by.
With more than 60 galleries and museums, you won’t go short of things to do in the city. The Tallinn City Museum and Estonian Maritime Museum both offer fascinating insights into Tallinn’s history. From the last week of November to the first week of January, the Christmas Market will illuminate Town Hall Square, with a huge Christmas tree (chosen every year in a competition) as the centre piece.
Flights: it’s possible to find a return trip for £70 or less
Something for nothing: admire St Mary’s Basilica from inside and out
Best cheap eat: Przystanek Pierogarnia – serving traditional Polish pierogi (dumplings) for ridiculously cheap prices
Located in the south of the country, Kraków is possibly one of the most magical places to visit in the winter season, especially around Christmas. The smell of mulled wine and sugary snacks will reach you on almost every corner, and the horse-drawn carriages become reminiscent of a reindeer’s sleigh.
The Rynek Underground is one of the city highlights; found in the underground vaults underneath the Main Square, the museum showcases Krakow’s colourful past. Rated 5 stars by many visitors, the museum is interactive and great for all ages. If you want to visit, make sure you book your place in advance as it’s incredibly popular!
Flights: a return flight begins around the £60 mark
Something for nothing: take in the colourful Floating Flower Market on the Singel Canal
Best cheap eat: Jacketz Nieuwendijk – serving a selection of gourmet jacket potatoes, perfect for warming up on a cold day
The capital of the Netherlands is located on a huge network of canals; think small, cobbled streets and little bridges lit with fairy lights – it really is as picturesque as it sounds! With vintage shops, interesting eateries and fascinating museums, you’ll certainly be entertained by this city, as well as charmed.
Like other European cities, Christmas markets take over the heart of Amsterdam, with trinket stalls, food vendors and an ice rink for all to enjoy. From November 30, Amsterdam will be illuminated by its annual Light Festival, which brings sculptures, projections and installations to the city, allowing you to see it in a whole new light.
(All flight prices were sourced at the beginning of November and may be subject to change.)
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