5 European Cities to Visit on a Budget

In case you didn’t already have enough reasons to plan a trip to Europe, we’ve gathered some favorite articles for you to peruse. The money you spent on the latte you’re sipping right now could have helped fund such a trip.

Not to say that latte’s aren’t delicious or worthwhile. They just tend to taste better when you’re in a lovely old city with nothing to do but soak up your surroundings. Keep reading to learn how you can do just that without spending too much.

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Overlooking Brussels

1. Brussels, Belgium

Languages Spoken: Dutch, French, German

Brussels is a city of historic charm with a modern twist. When visiting, definitely don’t miss attractions like the awe-inspiring Grand Place, the cute and quirky Manneken Pis statue, and the Atomium monument. And of course, the city is well known for its chocolate and beer. For chocolate lovers, check out the Museum of Chocolate and Cocoa; for beer lovers, head over to the Cantillon Brewery! Read more…

Venice City Life

2. Venice, Italy

Language Spoken: Italian

Venice has a reputation for being pricey, but with a bit of planning and know-how you can have a great experience on a limited budget. For an affordable trip down the Canals (only 6.50 Euros), take the Venice Vaporetto Route No. 1 water bus. Visit the Museo San Marco in the Basilica di San Marco (only 4 Euros). Enjoy the ambiance of the Piazza San Marco, what Napoleon once called “the drawing room of Europe.” Read more…

Sacré Coeur, Panoramas photo

3. Paris, France

Language Spoken: French

Paris is an elegant city with several must-see attractions. Don’t miss the Notre Dame Cathedral (free to enter), the Steps of Sacre Coeur (free to climb), and the Eiffel Tower (free to picnic beneath). Take a free tour with New Paris Tours or check out a free concert in one of Paris’s many cathedrals or parks. Read more…

The Reichstag building

4. Berlin, Germany

Language Spoken: German

Berlin, a city rich in history and culture, has some amazing sites and activities to experience on a budget. For historical sites, swing by the Berlin Wall, the eerie Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Reichstag building. For fun and culture, sit on one of the giant swings in Mauer Park, take in the art at the East Side Gallery, and head to Volkspark in Friedrichshain on Sundays for a dance rave. Read more…

La Almudena

5. Madrid, Spain

Language Spoken: Spanish

Madrid is a city with enough free culture, beautiful parks and 1-euro ham sandwiches to make a cheap weekend a breeze. Don’t miss the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofia, both free for parts of the day. For inexpensive souvenirs, head over to El Rastro, a can’t-miss flea market in the neighborhood of La Latina. Read more…

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