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Looking for the cheapest European cities that you can cover on a shoestring budget?

Visiting places in Europe doesn’t need to break the bank. (Also check out cheap European countries list here)

In this post you will learn the following about the cheapest cities to visit in Europe

  • Top things to do that you should definitely put in your bucket list
  • Where to stay including hotels and hostels with daily average prices
  • Must-eat local dish

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Without further delay, here’s my top list for cheapest European cities-

  1. ATHENS, GREECE

athens

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Visit Parthenon and the Ancient Sites. After all, why else are you in Athens?
  • Check out the Acropolis Museum. Acropolis museum is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It houses more than 3000 artefacts from the Acropolis.
  • Climb the Philopappou Hill. Philopappou hill is a beautiful park with great views of the Acropolis. There you can discover the Philopappou monument, handmade cobbled roads and the church of Ayios Demetrios Loumbardiaris, a 16th-century basilica with great murals.
  • Visit Anafiotika, an island in the centre of Athens. Anafiotika is located in the upper area Plaka, just under the Acropolis. It is a beautiful area constructed by builders from the Aegean island of Anafi.
  • Take a day trip to Sounio. Sounio is located just 1 hour away from the city of Athens. Apart from the lovely beaches in the area where you can have a swim in the summer, it is famous for its archaeological site.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $35-$50 per night

Recommendation: Athens Backpackers | City Circus Athens

Hotels

Budget: $55-$155 per night

Recommendation: Ambrosia Hotel Suites | Exarchion Hotel

WHAT TO EAT

Souvlaki: The most typical Greek food that can be found in every restaurant in Athens.

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2. BARCELONA, SPAIN

barcelona

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Admire the famous Sagrada Família. This is where to begin your adventure through Barcelona and the dreamlike works of Antoni Gaudí.
  • See the house of Gaudi called Casa Batllo. One of Antoni Gaudí’s most postcard-friendly creations, this apartment block wasn’t created from scratch but was a remodel undertaken at the turn of the 20th century. It’s equally magical at night to visit.
  • Head to Casa Mila. Also known as La Pedrera, as the front of the building looks a bit like the face of a quarry, Casa Milà was completed in 1912 and is another emblematic Gaudí building.
  • Check out Camp Nou. It’s one of Europe’s football cathedrals and even if you have no affinity for the team you have to visit Camp Nou to appreciate the dizzying scale of the arena.
  • Hit the local city beach. If you visit in the summer, you must head to the beach for a chill day and walk along the beautiful promenade. You can easily get there via the city center.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $ 20- $45 per night

Recommendation: St. Jordi Hostel Sagrada Familia |

Hotels

Budget: $60- $160 per night

Recommendation: Hotel Peninsular | El Avenida Palace

WHAT TO EAT

Paella: No foodie trip to Spain would be complete without a paella feast.

Tapas: You can find tapas bars with all you can eat or happy hour offers. Hunt around for the best ones and do stop by to sample some Tapas and Sangria.

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3. BERLIN, GERMANY

berlin

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • See the impressive Brandenburg gate. The Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical monument that has witnessed the history of the city since the 18th century and it should be on top in your list of things to see in Berlin.
  • Watch the sunset on the top of the Berlin TV tower. Also known as Fernsehturm Berlin, it gives the best 360-degree view of Berlin. It can hardly stay unnoticed as it is the highest building in the city.
  • Visit the Reichstag building. Another historical site to visit in Berlin is the Reichstag, a place where the Parliament sits. It has a glass dome, which is said to represent the political transparency of the city.
  • Time travel through East Side Gallery art. East Side Gallery Berlin is a 1316-meter long gallery where 105 paintings by artists all over the globe can be found.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $20-$40 per night

Recommendation: PLUS Hostel | St. Christopher’s Inn

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Hotels

Budget: $50-$100 per night

Recommendation: H2 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz | Hotel Berlin, Berlin

WHAT TO EAT

The Berliner Currywurst: One of the signature fast food dishes of the city, you shouldn’t leave without trying this one!

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4. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

budapest

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Check out the Parliament building. The Hungarian Parliament Building, which was designed and built in the Gothic Revival style, is one of the largest buildings in Hungary and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices.
  • Walk along the Danube promenade. This stretch of the Danube walkway goes from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge and is perfect for those who want a short, but interesting walk.
  • Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica. This basilica is one of the most important religious buildings in Hungary and a beautiful one at that!
  • Have a drink at the ruin pubs. Budapest is famous for its “ruin pubs”, in which shabby-chic is the order of the day. One of my personal favourites is Szimpla Kert.
  • Take a day off enjoying the Szechenyi thermal baths. The Széchenyi Baths complex is the largest medicinal bath centre in Europe. The waters are rich are believed to help patients with degenerative joint illnesses and other medical issues. Take a day off just to relax in the lovely bath!

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $10-$20 per night

Recommendation: Pal’s Hostel| The Hive Party Hostel

Hotels

Budget : $25-$70 per night

Recommendation: Marmara Hotel Budapest | Carlton Hotel Budapest

WHAT TO EAT

Langos: Deep fried dough, topped off with cheese and sour cream. For cheese lovers, this is a dream!

Goulash: Best known as Hungarian stew, try you must!

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5. ISTANBUL, TURKEY

istanbul

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Sip Turkish Coffee. If there is one thing that you want to try in Turkey was Turkish Coffee.
  • Visit a Turkish Bath. You cannot visit Istanbul without experiencing the weird and wackiness of a Turkish Bath, also known as a traditional hammam.
  • Marvel at the Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It was once a church and a mosque but is now one of the most visited museums in the world.
  • Head to the Blue Mosque. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is Istanbul’s most famous site and is the top thing to do in Istanbul. A visit to the city would not be complete without laying eyes on its beauty.
  • Cruise the Bosphorus. You must visit the Asian side of the city when visiting Istanbul. How often can you visit two continents in a matter of minutes and not even have to go through customs.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $10-$15 per night

Recommendation: Bauhaus Guesthouse |Cheers Hostel

Hotels

Budget: $40-$80 per night

Recommendation: Grand Naki Hotel | Gulhanepark Hotel

WHAT TO EAT

Baklava: The finest example of the Turkish dessert and you can find it anywhere in Istanbul.

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6. LISBON, PORTUGAL

lisbon

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Get lost in Alfama District. With a history that dates back to the Moors, Alfama is characterized by narrow, cobblestone streets that wind past dozens of quaint shops, cosy little restaurants and traditional Fado clubs.
  • Ride Tram 28. Tram 28, which extends from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique, in particular, takes riders on a tourist-friendly route. Many of Lisbon’s trams, including some used on the Tram 28 route, are the same that were used in World War II.
  • Go underwater in the Lisbon Oceanarium. Located out in the blue waters of the Tagus Estuary, the huge Lisbon Oceanarium rises like a hulking aircraft carrier. Inside, the structure houses countless exhibits related to marine life, which together pull in over one million visitors each year.
  • Conquer the bulwarks of St. George’s Castle. St George’s Castle is unquestionably the most visible landmark of Lisbon’s historic centre.
  • Monastery of St Jerome. The Monastery of St. Jerome or the Jerónimos Monastery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Lisbon’s Belém district.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $15-$35 per night

Recommendations: Lisboa Central Hostel | Yes Lisbon Hostel

Hotels

Budget: $50-$110 per night

Recommendations: Radisson Blue Hotel Lisbon |Empire Lisbon | Lux Lisboa

WHAT TO EAT

Bacalhau: Dried salted codfish and also one of the national dishes.

7. PORTO, PORTUGAL

porto

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Experience Livraria Lello. This bookstore is one of the most beautiful in the world and has become extra famous as one of JK Rowling’s favorite haunts when she lived in Porto.
  • Visit a Wine cellar. Porto is a city famous for wine, and not only for Port. The wine cellars, offer different bottles to sample and there are many cellars to choose from.
  • Visit the beach. No matter where you visit in Portugal, fitting in time for the beach is a must.
  • Spend some time at São Bento Train Station. It’s been voted one of the world’s most beautiful railway stations.
  • Visit Ribeira. If you’re in Porto you absolutely, positively must visit Ribeira. This old city district located by the Douro is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $12- $25 per night

Recommendation: PILOT Design Hostel & Bar | Porto Spot Hostel

Hotels

Budget: $80-$150 per night

Recommendation: Hotel Dom Henrique | Hotel Internacional Porto

WHAT TO EAT

Cozido a Portuguesa: A traditional Portuguese stew, this one does not disappoint!

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8. SEVILLE, SPAIN

seville

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Visit the Seville Cathedral. With 80 different chapels, it’s the largest cathedral in the world by volume and is a World Heritage site.
  • See the Alcázar. This is a marvellous UNESCO-listed palace complex that is still in use by the Spanish royal family: their chambers, staterooms and halls are on the upper level and can be viewed if you pay a little extra.
  • Stop by at the Plaza de España. This colossal monument was built for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929 and stands within the Maria Luisa Park.
  • Experience Tablaos and Flamenco Shows. A tablao is a good way to watch a show, with live musicians and either a bar or restaurant service.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostel

Budget: $25-$45 per night

Recommendation: Seville Kitsch Hostel Art| Hostal Nuevo Pino

Hotel

Budget: $60-$120 per night

Recommendation: Hotel Becquer | Melia Lebreros

WHAT TO EAT

Bull’s tail: One of the most flavourful dishes you are likely to try in Seville is stewed rabopercola de toro, or bull’s tail.

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9. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

prague

TOP THINGS TO DO

  • Explore the beautiful Old Town Square. The square itself is the perfect place to admire the wonderful architecture Prague has to offer and if that isn’t your thing then the various street performers, musicians and merchants that line the streets here will certainly keep you entertained.
  • Watch the Astronomical Clock Strike an Hour. The clock itself is on the south face of the town hall and is the pride of Prague.
  • Stroll across the Charles Bridge for a great view and experience the city as a local would.
  • Admire the Lennon Wall. Although Prague is a long way from Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles, fans should certainly check out this shrine to one of the most famous bands of all time.
  • Climb 299 Steps to Petrin Hill. Petrin is a hill on the left bank of the Vltava River, it offers great views of the city and is one of the greenest spaces in Prague.

WHERE TO STAY

Hostels

Budget: $10-$20 per night

Recommendation: Czech Inn | Hostel Downtown

Hotels

Budget: $50-$100 per night

Recommendation: K+K Hotel Phoenix | Hotel Majestic Plaza

WHAT TO EAT

Trdelnik: A traditional Slovak rolled pastry originating from the Hungarian-speaking region of Transylvania, the trdelník is usually served warm and topped with a dusting of sugar, nuts or cinnamon.

So that’s it! Do you have any other cities to recommend for cheap European holidays?

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