Which European Capital Cities Offer the Best Value for Money?
According to Wanderu’s analysis of the travel experiences of visitors to various European capitals, some of the most expensive you could choose to go to include London, Paris and Dublin. Reykjavik, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are also towards the top of the list. Unsurprisingly, Monaco – with its world-famous casino – is also at the more expensive end of the spectrum. For the more frugal traveler, who might enjoy games at an online casino rather than mixing it with the high rollers at Monaco’s roulette tables, which European capitals offer more bang for your buck? Read on to discover more about five of the best options.
The capital of Serbia, Belgrade is widely regarded as an up-and-coming city which offers plenty of new attractions as well as an Old World feel that has remained unchanged for centuries. Visitors often remark how friendly the locals are because, perhaps, they are not used to seeing tourists in large numbers. Belgrade lies on the Sava River and it is a working place where goods are still transported by boat. The lively pedestrianised area of Knez Mihailova is not to be missed if you want to enjoy a little nightlife during your stay.
Most visitors to Turkey head to Istanbul or the resorts which face the Mediterranean. However, Ankara, the country’s centrally located capital, has so much to offer. Firstly, like Istanbul, there are plenty of antiquities from the Roman period including historic bathhouses and the Column of Julian to explore. Then there are many national museums worthy of a visit to take into consideration, too. If you want a cheap activity, then exploring the Byzantine remains of Ankara’s citadel is well worth it. There are hotels and hostels to suit all budgets in Ankara which has a lively cultural life that attracts many visitors back for more once they have tried it.
Among the most beautiful capitals in Europe, Zagreb is also one of the cheapest. The city is full of low-cost accommodation and reasonably priced restaurants to try out. It also lies a short distance from the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park which makes it the ideal place for a city break where you won’t just be confined to the busy city streets. The Gothic, twin-spired cathedral which dominates the capital’s skyline is also a good place to visit.
Germany’s large capital is surprisingly cheap according to the many visitors who head there. Sure, there are some expensive things you can do in Berlin but eating out and finding a reasonable hotel in the city need not break the bank. You can visit many museums in the city for free. In fact, some people go just to explore the Christmas markets there without spending a euro. Getting around by public transport is also relatively cheap in Berlin compared with other big cities in Europe.
The medieval town of San Marino is where most visitors flock because it is so beautiful. If you stay just outside this area, then you can find some exceptionally good value accommodation. San Marino may be small but it is perfectly formed. The rugged Mount Titano on which the capital sits is steep, however, so you need to bear this in mind if you are exploring by foot.