There are still a few weeks until we get a well-earned rest at Christmas, but you can escape the bustling streets and take some time to relax and recharge the batteries with a cheap and cheerful city break. Travelling to the continent is actually a lot cheaper than you’d expect – with low cost airline offering superb mid-week flights you can expect to pay under £200 for a 2 night break for two people. Also you’ll get more for your money in Europe as the sterling pound has become stronger since September so that means you get more euros per pound. In other words, you can get an extra half pint per pound that you have converted at the travel agents.
So, if you have a few extra annual leave days from work remaining make the most of them! I’ve looked at the best vibrant cities to visit over the next four weeks that won’t cost a fortune and will get you in the Christmas spirit.
There are lots to see and do in Moscow such a visiting the Red Square, the Kremlin, the tomb of Lenin not to mention feel the buzz of one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. The Russian capital is often not even considered as a city break destination but you could be missing out on experiencing a vibrant city with more history and culture than you could learn in any modern studies lesson. The Russians love their shops, restaurants and nightlife as much as any other city, so you won’t be stuck for things to do. As one of the cheapest destinations to fly to this winter, a two night break in B&B accommodation plus meals could set you back as little as £180. Search for flights via London Stansted for the low cost carriers. You can also get a discount off your hotel by using some discount codes for hotels.com.
Prague is one of those bohemian yet vibrant cities that no matter how many times you visit, there’s always more to discover and explore. You can get a flight from the non-UK from as little as £40 and hostels and B&Bs are really cheap so it may high on the locations list for stag and hen do’s but don’t let that put you off. Famous for its beer, world-class architecture, art and old medieval streets, it’s a city break hotspot all year round for all ages. While sightseeing make sure you take in the famous Astronomical Clock, the old town square, the baroque St Nicholas church and the much-pictured Charles Bridge where you can see Prague castle against a picturesque backdrop.
There are plenty of pubs and bars around the Old town but to reach the best bars with cheap beer you’ll need to jump on a tram a little out of the city. Famous for low-cost deals and an amazing range of local beer, try the Nusle district. If you have spare time for shopping you can pick up some local arts and crafts gifts, chocolate and traditional delicacies without paying outrageous prices at Wenceslas Square.
Now if you’re on a super tight budget for your trip then Krakow is the place to go – you can really see and do a lot if you do your research before going and are clever about spending your money. This Polish gem has been voted as one of the best European cities to visit and cheapest too with 4 Polish zlotys to the pound sterling. So let’s look at how we can make savings while in Krakow.
Always travel using public transport – even to and from the airport. To see the city there are golf-buggy’s darting around the city full of tourists but these can be pricey and don’t last that long. You’re going for the city experience too, so I’d suggest walking around by foot to uncover the hidden alleyways and courtyards. Try hiring one of the bicycles too at a designated station. To keep food costs down, sample of the local grub at street stalls – you’ll find some delicious pastries, pies and Polish sausages. If you want to visit Schindler’s factory or Auschwitz just use public transport, they have a great service and it’s cheap too.
Hostels are a good budget option to stay on very central locations in the city. And most of them offer a free breakfast so you’re sure to have a good start of the day. The amount of hostels in Krakow is growing rapidly and while most of them focus to create a party atmosphere, you do have good exceptions. So check what kind of hostel it is before booking your stay!
Look into staying at a hostel in Krakow – there are really good ones in central locations that offer a breakfast in with your room so that’s one meal out the way for your day too. Most of the hostels like to have a party atmosphere so you are guaranteed to have a good time before heading out to pubs and clubs at night.
Finally every day there are some museums with free admission. So check out the exact days and keep that in mind while planning your stay in the city.