A five-star city break doesn't have to cost the earth. You can get away to a great destination in a wonderful and historic city for less than you think. If you're not too worried about the location, you open yourself up to a lot of European countries as well as Morocco, so if you have an open mind, you'll have a lot of choices.
Cologne and Berlin
There are two inexpensive luxury places in Germany – Berlin and Cologne. If you visit Cologne in January or February, you'll be able to enjoy the city's magnificent architecture and 2,000 years of history without the cost associated with high season. Berlin is cheapest in March. Take a free walking tour of the place to get an idea of what's out there for you to explore. Take in the view from the top of the Reichstag Building, and then enjoy the nightlife in Prenzlauer Berg or Kreuzberg.
When you can buy a beer for an average of £2.30, you can't go far wrong. Holidays should be enjoyed, and for most people that means eating and drinking while relaxing. You'll find plenty of all three of those things in Budapest. If you go in February, you'll pay an average of £156pp for a two-night stay in a five-star hotel with return flights. Whether you spend the break enjoying cheap beer or scare yourself at the House of Terror museum, you'll enjoy five-star luxury for three-star money.
Visit Paris in February for Valentine's Day and you'll be able to treat the one you love to a romantic getaway for as little as £145pp. The city of love also offers attractions like Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur and the Arc de Triomphe. You'll be close to Disneyland Paris too. If you stay in the centre of the city, you're a 45-minute drive from the Magic Kingdom. Paris isn't cheap to eat out in, but if you look around, you'll find inexpensive restaurants.
Morocco is the only non-European country to make this list. Marrakech is cheap but luxurious because of the pound's strength against the Moroccan dirham. The quality of food is one of the main reasons to visit. Try street food makouda for a few pounds or enjoy a three-course meal for less than £20 per person. Beer is something like £3, so a few evenings out won't cost you the earth.
Poland's capital city is a great choice. A meal for two will only set you back £30, and a beer costs £1.70. A two-day break for a couple costs around £119pp. That's not a lot of money at all when you consider the attractions there, including the Royal Castle, and the Warsaw Old Town, which was destroyed in World War Two but restored. The interactive Uprising Museum should also be visited.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
You don’t need to fly. The cheapest way to get to Europe is to travel by bus to places like Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam.
- If you decide to holiday in London rather than go abroad, expect to pay at least £100 per night per person.
- The time of year is very important. Go to any of these locations in the school holidays, and you’ll pay a lot more.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Entrance is free unless you want to go up the tower…It’s a must do experience!!!” (Smiths47 reviewing the Effiel Tower on Tripadvisor)
“Good museum, very interesting. Highly recommend taking the audio guide.” (Mayra reviewing House of Terror museum in Budapest on Tripadvisor)
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