Abigail MeadowDecember 18th
2019

Europe has some of the world's richest culture and we're lucky enough to have it just on our door step.

If you're dying to go on holiday but the wallet's feeling a little stretched after Christmas fear not! We've come up with a list of holiday destinations that'll let you soak up some culture without breaking the bank.

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is perfect if you're on a budget and you certainly won't be at a loss for things to do either.

Take a river cruise for a lesser-seen view of the city, or take it all on foot with a walking tour to expand your knowledge and learn about the city's Jewish heritage.

The Hungarian Parliament building is one of the largest buildings in the city and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices. To see the building in its full glory, it's definitely worth viewing it from the other side of the Danube River.

But if you really want to dig into Budapest's history, you should consider a visit to the 'House of Terror'. Home to exhibitions about the fascist and communist regimes that ruled Hungary for large parts of the 20th century, it's an unforgettable experience.

Of course, it would be a shame to miss out the incredible Széchenyi Baths. The largest 'medicinal' baths in the centre of Europe the Széchenyi are rich in sulphates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and fluoride, all believed to help patients with degenerative joint illnesses and a whole host of other medical issues. They also host massive pool parties... just saying...

With everything you'd want for a great European getaway - but at a fraction of the price - Budapest is perfect if you're on a budget.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia pretty much has it all. Combining the perfect Spanish city break with some of the most beautiful beaches you could ever visit, Valencia will both surprise and delight visitors.

The old town is packed with street art and incredible architecture and steeped in Spanish culture, while the huge L'Oceanogràfic aquarium will provide you with aquatic knowledge about all the fantastic species that live there.

You can visit the huge port to sit and dream about which boats you'd like to own, but if you're a foodie, in Valencia you'll go to paella heaven as it is the orginal home of Spain's most famous dish.

Not to mention the weather always seems to be glorious, which is ten times better than rainy ol' blighty.

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia's capital has the feel of a classic European city but will provide you with a much quieter experience.

If you're wanting a city break that doesn't have the crowds then it's definitely time to put Bratislava on your list.

One of the quirkier things you'll find in Bratislava are the statues scattered around the city. You'll be able to see 'man at work' climbing out of a pot hole, the 'paparazi' about to snap a photograph and the 'napoleon soldier' resting on a bench.

The architecture is pretty stunning and a particular stand out is the beautiful Blue Church - an ideal spot for that perfect insta snapshot!

As a side note - Bratislava is easy to get to from Budapest if you're fancying a bit of a roadtrip...

Krakow, Poland

It's so easy to fall in love with Krakow. It has it all. As relaxing as it is exciting, from its beautiful sights and museums to the booming nightlife, just walking around Krakow is an adventure all on its own.

The Old Town is a maze of cobbled alleys and sprawling squares full of history while the cafe culture is something to behold with ample places to relax and treat yourself to a caffeine hit or something a little stronger...

On a serious note, one of Krakow's main pulls is its proximity to the world war two concentration camp Auschwitz. Today, guided tours take you around some harrowing exhibits, from cell blocks to the experimental facilities. A truly life-changing experience.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague seems to be becoming a more popular holiday destination for Brits in recent years, maybe it's becasue the beer claims to be some of the best in Eurpoe... but we're not judging.

Located in the heart of Europe, Prague has been considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world since the Middle Ages, being described as 'golden' and the 'crown of the world'.

May/June is an ideal time to head to Prague as the city hosts its very own Fringe Festival! Inspired by the Edinburgh Fringe with nine days of activities where theatre, comedy, storytelling, music and dance collide it's every bit as good as its Scottish namesake...

With a large historic city centre and an old town hall with the coolest astronomical clock you'll ever see, Prague might seem almost out of this world, but it's totally within reach - and with a minimal budget.

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