Hotels, sightseeing and restaurants can be expensive when you’re on vacation. We reveal which major cities in Europe you can explore even on a tight budget so you have more for Bet22.

Food and energy prices are skyrocketing, corona lockdowns and short-time work have done the rest: For many of us, the travel budget is small right now, but the desire for vacation and adventure is all the greater. Even if Europe is not necessarily considered the cheapest travel destination: A city trip does not have to be expensive – depending on which destination you choose.

City breaks in Turkey and Greece, for example, are comparatively inexpensive, while the UK is home to some of the most expensive cities for a trip in Europe. This is shown by the “City Break Index” compiled by the British price comparison website

For this, the company examined the cost of an overnight stay in Airbnb accommodation, a day ticket for local transport, a cheap meal, a glass of white wine and a visit to the city’s most popular attractions, and used this to create a ranking. 


Antwerp in Belgium

Shopping, dining, culture and architecture: no matter what’s on your city break checklist, Antwerp has a little bit of everything.

In this lively port city on the Scheldt, you can stroll through the historic center and admire buildings such as the Church of Our Lady and the Grote Markt, discover the history of design and fashion at the Fashion Museum, and sample the “black gold” that has made Belgium so famous at the Chocolate Museum.

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Lisbon in Portugal

In Portugal’s capital, the sun shines up to 290 days a year and a fresh sea breeze from the Atlantic always blows through the city’s alleys – no wonder Lisbon is so popular as a travel destination. 

In this historic yet modern city, you can visit monasteries, churches and museums, take a boat trip on the Tagus River and enjoy spectacular views from Lisbon’s seven hills.

You must try the Pastéis de Belém – puff pastry filled with custard. But even beyond that, the city is known for its delicious food, which at around 8 euros is very affordable by city standards.

Bologna in Italy

Bologna is known as the home of tortellini, the ring-shaped stuffed pasta. The city is also called “La Grassa,” “the fat one.” Not only because Europe’s oldest university town has been rich since the Middle Ages, but also because of the sausages and hams that can be bought here in the highest quality.

But there are also historical and cultural sights galore in the lively capital of the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. 

Characteristic, for example, are the two leaning towers Asinelli and Garisenda. And the medieval arcades at the Piazza Maggiore with a length of 38 kilometers are even listed as World Heritage by Unesco.

Valencia in Spain

In Valencia, a place full of contrasts awaits you with a charming historic old town and futuristic buildings. The Spanish city on the Mediterranean Sea can be easily explored on foot. Among the most fascinating sights is La Reina square with the cathedral and the Miguelete tower, which you can climb 207 steps.

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Foodies can sample the city’s flagship dish, paella, and experience Europe’s largest fresh produce market in the modernist Mercado Central market hall. If you need a break from the vibrant cultural life, take a leisurely stroll along the beach and hop into the Mediterranean.


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