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Europe on a shoestring: 10 things you can do for under 10 Euros

15 June 2020
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Think you can’t nail Europe on a budget? Then we’re here to tell you that yes, yes you can! From one scrimping-and-saving traveller to the next, here’s a glimpse at 10 of the epic things you can do for under 10 euros in Europe.

Anywhere in Italy – Buy a bottle of Italian wine

Italy is famous for its wine producing regions, from Tuscany to Campania. Thankfully, you can also score a beautiful drop for as little as a few measly euros. Two euros, maybe five euros and if you’re REALLY lucky, maybe just one euro for a bottle of local Italian wine.

How much? 2 Euros.

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Split, Croatia – Visit St Domnius Cathedral and climb the Bell Tower

Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best-preserved, still-standing ancient Roman buildings on the planet. Inside, check out St Domnius Cathedral and climb to the top of the 60-metre-tall Bell Tower (which in itself took four centuries to build). Why? The views, of course.

How much? 20 Croatian Kuna / 2.70 Euros.

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Budapest, Hungary – Take a ride on a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Line 1 of the Budapest Metro was the first metro to be built on mainland Europe, and forms part of the the second-oldest underground railway system in the world, behind London. Despite its age, it’s safe and works just fine (really!). It’ll take you northeast from the city centre along the Pest side, under Andrassy Avenue to Varosliget (the City Park).

How much?  350 Hungarian Forint / 1 Euro.

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London, England – Visit the many free galleries and museums

Yep! For absolutely nothing, you can get into some of the world’s best and most famous museums in London. We’re talking about the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert, Natural History, Science, Imperial War Museum and stacks more. And there’s no catch. 

How much? Free

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Berlin, Germany – Go to the top of the Reichstag

The Reichstag is shiny, modern, and super interesting. As the home of German Parliament since 1999, it was designed to represent transparency in government (it’s literally a glass cupola/dome). Wind round and round, up the spiral pathway to the rooftop terrace for gorgeous Berlin panoramas. Our only tip? Book your spot online a day or two in advance. It’s worth it.

How much? Free.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – See the iconic windmills of Zaanse Schans

It’s a beautiful yet fun and cheap trip from Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans is home to eight iconic windmills with funny names like The Cat (de kat), The Spotted Hen (de bonte hen) and The Cloverleaf (het klaverblad), plus local museums and bakeries. All you have to do is ride the train from Amsterdam Central to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans. Easy!

How much? 7.40 Euros.

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Vienna, Austria – Standing ticket to the Opera

Some people pay up to 240 Euros to go to the opera. But you can wing it and pay virtually nothing. Vienna’s three main opera houses have cheap seated tickets, but they sell out fast. So if you’re willing to stand, all it’ll cost is a few Euros. Just check into the counter 80 minutes before the curtains rise.

How much? Under 4 Euros.

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Paris, France – Go inside the Notre Dame Cathedral

With its imposing gargoyles and Gothic touches, the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is a scene already etched in most travellers’ minds. And yes, absolutely, it’s stunning inside and out. Surprisingly though, entry to this iconic grand medieval masterpiece doesn’t cost a cent.

How much? Free.

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Prague, Czech Republic – Chill out and swim at Zlute Lazne

This one is a bit of a well-kept secret (and the perfect way to end a day of sightseeing). Perched on the banks of the Vltava River, Zlute Laze is the place to go for a dose of sandy beaches, a few drinks and fun activities like rowboats and longboards. Perfect for hanging out and going for a swim to cool down. Plus – it’s often free after 5pm.

How much? 50 Czech Koruna / 2 Euros.

Istanbul, Turkey – Be wowed by Topkapi Palace

Step back in time at this centuries-old Ottoman palace where ‘beautiful’ is an understatement. Expect opulent pavilions, towering columns and a jewel-filled Treasury, to start. You’ll be wowed, from the intricacies of the tile designs to the history you’ll find yourself fascinated by.

How much? 40 Turkish Lira / 5.25 Euro

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