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Countries To Visit In Europe On A Shoestring Budget

by Arpita

Europe is known its history, architecture, authentic cuisines, nightlife the list is endless. It has always been in the dream list among all the travelers. Traveling outside India can prove to be quite heavy on your pocket if you don’t select your destination wisely. We bring you a short list of cheapest countries in Europe which you can visit and get the best travelling experience.


With CZR converting to 3.33 INR we can safely say that you get your money’s worth in Prague. If you are a budget traveler, you can easily travel to Prague and back at a cost of just Rs 60,000 even if you spend 4-5 days over there. A beautiful city, Prague is famous it’s amazing architecture, super friendly people and unending beautiful landscapes!

Places to see: Buda Castle, Parliament House, Jewish Quarter, Matthias Church.

Places to eat: Langos, Goulash, Lecso, Tokaj Wine Fisherman’s Soup.



Lisbon is a very popular coastal city in Europe. It makes a perfect place to have laid back holiday which includes just sitting at the beach and sipping good local wine. Lisbon sets a great example of a city which combines heritage and modern culture. There are  many pocket friendly destinations in Lisbon for backpackers. Lisbon doesn’t fails to cast a charm over the people with its ancient ruins, white-domed cathedrals and beaches.

Places to see: Palace of Ajuda, Belem Tower, Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira, Rua Augusta Church Sao Jorge Castle.

Places to eat: Pastel De Nata (Egg Custard Tarts), Bacalhau (Cod Fish), Polvo A Lagareiro (Boiled Roasted Whole Octopus) Sopa De Cacao (Shark Soup).



Do you know what’s common between the gods Poseidon, Athena, and Zeus? They all hail from the wonderland of Athens. One of the oldest cities of the world, Athens is famous for it’s mythological history. If you wish to see how they used to live and pass their time then Athens is one city which is awash with ancient wonders like theaters and temples. Here if you wish to stay on budget then you have to hustle between hostels and Airbnb’s that are an amazing option. The food is quite expensive in the touristy areas so you have to wander away from the mainstream to try good ol’ greek food!

Places to see: The Acropolis, The Parthenon, The Roman Stadium, Syntagma Square, Plaka (the neighbourhood of the Gods).

Places to eat: Moussaka (eggplant, meat tomato layered dish), Souvlaki (grilled meat or veggies), Dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), Galaktoboureko (custard filo pastry) Ouzo liquor.


An amazing mix of old and new, Rome is one city that is on the bucket list of every history enthusiast. The city is famous for it’s ancient buildings that have stood the test of time. The monuments of Rome have the ability to put many modern wonders to shame. Featuring structures like Gladiator Colosseum and Pantheon, Rome is a must visit people who crave era bygone.

Places to see: The Colloseum, The Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona The Vatican City.

Places to eat: Do try Carciofo Ala Romana (stuffed artichokes), Torta Ricotta (ricotta cheese sour berries cake), Maritozzo and Coda Alla Vaccinara (tomato soup with stewed ox-tail).


Madrid is famous for its art museums, beautiful architecture and yummy food. There are countless little things that make this city a must visit like a café con leche in a stately square, stroll along Grand Avenue, dine at a Tapas Bar or eat late night churros, available almost at every in Madrid. It is also given the title of ‘Culinary Capital’ of Europe.

Places to see: Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Prado Museum Plaza Mayor

Places to eat: Tapas, Tortilla Espanola, Gazpacho, Seafood Paella Sangria



Budapest is popular among the travelers because of its low prices, amazing nightlife, architecture and history. It is also considered the “Paris of the East” because of the charm it holds. The two parts of the city Buda and Pest are connected by a Chain Bridge which was built in the 19th century. If you get a chance to visit Budapest, don’t forget to experience the sunset sitting beside the Danube river.

Places to see: Buda Castle, Parliament House, Jewish Quarter, Matthias Church.

Places to eat: Langos, Goulash, Lecso, Tokaj Wine Fisherman’s Soup.


Tbilisi is famous for its amazing local cuisine, funky bars and clubs, classy museums and amazing architecture. It has modernised a lot since the Rose Revolution of 2003. The lively cobbled streets and heart-warming people is making this place the next emerging destination of Europe.

Places to see: Narikala Fortress, Rustaveli Square, Georgian National Museum, Jvaris-Mama church, Mother Georgia Monument Tbilisi Mosque.

Places to eat: Khachapuri Adjaruli (stuffed cheese bread), Churchkhela (nuts soaked in grape juice), Tklapi, Lobiani and Kharcho (beef or veggie soup)



This city survived the World War II and has now among the most modern and well planned cities of Europe. It’s vertically planned and full of Gothic and modern architecture. Warsaw is favorite among the travelers because of its fascinating landmarks. The suitable time to visit Warsaw is October.

Places to see: The Old Town, Park Łazienkowski, The Royal Route (from Old Town to Wilanów Palace), Warsaw Ghetto, Warsaw Uprising Museum.

Places to eat: Polish Highlander cheese, Pierogi, Paczki Pastries, cabbage rolls and potato dumplings.


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