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Posted in: Belgium

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Bruges
Looking for an affordable destination filled with European charm? Welcome to Bruges. Wolfgang S
Bruges has a hassle-free vibe, wrapping locals with a warm blanket of comfy taverns, bakeries and romantic wanders. Weekends pass slowly and satisfying as people embrace the feeling of this 14th century sleepy Flemish town. Plus, there’s no lack of affordable hotels and hostels in town starting at $47. But where do you begin to » Read more

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Paris Pastries
Escargot and Pain Suisse are just two of the top pastries you can try in Paris. Photo: question everything
We all hear about the croissant and its rich little brother the pain au chocolat, but these are not the only breakfast items available at the bakery. Parisians aren’t about to dive into an éclair or creamy millefeuille for breakfast, but they do have other options. Skip breakfast in the hotel to save a few » Read more

Posted in: Stockholm

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Fargfabriken
The contemporary gallery Färgfabriken is just one of the many free museums in Stockholm. Arild
Note: This article was updated on August 29, 2014 with new information, links and photos. A few years ago, the government decreed that all museums in Stockholm would offer free entry. Unfortunately for tourists and museum-lovers alike, this did not prove to be economically feasible and the experiment was brought to an end. Luckily, Stockholm’s » Read more

Posted in: Munich

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Munich
The classic cityscape of Munich. Photo: John Morgan
Bavaria is Germany’s wealthiest region, and Munich is known for its posh spots and expensive tabs. However, not everything is out of a Cheapo’s budget in this city. Munich is also home to wonderful traditions and scenery that won’t cost you even one euro to experience. Here are seven of our top free things to » Read more

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Islington
For a charming slice of London, it's hard to beat an afternoon exploring Islington. Photo: Alan Stanton
Tackling London’s top sights and busiest central areas is one thing, but if you really want to get under the skin of this city, you need to eat, drink and shop in the areas where locals actually live. Islington is one of north London’s jewels in the crown, a lively corner where some of the » Read more

Posted in: Turkey

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Istanbul street food
Istanbul has some of the best and cheapest street food in Europe. Photo: question_everything
Where can you find some of the tastiest and most affordable street snacks in Europe? Welcome to Istanbul. Fresh from a trip to Turkey, I spent days wandering around this spectacular city trying out all of the delicious dishes. Luckily for me, Turkish street food is amazing, safe to eat and very easy on the » Read more

Posted in: Paris Sights

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Promenade Plantee
Strolling along the Promenade Plantée is one of the free highlights of the 12th arrondissement. Photo: Fiona C.
Paris has 20 arrondissements, and there is at least one reason to visit each. Well, sometimes there’s only one… But the 12th, to the east of the city and on the Right Bank (north of the river), is one of the lesser-visited districts that still has plenty of reasons to spend a day. You don’t » Read more

Posted in: Spain

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Cadaques
That's not a painting; Cadaqués, Spain is that beautiful! Photo: Mariluz Rodriguez
Salvador Dalí, the super-famous surrealist painter who spent his later years in Cadaqués once said: “I settled here for the light breeze, the uneventful landscape and the absence of wild boars.” Really? No, he didn’t say any of that. But he did build quite the seaside house and workshop on the banks of this magical » Read more

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All’Antico Vinaio
All’Antico Vinaio serves up cheap and tasty sandwiches. Plus, there's a self-serve wine bar! Photo: Martin Kalfatovic
Looking for something quick and cheap to fill you up while sightseeing in Florence? Local meats, cheese and fresh veggies stuffed into salty, crunchy bread make panini a perfect choice. A great panino will be made with fresh bread and filled with just a few choice ingredients, but if you’re craving additional ingredients just ask! » Read more

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autumn in new york
You really can experience autumn in New York for a song (or nearly). Photo: Chris Ford
Autumn in New York really is as magical as the song makes it out to be. When the sweat of summer washes away, the air is crisp, the leaves are spectacular and there’s a sort of leisurely feel to the shortening days. All this makes fall the most coveted (and expensive) time to visit, right? Wrong. » Read more

Posted in: Paris Outdoors

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont
For a different side of Paris, escape to bucolic Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo: Henk van derEijk
It’s summer in Paris, and what better way to enjoy the warm breeze than a picnic in the park? When one thinks of parks in Paris, Champ de Mars is often the traveler’s favorite. It’s the long stretch of grass surrounding the Eiffel Tower… you know, the iconic spot that’s probably in your Paris daydreams. » Read more

Posted in: Brussels

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Grand Palace in Brussels
The Grand Palace in Brussels. Photo: Neil Girling
Brussels is a bustling city combining Euro cosmopolitan with old historic buildings and charm. Definitely a melting pot of people, cultures and styles, Brussels offers a lot to see and do, including the tradition of imbibing Belgian beer. But as the de facto capital of the European Union, this city can get expensive very fast, » Read more

Posted in: Paris Planning

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Louvre
Take our advice for simple ways to save big when visiting Paris.
As experienced budget travelers, we love to save money, but sometimes it’s just worth it to pay a bit more for something in Paris. After all, you probably flew from somewhere quite far away so why get the worst when a few cents more can get you something even better? Selective splurging won’t break the » Read more

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Times Square New York
Definitely snap photos in Times Square, but don't mistake it for New York. Photo: Sri Dhaanush K
Over the past few months, EuroCheapo correspondents have been debunking common myths about Paris (no, not everyone is rude), London (not all polite), Barcelona (not all friendly) and Amsterdam (not all high), so I figured it was time to do a little New York myth-busting too. Like any, well, mythical city, New York is the » Read more

Posted in: Barcelona Sights

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Park Guell
Park Güell is no longer free to visit for tourists, but it is still a must-see in Barcelona. Photo: batuceper
In 1984 UNESCO declared Barcelona’s Park Güell a World Heritage Site. It is one of the most impressive Gaudí projects in the city, and well worth the extra effort it takes to get up to the park from the city center. A visit to the park takes planning and the better part of a day. » Read more

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