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Started by Eligelis on Jan 30, 2018 11:06:22 PM
Central Europe city break in the spring - any suggestions welcome

If I had a budget of - say - £400 for travel and accommodation, and wanted to go on a short break to go sightseeing in a central or north European city, where might folk suggest?

If I was to give some key words for what I'd be after, they'd be: museums, architecture, history (not recent) & "walkability".

Flicker - 30 Jan 2018 23:11:09 (#1 of 258)

Not exactly Central Europe but you can come to Nîmes in the spring with me if you like. I believe it ticks all those boxes.

Shadrack22 - 30 Jan 2018 23:11:23 (#2 of 258)

Ljubljana. I went ten years ago. Very few tourists then and can’t imagine it is much busier now. A relaxed and very walkable city. A mixture of Baroque architecture and relics from the communist era. You can take a trip to Lake Bled. Stay at the Hotel Slon.

solomongursky - 30 Jan 2018 23:16:04 (#3 of 258)


Krakow. It's amazing.

Pentecost - 30 Jan 2018 23:16:12 (#4 of 258)

Budapest. £400 is asking a lot for a city break with reasonable accommodation and some sightseeing. I assume you aren't going 4 star, here, and are flying from London Southampton.

In which case go seedy Budapest. You still get all you are looking for, and you only need a can of fly-killer to spray the mattress with for all to be in order.

solomongursky - 30 Jan 2018 23:17:41 (#5 of 258)

You could go 4 star in Krakow for £400 easily, it's one of the cheapest city breaks.

Pentecost - 30 Jan 2018 23:18:24 (#6 of 258)

From where?

This is the point.

solomongursky - 30 Jan 2018 23:20:18 (#7 of 258)


Pentecost - 30 Jan 2018 23:22:05 (#8 of 258)

Is that where eligelis wants to embark from? My two closest airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle. Anywhere else I would need to add train fares or car park fees or whatever and the prices would vary. One price from one airport I can't sensibly reach, and then say it's a bargain, doesn't work for me. These prices always seem to be for somebody else with different circumstances.

solomongursky - 30 Jan 2018 23:22:54 (#9 of 258)

If this works, 5-9 April 4 star:

widenation - 30 Jan 2018 23:23:02 (#10 of 258)

Hamburg (north) Lublin, Poland (central/east)

Eligelis - 30 Jan 2018 23:23:03 (#11 of 258)

I'm in South East England - Surrey/Hants border area

solomongursky - 30 Jan 2018 23:25:09 (#12 of 258)

It is more expensive from Southampton. Krakow is still the answer though.

widenation - 30 Jan 2018 23:41:49 (#13 of 258)

Don't dismiss the Eurostar as a staring point: Ghent, Antwerp, Rotterdam all fit your bill and you can do all three in a week.

limegreen - 30 Jan 2018 23:43:54 (#14 of 258)

Amsterdam. Go out to Haarlem too and visit Franz Hals' House. We did BA flight and hotel package for under £200 a head, three sharing a room in an unexciting hotel near Schipol.

Pentecost - 31 Jan 2018 00:10:59 (#15 of 258)

Me? I motorcycle to Plymouth, take the overnight ferry to Roscoff, motorcycle to Peroz-Guirec then, after a few days, go the same way back. Not what you would call a city break but definitely what I would call a break.

I've made my point about airports for the apparent bargain flight. I used to love cities when I was working, because you were with the workers and not the tourists - and hence why I love Hungary - but for a cheap break what matters is where you have to depart from in the UK, more than where you go to. If you have a specific departure airport in mind and a destination you need, then you might have to upgrade the 400 budget.

Eligelis - 31 Jan 2018 00:17:11 (#16 of 258)

This is all conjecture on my part at the moment, dependant on a bonus that might or might not happen, of an indeterminate value, neither of which I'll know for a month or so. I've backpacked places in the UK in the past, but now want something a bit more comfortable further afield. I've not been abroad since 1993, and I think it's high time that changed.

Tenesmus - 31 Jan 2018 00:30:58 (#17 of 258)

Abroad is over-rated. They have peculiar food and no sense of humour.

Pentecost - 31 Jan 2018 00:43:01 (#18 of 258)

I've backpacked places in the UK in the past, but now want something a bit more comfortable further afield. I've not been abroad since 1993,

25 fucking years? And you are asking for the cheapo version out?

Pentecost - 31 Jan 2018 00:52:40 (#19 of 258)

I'm really sorry, eligelis, I came to this trying to help and I have turned out to be the most horrible travel advisor ever born.

solomongursky - 31 Jan 2018 01:15:04 (#20 of 258)

Budapest was another cheap one, and Dubrovnik is supposed to be lovely, never been. I think you can do Amsterdam on Eurostar now, 6 hours.

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