Since the dollar is comparatively strong, Americans can expect a favorable exchange rate with European currencies; so now is the perfect time to travel to Europe. The truly difficult decision is where to go. Consider the following options, recently rated by a well-known index for their value:
Listed as one of the least expensive cities to visit in Europe, Berlin boasts a fascinating history and many attractions. Tourists flock to Checkpoint Charlie and the famous Berlin Wall to soak in a bit of Cold War culture. Other choose to spend a day touring Museum Island (home to 5 of Berlin’s best museums) and the Brandenburg Gate. Many travel to Berlin just to take in its famed nightlife, including cabarets where acrobats, clowns, artistes and magicians entertain.
The birthplace of modern, western civilization, no travel to Europe would be complete without a couple of days in Athens. The Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena, sits on the Acropolis and offers a magnificent view of the city, as well as a glimpse into the distant past. While enjoying its mild climate, tourists flock to its many archaeological sites including the Temple of Poseidon. Famed for its tasty cuisine and reasonable prices, Athens is a perfect travel destination.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Captured by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been called the cultural capital of Russia and is a wonderful choice for travel to Europe. The famed Hermitage Museum, housed in the equally famous Winter Palace, has over 2 million exhibits including works by Titan, Raphael, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and Kandinsky. If that isn’t enough of a reason to travel here, consider visiting the beautiful, golden-domed Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood or the Peterhof Palace Garden. St. Petersburg is an inexpensive and wonderful destination for travel to Europe.
Located in the heart of Spain, Madrid offers everything to the person wishing to travel to Europe. Famous attractions include the Royal Palace (the largest in Western Europe), the Plaza Mayor (a perfect place to have a rest and people watch) and the famous Prado museum. The more adventurous will enjoy watching some of the world’s best flamenco dancers, and the truly bloodthirsty can still attend a bullfight, right in the heart of Madrid at the Las Ventas.
Straddling the Bosphorus, Istanbul resides in both Europe and Asia. Inexpensive, multi-cultural and beautiful, Istanbul retains traces of all of its former masters from the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines to the Ottomans. Istanbul’s amazing attractions include the gorgeous, 1,000 year old Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the 4,000-shop Grand Bazaar. A delight for all of the senses, Istanbul is a unique and inexpensive choice for travel to Europe.
With so many inexpensive and fascinating choices, there has never been a better time to plan your next itinerary for travel to Europe. Whether you choose one of these fascinating European destinations or another, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.