If you have your finger on the travel pulse, you likely would have seen an interesting page that popped up recently. Omio has listed European city travel spots based on the number of free tours, attractions, and events available in these places. This is a must-see list for anyone traveling to Europe on a budget that loves a freebie!
So, whether you’ve already booked your European trip or are in the process of planning one, make sure you check out the list and read up on the top 5 budget-friendly cities, which we’ll discuss below. The best things in life truly are free!
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Top 5 European City Breaks with Free Attractions According To Omio Ranking
It’s fair to say that Amsterdam is incredibly popular with tourists because it’s legal to buy and smoke marijuana, but trust us, there are other ways to experience the beauty of Holland’s capital city. A wander around the many, many canals (more than in Venice) is a great start, and if you’re around for a sunrise or sunset, then your Instagram game will be on point.
Make sure you also check out the Bloemenmarkt (you don’t have to pay to look and smell the flowers), the Nieuwe Kerk (gorgeous church from 1408), NDSM-werf (shipyard turned art gallery) and the Poezenboot, which houses all types of lovable and pettable stray cats. Read our guide for 24 hours in Amsterdam for more tips.
Barcelona understandably gets a lot of attention, with its great weather, vibrant party scene and impressive citywide architecture, but don’t forget about good old Madrid. This city has loads to offer budget-minded travelers and really delivers on the sights. You can take a walk around Parque del Retiro and watch tourists attempt to control their rowboats on the lake.
Witness a sunset while checking out the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple that might seem a bit out of place in Madrid but demands to be seen. After that, take advantage of the fantastic panoramic view on top of the Corte Inglés department store and finally, see some cool street art at La Tabacalera, a converted tobacco factory.
A city once divided by a giant concrete wall for 28 years, Berlin is thankfully whole again and is a treat for visitors at any time of the year (although it does get very cold in winter). The East Side Gallery is a large remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, now covered in fun and colorful artwork and sitting right next to the city’s river. The Brandenburg Gate, Bundestag, Checkpoint Charlie, and Tiergarten are all great to observe if you’re walking around the middle of the city.
Make sure you stop by the famous Holocaust Memorial, which features 2,711 concrete slabs of different sizes all lined up in rows. It’s a beautiful tribute to a horrific event, where everyone can reflect about the past and take it with them into the future.
It’s easy to see why Paris is called the City of Love when you’re in the midst of it all. With beauty at every turn, even the most cynical person can find something to love in Paris. You’ll likely head first to Trocadéro Square, where you’ll find the world-famous Eiffel Tower, then there’s the Basilica du Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame cathedral (currently being rebuilt after the horrendous fire).
Simply strolling down the Champs-Élysées and stopping by the Arc de Triomphe is a treat, too. There are a lot of hidden gems scattered around Paris, so it might be best to take a walking tour, where you can discover all things left off the tourist guide books.
Although London does have a reputation for being an expensive city when it comes to eating, drinking, and transport, there are dozens and dozens of free things to enjoy throughout the old, enormous city, so you won’t have completely emptied your pockets by the end! Parks, museums, galleries, markets… you name it, London’s got it for free.
The National Gallery and British Museum can’t be missed if you love art and history, and a trip to London can’t be without a selfie outside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Greenwich Park is amazing for a wide view of the city and is perfect for picnics. Don’t forget the changing of the guards just outside Buckingham Palace, which takes place every Monday, Wednesday Friday, and Sunday at 10:30 am. Just don’t make fun of their outfits!
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Clayton is a travel and festival blogger. He loves a bit of adventure, will try anything once, and has a strong passion for the local food and drink, whatever it may be. He loves to inspire readers to travel to places a little out of their comfort zone, or at least to explore the usual destinations in a different way.