I'm looking for somewhere to go in europe, just for a few days as I'm getting bit bored with my same routine. I'm looking to leave on the 30th of march (fri) and come back on the monday.
At the moment i have found cheap flights to Riga, stockholm and Gothenburg. Sweden is tempting me, but it seems a little expensive. I obviously want to sample the culture and something a little different, and a little taste of the nightlife is definately on the cards aswell.
Any guidance would be appreciated!
I have not yet been to any of those cities.
But, if I was asked which I would like to try, I would say Riga. I have heard, that it is not yet too heavily touristed, so it would still have a touch of the old world.
I've been to all 3 allot of times, and Riga is definitely the cheapest of the 3 by a long way. All 3 are lovely, although, sadly, Riga has had a huge boom in the Ryanair age and now tends to be full of groups of English stag do's at weekends, and is becoming an increasingly depressing place (i was first there over 10years ago, when i was one of a very few tourists, so am comparing it to that). Having said that, it's not yet as bad as it could be and is a lovely city.
Sweden is more expensive than the European average, although it's not as bad as most people make out. Drinking out isn't the cheapest although isn't as bad you might expect, providing you don't start on the spirits... (a pint of beer will normally cost you about 4.5euros, sometimes cheaper/sometimes more). Gothenberg is more laid back and generally much more fun as a city, whereas Stockholm is probably prettier. If the weather is good, Stockholm is a great place to be, and not bad in general.
I would choose Riga.
It is still not as heavily touristed, as many parts of Europe, so it would be interesting.