Hello, We are currently travelling around europe but seem to have come to a bit of a dead end.
We are currently in berlin due to travel to hamburg in 2 weeks time but after hamburg we cant find anywhere to go, or a way of getting there that doesnt seem to cost a fortune!! we were considering budapest or maybe italy failing that.
We would really appreciate any advice you could give us.
Thanks in advance
Jade & Luke
This is the school holiday period so forget finding anywhere cheap. You can only look for less expensive, which may be eastern Europe or off the beaten trail in western Europe (tourists all seem to flock to the same places).
Maybe the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland? Poland isn't too badly priced.
Hi Jade & Luke,
Berlin is the cheapest (and maybe the coolest) city in Germany, so wherever you go it will just be more expensive. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France and Swizterland will cost you even more. Holland, Belgium and Austria are at the same level as Germany on an average.
Italy might be indeed an option, although the major cost components - accommodation & transportation - won't be cheap there either.
You can save a significant amount of money travelling in Germany by couchsurfing and using mitfahren (lift) service.
So, if you are looking for beautiful and less expensive city destinations: Krakow, Prague and Budapest are indeed your best bets. From Berlin/Dresden, studentagencybus and orangeways offer excellent services to Czech R, Poland, Slovakia or Hungary at a low budget.
If you seek relatively cheaper places with nice beaches, Croatia-Montenegro, Bulgaria or even Albania will be the best for you.
If you like mountains, trekking - the Tatras in Slovakia and the Charpatians in Romania are the nearest places. Bulgaria, Montenegro and Albania have amazingly scenic areas.
Visiting the Baltic are might also be a nice experience / route.
My recommended route would be from Germany - Prague - Karkow - Tatras - Budapest - Croatia. All can be done on inexpensive bus. You can find hostels eur10/night/person, max budget for food eur5-10. Beers: eur1-2 in a pub.
Budapest/Bratislava/Prague are well connected when you want to fly back to the UK. Wizzair, Easyjet and Ryanair are the main carriers.
Should you go to Hungary and up for some off-the-tourist trail adventure, just send me a message.
Hope you'll have a lot of sun wherever you go!
Thank you so much for your advice. We've decided to do the west of Europe for the next few months then were going to take your advice and then in November do the east such as polland Budapest hungary and hopefully end up spending Christmas in Croatia some non tourist sights would be amazing. Thank you for your offer and we would very much like to take you up on it later in the year.
Jade & luke