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Best Affordable Destinations in Europe

European cities can be expensive places to visit, but exchange rates and high price tags don't have to be prohibitive across the continent. Based on expert opinions and the input of worldwide readers, U.S News ranked the destinations where tourists can experience Europe without breaking the bank. Help us determine next year's rankings of the best affordable spots in Europe by casting your vote below.

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Why go: Similar to Amsterdam and Barcelona, the prices in this former bargain hunter's paradise are swiftly rising. But it is still possible to find affordable lodging in this city, especially if you brave the Czech Republic's cold winter weather. Although most attractions charge small entrance fees, good eats (and cheap drinks) are never hard to find. Read More»

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Why go: Portugal's capital offers everything you would expect from a European getaway at a fraction of the price of flashier cities like Paris or Rome. You can hang your hat at a top-notch hotel and enjoy mouth-watering meals without cutting corners.  Read More»

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Why go: This tourist hotspot boasts a wide array of attractions that cater to all types of visitors. Because affordable lodging and cheap eats abound, you won't feel guilty about staying a few extra days. Nightlife is a top attraction, but it is one that will cost you extra, as alcohol here can be quite expensive. Read More»

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Why go: Drawing upon more than 750 years of history, this Polish city beckons to travelers with shallow pockets and an interest in the past. Not only is Krakow home to towering gothic churches and ornate royal palaces, the meandering streets are also peppered with budget-friendly hotels, restaurants and nightlife hot spots.  Read More»

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Why go: With an eclectic mix of neoclassical, baroque and Art Nouveau architecture, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe. This eclectic city overflows with hotels and eateries that allow visitors a true taste of Hungarian life without exhausting their credit cards. Read More»

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Why go: Barcelona — Spain's most hip and cosmopolitan city — offers a wide array of cultural daytime attractions that include museums, churches and markets, as well as a rowdy nightlife scene. The city's increasing popularity has inflated prices, but room rates and meal tickets are still lower than those in most comparable cities. Read More»

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Why go: Lying along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and accessible by high-speed train from both Madrid and Barcelona, this vibrant Spanish city boasts museums, parks and gardens, golden beaches and quirky festivals. But the real perk is that prices are considerably lower here than in other European coastal cities. Read More»

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Why go: Germany's capital is teeming with culture that calls to visitors from around the globe. Attractions showcase Berlin's influence on modern science, technology and the arts, but some travelers are more inspired by the city's cuisine and nightlife. Berlin's efficient subway system makes getting around inexpensive. Read More»

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Why go: While getting there requires a bit of a splurge, those who do their homework should have no problem finding affordable room rates on Crete. And the island's breathtaking beaches and scenery don't cost a penny to enjoy. Read More»

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Why go: Also known as "Little Paris," Bucharest possesses some of the beloved charms of its western model. Visitors delight in the urban parks and large selection of museums. Plus, unlike dear Paris, a casual meal along the wide boulevards won't cost you an arm and a leg. Read More»

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Why go: Americans always look to Eastern Europe for bargain locales, and Riga is one of the best. The capital of Latvia has a vibrant Old City with historical monuments and lively nightlife. Plus, summertime excursions to beachside Jurmala are fun for the whole family. Read More»

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Why go: For years, Amsterdam has coveted its reputation as quirky and laid back, welcoming a wide variety of visitors. Attractions here range from sacred to salacious. However, this once-hidden gem is experiencing a surge of tourism, so prices are slowly on the rise. Read More»

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