Paris rooftops and Eiffel Tower.

Get your art and culture fix without wasting precious vacation hours in line with a few pro tactics. (Getty Images)

From the expansive Louvre Museum to the iconic Eiffel Tower to the legendary Arc de Triomphe, Paris overflows with must-see attractions, cutting-edge museums, galleries, architecture and fashionable enclaves. Seeing it all within a week's time can be a challenge, but U.S. News has compiled some pro tips and travel secrets to help you spend less time in line and more time exploring the French capital.

[See: How to Visit Expensive European Cities on a Budget.]

Purchase a Paris Museum Pass

Most Paris visitors have numerous museums on their Paris bucket list and an easy way to skip the queue is by purchasing a museum pass either in advance or upon arrival. The pass gives you direct access to can't-miss attractions, enabling you to bypass lines to permanent collections at 60 city museums and monuments, including popular places like the Musée d'Orsay, which is world-renowned for its collection of Impressionist paintings. With the pass, you can also enjoy access to noteworthy attractions such as Notre-Dame Cathedral and even the Louvre.

You can purchase passes online ahead of your visit and have them delivered to your home or hotel, though you'll pay added shipping costs. The pass is also available at the Paris Tourist Office on Rue des Pyramides, at Charles de Gaulle Airport and at participating museums and monuments. Passes are available for two, four or six days.

Visit During Off-Peak Days and Times

Even though the pass provides access to 60 attractions, it can be difficult to fit them all in – even with the maximum six-day pass. For those places that you can't squeeze in, it's best to visit during days when they offer extended hours or even arrive before the museum or monument opens. "For all sites, even with the Museum Pass, it's best to go at opening time or on the evenings that particular attraction is open late. They all have one or two days a week with extended hours," advises Julia Slatcher, owner of travel-planning website Inspire World Travel.

For example, at the Musée d'Orsay, she recommends arriving at or before opening time and heading to the back of the museum where you can take the escalator up to the fifth floor. "That's where the main Impressionist galleries are that get very crowded," she explains. "If you go right away, you will enjoy them with only a handful of others rather than the hordes who get there a little later," she adds.

[Read: Where to Go in Europe During the Peak Season.]

The best times to visit the Louvre are on Wednesday or on Friday nights when the museum stays open until 9:45 p.m., with some rooms closing 30 minutes earlier. While the pass may allow you to bypass entrance lines, the museum itself is still likely to be crowded during regular operating hours. On Friday evenings, you'll have a much better chance of getting an unfettered view of prized pieces of art, such as the "Mona Lisa" and the "Venus de Milo."

Buy Tickets Online in Advance

When planning your trip to Paris, try to purchase as many tickets to attractions online ahead of time as possible. Buying in advance allows you to avoid the ticket line and may even get you into attractions that have sold out by the time you arrive. For example, purchasing tickets to the opulent Paris Opera House, also called the Palais Garnier, gets you inside the doors of this grand structure commissioned by Napoleon III complete with its 8-ton chandelier – with no hassle and shows you which days have limited tickets or are sold out.

Prioritize Your Visit to the Eiffel Tower

Almost everyone who travels to Paris wants to visit the Eiffel Tower, but the lines can be insanely long. Buying your tickets online ahead of time – sometimes up to 90 days in advance – is the surest way to guarantee your trip to the top with a minimal wait time.

"If you can get tickets now, definitely do it," says Kathy Phelps of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who purchased her tickets online. "We didn't wait in line at all. Be sure to be there a little bit before your scheduled time and make sure you're not standing in the wrong line," she adds, noting that there is a separate area for those with advance tickets.

Additionally, if you purchase your tickets on-site, you can choose to walk up to the second level and take the elevator from there, though it is a lengthy climb. Most people take the elevator from the ground, which is the most crowded and costs a separate fee.

[See: 10 Money-Saving European Travel Tricks.]

If the lines are simply too long and you don't have extra time to spare, opt to experience the must-see monument from a different vantage point on a Seine river cruise with a reputable company like Bateaux Parisien for excellent views. Also keep in mind, at night, the Eiffel Tower glitters for several minutes every hour on the hour, so alternatively, you can also grab a baguette, a bottle of wine and spread out on the Champ de Mars and enjoy the Eiffel Tower light show after dark.


12 Great Destinations in Europe You Can Afford


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St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.
Waterfront and harbor in Dalmatia, Croatia.
Romantic sunset watching the White Tower of Thessaloniki
View on Peniscola from the top of Pope Luna's Castle, Valencia, Spain
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin Mitte. The German Cathedral (Deutscher Dom) in background and the Konzerthaus at the right side.
Sea Chapel at Georgioupoli
Krakow Market Square taken from Cloth Hall, Poland
Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain on a sunny day.
The Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey at night.
Portas do Sol in Lisbon, Portugal.
Hungary, Budapest, View over Pest from Buda
Bridges of Prague, Czech Republic
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Whether you're searching for a quintessential European experience or simply looking to embrace a new setting, Europe beckons to the worldly traveler. From peddling through Croatia's picturesque countryside to exploring Barcelona's whimsical parks, there are plenty of ways to explore everything this diverse region has to offer. To help point you in the right direction, U.S. News found 12 inspiring spots based on reader votes and expert analysis that will satisfy your wanderlust — and your wallet.
Find out more about:
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
The Best Places to Visit in Europe
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12. Central Dalmatia
Yes, there are tumbling hills, pebbly beaches and lovely trails, but travelers will also find trendy shops, ancient architecture and flourishing nightlife to enjoy along Croatia's southern coast.
Can't-miss experience: Exploring Diocletian's Palace in Split, a 1,000-year-old castle showcasing Roman architecture at its finest.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Sightseeing many of Central Dalmatia's most enticing spots, including Hvar Town and Diocletian's Palace in Split, won't cost you a thing.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Central Dalmatia
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
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11. Thessaloniki, Greece
With its iconic ruins and traditional tavernas, Thessaloniki lures throngs of visitors each year. Stroll through Ano Poli's charming neighborhood and you'll snake past storied alleyways, Byzantine churches and historic sites like the 11th-century arches at the Church of Panagia.
Can't-miss experience: Admiring Mount Olympus and 2,000-year-old ruins as you wander through the Acropolis.
Where it's wallet-friendly: With plenty of free attractions (the Acropolis, Ano Poli and the Beaches of Halkidiki, to name a few) and low-cost carriers offering affordable flights to Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki is a budget-friendly alternative to more hard-to-reach Greek isles like Santorini and Corfu
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Thessaloniki
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
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10. Valencia, Spain
Valencia's charms are plentiful, from its imaginative museums to its enchanting parks to its enticing Mercado Central. Tucked inside an elaborate art deco building (complete with wrought-iron ceilings), this bustling market offers affordable and freshly prepared paella and tapas and a myriad of colorful stalls filled with fresh produce.
Can't-miss experience: Sampling traditional paella, and taking advantage of the walking and biking trails in Albufera Nature Park.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Plan a trip in winter for fewer crowds and reduced room rates. 
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Valencia
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Beyond Dubrovnik's enticing seaside fortress, there's much to explore from pebbly beaches to religious sites like Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery. Soak it all in by meandering through the Old Town, where a wealth of historic sites, scenic alleyways and charming cafes await.
Can't-miss experience: Embarking on your own "Game of Thrones"-inspired tour as you make your way across the medieval city walls and marvel at the landscape that serves as the backdrop for the fictional King's Landing on the hit HBO series.
Where it's wallet-friendly: This Croatian city is perfect for cost-conscious travelers thanks to its budget-friendly hotels in Lapad Bay. Maximize savings by visiting during the shoulder season — September to October — when temperatures and hotel rates dip, and the region's olive harvests begin. 
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

8. Berlin
From sprawling green spaces like Viktoriapark in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood to bike tours highlighting the city's impressive natural and architectural sites, Germany's modern metropolis offers something for every traveler.
Can't-miss experience: Catching sight of Berlin's fascinating art and architecture at East Side Gallery, where street art is showcased on a sliver of the Berlin Wall.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Berlin offers a convenient and inexpensive subway system. Plus, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods like Berlin East boast a vibrant nightlife that's more budget-friendly than venues in the west — a major bonus for visiting night owls.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Berlin
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
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7. Crete, Greece
Crete is known for its impressive archeological sites but that's not all this Greek isle has going for it. Beachcombers can stretch out beneath swaying palms at Vai Beach, while adventurers get their hearts racing at Samaria Gorge in Chania. Meanwhile, history enthusiasts can catch a glimpse into Crete's past at the Palace of Knossos or the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Can't-miss experience: Brushing up on Minoan art history at the Heraklion Archeological Museum, which boasts 3,000-year-old artifacts most art connoisseurs only see in their history books.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Exploring Crete's sandy beaches, palm-laden forests and craggy mountains is free of charge. Plus, enjoying meals at authentic tavernas is a cheap (and delicious) way to eat affordably.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Crete
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

6. Kraków, Poland
Kraków's rolling hills, stately spires and scenic hilltop castle make it an appealing choice for travelers in search of a fairytale-like setting. Aside from the impressive Wawel Cathedral and medieval market square, Kraków boasts many more historic districts and verdant parks worth exploring on foot. Plus, Kraków's contemporary charms, including trendy galleries and vibrant cafes, appeal to a wide range of travelers.
Can't-miss experience: Meandering through Planty Park, and its well-manicured gardens lining the city's Old Walls, serves as a relaxing escape.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Compared to other European cities across the continent, Kraków is exceedingly budget-friendly, with two of its must-see sites, Rynek Glówny and Auschwitz, available to travelers free of charge.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Kraków
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

5. Barcelona
Magnificent museums, bustling markets and iconic churches and cathedrals are just a few highlights of this cosmopolitan city. You'll certainly want to tour Gaudí's inspiring sites, including Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia, but you should also make time for Barri Gòtic and the impressive Montjuïc Castle.
Can't-miss experience: Browsing the colorful stalls and sampling freshly squeezed juice at the Boqueria Market, just off of Las Ramblas.
Where it's wallet-friendly: This vibrant Spanish city is chock-full of free attractions, from Parc Güell to La Seu, plus many of its dining and hotel options are more cost-effective than other European hot spots.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Barcelona
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

4. Istanbul
Inspiring architecture, flourishing markets and opulent palaces await visitors in this bustling city. Perusing bazaar stalls is a must here but you can't skip touring historical attractions around the Sultanahmet area like the Blue Mosque and the nearby Hagia Sophia
Can't-miss experience: Soaking in a traditional Turkish hamam (bath) or, if you're yearning for more activity, haggling at the Grand Bazaar for a souvenir.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Many of Istanbul's top cultural sights (including Taksim Square and the Blue Mosque) won't cost you a penny. Plus, traditional mezes (tapas-style plates) are popular, inexpensive and served at a variety of meyhanes (traditional dining establishments in Turkey).
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Istanbul
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon's seven hills, cool cafes and elaborate Manueline architecture entice those looking for a blend of Old World charm and modern conveniences. Popular pastimes include savoring pastéis de nata (cinnamon and custard tarts) at a coffee shop and traversing Alfama's winding streets in search of iconic sites like St. George's Castle and the Sé Cathedral.
Can't-miss experience: Strolling along Lisbon's wide boulevards, weaving by pastel-hued homes and azulejos (ornate ceramic tiles) that embellish fountains and churches.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Many of Lisbon's remarkable sites, including its museums, are free to tour on the first Sunday of each month. Save even more by picking up a Lisboa Card, which offers reduced fare on public transportation.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Lisbon
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

2. Budapest, Hungary
During a trip to Hungary's capital, you can catch a glimpse of Budapest's medieval past at the Royal Palace on Castle Hill, dip into a relaxing thermal bath and soak in world-class art at the Hungarian National Gallery. Need we say more?
Can't-miss experience: Venturing to the Széchenyi thermal baths is a requisite, not only to soothe sore muscles in natural thermal springs but also to admire its striking neo-Baroque architecture.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Budapest brims with free cultural and historic attractions, from Heroes' Square to Castle Hill. Plus, you'll find inexpensive, easy-to-navigate public transit and affordable hotels here.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Budapest
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

1. Prague
Sure, Prague is enchanting and historic, but there are vibrant museums and cultural events worth exploring once you've marveled at must-sees like the Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle. Carve out some time for a leisurely stroll through Old Town to gaze at its Gothic spires and neo-Baroque buildings.
Can't-miss experience: Savoring a pint at one of the city's lively pubs and cafes surrounding Old Town. T-Anker and U Parlamentu are top haunts among locales.
Where it's wallet-friendly: A city for budget-minded travelers, the Czech capital boasts affordable and inspiring cultural gems like the whimsical Dancing House and St. Vitus Cathedral, which charge no admission fees. Best of all, hotel stays and meals cost less than in other European destinations.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Prague
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.
Waterfront and harbor in Dalmatia, Croatia.
Romantic sunset watching the White Tower of Thessaloniki
View on Peniscola from the top of Pope Luna's Castle, Valencia, Spain
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin Mitte. The German Cathedral (Deutscher Dom) in background and the Konzerthaus at the right side.
Sea Chapel at Georgioupoli
Krakow Market Square taken from Cloth Hall, Poland
Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain on a sunny day.
The Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey at night.
Portas do Sol in Lisbon, Portugal.
Hungary, Budapest, View over Pest from Buda
Bridges of Prague, Czech Republic

Whether you're searching for a quintessential European experience or simply looking to embrace a new setting, Europe beckons to the worldly traveler. From peddling through Croatia's picturesque countryside to exploring Barcelona's whimsical parks, there are plenty of ways to explore everything this diverse region has to offer. To help point you in the right direction, U.S. News found 12 inspiring spots based on reader votes and expert analysis that will satisfy your wanderlust — and your wallet.
Find out more about:
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
The Best Places to Visit in Europe
(Getty Images)

12. Central Dalmatia
Yes, there are tumbling hills, pebbly beaches and lovely trails, but travelers will also find trendy shops, ancient architecture and flourishing nightlife to enjoy along Croatia's southern coast.
Can't-miss experience: Exploring Diocletian's Palace in Split, a 1,000-year-old castle showcasing Roman architecture at its finest.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Sightseeing many of Central Dalmatia's most enticing spots, including Hvar Town and Diocletian's Palace in Split, won't cost you a thing.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Central Dalmatia
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

11. Thessaloniki, Greece
With its iconic ruins and traditional tavernas, Thessaloniki lures throngs of visitors each year. Stroll through Ano Poli's charming neighborhood and you'll snake past storied alleyways, Byzantine churches and historic sites like the 11th-century arches at the Church of Panagia.
Can't-miss experience: Admiring Mount Olympus and 2,000-year-old ruins as you wander through the Acropolis.
Where it's wallet-friendly: With plenty of free attractions (the Acropolis, Ano Poli and the Beaches of Halkidiki, to name a few) and low-cost carriers offering affordable flights to Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki is a budget-friendly alternative to more hard-to-reach Greek isles like Santorini and Corfu
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Thessaloniki
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

10. Valencia, Spain
Valencia's charms are plentiful, from its imaginative museums to its enchanting parks to its enticing Mercado Central. Tucked inside an elaborate art deco building (complete with wrought-iron ceilings), this bustling market offers affordable and freshly prepared paella and tapas and a myriad of colorful stalls filled with fresh produce.
Can't-miss experience: Sampling traditional paella, and taking advantage of the walking and biking trails in Albufera Nature Park.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Plan a trip in winter for fewer crowds and reduced room rates. 
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Valencia
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Beyond Dubrovnik's enticing seaside fortress, there's much to explore from pebbly beaches to religious sites like Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery. Soak it all in by meandering through the Old Town, where a wealth of historic sites, scenic alleyways and charming cafes await.
Can't-miss experience: Embarking on your own "Game of Thrones"-inspired tour as you make your way across the medieval city walls and marvel at the landscape that serves as the backdrop for the fictional King's Landing on the hit HBO series.
Where it's wallet-friendly: This Croatian city is perfect for cost-conscious travelers thanks to its budget-friendly hotels in Lapad Bay. Maximize savings by visiting during the shoulder season — September to October — when temperatures and hotel rates dip, and the region's olive harvests begin. 
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

8. Berlin
From sprawling green spaces like Viktoriapark in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood to bike tours highlighting the city's impressive natural and architectural sites, Germany's modern metropolis offers something for every traveler.
Can't-miss experience: Catching sight of Berlin's fascinating art and architecture at East Side Gallery, where street art is showcased on a sliver of the Berlin Wall.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Berlin offers a convenient and inexpensive subway system. Plus, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods like Berlin East boast a vibrant nightlife that's more budget-friendly than venues in the west — a major bonus for visiting night owls.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Berlin
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

7. Crete, Greece
Crete is known for its impressive archeological sites but that's not all this Greek isle has going for it. Beachcombers can stretch out beneath swaying palms at Vai Beach, while adventurers get their hearts racing at Samaria Gorge in Chania. Meanwhile, history enthusiasts can catch a glimpse into Crete's past at the Palace of Knossos or the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Can't-miss experience: Brushing up on Minoan art history at the Heraklion Archeological Museum, which boasts 3,000-year-old artifacts most art connoisseurs only see in their history books.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Exploring Crete's sandy beaches, palm-laden forests and craggy mountains is free of charge. Plus, enjoying meals at authentic tavernas is a cheap (and delicious) way to eat affordably.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Crete
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

6. Kraków, Poland
Kraków's rolling hills, stately spires and scenic hilltop castle make it an appealing choice for travelers in search of a fairytale-like setting. Aside from the impressive Wawel Cathedral and medieval market square, Kraków boasts many more historic districts and verdant parks worth exploring on foot. Plus, Kraków's contemporary charms, including trendy galleries and vibrant cafes, appeal to a wide range of travelers.
Can't-miss experience: Meandering through Planty Park, and its well-manicured gardens lining the city's Old Walls, serves as a relaxing escape.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Compared to other European cities across the continent, Kraków is exceedingly budget-friendly, with two of its must-see sites, Rynek Glówny and Auschwitz, available to travelers free of charge.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Kraków
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

5. Barcelona
Magnificent museums, bustling markets and iconic churches and cathedrals are just a few highlights of this cosmopolitan city. You'll certainly want to tour Gaudí's inspiring sites, including Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia, but you should also make time for Barri Gòtic and the impressive Montjuïc Castle.
Can't-miss experience: Browsing the colorful stalls and sampling freshly squeezed juice at the Boqueria Market, just off of Las Ramblas.
Where it's wallet-friendly: This vibrant Spanish city is chock-full of free attractions, from Parc Güell to La Seu, plus many of its dining and hotel options are more cost-effective than other European hot spots.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Barcelona
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

4. Istanbul
Inspiring architecture, flourishing markets and opulent palaces await visitors in this bustling city. Perusing bazaar stalls is a must here but you can't skip touring historical attractions around the Sultanahmet area like the Blue Mosque and the nearby Hagia Sophia
Can't-miss experience: Soaking in a traditional Turkish hamam (bath) or, if you're yearning for more activity, haggling at the Grand Bazaar for a souvenir.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Many of Istanbul's top cultural sights (including Taksim Square and the Blue Mosque) won't cost you a penny. Plus, traditional mezes (tapas-style plates) are popular, inexpensive and served at a variety of meyhanes (traditional dining establishments in Turkey).
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Istanbul
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon's seven hills, cool cafes and elaborate Manueline architecture entice those looking for a blend of Old World charm and modern conveniences. Popular pastimes include savoring pastéis de nata (cinnamon and custard tarts) at a coffee shop and traversing Alfama's winding streets in search of iconic sites like St. George's Castle and the Sé Cathedral.
Can't-miss experience: Strolling along Lisbon's wide boulevards, weaving by pastel-hued homes and azulejos (ornate ceramic tiles) that embellish fountains and churches.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Many of Lisbon's remarkable sites, including its museums, are free to tour on the first Sunday of each month. Save even more by picking up a Lisboa Card, which offers reduced fare on public transportation.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Lisbon
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

2. Budapest, Hungary
During a trip to Hungary's capital, you can catch a glimpse of Budapest's medieval past at the Royal Palace on Castle Hill, dip into a relaxing thermal bath and soak in world-class art at the Hungarian National Gallery. Need we say more?
Can't-miss experience: Venturing to the Széchenyi thermal baths is a requisite, not only to soothe sore muscles in natural thermal springs but also to admire its striking neo-Baroque architecture.
Where it's wallet-friendly: Budapest brims with free cultural and historic attractions, from Heroes' Square to Castle Hill. Plus, you'll find inexpensive, easy-to-navigate public transit and affordable hotels here.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Budapest
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

1. Prague
Sure, Prague is enchanting and historic, but there are vibrant museums and cultural events worth exploring once you've marveled at must-sees like the Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle. Carve out some time for a leisurely stroll through Old Town to gaze at its Gothic spires and neo-Baroque buildings.
Can't-miss experience: Savoring a pint at one of the city's lively pubs and cafes surrounding Old Town. T-Anker and U Parlamentu are top haunts among locales.
Where it's wallet-friendly: A city for budget-minded travelers, the Czech capital boasts affordable and inspiring cultural gems like the whimsical Dancing House and St. Vitus Cathedral, which charge no admission fees. Best of all, hotel stays and meals cost less than in other European destinations.
Find out more about:
The Best Things to Do in Prague
The Best Affordable Destinations in Europe
(Getty Images)

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Lyn Mettler is the hotels contributor to U.S. News and also writes about destinations, adventure travel and flying free using miles and points. She is the author of “The Step-by-Step Guide to Flying Free on Southwest” and blogs on the topic at GotoTravelGal.com. She is a longtime travel public relations professional and writer based in Indianapolis, whose articles have appeared in Executive Traveler, Private Air, Legion magazine, the National Catholic Register, MSN and other outlets. She and her family enjoy exploring the U.S. on active trips and her favorite destinations include the Rocky Mountains, Chicago, Orlando and California. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram at @GotoTravelGal.

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