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post #31 of 62
OK, for fun, thought I'd see if it was theoretically possible to do Berlin on a "backpack around as a university student of little means" as per holymadness' comment--and guess what? It apparently is! Here you go, Sherman: http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/germany/berlin/ A list of hostels/dorms for you to sort through if that's what you want. They don't come any cheaper than that, I imagine (ideal for university students of little means w/ a backpack, I think). Alright then, there be some more options for you as it pertains to Berlin, in addition to the hotel IBIS I suggested above (suddenly, doesn't sound so "basic" anymore after looking at the dorms ... eh hem ... also, apparently includes an all you can eat breakfast buffet, too, and about which you can read more about here: http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-03...te/index.shtml ). Berlin? What can I say--arts and culture, nightlife, cafes, street art, museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest [not to mention the currywurst and beer--like, a Berliner Weisse (raspberry beer) or a Bavarian Weissbier (wheat beer)--and did I mention the currywurst and beer?] ... Enjoy!
post #32 of 62
Not sure if anyone's suggested it yet because I didn't bother reading through the whole thread.. but Prague is a wonderful place to visit and incredibly cheap (For Beers etc anyway) If you like partying then definitely don't miss Prague. And Amsterdam, for that matter.
post #33 of 62
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Paris is Paris but Prague is the pearl of Eastern Europe IMO. Its the most beautiful city I've visited.

definitely! Prague is beautiful & certainly more affordable than Berlin, Paris, etc. Fresh Pilsner Urquell on tap was running about 50 cents US/ liter during happy hour last time I was there. And the women ain't to shabby either
post #34 of 62
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definitely! Prague is beautiful & certainly more affordable than Berlin, Paris, etc. Fresh Pilsner Urquell on tap was running about 50 cents US/ liter during happy hour last time I was there. And the women ain't to shabby either

Pils? Isn't that malt flavoured water-like Budweiser-that no self-respecting German would call beer? (just having some fun, teasing, and sounds like you had a good time there).

C'mon, OP, how 'bout a little clarification here ... are you looking for culture and capital amenities on a budget, or is the cheapest of the cheap and/or party time what you want?
post #35 of 62
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definitely! Prague is beautiful & certainly more affordable than Berlin, Paris, etc. Fresh Pilsner Urquell on tap was running about 50 cents US/ liter during happy hour last time I was there. And the women ain't to shabby either

Berlin is great if you want to visit a major European capital city without the expense of Paris, Rome, or London. With the current exchange rate, Berlin prices will be comparable to NYC. I don't know what people expect, but Berlin is a value, especially for a place that could claim to be the most important city of the 20th century.

Stay in the east, though--everything has shifted in that direction.
post #36 of 62
Prague & Berlin To the west and to the east it just gets more expensive (london/moscow)
post #37 of 62
To present a contrarian viewpoint (because no one else has):

How often do you get to jaunt off to Europe? If it is an annual trip, then yes, find a cheap hole in the wall in Eastern or Southern Europe and have at it. On the other hand, if this is going to be a "big" trip in the grand scheme of your young life, why not knock off one of the traditional places like London, Paris, Munich, etc. (depending on where your friend is)? If you've been there already and done that, then go back to Plan A with the off-the-beaten path.

You can get by reasonably inexpensively if you plan things out and don't expect to travel as a BigTimer. Lots of things in the bigger capitals (museums, music, culture) are low cost or even no cost. Plus, unless you want to sit and relax or party for seven days straight, the more popular and traditional spots tend to have things to keep you busy.

Prague used to be super cheap, but I think its reputation has caught up with it and it isn't that much of a deal anymore (still a very beautiful place worth a visit).
post #38 of 62
I agree with Benzito. Paris isn't expensive, esp if you're travelling with someone. You can average spending about $70/day in Paris. (tourism, snacks, food, etc) Add in another $50-$100/day for an apartment
post #39 of 62
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I'd like to visit a friend over in Europe without breaking the bank. 7 days total, so it could very well be all in one spot.

Any recommendations? I've heard the Euro travels relatively far in Berlin. That could be nice.

+1 on Berlin. I was there about 3-4 years ago and I was impressed about how inexpensive it was for a major European city. It is supposed to have a very good avant garde art scene, if that matters to you.
post #40 of 62
What about Toulouse?

Seemed fairly cheap, nice city center, still plenty of jobs, tons of student, cute girls.
post #41 of 62
If you stay east it will be cheaper as well as up in the Baltics. Estonia and Lithuania have a remarkably high number of attractive women and very few sober men to hook up with.
post #42 of 62
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If you stay east it will be cheaper as well as up in the Baltics. Estonia and Lithuania have a remarkably high number of attractive women and very few sober men to hook up with.

absolutely true.... some gorgeous women in Latvia as well and extremely cheap.

Also look into Poland
post #43 of 62
I know London is easily dismissed in a thread about cheap cities, but from the US you may well get a better deal on a flight to London than elsewhere in Europe, that might make up for higher costs of living when you're there (and the dollar's stronger against the pound than it is against the Euro).
post #44 of 62
Paris, Prague ... both are outstanding cities ... but Paris is in a league of its own.
post #45 of 62
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Paris, Prague ... both are outstanding cities ... but Paris is in a league of its own.


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