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10 surprisingly affordable European hotspots for 2018

Europe really is a traveller’s treasure chest: from grandiose architecture and incredible art, to a wealth of cultures and cuisines, all within easy striking distance of each other. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines connects you to some of the Continent’s most spectacular and affordable cities without a hefty price tag.

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1. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam lends itself to meandering walks along the narrow streets, hopping on a bike like the locals, or cruising the canals. While admission to the Rijksmuseum can be pricey, the gallery’s beautiful gardens are open to the public; and don’t miss free gems like the Civic Guards Gallery, a small but impressive collection. Bargain-hunters will love Amsterdam’s famed open-air Albert Cuyp market.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: Travel to Amsterdam with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on its daily flights from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers through Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Start your adventure at klm.com.au.

 

2.VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The beautifully imposing buildings lining Vienna’s Ringstrasse (highlights include the Imperial Palace and Vienna State Opera) are works of art and history themselves; hop on the Vienna Ring Tram for an easy circuit. A journey to one of the wine taverns on the edge of the city yields a glorious afternoon sampling local drops; and music-lovers will delight in free events, such as the annual Vienna Philharmonic concert held in the Schonbrunn Palace gardens.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Vienna from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Visit klm.com.au to find out more.

 

3. MADRID, SPAIN

Besides big-ticket drawcards like the Prado Museum (with free entry during selected hours), the purest pleasures of Madrid lie in its tiled tapas bars, laneways heaving with live music, and lovely open-air cafes serving ‘menu del dia’ lunch specials. Head to Mercado San Miguel, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne with your fresh tapas while watching locals select spectacular produce from dozens of stalls.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: You can travel to Madrid with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on their daily flights from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers through Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Make your European dreams come true at klm.com.au.

 

4. BERLIN, GERMANY

Gritty, cool and cultured, Berlin’s tumultuous past coexists with modern architecture and peaceful green spaces. Trace the remnants of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery, the longest open-air gallery in the world; or admire the iconic Reichstag dome. Discover a vast green oasis in Tiergarten Park, with picnic spots, a beer garden, and access to popular sights including the Brandenburg Gate.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has daily flights to Berlin from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Check out klm.com.au for the lowest fares.

 

5. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

A European fairy tale city, Prague offers a bounty of beautiful architecture alongside a lively and accessible arts and culture scene. Trace the footsteps of ancient kings along The Royal Route, which includes the striking grandeur of Prague Castle and the iconic Charles Bridge, before a few refreshing pilseners in a traditional beer hall.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Prague from Sydney and Brisbane daily (two times weekly from Melbourne) with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Visit klm.com.au to start your next adventure.

 

6. ROME, ITALY

The sheer number of history-making monuments (think the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Roman Forum) combined with a zesty lust for life, love and pasta make Rome irresistible. Local hotspots like the Porta Portese flea market offer bargains aplenty before sinking into a carb-induced, sun-dappled daze in a cobblestoned plaza.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Rome from major Australian cities with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Book your tickets now at klm.com.au.

 

7. ATHENS, GREECE  

An incredible window into the origins of Western civilisation, Athens is one of Europe’s best-value cities. The Acropolis Museum blends cutting-edge modernity with artefacts from Athens’ most famous ancient ruins (don’t miss these, either); the city also boasts eclectic vintage shopping and buzzing wine bars and restaurants.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: You can travel to Athens via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ daily flights from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers through Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Discover lowest fares at klm.com.au.

 

8. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY  

Graceful, charming Budapest offers travellers a wealth of attractions that won’t break the bank. Bisected by the mighty Danube River, the city is famed for its striking landmarks, including Heroes’ Square and the Castle District; the vibrant Old Jewish Quarter; hip ‘ruin bars’; moving historical monuments; and thermal springs.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has daily flights to Budapest from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. To learn more, visit klm.com.au.

 

9. WARSAW, POLAND

Poland’s capital champions its cultural attractions with a raft of museums and galleries (including the Museum of Modern Art and National Museum) offering free entry on certain times and days. Warmer months bring outdoor movie screenings, and open-air concerts featuring music by Chopin held in the stunning surrounds of the Royal Lazienki Park.

 

HOW TO GET THERE: Travel to Warsaw with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on its daily flights from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers through Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Find out more at klm.com.au.

 

10. VALENCIA, SPAIN

Valencia, with its sparkling coastline, ancient and modern architecture, and celebrated cuisine, is a great-value getaway. The (free) Museo del Bellas Artes showcases works from Spanish masters; while simple delights lie in sampling fresh seafood, paella, tapas and juicy local oranges (don’t miss the bustling Mercado Central for bargain eats).

 

HOW TO GET THERE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Valencia from major Australian cities daily with partner carriers via Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Check out klm.com.au for the lowest fares.

 

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies to Amsterdam from major Australian cities daily via its partner airlines through Asian and Middle Eastern gateways. Travelling in World Business Class on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, you can expect direct aisle access, wifi onboard and an exclusive KLM miniature Delft Blue house. Check out klm.com.au for the lowest fares.

 

 

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