Weekend City Breaks: On the cheap

Less tourists, falling hotel prices, and specials on airfare. Fall is excellent for weekend breaks!

Joann Plockova

Written by Joann Plockova Published on 17.10.2012 14:40:45 (updated on 17.10.2012) Reading time: 2 minutes

Summer is gone and with it the holiday/vacation season. But along with falling leaves and cooler temperatures, autumn also brings falling hotel prices and specials on airfare – not to mention less tourists, which makes the season a great time for weekend breaks to some of Europe’s other capital cities.

As an added incentive to take a break this particular fall, a major U.S.-based discount travel site has recently announced that autumn 2012 is seeing an even more significant reduction in hotel prices across Europe – from 37 to 7 percent – in comparison to last year. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, “Hotwire.com says Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Rome are seeing their lowest hotel prices on the site in over five years…”

If you’re in the mood for a weekend break, here’s some budget-conscious, practical information and tips for ten of Europe’s cities. For some general tips including websites and travel agencies where you can find accommodation, flights and information about weekend packages scroll down.

General tips


  • Eurocheapo.com – provides honest budget-hotel reviews (as well as some helpful cost-saving tips and information about how much you’ll spend) and consistently receives high ratings
  • Venere.com – provides a variety of accommodation offerings and consistently receives good reviews (Autumn sale going on at the time of this writing)
  • Airbnb – apartment rentals (often a cheaper option than hotels and an often more authentic way to experience the city)

If you would like to get a comprehensive overview of prices, have a look at the following sites (all provide the option to switch the language to English):

*Along with your flight, the majority of the airlines offer the opportunity to book a hotel directly through their website. Be sure to look at the specials advertised directly on their sites.


Other city options which Expats.cz has previously covered include Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Krakow.

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