10 Unforgettable European Vacations Under $400
Go slightly farther east than the typical tourist locations for incredible European destinations that won’t break the bank—but will introduce you to new cultures and stunning experiences.
From the excellent and inexpensive Bordeaux-style red wines of Villány to the delicious array of local and international street food available on the streets of Budapest, Hungary is a budget-conscious traveler’s delight. And reasonable prices are just the icing on the somloi galuska (a traditional layered sponge cake dessert topped with whipped cream) in this beautiful country: You also get gleaming lakes, sinuous rivers, and dramatic mountains. Budapest’s cathedrals have domes and spires of gold, jade, and garnet; the city is split by the shimmering Danube River, and the two sides are joined by a series of bridges. Add it all up and you have a photographer’s dream. All that and you can still find a private double room in the city center for less than $25 a night.
For an experience of old Hungary, check out the UNESCO-preserved village of Hollókő, about 60 miles northeast of Budapest. If you travel just before Easter, you can witness a centuries-old tradition: “the watering of the girls” in which men throw water on women in the name of cleansing and fertility. Check out these other 13 underrated European cities you need to visit.