Between its diverse architecture, cultural institutions, and green spaces, Poland’s ever-resilient capital packs a sightseeing punch. Stare Miasto (Old Town) was all but destroyed at the end of World War II, but thanks to restoration efforts in the 1970s, visitors can experience the fabled churches, squares, and monuments in all their glory. There are also dozens of noteworthy museums, from Warsaw Rising Museum to Copernicus Science Center. Lazienki Park has a manicured gardens and verdant patches to relax—plus, you can catch free Chopin concerts on Sunday afternoons in the summer. Beyond that, Warsaw boasts the most exciting culinary and nightlife scenes in Poland. And it’s surprisingly affordable. On a budget? Don’t miss these 10 cheap destinations that still feel like VIP getaways.
Prague, Czech Republic
With its hilltop castles, bridges, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque buildings, and Vltava river, the historical capital of Bohemia looks like a fairytale land preserved in time. Prague’s storybook charm is on full display in Old Town—a maze of tree-lined cobbled lanes, public squares, church spires, and the medieval Astronomical Clock. After a day of sightseeing, refuel with hearty dumplings before heading downstairs to one of the cozy cellar pubs. Prague also made our list of romantic European locales for a fabulous fall honeymoon.
There’s a reason Budapest is called the “City of Baths,” it’s blessed with 118 thermal springs—more than any other capital in the world. And the tradition of “taking the waters” dates back to Roman rule. While the original establishments have ceased operation, you can still experience Turkish baths from the 16th century as well as Art Nouveau and state-of-the-art modern facilities. Each year millions of people make the pilgrimage to this holistic beauty haven to reap the myriad benefits of its mineral-rich, healing waters. Locals maintain it’s the ultimate hangover cure. Fancy a soothing soak? Take a gander at these gorgeous hot springs around the globe.