Europe is one of the best travel destinations on the planet, and even those from the darkest, deepest corners of the world will know the wonders that the continent has in store for us all.
Even with that being the case, though, there are some cities across Europe that don't exactly pass the eye test. Sure, a lot of them are pretty gorgeous, but just because it counts for one doesn't necessarily mean it counts for them all. All of these cities are probably great fun to visit in their own right, but we're going against the grain by basing a book by its cover.
10 EXPENSIVE - Florence
There’s something so pure about the city of Florence that we absolutely love. The history behind every single building, artifact and museum makes it feel incredibly grand, and therefore, incredibly expensive.
So many Italian cities have become incredibly commercial over the years, and to be honest, there’s not a whole lot wrong with that. They need to do so in order to survive in such a crowded tourism market, but when you compare Florence to a city like Milan, it truly is night and day seeing the difference between the two.
9 CHEAP - Charleroi
Belgium is a nation sandwiched between several other important and more notable countries, and yet, they still have a lot of beautiful sights to see – although Charleroi isn’t perceived to be one of them.
It's been listed as the ugliest city in Europe on many occasions, mainly due to the dull industrial landscapes that resemble the depths of northern England as opposed to a luxurious getaway. Not everywhere in the continent can be utterly breathtaking, and Charleroi is living proof of that – although the option is there to get to a neighboring city fairly easily.
8 EXPENSIVE - Tallinn
There are some cities that just look like they’ve been picked up and taken out of Hogwarts, and that’s what you’ve got with Tallinn. Aside from being popular for guys and girls who are just about to get married, Tallinn also boasts a rich cultural history located on the edge of the Baltic sea.
The Gothic Town Hall alone makes it look like a million bucks, and beyond that, the somewhat small size of the city plays into the idea that you have to see it in order to believe it.
7 CHEAP - Glasgow
Glasgow is attempting to grow as a competitor to Edinburgh in the ‘class’ department, but we still tend to believe that they’re quite a distance off from accomplishing that goal.
If you want a Scottish city to go and drink the night away in, then you’re on to a winner with Glasgow. If you want to be utterly mesmerized by the sights and sounds of wherever it is you’re going, then this isn’t the place for you. It never comes across as being particularly safe and, as you can imagine, that’s quite an important attribute to have.
6 EXPENSIVE - Copenhagen
Tivoli Gardens is a place fit for the royals, and that alone is probably worth more than the gross income of most small cities in Europe on a day to day basis.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you throw Gdansk and New York City together, you’ve got Copenhagen. The big lights shine bright but the niche novelty areas are there for all to enjoy, just as they would’ve intended. Simply walking along Nyhavn also leaves you wondering just how much it would cost to run a business there.
5 CHEAP - Pristina
Kosovo is a nation that has really been through the dark days across the last few decades, and they’re only just beginning to come out the other side of it all. Pristina is a city in the developmental phase and we can completely understand that. They’re a ways off of becoming a tourist hub but they seem to have the right kind of investment behind them, which is always an ideal place to start.
They don’t pretend to be something they’re not but thankfully, the people really are absolutely charming.
4 EXPENSIVE - Bruges
We’re back in Hogwarts land for the great city of Bruges over in West Flanders. As an important hub for trade across many top European cities, Bruges is a severely undervalued member of the Belgian tourist game – which somewhat makes sense with Brussels being right around the corner.
We’ve got a lot of time for the scale and elegance of the many great buildings across Bruges, and if you get the chance to visit, make sure you head to the market square.
3 CHEAP - Minsk
If the weather isn’t quite enough to throw you off the scent, then perhaps the insane travel distance and ever-present feeling of Stalinist architecture will do the trick. Minsk isn’t quite the most depressing city in the world but it’s up there, with its dreary reputation often ensuring a bleak outlook for plenty of travelers.
Looking at Minsk from an overhead point of view is obviously what we’re focusing on here, and from that perspective, it just doesn’t strike us as a forward thinking city in the slightest.
2 EXPENSIVE - Seville
It’s not considered to be one of Europe’s top city breaks for nothing. With the Alcazar Castle standing tall amongst the serenity of this great city, is it any wonder that we think it looks really, really expensive?
It’s one of those destinations that makes you feel empowered simply by taking a stroll through the streets, which is always helped by the fact that they constantly seem to have unbelievable weather over there. Seville is a happy place to be and we can’t quite recommend it enough – especially if you’re a big spender.
1 CHEAP - Venice
As of this writing, Venice is suffering from some fairly substantial flooding issues, but in the grand scheme of things, these issues aren’t simply going to go away overnight. Instead, they’ll continue to plague this once great city, to the point where it continues to look more and more battered.
They’re living off of their romantic reputation over there and while we can somewhat understand the logic behind that, it certainly doesn’t make for a positive experience in our eyes. The novelty tends to wear off pretty quickly in the modern age of travel.