Are cultural holiday hotspots getting cheaper?


City breaks are simply wonderful, aren’t they? They can be spontaneous, whirlwind affairs but they allow you to capture a snapshot of some of the world’s most intriguing capitals in just 72 hours.

There is so much to see in a short space of time so it’s good to get in the big hitters – museum, castle, famous monuments, cathedral, art gallery etc. While there are a wealth of free attractions across European cities, visiting these tourist must-sees can become an expensive business. With that in mind, it is encouraging that prices may be falling, according to a new report.

The latest Post Office Travel Money Cost of Culture research revealed that some of the star attractions across European cities are getting cheaper. Despite the fall in sterling since the Brexit vote in June, city breaks are still remaining popular.

Warsaw was highlighted as the best value city with just £64.52 needed to visit the Polish capital’s top museum, art gallery and heritage site as well as a night at the Polish National Opera, National Ballet and a symphony concert. This figure is even more remarkable considering it is a 40% decrease on 2015’s price.

Alongside Warsaw was fellow Eastern European capital of Hungary’s Budapest where the equivalent price for these six attractions was £78.06, a 16% drop on the 2015 figure of £92.91. Moving into the eurozone and Paris, normally one of the more expensive places to visit had seen a 9% fall in prices costing £228.21. This included entry to the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame, Theatre du Catelet, Paris Opera and Paris Orchestra.

There was also a 23% drop in prices for the Spanish capital Madrid where these activities totalled £238.66. However, it was a different story for Barcelona which claimed the title of most expensive European cultural capital costing £276.71.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: “It is encouraging to see that prices have actually fallen in several of the cultural capitals surveyed this year.

“This means arts lovers can get to see a world-renowned orchestra or a top opera or dance company at very reasonable prices, despite the falling value of sterling.

“Bear in mind, though, that prices can vary dramatically from one city to another so do some homework before booking a culture break.”

Treat yourself to a city break and search for a great deal.