For travellers in Europe, the costs of flights and hotels aren’t the only factors in choosing an affordable sightseeing getaway; the prices of visiting local cultural sights can also be a large factor in estimating how much one will spend.
Post Office, the UK’s largest financial services chain, has been charting the costs of travel throughout the world for tourists since 2009.
One of their reports, recently released for 2017, is the annual Cost of Culture, which maps out the prices for visiting local landmarks, museums, galleries, concerts and shows, and other significant cultural sites in 16 major cities throughout Europe.
In past years, the most affordable cities in Europe have been Warsaw and Budapest – but both of those capitals saw an increase of more than 40% in their cost of culture in 2017 compared to last year.
Three cities actually saw a decrease in their cost of culture since 2016: Rome, which dropped 5.9%, Moscow, which fell 19.3, and Prague, where prices for culture dropped a whopping 25.9% over the past year.
That huge decrease was enough for Prague to squeeze by Warsaw for bragging rights as the most affordable destination for culture throughout Europe.
Prices below were determined by adding up the cost of six major tourist destinations: entry to an art gallery, a museum, and a heritage site, and a ticket to a classical concert, an opera, and a ballet.
Here’s the top ten, and how they compared to 2016:
- Prague, £93.58 (2663 CZK), -25.9%
- Warsaw, £93.97 (2674 CZK), +45.6%
- Budapest, £111.58 (3175 CZK), +42.9%
- Moscow, £125.38 (3568 CZK), -19.3%
- Stockholm, £166.90 (4749 CZK), +13.6%
- Berlin, £204.46 (5818 CZK), +2.5%
- Brussels, £211.83 ( CZK), +32.5%
- Rome, £222.87 (6027 CZK), -5.9%
- Amsterdam, £256.05 (7286 CZK), +8.7%
- Copenhagen, £259.32 (7379 CZK), +11.9%
London came in at number 12 on the list at £282.30 (8012 CZK) – a 10.5% increase over 2016.
That means if you take in a lot of culture on your trip, you could be saving almost 5500 CZK by visiting Prague or Warsaw instead of the UK capital.