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5 Most Affordable Cities in Europe

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Stockholm is Europe’s toughest city in which to score a moderately priced hotel room; average nightly rates come to €111 (about $146). That’s according to a survey from the folks at, an online agency that periodically publishes data on hotel costs. The rates listed represent average prices for the cheapest available double rooms at minimum two-star hotels from June to August 2012.

In my experience, the price spread between tourist-oriented two-star hotels and the more business-oriented four- and five-star hotels has become almost as wide as the spread between economy- and business-class airfares. Unlike economy class, however, two-star accommodations can be perfectly comfortable.

You shouldn’t ever pick a destination just because of low-priced lodging. But many of the cheapest places to visit on this list are world-class destinations—so if you’re planning a trip to Europe, put them on your radar.

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