Written by Alexia Dellner
Want to know the top five places to visit in Europe for 2013? Check out our picks below…
1. Best for nature lovers: Geneva
Geneva has just been revealed as one of HostelBookers’ most popular cities for 2013 (see our budget travel infographic for more), experiencing an incredible 126% growth in bookings with our customers last year.
Maybe it’s the breathtaking views, or the fine dining, or the way the sophisticated city runs like clockwork. Whatever the reason, be sure to head to Geneva next year to take advantage of the clean air and the stunning landscape. Winter is great for skiing while summer time is perfect for hiking and boating on the lake.
2. Best for culture: Kosice
Not only will 2013 mark Slovakia’s 20th birthday, but it is also the year that the country’s second largest city, Kosice, will be crowned European Capital of Culture.
The whole year will be filled with exhibitions, performances, festivals and other cultural events. While you’re there, why not cruise along the Danube, indulge in some wine tasting, or get sporty skiing and mountain hiking.
3. Best for birthdays: Amsterdam
Amsterdam was HostelBooker’s second most booked city in 2012 (after London) and with an impressive line-up of celebratory events planned for 2013, looks like Amsterdam could be just as popular next year.
For art enthusiasts, celebrate Vincent van Gogh’s 160th birthday and the van Gogh museum’s 40th. Museum lovers rejoice – The Rijksmuseum will re-open after a 10-year renovation. Other exciting events include The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 125th birthday and 175 years for the Artis Royal Zoo.
4. Best for weekend getaways: Berlin
Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport is due to open in autumn 2013, replacing three other airports at a whopping cost of €4.2 billion. This means that Berlin will be more accessible than ever before, so you could be out and enjoying one of Europe’s coolest cities in no time.
If you want tips on what to do while in Berlin on a shoestring budget, check out our guide to the 10 Best Free things to Do in Berlin. Not sure how long to stay? Our £100 Budget Challenge reveals that £100 will last you 8 days in the trendy city.
5. Best for budget adventure: Budapest
Budapest received a 45% increase in bookings with our customers last year. Join them in 2013 and explore this vibrant capital city filled with museums, beautiful architecture, local wine and stunning views.
And the best part? This city is perfect for the budget conscious traveller, with many attractions free or relatively cheap. Check out our guide to 5 Cultural Things to Do in Budapest.
Thanks to Poom!, eGuide Travel, Ianz, Chris Yunker, DraXus, and Marco Martins-Costa for the images off Flickr. Please note that all images were used under the Creative Commons licesense at the time of posting.