Europe on the cheap... any info much appreciated. Best or cheapest places etc
Its not cheap but if you are prepared to rough it then you can do it okay.
Take a tent and camp - this will save a lot of money and there are camp sites all over Europe. Consider staying on someones couch - see www.couchsurfing.org for some advice. Take trains or the bus overnight to not pay for a hotel and I definitely would get an interrail / bus ticket as this can save a fortune.
You can eat cheaply if you are happy to make your own food - buying fresh breads, local cheese and olives with some ripe tomatoes makes a wonderful feast and is a fraction of the cost of eating in a restaurant.
Check out the fixed menus - these can be great value and usually include a glass of wine as well!
If you walk the Camino de Santiago then there are cheap options for places to stay and as a pilgrim, you qualify for discounts. Its also a wonderful way to see places.
Staying a little further out of a major town will save you a lot of money. For example, staying in Venice itself in the summer is expensive, but for a fraction you could camp on La Guidecca and catch the ferry to Venice.
Europe can be done on the cheap but you may have to work a little to get discounts, pick the right time of year to go, bargain for food and perhaps stay in hostels, campsites or on a floor. about 8 years ago
Why not try hostelling. The standards in Germany are very high, I've also stayed in some nice ones in Norway, Scotland (I stayed in a Scottish castle in the highlands) and France and of course in Ireland. What you lose for in plushness you more than make up for in socialability & in general you won't be compromising too much on creature comforts since the standards in general are so high, It's a terrific way to meet other travellers, chat & share stories. Try www.hostelworld.com Hostels normally belong to the YHA (Youth Hostelling Association or variation of the spelling depending on the country e.g. SYHA or the Independent Hostels Association. The YHA can have stricter rules such as segregated dorms however some prefer that.Also known as HI (Hostelling International) about 8 years ago
In the winter of 2006/2007 I backpacked Europe. I had a Eurail ticket which was one of the most expensive parts, but gave me 2 months unlimited train travel in Eurail countries. I found that night trains were a cost saving, booking hostels through hostelworld.com was great, and I always looked for a hostel with a kitchen. Some hostels also provide a free breakfast and/or dinner if you are there at the exact time it is served. I would also buy a loaf of bread and some cheese, and make my own breakfast and lunch etc. Backpacking in winter meant that things weren't very busy and I think costs may have been a little cheaper. (The year I went was the hottest European winter in 500 years .. so I didn't find the temperature too bad) about 8 years ago