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To Europe, from Roey

by Amy Puddephatt
3 May 2016

Love to travel? Want to escape the uni stress? Need an excuse to procrastinate? Well here are affordable mini-breaks for less than £200, easily accessible from Roehampton.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Watch Harry Potter and that pretty much illustrates the beauty of this city (and is a must-see for fans). The capital city of Scotland is rich in history, royalty and scenery with plenty of pubs, homemade fudge and haggis to make you feel like a true honorary Scot by the time you leave. A return ticket from King’s Cross is as cheap as £55. Hostels are similarly very cheap and I would personally recommend the Allgirlz (Female Only) Hostel - £39 for 3 nights with breakfast and lovely hosts. With day excursions to the Highlands, city walks and a 72-hours pass at £43 for students.
 
Places to see: Holyrood House, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Botanic Gardens, The Vaults City Tour

Places to eat: The Elephant House, Royal Yacht Britannia

2. Munich, Germany

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Munich-2Munich caters to almost everyone from the Bavarian food at the Viktualienmarkt, the Nymphenburg Palace with the Man and Nature museum next door, through to Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured above) just a two-hour drive along the Romantic Road. Ideally, visit the 1589 brewery house Hofbrauhaus during the Oktoberfest (which actually starts in September) to feel quintessentially German. Alternatively, visit in December for the famous German Christmas markets which really must be experienced. Flights and accommodation for two nights can be under £200 but do book well in advance.
  
Places to see: Alte Pinakothek, Neuschwanstein Castle, Olympic Tower, Marienplatz
Places to eat: Haxnbauer, Hofbrauhaus

3. Dublin, Ireland

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There are endless things to do in Dublin with the added benefit of no language barrier. Buy a Dublin Pass for free entry to attractions such as the notorious prison Kilmainham Gaol, Christchurch Cathedral or the Guinness Storehouse and after a long day have a stroll through St. Stephen’s Green. Flights from London can be pricey at £70 return but worth the visit. Good central hostels for as little as £16 per night (correct as of March 2016 on booking.com), one of which is the quirky Abbey Court Hostel pictured right.

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Places to see: O’Connell Bridge, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College
Places to eat: Temple Bar & pub crawls, Guinness Storehouse

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Want a quick escape across the channel? Well, the picturesque city of Amsterdam is perfect. By day indulge in the recent history visiting Anne Frank’s House, or for the artists visit the Van Gogh Museum. Wind down at one of the city’s “special” cafes and maybe have a stroll through the Red Light District. Hop on the Eurostar for less than £50, however good hostels sell fast so book several months in advance for the best prices on rooms.

Places to see: Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark, Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, Saense Lelie

Places to eat: De Koffieschenkerij, Heffer Café de Ambassade, Hungry Birds Street Food Tours, Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room

5.    Bruges, Belgium

With cobbled streets and seemingly untouched traditional buildings lining the canals, Bruges seems like a place only described in fairy tales. For those who like peaceful breaks, visit the Begijnhof, an 800-year-old convent with serene gardens and UNESCO world heritage status. Also, take time to see the Historic Centre of Brugge, Burg Square and the Groeningemuseum. Eurostar to Brussels for only £38 return and hostels from £33+ including breakfast.

Places to see: Begijnhof, Belfort, Flanders Field Battlefield, Historic Centre of Brugge
Places to eat: Books & Brunch, Park Restaurant, Oyya (Home of waffles), Brugs Bier Museum

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