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These European destinations have the best accommodation prices for each month of 2017

With so many places to go and things to see, a trip around Europe can be a pricey endeavour. But with a bit of planning – and a month-by-month list of the best destinations for affordable accommodation – a trip around the continent could be within your grasp this year.

Europe cheap accommodation. Domed roof tops of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, from the Pincio, Rome, Italy.
Domed roof tops of Santa Maria di Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, from the Pincio, Rome, Italy. Image by Sylvain Sonnet / Getty Images

Booking.com has released a 2017 pricing calendar, which shows where in Europe you can get the best deal on accommodation in each month. The list is based on the average price of four-star accommodation per night in Europe’s most popular cities. To determine what was the best value, Booking.com assessed prices from last year and found which week of the year had the lowest prices. To make sure travellers weren’t saving funds, but saddled with bad weather in their destination, the list does not necessarily mark the absolutely cheapest time to go, but rather a combination of the best price and a decent time to actually enjoy your holiday.

January: Rome, Italy

Ruins in Roman Forum, Rome. Europe cheap accommodation
Ruins in Roman Forum, Rome. Image by S.Borisov

The third week of January was 85 EUR, 48% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

February: Prague, Czech Republic

Prague from Powder Tower. Europe cheap accommodation
Prague from Powder Tower. Image by Jiuguang Wang / CC BY-SA 2.0

The first week of February was 58 EUR, 56% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

March: Barcelona, Spain

Spain is still the top destination for British tourists. Europe cheap accommodation
Barcelona. Image by Matt Munro

The first week of March was 110 EUR, 54% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

April: Copenhagen, Denmark

Europe cheap accommodation. Copenhagen wins European City of the Year at the 2017 Urbanism Awards. Image: Frank Fischbach
Copenhagen. Image: Frank Fischbach

The first week of April was 1136 DKK, 45% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

May: Moscow, Russia

Moscow's VDNKh, known as the ‘Soviet Versailles’ is due to be redeveloped.
Moscow. Image by Sergey Norin

The first week of May was 4272 RUB, 40% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

June: Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg, Germany. Europe cheap accommodation
Hamburg, Germany. Image by ©Kaare Bak/Lonely Planet

The last week of June was 137 EUR, 34% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

July: Brussels, Belgium

Grand Place, Brussels Europe cheap accommodation
Grand Place, Brussels Image by Wim Vanmaele

The last week of July was 89 EUR, 53% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

August: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam is renowned for being bicycle-friendly.
Amsterdam. Image by Andrés Nieto Porras / CC BY-SA 2.0

The last week of August was 150 EUR, 27% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

September: Seville, Spain

The gardens of Alcázar, Seville.
The gardens of Alcázar, Seville. Image by Edward Dalmulder / CC BY 2.0

The first week of September was 87 EUR, 49% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

October: Budapest, Hungary

Budapest cityscape, Danube river, Chain Bridge and Parliament.
Budapest cityscape, Danube river, Chain Bridge and Parliament. Image by Zsolt Hlinka

The last week of October was 99 EUR, 18% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

November: Paris, France

Eiffel Tower and Paris cityscape at sunset.
Eiffel Tower and Paris cityscape at sunset. Image by İlhan Eroglu

The last week of November was 162 EUR, 30% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

December: Berlin, Germany

Berlin was voted the sixth best city in the world for quality of life in a PWC study. Image: Oliver Hoffmann/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Berlin. Image: Oliver Hoffmann/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The fourth week of December was 90 EUR, 57% cheaper than the most expensive week of the year.

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