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Ryanair and EasyJet are at it again! New routes on low cost airlines means more chances for travellers to explore Europe and beyond for a fraction of the price. Weekend city break? You got it. Keep your eyes out for cheap flights on these routes and get ready to explore a new corner of Europe.

Riga, Latvia

Riga

From November Ryanair will begin flights from Leeds-Bradford to Latvia’s cultured capital city, Riga. This city thrives, it jives and buzzes. In the Baltics, there’s no place like it. The city is a gallery of Art-Nouveau architecture with wide parks and turrets which break up the skyline. The historic old town caught the attention of UNESCO’s heritage committee long ago and it’s no wonder the locals self-proclaimed their city the Paris of the East. Down a shot of Black Balsams liquor that this city is famous for and practice your Russian. Riga is one of the few cities where the locals are the minority, with almost 50% of the city being Russians!

Flights to Riga

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas

Ryanair is also set to open up new routes to Kaunas from Leeds- Bradford come November. This city doesn’t like up to its reputation for being a mafia-driven post-Soviet city. That’s all wrong. As the second largest city in Lithuania, Kaunas is the industrial and cultural centre of the country. Today it’s definitely over-run by students and backpackers, soaking in the pretty architecture and museums worth gossiping about. The food on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. The city’s history isn’t a bright one. Get your history lesson at the Museum of Deportation & Resistance, also at the Ninth Fort where Nazis and Stalin set up camp.

Flights to Kaunas

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg

EasyJet won’t be left out of this new route watch. From December 17th, the low cost giant will operate two flights a week from London Luton to Salzburg. From Mozart to famous cakes and snow-topped mountains, Salzburg is the cherry on the cake for any trip to Austria. If you’re looking for a little Wolfgang action, then Schloss Mirabell is where you should start. Take a seat and listen to one of the master’s symphonies played where it was meant to be played. Shop along the Getridegasse or trot your way through the historic town in a horse-drawn carriage. Sound of Music fans? Grab a bike and see what’s left of the movie sets and film locations. Some how, at the end of the day, Salzburg is able to keep its class among all the kitsch.

Flights to Salzburg

Which cities are you dying to discover?

Imgs: Nenyaki, Lee Fenner, zamistor / Flickr cc.

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