10 of Europe's most expensive cities to visit while euros are cheap

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That romantic break in Paris or lads' weekend in Amsterdam could be more affordable than you might think!

Now is the best time for Brits to take advantage of favourable exchange rates, as the pound strengthens against a number of European currencies including the euro, Swedish krona and Norwegian krona.

Check out this graph from the Bank of England which shows that early 2015 has been a great time to purchase euros with the pound strongest againct the euro since 2008.

For less than £80* (S$120) for return flights you could be having fun in one of Europe's most expensive cities. Here are 10 pricey places to visit now to get more for your money.

1. Oslo, Norway from £20

Get creative and visit one of Europe's leading art centres, stopping by the National Museum to see Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream. Typically you'd struggle to get change from 30 quid for cocktails for two in one of Oslo's trendy bars like No.19 in the city centre. But with current rates you'll be able to sip more mojitos with your holiday spends. Score!

2. Stockholm, Sweden from £28

Get the best deal on your holiday money, and then blow it all your krona shopping in the chic designer boutiques and vintage shops in Söder, a verified hipster hangout in suburban Stockholm. While winter may be on its way out, you might want to duck in to a cafe for a coffee and cake break to warm up a little - Cafe String is famous for its colourful decor and quirky furniture (which you can buy) as well as their delicious homemade pies.

3. Barcelona, Spain from £34

Get more bang for your buck in Barcelona. Eat in excellent restaurants, sample fine Spanish wines and dance 'til well past dawn in the city's lively nightclubs . Not only do you get a great weekend city break, but you can also enjoy 4km of beaches just within the city limits at Barceloneta

4. Paris, France from £31

Jet off to the City of Love for a romantic weekend without breaking the bank. Wining and dining in gay Paris can cost a pretty penny, but with the British pound strong against the euro, you can afford to sweep your other half off their feet. Your savings may not stretch to a meal at Le Meurice, one of Paris' most expensive restaurants, but we suggest you check out Chez Georges for solid French classics.

5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands from £27

Get on your bike and cycle the canals of pretty Amsterdam, stopping for a pick me up at one of the cute cafes in the Jordaan. Feeling flush? Stay at the iconic five-star Amstel Hotel, located right on the water's edge, and dine in the hotel's Michelin star restaurant, La Rive.

6. Rome, Italy from £37

When in Rome, eat your way around the city we say! Start off with a frothy cappuccino and pastry from Boulangerie MP, sample the goods on offer at Campo de' Fiori Market, and dine at dusk on as much fresh pasta as you can pack in. Still got room for more? Grab a gelato from Gelateria Corona, arguably the best stop in Rome for the famous sweet treat.

7. Copenhagen, Denmark from £26

Quaff craft beers in the Danish capital for half the price while the exchange rate is on your side. Copenhagen is the home to Carlsberg beer, but there are many smaller breweries popping up across this cool city. Head to Mikkeller Bar in Viktoriagade where they have 20 beers on tap, 14 of which come from their own brewery.

8. Berlin, Germany from £29

See the iconic Brandenburg Gate, or admire the artwork that adorns what is left of the Berlin Wall. Just make sure you've got plenty of energy left to hit the dancefloor, as Berlin is renowned for its nightlife. Check out Clärchens Ballhaus; Berliners have been partying in this venue for over a hundred years and it was also used as a film set for Tarantino blockbuster Inglourious Basterds.

9. Vienna, Austria from £79

Oh Vienna! With its cobble streets and fairytale spires the Austrian capital is one of Europe's most charming, but priciest, city break destinations. So now is the perfect time to get yourself heaps of cheap euros and head over for your fill of fine art, seriously chocolatey sachertorte cake and musical culture at the Vienna State Opera House.

10. Zurich, Switzerland from £58

Ok, so the Swiss franc may still be strong, but flights from the UK are pretty cheap, so it's still worth taking a trip to this swanky Swiss city soon - you'll have more cash to splash on chocolate, one of the country's most famous exports and the sort of souvenir loved ones actually want. Rub shoulders with the rich in Switzerland's financial centre, where ultra-modern monuments to Zurich's wealthy banking institutions sit alongside medieval market squares in the Old Town.

*Flight prices correct at time of publication and are for return journeys from the UK between March and June 2015.

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