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European Countries Where Prices Have Decreased the Most
Greece is in rough shape. Ireland isn’t much better. Europe's economic downturn means it’s bargain-hunting time across the Atlantic. Using the 10 destinations that draw the most American travelers, Budget Travel took common tourism expenses and calculated how much they’d changed from pre-recession 2007 to 2011. The results may alter your plans on where to travel next. Click here to see the full results.

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Ireland

The Celtic Tiger has become a pussycat. There are deals to be had almost everywhere in Ireland, especially if you need a hotel. The average hotel room in Ireland is now $35 a night cheaper than in 2007. This year the Irish government cut the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate on many tourism-related items from 13.5 to 9 percent. Click here to see the full results.

(Barry Joyce)

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United Kingdom

Here’s a bloody shocker: Prices in the U.K. have gone up only 0.2 percent in the past four years—at least for Americans. The major reason Britain is such a bargain is that the dollar has increased in value by about 22 percent versus the British pound. A beer in the U.K. is 10¢ cheaper now than in 2007, while a one-day, center-city tube pass is down 9¢, to $12.98. Click here to see the full results.

(AP)

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Greece

We’ve heard more bad news about Greece lately than anywhere else, so why isn’t it our No. 1 bargain? Even though the Greek government bumped up the VAT to 23 percent, the highest of any Mediterranean country, the average Greek hotel room ($162) is $4 cheaper than in 2007 and meals increased only 8 percent. Click here to see the full results.

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Austria

With prices only 5 percent higher than they were in 2007, Austria is a relative bargain. A one-day metro card for the Vienna subway is now $8.20. The average hotel room costs $151 per night in Austria.Click here to see the full results.

(Tina Mann)

European Countries Where Prices Have Decreased the Most

Greece is in rough shape. Ireland isn’t much better. Europe's economic downturn means it’s bargain-hunting time across the Atlantic. Using the 10 destinations that draw the most American travelers, Budget Travel took common tourism expenses and calculated how much they’d changed from pre-recession 2007 to 2011. The results may alter your plans on where to travel next. Click here to see the full results.

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