Let’s be honest, folks. If there’s one thing no one wants to visit on holiday, it’s an ugly, expensive city.

We know what you want: you want picturesque! Flowers! Culture! Maybe the odd festival here and there, and chuck in some spring sales while you’re at it.

More than any of that, we’d put money on you wanting somewhere that’s cheap.

Are we close?

So to help you in your quest for the perfect springtime city break, we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful and wallet friendly cities to spend a long weekend in at this time of year.

washington square park via flickr by kapkap

1. New York

Spring in this part of America sees musicians flocking to Washington Park and children playing baseball in Central Park. But not only is the city striking this time of year, you don’t have to spend a bucket load to get your fill of The Big Apple either. If you’re keen for a shopping break, book a trip for Memorial Day weekend (May 25th-26th), and you’ll catch the sales as well as the spring scenery. Find deals from £485pp.

Budapest via flickr by teofilo

 2. Budapest

This Hungarian capital isn’t just gorgeous in spring, but it’s a great place to go to get the most out of your budget – and last month it was named Europe’s cheapest city break. If you missed the city’s spring festival, which ended earlier this month, it’s not too late to check out the Budapest Dance Festival (22nd – 29th April) or the Budapest Palinka Festival featuring more than 300 different types of the country’s brandy (16th – 19th May).

Get 2 nights bed and breakfast in Budapest from just £139.

Tivoli via flickr by leogrom

3. Copenhagen

While this Danish capital used to be known as a pricey city, recent figures show a price drop on holiday spending of 30% from last year. Every spring, there’s a free concert featuring a range of genres at Tivoli – so you can save some money while taking in the lush gardens of Europe’s oldest amusement park. Get flights and accommodation from £316.

(c) 2010 Jan Zubicek/zubicek.eu

4. Prague

The Prague Marathon is a great way to see the city. Taking place at Stromovka Park on May 11th, even if you’re not running it, spectating makes for a fun day out in Prague – and it won’t cost you a penny either! After a deal? Go on a 4 star trip to Prague from only £139pp.

markt am kollwitzplatz via flickr by abbilder

5. Berlin

With mild temperatures and sunshine, it’s fair to say that Berlin is at its best this time of year and has plenty of outdoor sites to explore – from the iconic Wall to the Palace. However, it’s also the season for the local food markets too. Kollwitzplatz Farmer’s Market (Ökomarkt am Kollwitzplatz) takes place every Thursday and Saturday at Kollwitzplatz Park. Better yet, you can get a deal from around £102pp.

Find all our special city break deals or search for your next holiday on the HDC website.

What’s on your city break bucket list this spring?

Images: kapkapteofiloleogromtpakabbilder