In France – the number one Dutch tourist destination – hotel rates and restaurant meals are even more expensive than in the Netherlands. Average prices in France are 17 percent higher than across the EU. Hotels and restaurants are slightly cheaper in Germany than in the Netherlands. Germany is followed by Italy, Spain and Greece.
The cheapest dining and accommodation in Europe can be found in Albania, where prices are 60 percent below the European level. The most expensive European country is Switzerland with prices at 67 percent above average.
French supermarkets relatively expensive
France is the most popular but also the most expensive holiday destination of the five with high prices for accommodation and meals, as well as for food products. Food bought at the supermarket is 12 percent more expensive than the EU average. Among the top five holiday destinations, the cheapest country for daily groceries is Spain, where food products are lower in price than in the Netherlands.
In the other four countries, supermarkets are more expensive than in the Netherlands. Prices for food in Dutch supermarkets are therefore relatively low: last year, they were just above the average EU price level and just under the average in 2015.
Switzerland most expensive in Europe
Food prices in Switzerland are on average 73 percent higher than the European average. Clothing is also relatively expensive in this non-EU country and costs 43 percent more than in the EU; only Iceland has even higher prices (63%). Cheap European countries are Macedonia (food products are 42 percent cheaper), Turkey (clothing is 38 percent cheaper) and Albania (hotels and restaurants are 60 percent cheaper).