Travel around Europe is so easy, getting from one side to the other is no problem. This gives everyone the chance to see most European cities over a weekend. Europe is so diverse, you can move from historical hot spots to cutting edge fashion. But wheres best for city breaks in Europe?
Travel by Train, Plane or Automobile is possible and you can do it all at reasonable prices too. So from Edinburgh to Budapest or Rome to Amsterdam there is something for everyone.
Where to Spend City Breaks in Europe
The city of love, great food, great sights and plenty of attractions. What more could you want from a weekend away. But its not the big attractions that make Paris so special. The cobbles on Montmartre, the nightlife of Pigalle or the shopping of Champs-Elysees. They all have their own charms and are the reason you can keep going back for another 48 hours in Paris.
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Buda and Pest split by the Danube River. The hills of Buda have the sights from the castle, the thermal baths of Gellert and Rudas. Pest, across the famous Chain Bridge has the ruin-bars, street-food and classy restauarants. The main thing about Budapest though is the affordability. One of the few places in europe that your moeny still goes a long way.
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Do you join the masses during the Fringe Festival or take a weekend break in Edinburgh to see the city at a little more sedate pace? It is more expensive during the fringe but there are always some great free things to do in Edinburgh. From the comedy and shows of the Fringe to the history and tradition of the Trooping of the Colour. Edinburgh has something for everyone. For a capital city its also surprisingly close to nature. Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park gives amazing views of the city and a reminder that the city is built on extinct volcano’s!
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Why should you visit Barcelona? architecture, food, the beach and the fashion. Traditional Spanish and Catalan food at Michelin-starred restaurants. The fabulous architecture of Gaudi’s Park Güell and the unfinished Sagrada Familia. Barconletta beach and the marina give Barcelona that something extra during the summer.
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Where ever you look in Rome you can see history. The Colosseum and Roman Forumcan take you back through 3,000 years of history. Its the only city in the world with a whole country inside it! The Vatican City, centre of the Roman Catholic chruch and home to the Pope. The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are sights to behold.
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The capital of classical music is one of the grandest cities in europe. A great weekend away where you can see history merging with modern culture. Listen to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or visit the Beethoven Museum for your music fix.Or visit the Habsburg’s former palace residences for some architectural delights. One of the best times to visit Vienna is during the Christmas market as the squares fill with stalls and the snow falls.
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Now its shed its stag do image a little, Amsterdam has increased its welcoming vibe. A stroll or ride down the canals taking in the townhouses lining them. Whether its the museum, the views or the shopping its worth 48 hours in Amsterdam to take it in. Hiring a bike in the city is a great way to get around and soak up the atmosphere of this great city.
Every European city has its own attractions to see and surprises to be had. Even if you have taken a city break in the city before its always worth returning to find something new. So whether its a weekend break or city hopping around Europe, what are you planning? let us know in the comments.
Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.