City breaks are the perfect way to discover a new country and take a holiday all in the space of a weekend. Whether you’re planning a romantic break for two or you fancy a budget adventure for the family, Europe has some of the best cities in the world to explore. From the cobbled backstreets of Amsterdam to the spectacular grandeur of Paris, there are so many places to choose from that it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down your selection.
So, kick back, relax and work your way through this synopsis of the best cities for a short break in Europe. You never know where you might end up next!
Visiting London is often not at the top of the priority list for people who already live in the UK. But there is so much to do here that missing out on this gorgeous city should be a crime! Head to Barrafina for tapas, join one of the many guided tours, visit the Tower of London or simply take a cruise down the Thames as the sun sets.
Paris might seem like an obvious choice but with its close proximity to the UK, its stunning architecture and vast number of sights to see, it’s an absolute must! From the café culture and boutique shops to the world-famous landmarks such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, visiting Paris should be high on any traveller’s wish list.
One of the most charming harbourside cities in Europe, Gothenburg has everything you could need for a couple of days exploring. Jump on a tram to explore the sights and pay a visit to the stunning Slottsskogen park to admire the gorgeous azaleas. Anyone looking for an adrenaline rush should check out the Liseberg Amusement Park, while those who prefer their breaks to be about the culture can head to the super modern Göteborg Opera.
Another city within close proximity to the UK is the quirkily beautiful city of Amsterdam. From the cobbled streets steeped in history to the colourful architecture and beautiful canals, taking a break here is well worth a weekend. The canals are perfect for exploring the city by boat, but there are also plenty of trams and bicycles for hire so getting around is super easy. Visit the Anne Frank Museum or head to one of the multitudes of vibrant cafes.
Prague, Czech Republic
The unparalleled beauty of Prague’s architecture makes it one of the most popular European cities for a short break. Home to the largest medieval castles in the world, the magnificent buildings and monuments of Prague mean that there is a photo opportunity on every corner. There are plenty of places to stay in this stunning city and all types of budgets are catered for, so you can make your city break as cheap or extravagant as you wish.
Berlin’s long and fascinating history beautifully contrasts with its ultra-modern and progressive culture. Whether you are looking for hip bars and relaxed cafes or historic landmarks such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Brandenburg Gate or the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin has got all of your bases covered.
The capital of Malta is home to architectural delights that can easily compete with any of the more popular European cities. Its rich history and culture are evident in the gorgeous museums and monuments dotted around the tiny city. Soak up the grandeur of the Caravaggio works in the incredible Saint John’s Co-Cathedral and its museum. Enjoy a picnic in the Upper Barrakka Gardens while taking in the stunning harbour views and visit the colourful fountains in St. George’s Square.
Those looking for sunshine would do well to head to one of the sunniest capitals in Europe – Lisbon. Located just 30 minutes from the nearest beaches, Lisbon is perfect for those looking for a beach style holiday in a few short days. The colourful murals and old wooden trams add to the appeal of this beautiful city and the restaurants are good enough to compete with some of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Wherever you decide to go, one thing is for sure – Europe has some of the best cities in the world to choose from. Enjoy!