City breaks are the best way to explore the culture of somewhere in a relatively short space of time. Europe has an endless amount of beautiful, fascinating cities. If you’re ready to book a European city break, it can be tricky to decide where to go, so hopefully our guide to some of the best city breaks in this colourful continent will help you choose your next destination.
Best for culture: London
It’s easy to overlook London if you live in the UK, but don’t make that mistake; London has enough culture to occupy you for months. Best of all, many of London’s big hitters – not least the British Museum, Tate Modern and the National Gallery – are free to visit, leaving you more budget to cram in extra activities.
With world famous landmarks, endless sites to see and the vibrant West End for theatre, the city has everything covered.
Best for nightlife: Berlin
Berlin’s nightlife is among the best on offer, and is great for its “everything goes”, relaxed attitude. Whether you’re after a world-class techno club or a swanky cocktail bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this city. Also, their public transport runs nonstop on Friday and Saturday nights, making it so easy to get the most out of the city’s all-night party scene.
Best for food: Copenhagen
Copenhagen has recently emerged as one of Europe’s premier foodie destinations – being described to have some of the best coffee in Europe and restaurants ideal for new culinary experiences. You can enjoy anything from dining in one of their many Michelin-starred restaurants, to enjoying delicious sandwiches, and of course let’s not forget the Danish pastries.
Best for romance: Paris
Being one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world, it’s no surprise that Paris wins this one. Wander on foot to see the city at it’s most sublime; discover grand boulevards and tucked away passages. And of course visit the leisurely Seine, a place full of candlelit restaurants and intimate bars. You won’t fail to fall under its spell.
Best for art: Florence
Michelangelo’s David, Giotto’s frescoes, Leonardo da Vinci and many other greats in the Uffizi Gallery – there’s so much amazing art and architecture, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Exploring the streets of Florence can make you feel like you’ve stepped into a painting. It’s really not an exaggeration to say that there isn’t anywhere in the continent that quite matches this city for art fanatics.
Best for beaches: Barcelona
A city-break with beaches, what could be better? There’s something for everyone here (even a nudist beach if that’s what floats your boat!). Not to mention mouth-watering seafood restaurants and cool waterfront bars.
La Barceloneta beach is lined with entertainers, bars and soft sand perfect for sitting on with a sangria.
Best for history: Rome
With a history and heritage that has shaped Europe more than any other city, the architecture and monuments in Italy’s capital detail its legacy from the last 3,000 years. It is packed with fascinating relics, from the Vatican and the Spanish Steps to of course the world-famous Colosseum. The challenge here is deciding what not to do!
Best for relaxation: Budapest
Budapest is famous for some of Europe’s loveliest spas, and luckily for some they’re surprisingly affordable. There aren’t any better ways to finish a morning of sightseeing than by bathing in thermal waters. Go to the Art Nouveau Gellert baths for a particularly grand experience. The Rudas baths are also very atmospheric, as you can float serenely beneath a Turkish dome.
For something a little different, head to the Japanese garden and solitude of Margaret Island in the centre of the Danube.
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