A city break is a short trip or holiday to a city, usually lasting between two and four days, making them ideal for a long-weekend getaway. City breaks are a popular way to travel and perfect for people who have wanderlust and want to escape for a few days without breaking the bank.If you are looking at locations for your next European tour, here are some destinations that are close to the UK and perfect for a city break.
Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, is just a short plane ride away, with flights taking around 1 hour and 20 minutes on average. Famous for its beautiful canals, quirky architecture and rich heritage, Amsterdam is a popular tourist destination and the summer months of June through to August are the busiest although the tulip season of March to May is also a stunning time to visit the city.
Art or book lovers will want to stop by the Museumplein, home to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. For a poignant experience, stop by the Anne Frank Museum, which was formerly the home of the persecuted Frank family.
Travel like a local by cycling through the beautiful streets or taking a canal cruise. Food is also an important part of the culture in Amsterdam – be sure to sample stroopwafels, Dutch pancakes, local cheeses and – if you’re feeling brave – raw herring!
Just an hour and twenty minutes from London by plane, the capital city of Ireland is well worth a visit and ideal for a weekend city break. Dublin is a flat compact city, that’s easy to navigate on foot or by cycling.
Dublin was also the birthplace of Oscar Wilde and you can visit his colourful statue or take a tour of his family home across the street. If leafy, cobblestone streets are your thing, stay in Merrion Square or if hip nightlife is more your thing, opt for Portobello, which is also a foodie and shoppers paradise.
In just over an hour, you can fly from London to one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Paris. With its iconic cityscape, from the Eiffel Tower through to the Notre Dame Cathedral, there is something to see around every corner.
If all the sightseeing makes you hungry, one of the many cafés or bistros will be ready to delight you with its offerings. France is famous for its cheese and wines and those with a sweet tooth will want to stop by one of the famous Paris pâtisseries like Boulangerie Utopie, Stohrer or Angelina’s tea room.
Art lovers won’t want to miss a trip to the Louvre or for something a little more unusual (and grisly) take a trip down into Les Catacombes and explore the labyrinth of exhumed bones – the resting places of millions of Parisians.
The summer months are the busiest time for tourists but if you’d prefer to avoid crowds, spring and autumn are good times to plan a trip to Paris.
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