Looking for ideas for a European city break? Here are 10 suggestions for great places to visit for a city break in Europe.
Yes, it’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about where they are going to travel next year. It’s always a nice way to get over the post-holiday blues, isn’t it? Last week I brought you some recommendations for UK City Breaks from my blogging friends. But if you fancy going a little further afield, they have also come up with some great suggestions for cities to visit in Europe.
The photo at the top of this page is Venice, which was suggested by Sian from Rebel Angel (@RebelAngelBlog). She says “It’s somewhere that everyone should see just once in their lives – it’s almost surreal! Personally I couldn’t cope with a long break there as it felt a little claustrophobic and was very tourist filled, but the sights and streets (canals!) to explore are amazing”.
Rebecca from All About U (@AAUBlog) picked another Italian city for her suggestion. She says Rome is a great place for a city break because there is “so much to do! It is full of history, stunning place with great food too”.
And another popular choice for a city break was Paris. Kayleigh from Leni & Me (@kayleighbaker) visited the French capital earlier this year. She says “Paris is amazing for a short trip! Filled with tiny pastry shops, towering monuments, there’s so much to see here. And if sight-seeing isn’t for you, the restaurant scene will be! When I went it was raining, but that didn’t dampen our spirits as we walked the streets, warmed by crepes and cafe au lait. Plus, you can get there and back in a day – the perfect, quick get away!”.
Travelling eastwards, the eponymous Eppie (@EppieShepherd) suggests Prague as the venue for your next winter city break. “The Christmas markets are truly magical. There’s nothing like starting the festive season with a mulled wine and hot nutella cone under the giant lit Christmas trees. The city is stunning with a huge fairytale castle and a beautiful theatre. I saw the Nutcracker and it was a great start to a festive trip. Prague is perfect for any group – couples, family or friends.”
Or you could head to Budapest, as suggested by Jennifer from Hello Jennifer Helen (@HelloJenniferH). She paid the city a flying visit at the end of 2015 and says “Budapest has it all! Beautiful architecture, cheap food & drinks and it’s really easy to get around”.
And Anisha from Fashion and Frappes (@FashionFrappes ) picked another East European capital. She recommends Warsaw because it has “a lot of history and culture, and lovely food especially for autumn! Warsaw is also a cheaper city and less crowded than Krakow. It’s perfect if you already spent a bit on your summer holiday”.
Other European capital cities also got the nod from some of my blogger friends. Sally from Life Loving (@lifelovingblog) picked Barcelona because of the “nice weather all year round, great architecture and fantastic food”. And Mellissa from The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover (@melandjake99) recommends Amsterdam because it has “amazing architecture, great food, fabulous museums, and it’s only an hour from the UK”.
Or for something a little different, how about heading to Copenhagan. Rhian Westbury (@rswstbry) highly recommends the Danish capital! She says that “with a flight time of about 2 hours, it’s perfect for a long weekend. There is so much to do, from the beautiful gardens and theme park rides of Tivoli to the massive zoo and aquarium (the largest in Northern Europe). Not forgetting the Hans Christian Anderson museum and the beautiful waterfront hosting The Little Mermaid. A lot of people say Copenhagen is expensive but I disagree. If you plan and aren’t looking for 5* restaurants every night it is very affordable.
And to round off the selection, a couple of suggestions if you like some sun in your city break. Helen Best-Shaw from Fuss Free Flavours (@FussFreeHelen) suggests Palma in Majorca. It looks gorgeous in the photo above! Helen says Palma is a “beautiful, compact city that you can experience everything on offer over two or three days. Its a relatively short flight with an affordable taxi journey from the airport. You can explore on foot, eat and drink well and soak in the local culture. Palma is a beautiful, civilised city a world away from the party side of Mallorca”. Sounds perfect!
Finally, Ami from Ami Rose (@AmiRoseBlog) picked out Beziers in the South of France. She says “I’ve been on hundreds of short city breaks and this little known destination tops my list. Just over an hour flight, around £40 return fares and a beautiful city right on your doorstep. I can’t stop returning. A little boat ride along the Canal de Midi, a cycle around the Historic Town of Beziers and some fantastic French food. It has it all”.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be tempted to visit any of those. Where’s my passport?