The beauty of living or travelling in Europe is how easy it is to visit an entirely new country in a short space of time. There’s some amazing places for a city break in Europe, from Berlin to Bruges.
With budget flights (we can’t deny Ryanair is useful for that!) and an excellent Interrail train network, it’s never been easier to hop somewhere new for a weekend getaway. Here’s our top picks of the best European cities to see in a short space of time.
Best destinations for a city break in Europe
The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is a gorgeous city that blends an old town with a growing modernism and which is the perfect holiday destination. The city sits on the Baltic sea and is packed full of culture, great food and friendly locals. Basically, everything you could ask for from your next city break in Europe.
With the historic Edinburgh castle looming over the city, culture in spades and wonderfully friendly locals, this is one of the world’s greatest city breaks. Wander through charming windy streets, explore the castle and drink local whisky. Be sure to climb Arthur’s Seat to see Edinburgh in all its glory.
Arguably the coolest city in Europe (where else would you find techno-playing spas and abandoned amusement parks?), Berlin is the rough diamond of the continent where people play hard and work hard. This edgy city has graffiti on every corner and has turned into one of Europe’s coolest destinations since the fall of the Berlin Wall in ’89.
The sunniest city in Europe, Madrid has over 300 sunshine-filled days a year, making it extra nice for a city break in Europe. Grand architecture, sprawling parks and an insanely cool food scene ensure Madrid is a top spot to visit. Modern art museums, iconic football stadiums or local food markets – there’s something here for everyone.
The city of lights offers you an almost unlimited array of things to do. Want to enjoy museums, old architecture, or grand, iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower? You will find lots of things to do in Paris. It’s easy to get around thanks to its handy Metro system, so you can see plenty in a short space of time.
Florence is one of the great tourist cities of the world, with beautiful things to see around every single corner. As the gateway to the scenic region of Tuscany, it is also home to countless pieces of Renaissance art and architecture. There is just so much to take in and see and an endless array of things to do in Florence.
The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a fairytale city in Eastern Europe. The city itself is separated by the 19th-century Chain Bridge that connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Hence the name Budapest! From its relaxing thermal baths to the lively Ruin Bars – and plenty of castles and viewpoints along the way – this is one city you need to put on your European must-see list.