10 ideas for a winter weekend city break

Rome by Moyan Brenn on Flikr

A quick search on Skyscanner will reveal that now is the time to plan ahead for those wintery months coming up, and book a weekend away. City breaks are one of my favourite types of holidays; a couple of days to explore somewhere new, wine and dine in nice restaurants and stay in a hotel and let someone else clean up for a while. But which city should you choose, when there are so many? There’s something to be found in Europe for every style, it’s just a matter of finding the one that tickles your fancy and booking those flights!

The Bucket List City

Always wanted to visit one of Europe’s top destinations, but never found the time? Well, it’s now. In October the weather is still mild in Europe so it’s the perfect time to wander the streets and avoid high season prices. As we move into winter you can put on your cutest hat and scarf combos to roam the streets in comfort and nip into cosy cafes for hot cups of coffee and hot chocolate. Paris, London and Rome can be explored easily in a weekend either on a budget (if you know the top tricks) or in absolute luxury for a special occasion. Take the plunge into these marvellous wonders and find out what all the fuss is about.

Paris by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Paris by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
London by Pedro Szekely on Flikr
London by Pedro Szekely on Flikr

The Architectural Marvel

Europe has a rich and varied history and with that comes a multitude of unique cityscapes dating back hundreds of years in some cases. Prague, Budapest, Venice and Amsterdam are classic examples of this. Venice and Amsterdam’s canals are second to none, Prague’s sprawling medieval passageways are perfect for getting lost in and Budapest’s grand old Palace and old town are captivating, especially when followed with a dip in their thermal baths.

Prague by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Prague by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Venice by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Venice by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Budapest by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Budapest by Moyan Brenn on Flikr
Amsterdam by Moyan Brenn
Amsterdam by Moyan Brenn

The Culture Capitals

There are dozens of cities out there that people are only just catching onto in terms of their city break potential. It’s tough when you have bucket list capitals at the front of everyone’s minds but cities like Lisbon, Wroclaw and Berlin have just as much to offer. Lisbon’s bright buildings and tiles are a refreshing change from the stone and brick architecture of other cities, and places like Wroclaw and Berlin have seen dark times during the second world war, but provide plenty of opportunities to see how far they have come whilst retaining their gorgeous architecture and sense of style.

Wroclaw by Monica Kelly on Flikr
Wroclaw by Monica Kelly on Flikr
Lisbon by Pedro Ribeiro Simões on Flikr
Lisbon by Pedro Ribeiro Simões on Flikr
Berlin by Bjoern Schwarz on Flikr
Berlin by Bjoern Schwarz on Flikr

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