The Best European City Breaks

If you’re planning a city break this year, here’s a rundown on some of the best locations in Europe to visit. Of course there are plenty more stunning cities to consider – these are just a few of our favourites. What do you think? Which ones are missing?

Dublin, Ireland

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Close to Home

For a lively break with a great vibe and a buzzing nightlife, Dublin is hard to beat. With its cobbled streets, market stalls and cheerful bars and pubs, you’ll certainly find plenty of great craic in Ireland’s capital. By day, take an amphibious tour bus to explore the city’s historical sights before enjoying a trip along the River Liffey. Tours of the famous Guinness museum and St James distillery are recommended too. And by night, live it up in Temple Bar – Dublin’s famous nightspot.

Eiffel Tower

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Famous Sights

For the biggest sights, Paris is hard to beat. It’s home to such world-famous landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame and the fabulous Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. On top of that there’s the superb Louvre Museum, home to the pint-sized portrait of the Mona Lisa. Once you’ve had your fill of sights, enjoy a pit-stop at a Parisian cafe for a heavenly pastry and a frothy cappuccino – it’s the perfect way to re-fuel, ready for that afternoon shopping spree!

Charles Bridge

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Low-Cost

If cheap city breaks are on the agenda, you’ll find low-cost living, hearty stews and cheap beer in the beautiful city of Prague. Of course you may have to stray off the tourist trail a little, but there are certainly plenty of bargains to be found. Yet on the flip side, Prague is rich in spectacular sights and heritage. Take in the beautiful scenery along the river, gaze at its spires and fairytale-like buildings, and enjoy the city’s famous hospitality. Perfect.

Belgium

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Short Weekender

If you’re hoping to squeeze a city break into a short weekend, Bruges is a great option. It’s a small city with a big heart and plenty to see, but given its compact nature, you’ll have no trouble scooting around the main sights in a day. That should also leave plenty of time for sampling the chocolate shops and a spot of beer-tasting in the evening, too.

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