Autumn city breaks 2013
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All of this, and autumn's one of the cheapest times to travel. For those of us in the UK, there's really no reason not to jet off on holiday. But where to go? If you want to save on flights and avoid long journeys, European cities are a great option: even London might have some surprises up its sleeve. But if nothing but extravagance will do, you simply have to see the sites of NYC.
Top destinations for autumn 2013
When it comes to autumn city breaks, Paris is a top contender. Travel just a few hours outside the UK, and you'll find the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and River Seine. But while Paris is known for its awe-inspiring sites, this is also the city of love. Make sure to enjoy dinner by candlelight, take long strolls in the park, and soak up that atmosphere unique to Paris life. You could choose to stay in Champs-Elyssés or St-Germain-des-Pres, but one of the most romantic places to stay is Montmartre, where the iconic French film Amelie was filmed.
When your autumn city breaks simply have to have style, look no further than Berlin. Germany's lively capital city is brimming with spectacular architecture, world-famous museums and seemingly endless art galleries, and an entire third of it is devoted to green spaces, parks and gardens. But if you'd rather see the city by night than by day, you're in luck: Berlin's bars have no official closing time, so you can dance the night away, or simply indulge in a traditional beer stein. For fantastic Berlin breaks, consider Wedding or Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.
Rome needs no introduction, and yet there are so many sides to this captivating city. Famed as a unique fusion of the old and new, it proffers iconic landmarks, remarkable ruins, designer shops and the trendiest of bars. But you don't need a guided tour for a taste of ancient Rome - simply stroll along to Monte Testaccio. Translated roughly as Broken Pot Hill, this artificial mountain is made entirely of Roman pots - or in other words, ancient land fill! Whether you stay in the Vatican, near the Colosseum or right in the Centro Storico, you'll be astounded at every turn.
If you haven't sampled the delights of Barcelona before, autumn is the time to do so. Radiating Catalonian culture from every street corner, it's an extravagant and eccentric city. You'll find hundreds of artists along Las Ramblas, but drag your eyes away from the performers and up to the rooftops, and you'll discover magnificent Baroque architecture in Barrio Gotico and Gracia. Of course, there's also the delicious food, local Cava, amazing shopping and exciting nightlife to consider. All in all, autumn city breaks just don't get much better than this.
Whether you're on a tight schedule or simply haven't been before, London's an amazing destination for autumn city breaks. Most tourists head for the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit this thriving metropolis. Visit world-famous museums and galleries, cultural quarters such as China Town and Brick Lane, and enjoy fantastic entertainment in the West End. Take a cruise down the Thames, enjoy shopping sprees in Harrods, or see a play at Shakespeare's Globe: whatever you want to do, London's got it covered.
New York is a perfect destination for autumn city breaks, with a climate not too hot nor too cold, and plenty of fall activities to enjoy. For spectacular shopping sprees, consider an apartment in the Upper East Side, but if Broadway beckons, treat yourself to a stay in the Theatre District. You could enjoy one of NYC's world-famous shows, or experiment with some of the city's more unusual, contemporary theatre. Of course, a Big Apple halloween is also a sight to behold, and the New York Comedy Festival kicks off in November.
Vienna is one of the world's best-loved destinations for autumn city breaks. Why? Because culture emanates from every corner. There's amazing architecture in the form of Stephansdom Cathedral, outstanding collections at the Kunthistorisches Museum, and world-famous palaces like the Hofburg. Vienna's outstanding contribution to culture is evident wherever you go, whether admiring the paintings of Klimt and Schiele or hearing an orchestra play Mozart or Strauss. Sightseeing's at its best on breaks to Vienna, whether you stay near the Opera House or in the heart of the Historic Centre.
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