Top 10 city breaks in Europe

City breaks are a great way to explore a destination’s history, culture, and art in a relatively short space of time. They provide us with a snapshot of local life, as well as a chance to see some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions and stunning architecture. There are so many amazing cities around the world that this could easily be a top 100, so we decided to focus on cities close to the UK that will allow you to get the most from your short city break!


As the home of classical music, Vienna is one of the most culturally significant cities in the world. It’s an architecturally and historically magnificent city with a beauty and atmosphere like no other.


Long considered one of Europe’s most idyllic cities, Prague has an incredible amount to offer. There’s the castle overlooking the city with its majestic cathedral, the famous clock tower, the statues of Charles Bridge, and a fantastic array of bars, parks and delicious food.


As a city with its own beach, Barcelona is a great destination to mix sun, sea and sightseeing. Its Catalonian culture gives it a fantastic atmosphere, and the art and architecture on offer here is sublime. Highlights include Park Güell, the café culture of Las Ramblas, the nearby Salvador Dali museum, and a day trip to the beautiful Pyrenees mountains.


Iceland’s stunning capital is worth visiting for its incredible architecture and dramatic setting. However, the highlights of a trip are visiting the ice fields, the glaciers, and the luxurious volcanic thermal spas and pools that litter this beautiful island!


Berlin is a truly fascinating city. Its history is unlike any other city in Europe, thanks to the Berlin Wall that split the city in two for almost five decades. After visiting what remains of the Wall, explore the impressive Reichstag or browse Berlin’s many museums and art galleries.


Amsterdam may have a reputation for partying, but the tranquil canal system that meanders throughout highlights a different, more serene side to the city. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house, and the Royal Palace, or just spend your time enjoying the beautiful architecture and lively nightlife.


Budapest is one of the most exciting cities in Eastern Europe and a perfect destination for a short break. Explore the historic castle, architecture and museums, before relaxing in the thermal baths and spas.


Rome’s history has arguably shaped Europe more than any other city, and its monuments, art, and architecture tell one of the most important legacies of the last 3,000 years. There’s the Coliseum, the temples, and the ornate Vatican City to explore, with the Sistine Chapel a must-see.


Paris merits its reputation as one of the most romantic and beautiful cities on earth. It has iconic sights, from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame cathedral, plus some of the world’s most impressive artworks, including the Mona Lisa. Amble the streets and soak in the café culture ambience.


It’s easy to overlook our own capital, but London is always worth a short holiday. There are world famous landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. It’s a great place to shop and take in some culture, from the free museums and art galleries to the plays of the West End.

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