With the end of Summer drawing near (anyone else already tired of back to school traffic?), we think there is no better time to think about booking your next great escape. These European city break hotspots are just a hop across the water, perfect for a pre-Christmas, long weekend getaway.
European City Break Locations
1.) Amsterdam, Netherlands
The cobbled streets and narrow alleyways of Amsterdam are just asking to be explored. Call into the Van Gogh Museum for a glimpse of the renowned artist’s masterpieces, or for a moving experience, visit Anne Frank’s house. Bursting with cafes, scenic riverside walks and culture, this Dutch city is affordable and easy to reach city break destination.
2.) Budapest, Hungary
Not just a quirky George Ezra song, Budapest is renowned for its views of the majestic Danube river, the large island delicately placed in the middle of the city-centre (Margaret Island), and its wonderful architecture. Venturing down any little side streets opens new wonders to explore, whether you head to the well-known Castle District, or across to the Jewish Quarter. If it’s an exciting, diverse holiday you’re after, look no further.
3.) Dubrovnik, Croatia
The centrepiece of Dubrovnik is its marble-floored ‘Old Town’, which is only growing in popularity as Croatia continues to evolve as a travelling hotspot, helped in part by its starring role on blockbusters like Star Wars, Robin Hood, and HBO’s Game of Thrones. The walled city is filled with old stone buildings and ancient museums, all set on a backdrop of the pristine Adriatic Sea. If you are keen to experience the next ‘it’ travel destination, this is it.
4.) Paris, France
When it comes to beauty and romance – you can’t beat Paris. Aside from iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and The Louvre, Paris is home to authentic food and clothes markets, idyllic cafes and a vibrant arts scene. Dine on local wines, cheese and of course, the famous croissants, and wander aimlessly. It’s the best way to see the City.
5.) Prague, Czech Republic
Picturesque Prague has been widely recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since the Middle Ages. Prague Castle and its surrounding area overlooks the City, which is home to sights including the famous clock tower and statue of Charles Bridge.
6.) Reykjavik, Iceland
In many ways, Reykjavik retains the charm of a small fisherman’s village, however an influx of captivating architecture and its dramatic scenery has risen its profile as a must-visit in recent years. Don’t miss checking out the ice fields, the glaciers, and the volcanic thermal spas.
7.) Rome, Italy
Rome’s history has arguably shaped Europe more than any other City, with its monuments, art and architecture telling one of the most important legacies of the last 3,000 years. The Colosseum, temples and ornate Vatican City are just some of what Rome can offer travellers, as well as jaw-dropping architecture and a delicious culinary experience.
8.) Vienna, Austria
Artistic, exquisite and largely shaped by its musical and intellectual foundations, Austria`s capital is packed with culture. Vienna truly is the centre of classical music, and home to a fantastic atmosphere. With a lively mix of cool cafes, bars, galleries, shops and street markets, you’ll be spoilt for choice of what to do next.
Abbey Insurance Brokers
While exploring new countries is an exciting and exhilarating experience, it can also be an uncertain one if something happens to go wrong. That’s why we recommend always having a great travel insurance policy in place, before you go. Abbey Insurance Brokers offer a number of travel insurance policies to match your needs whether you’re a sun worshipper going on a relaxing holiday or a thrill-seeker backpacking across Europe.