Undoubtedly, when thinking about European cities to visit, many immediately come to mind. Whether you choose to learn about ancient cultures, view famous paintings, eat tasty culinary delights, or bask in the beautiful sunset, there will be a city that exceeds your expectations in charm and culture. And even though we are talking about quick breaks here or even a weekend stay, you don’t have to live locally to enjoy one. You can plan your vacation while adding little sojourns or jaunts to your itinerary.
Obviously, what city you choose to visit needs to be close enough to your holiday destination, so that you can travel easily and quickly. But whatever venue you do pick, you know you will want to experience the full array of activities. Plus, you might rather go somewhere off the beaten path where other tourists are unlikely to visit. This will keep your adventure low-keyed and relaxing, since you won’t have to wait in lineups or fight your way through crowds.
Considering there are so many worthy cities and we only have so much space, we have chosen to feature eight European city breaks where you can soak up the culture.
#1 Turku, Finland
With lots of history, there will be plenty to see and do. Established in the 1200s, this city is truly medieval with a castle, the Medieval Market in June, as well as the oldest musical festival. Alongside the Aura River, there are several riverboat restaurants, biking lanes and places to sit to enjoy the views.
#2 Glasgow, Scotland
For those of you that enjoy the Victorian Era influence, there will be plenty of restored eighteenth century buildings here. Museums are free to visit and there is lots of seafood. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without tasting the whiskey at one of the many bars or clubs.
#3 Utrecht, The Netherlands
Close enough to Amsterdam to make the jaunt, this city is very modern in nature, while maintaining the quaint historical past. It’s completely upbeat with riding paths, canals, boutiques, and music amongst its cobbled streets. And don’t forget the Dom Tower which offers incredible views of the countryside!
#4 Seville, Spain
Many people love to see the orange trees here and try out some tapas at the local restaurants. The River Guadalquivir provides boat rides with stunning views as it visits the Barrio de Triana, Parque de Maria Luisa and the historic bridges.
#5 Dubrovnik, Croatia
What makes this city unique is that it is walled city which means it was originally built to keep the enemy out. The walls date back to the 1100s and are still in excellent condition. The city is nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic” because it is situated in the Adriatic Sea. There are no vehicles here, as the pathways are footpaths only.
#6 Kraków, Poland
While certainly beautiful to see, as one of the oldest in Poland, this city is very economical to visit. Some of the landmarks are St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church, the Main Market Square, Old Town, and many galleries. Plus, they say the beer is very cheap here!
#7 Bern, Switzerland
For parents or grandparents looking for family-friendly things to do, Bern has an ice rink to have fun in the cold and snowy weather, plus little ones are enthralled with the show from the Clock Tower Zytglogge. Built in 1530, it has moveable figures and is an important historical landmark.
#8 London, England (UK)
As you would expect, this city offers the most of everything. Plays, spas, musicals, museums, history, the London Eye, the Tower of London, and for the younger set, follow the footsteps of the Harry Potter kids.
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