City breaks give you a great chance to explore a countries history, culture and art without you needing to spend weeks in one location.

They provide us a snapshot of life somewhere as well as a chance to see some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions and most beautiful art and architecture ever produced by man. 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; so that you can get as much as possible from a short city break!

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Vienna City Break

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

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Prague City Break

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 incredible cathedral, the famous clock tower, the Charles Bridge with its statues and a fantastic array of bars, parks and incredible food.

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Barcelona City Break

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

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Reykjavik City Break

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

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Berlin City Break

Berlin is a truly fascinating city.  Its history is unlike any other in Europe thanks to the Berlin Wall that split the city in two for almost 5 decades. While you explore the city you can visit the remains of the Berlin Wall, the impressive Reichstag or visit countless museums and art galleries.

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Amsterdam City Break

Amsterdam may have a reputation for partying but the city is truly beautiful thanks to the canal system that wends its way throughout the city. While you’re here you can visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house, the Royal Palace or you can just spend your time enjoying the beautiful architecture and lively nightlife.

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Budapest City Break

Budapest is one of the most exciting cities in Eastern Europe and an incredible short break opportunity. As well as the incredible castle, architecture and museums there are incredible thermal baths and spas to enjoy; offering you a very relaxing short break.

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Rome City Break

Rome’s history has shaped Europe more than any other city and its monuments, art and architecture tell one of the most incredible legacies of the last 3000 years. There’s the Coliseum, the temples and most importantly Vatican City to explore; with the Sistine Chapel being truly incredible.

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Paris City Break

Paris still retains its reputation as one of the most romantic cities on earth and one of the most beautiful. It has incredible sights from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame cathedral, some of the world’s most impressive artworks including the Mona Lisa and a street café culture and atmosphere unlike any in the world.

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London City Break

Our own capital is one of the most incredible cities in the world and always worth a short holiday. There are world famous landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, the incredible shows and plays of the West End, the best shopping in the world and some of the best museums and art galleries in the world.

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European cities offer you the most incredible chance for a quick break and really do offer you some of the best cultural and historical experiences in the world. Whatever your tastes and preferences for a holiday it’s easy to find something in every city to entertain, enlighten and enjoy. Flights remain cheap throughout Europe and you can squeeze so much into a 3 day weekend city break that you’ll always be searching out new and exciting city destinations!

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