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You don’t have to travel far for culture, history and sightseeing – city breaks to Europe cover all three. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend break or a holiday with friends, take a look at our best deals to find your great-value getaway. 

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City breaks in Europe

City breaks to Europe are all about seeing beautiful architecture, ticking off famous landmarks and enjoying delicious cuisine. Whichever one you choose, Europe’s iconic cities offer plenty of variety, from sun-soaked plazas to twinkling Christmas markets. You can meander along the world-famous canals of Venice, unwind in Budapest’s thermal baths, or try traditional Icelandic dishes in Reykjavik. Plus, holidays to Europe are so easy – Amsterdam, Bruges and Paris are all less than a 90-minute flight away. Or, if you stretch your flight time to just over two hours, you’ll reach Barcelona, Berlin and Rome.

Where should you go?

The Best Food in Europe

Europe is home to some of the world’s biggest food capitals. In Rome, you can dine on authentic carbonara and the Roman speciality of Cacio e Pepe. After a busy day sightseeing, tuck into a real Romana pizza – the thinner, crispier cousin of Neapolitan pizza – with a glass of Chianti. Barcelona, meanwhile, is the place for al fresco restaurants. Pull up a chair on Las Ramblas and order a selection of Catalan tapas or a pan of fresh paella, washed down with Spanish cava. If you have a sweet tooth, though, Bruges should top your list. Have dessert for breakfast, if you wish – there are waffle houses and chocolate shops peppering every street. Later, why not sample some Belgian beer? Bruges has plenty of breweries and tours available.

The Best Museums in Europe

Many European cities have excellent museums covering art, history and culture. The most famous of all is the Louvre. This beautiful museum in Paris houses classic works by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Raphael and more. The Musee d’Orsay is also worth a visit, where you can see paintings by Monet, including the legendary water lilies. Art-lovers should add Amsterdam to their list, too. The Van Gogh Museum displays over 3000 of the Dutchman’s paintings, while the Rijksmuseum is home to Rembrandt’s work. Another must-see is The Ann Frank House, a museum dedicated to the Frank family and their hiding place in Amsterdam. Over in Germany, Berlin has several historic sites. Visit the sobering Holocaust Memorial and see the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate. The city’s Museum Island has five different museums, each with art and historically-significant items from Ancient Egypt, Byzantium and more.

European Winter City Breaks

City breaks aren’t just for summer. Winter breaks offer a glittering sanctuary from the British gloom, with trinket-filled markets and snowy rooftops. If you’re dreaming of a winter wonderland, head to Reykjavik. By day, you can ice skate, browse Christmas markets and warm up in the geothermal Blue Lagoon. After dark, search for the elusive Northern Lights – winter is the best time to see them. For a relaxing spa weekend, choose Budapest. This colourful city has several thermal baths, perfect for escaping the winter chill. The grand Gellert Baths are the most impressive, while the vast Szechenyi Bath has 18 pools. For a winter city break with a twist, try Venice. The Floating City may be very popular in summer, but winter is the best time to go. Enjoy lower prices, see St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds, and snuggle up on a romantic gondola.

Why Travelbag?

If you would like to know more about the European city breaks available with Travelbag, give us a call on 0203 139 7074. Whether you’re looking for a great-value weekend or a five-star retreat, our knowledgeable travel experts will help you tailor-make the perfect holiday.

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