What are the best city breaks in Europe?

Planning on a city break in Europe but got no clue on where to go? Not to worry! We've chosen the best European urban destinations for you. These cities have the richest history, the grandest architectures, and the most magnificent sights. If you have a city that you'd love to visit, don't hesitate to add it.

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    #1Hamburg, Germany

    Hamburg, Germany
    Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and a major port city that lies on the River Elbe and is crossed by hundreds of canals. It is best known for its harbor area (Port of Hamburg), the Kunsthalle Hamburg, and St. Michael's Church.

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    Sarah Murray
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Hamburg is one of the best destinations for a city break in Europe. The city is extremely beautiful with lots of places that you can visit, including museums, historic buildings, parks, and more. We loved going to Town Hall, St. Michaelis Church, the harbor, and Planten un Blomen. The nightlife is also quite exciting. Visit Hamburg! You won't regret it. "
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    #2Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest, Hungary

    Budapest is Hungary's capital. The city is divided by the River Danube. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Famous landmarks include the Parliament Building, Gellért Baths, Heroes’ Square and House of Terror.

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    Phillip Murphy
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe to visit. Hungarian food tastes incredible and we loved going to the thermal bath houses that dated all the way back to the Turkish Dynasty. I also recommend that you visit the Matthias Church, the Vaci Utca main street (it has lots of shops and restaurants), St. Stephens Basilica and the Royal Palace."
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    #3Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels, Belgium
    Brussels is a region in Belgium that includes the City of Brussels, the country's capital. Brussels is known for its cuisine and historical & architectural landmarks, including the Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and La Monnaie.

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    Christina Lane
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Brussels provides one of the best city breaks for couples. The food is amazing (we loved eating steamed mussels and gaufres) and the entire city looks unbelievably romantic. My husband and I went to Grote Market, Manneken Pis, Notre Dame Sablon, and the Royal Palace. We had such a lovely time that we intend to go there again for another weekend excursion. "
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    #4Valencia, Spain

    Valencia, Spain

    Valencia is a port city that lies on the east coast of Spain. It is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. The city is known for its City of Arts and Sciences, which includes a planetarium, an oceanarium, and a museum.

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    Gregorio Garduño
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Valencia is definitely in my top ten weekend getaways. It's absolutely breathtaking. I visited the Valencia Cathedral (where you can find the Holy Grail), the Turia Gardens, the City of Arts and Science, and the gorgeous beaches on the city's coast. The La Lonja de la Seda is also a highlight that you have to visit if you happen to be in Valencia. "
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    #5Venice, Italy

    Venice, Italy
    Venice is the capital of Italy’s Veneto region in northeastern Italy. It is built on more than 118 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, linked by over 400 bridges. It has canals instead of roads, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare. 

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    Susana Arreola
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "What an amazing city! I stayed in the Marghera district and took the bus to Venice every day. I recommend that you wear comfy shoes as you'll be walking around Venice the entire day. It doesn't have any streets (I'm sure you're aware of that) and going places require you to go on foot or ride a gondola (magical). I went to see San Marco square, the Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, the Realto Bridge (way too many people) and several other churches and bridges. Venice is one of the best city breaks in the world!"
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    #6Porto, Portugal

    Porto, Portugal

    Porto is a coastal city Portugal, the second-largest after Lisbon. It is one of the oldest European cities, and it was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Landmarks include Cais da Ribeira, Serralves Museum & the Luís I Bridge. 

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    Ismael Galicia
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Porto is a great destination for cheap Europe holidays. All the restaurants and shops offer food and products at reasonable prices. The local wine is divine and the people are very friendly. I recommend the Citysightseeing Tour. It offers 2 routes where you get to experience Old Town and the newer town near the beach. It's best to visit Porto during spring or summer. "
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    #7Bratislava, Slovakia

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    Bratislava is the capital of  Slovakia, situated along the Danube River. It is known for the 18th-century old town with its lively bars and cafes. Other landmarks include the Bratislava Castle, St. Martin's Cathedral, and Michael's Gate. 

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    Virginia Davis
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "You absolutely have to go to Old Town if you're in Bratislava. The quaint cobbled streets are lined with many cafes, bars, restaurants and ice cream shops, with buildings that date all the way to the 16th century. At night is when Old Town really comes to life. It has this lovely, intoxicating atmosphere that I love. Bratislava is one of the best eastern European city breaks that I've ever had! "
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    #8Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Cluj-Napoca (or simply Cluj) is the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region in Romania. It is known for landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule, including the Piața Unirii, St. Michael's Church and the Matthias Corvinus Statue.

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    Brandon Carr
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Cluj is wonderful. The city is clean, tidy and bustling with shops, bars, and restaurants. Some places are a little shabby looking but overall the city looks great. I stayed at the University hotel and my room was huge and clean. It's also good that a lot of people speak English so no problems when it comes to communicating. I had a great time and I would love to visit Cluj again. "
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    #9Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb, Croatia

    Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. The city is known for its rich history dating from the Roman times and its Austro-Hungarian architecture. Famous landmarks include Upper Town, the Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church. 

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    Steven Scott
    Written on June 18, 2019
    "Zagreb is such a beautiful city to explore. The baroque architecture of its buildings is exquisite. The city is peaceful and has a lot of parks (Maksimir Park is great). I loved the Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark's Church. There are also plenty of amazing statues that dot the city. The Fountain of Life by Ivan Mestrovic is my favorite. Don't forget to visit his museum studio! Zagreb is a great destination for last minute city breaks!"

Summary

Best What are the best city breaks in Europe
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Hamburg, GermanyPlaces 19 Paid
2Budapest, HungaryPlaces 12 Paid
3Brussels, BelgiumPlaces 7 Free
4Valencia, SpainPlaces 4 Paid
5Venice, ItalyPlaces 4 Paid
6Porto, PortugalPlaces 3 Paid
7Bratislava, SlovakiaPlaces 1 Paid
8Cluj-Napoca, RomaniaPlaces 1 Paid
9Zagreb, CroatiaPlaces 1 Paid
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