10 city breaks that will have you longing for your next holiday!

In desperate need of a weekend away? No worries, we’ve got you babe! Discover these 10 city escapes that will renew your energy during these
rainy days.

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1. Freiburg, Germany

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Freiburg is one of Germany’s hidden gems and certainly worth a visit! This beautiful city is only a stone’s throw away from the black forest. Because of this, it gives you the opportunity to pay this beautiful forest a visit. A must-visit is the Münsterplatz Cathedral Market that takes place every day of the week (expect on Sundays).

Freiburg is also located in one of Germany’s wine regions, so don’t be shy and try a glass of wine (or three).

MUST VISIT

  • Historical Merchants’ Hall
  • Münsterplatz
  • Schwabentor
  • Black forest
  • The Markthalle


Our recommendation: take the cable-car from the south of the city that will lead you to the Black Forest.

2. Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, also referred to as Paris of the east, is well-known for its
thermal baths (see picture above). In the past, Budapest was divided into three parts. These were Buda, Pest and Obuda. Today, the city can be
distinguished into two parts: Buda and Pest. These two are divided by the river Danube that splits the city into two.

MUST VISIT:

  • Parliament Building
  • Danube Promenade
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Buda Castle Hill Funicular
  • Széchenyi Thermal Baths


Our recommendation: be sure to spoil yourself by visiting the Gellert Bath and spa centre. It’s one of the grandest spas in the city and includes an open-air pool which turns into a wave pool.

3. Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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Saint Petersburg is filled with its jaw-dropping palaces and golden
embellishments. The city is only 3 hours away by plane from London so it’s the perfect weekend far away.

MUST VISIT:

  • Catherine’s palace
  • The Hermitage (winter palace)
  • Peterhof palace
  • The Peter & Paul Fortress
  • Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral & Colonnade


Our recommendation: try one of the savoury pancakes called “Blini”. At first, it’s a strange concept to see a pancake and expect a sugary taste and get a savoury one instead. However, once you take a bite out of a blini, your taste buds won’t know what’s coming for them.

4. Antwerp, Belgium

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Antwerp, known as Belgium’s fashion capital, is a city that is often
forgotten. However, it’s definitely worth a visit and will end up being your favourite Belgian city. Learn more about the story behind the Nello & Patrasche statue that you’ll discover on the Handschoenmarkt and enjoy the Belgian chocolates and waffles you can find practically… everywhere!

MUST VISIT

  • The Antwerp Ruien
  • Diamantmuseum
  • MOMU: fashion museum where you’ll learn about the origin of the Antwerp six
  • Antwerp ZUID: the wonderful neighbourhood in the south of Antwerp where you’ll find amazing cafes and restaurants
  • Be sure to go look for the “Vlaaikesgang” in the busy city center & stroll along the Kloosterstraat on Sunday where you can find antiques and memorabilia.


Our recommendation: discover the underground walking tunnel underneath Antwerp that will lead you to the other side of the river Schelde to Linkeroever.

5. Ljubljana, Slovenia

As one of Europe’s smallest cities, Ljubljana is the ultimate getaway for people that desire some peace and quiet. Ljubljana was crowned the
European Green Capital in 2016 and has so much more to offer than what first meets the eye.

MUST VISIT

  • Prešeren Square
  • Ljubljana Castle
  • Visit the central market
  • Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
  • Postojna Cave Park (not located in the city centre but worth a visit!)


Our recommendation: find as many dragon statues as possible. The Dragon of Ljubljana is the city’s emblem and can be found all around the city. Discover the thrilling story behind the Dragon of Ljubljana.

6. Marrakech, Morocco

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Warm weather, tajines and beautiful buildings: that’s what we associate Marrakech with. Marrakech was founded almost a thousand years ago and is one of the great cities of the Magreb. Discover the amazing market and haggle your way to that amazing purse your sister will absolutely love!

MUST VISIT:

  • Jardin Majorelle
  • Souk Semmarine (market)
  • El Badi Palace
  • Visit a tannery
  • Musée Yves Saint Laurent


Our recommendation: discover the city with a guided tour. That way you’ll learn where the tourist-friendly regions are and where it’s safer not to go at night.

7. Vienna, Austria

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Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also its political and cultural centre. It’s also the biggest city in the country with almost 2 million inhabitants. Vienna was even the biggest German-speaking city in the world up until the beginning of the 20th century.

MUST VISIT

  • Naschmarkt
  • Hofburg Palace
  • The Sigmund Freud Museum
  • Amalienbad


Our recommendation: enjoy a wiener schnitzel and sip at a glass of German beer

8. Amalfi coast, Italy

The Amalfi coast is the ideal place to visit when you want to escape the crowds. The Amalfi coast is made up out of different towns and villages such as Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.

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MUST VISIT

  • Head to the heights of Ravello for an amazing view of the Amalfi coast
  • The Maiori beach
  • The ruins of Pompeii
  • Take a boat tour into the Grotta dello Smeraldo Cave
  • Have a look at the Ferriere waterfalls in Salerno


Our recommendation: have dinner at O Parrucchiano. It’s an amazing restaurant where you’ll dine in the middle of lemon trees.

9. The island of Aegina, Greece

Only a 40 minutes ferry ride away from Athens, the island of Aegina makes up for the ideal weekend away. The Temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina island and there’s so much more to discover when visiting this hidden gem.

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MUST VISIT

  • Greece’s capital Athens
  • Temple of Aphaia
  • Have a rest on the beautiful beaches of Aegina
  • Agios Nektarios
  • The Tower of Markellos


Our recommendation: have a seafood lunch at one of the seafood tavernas.

10. Zaragoza, Spain

Zaragoza is arguably one of the most underrated cities in Spain. As the capital of the region Aragón, Zaragoza is filled with a wealth of historical architecture and museums.

MUST VISIT

  • Palacio de la Aljafería
  • Puente de Piedra
  • Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
  • El Salvador Cathedral
  • Mercado Central


Our recommendation: try Borraja. It’s a green vegetable that you can only get in the Zaragoza-region.

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