Which are your top 3 European city breaks and why?

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1. Posted by Mummaemma (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I’ve only been to Paris so have so much more I want to see. Would like to book a break for next year.
Thank you

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I (solo middle-aged female traveller) had only been to Paris before, many years later, I started properly exploring Europe. The first place I visited was wonderful Rome. There are too many fantastic European cities but if I really, really must pick a 'top 3':

1. Rome (been there 6 times): the fantastic food at v reasonable prices, oodles of history everywhere, the wonderful museums, the buzzy streetlife & atmosphere, the architecture, the culture, the walkability, the public transport and the easy daytrips by train to other fascinating places e.g. Tivoli, Ostia Antica, Florence.......

2. Amsterdam (been there 5 times): the canals, the architecture, the museums, the people , the walkability, the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the public transport and the easy daytrips by train to other fascinating places e.g. Delft, Leiden, Den Haag....

3 Krakow (been 3 times). Very reasonable prices for accomm, good food & drink, friendly people, lots of historical sites, sights & museums, architecture, culture, buzzy streetlife, the walkability and the easy daytrips by bus to e.g. Wielizca salt mine, Auschwitz, Zakopane....

But I could just as easily recommend Lisbon, Porto, Prague, Budapest, Bruges, Riga, Tallinn, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Bergamo, Verona, Kaunas, Vilnius, Llubljana, Zurich, Munich, Zagreb, Seville, Madrid, Bratislava, Copenhagen, Vienna and lots, lots more..... :-)

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2372 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Budapest is cheap, has lots to see including great public spas.

Venice is a city without roads, fascinating seeing the infrastructure work by boat.

St Petersburg has architecture and Russian culture.

After that, Rome, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Oslo, Kiev, Belgrade.

4. Posted by Mummaemma (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for your suggestions.
I particularly like gardens/parks/green space. Which would you say suits me best?

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

All (or almost all?) European cities & large towns have lovely gardens/parks/green spaces, including those mentioned above.

I've been assuming you're from the UK or Rep Ireland (maybe because you're asking about a European city 'break'?) but if you're not I'd definitely add London, York, Edinburgh and Dublin to the city list. And yes, they all have lovely gardens/parks/green spaces too!

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jul 2021, 08:23 GMT by leics2 ]

6. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 618 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Lisbon is the last city I visited before covid put paid to travel. It is wonderful. I strongly recommend it.

A couple of years previously we went to Warsaw. We loved it. A highly underrated city with so much to see.

Our favourite European country is Austria. My husband is half-Austrian, but it's the less famous Austrian cities that impressed me most such as Graz and Linz.

7. Posted by Julia-4 (Budding Member 15 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Italy is the top for me! I believe this country includes everything you want to have for a perfect getaway: beauty, love, food, and numerous places to see!

On the second place for me is Switzerland. Might be a bit expensive, but this is perfect for even a weekend trip from Italy. Worth visiting at least once in life.

The third of my personal top is Portugal. The Atlantic Ocean is something so special. Cabo Da Roca, Sintra, beaches and fooood. Strongly recommend.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jul 2021, 12:48 GMT by Julia-4 ]

8. Posted by jwbeach (Inactive 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Mummaemma

Thank you so much for your suggestions.
I particularly like gardens/parks/green space. Which would you say suits me best?

Based on this you might consider Munich. It really is a village feel despite being a huge metropolitan area. There are green spaces from little neighborhood parks to the massive Englischer Garten. Wish I were there right now!

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4977 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Rome, Berlin and Vienna would be my top 3.

They all have lots of history, loads to see and do, great restaurants and, particulaly in the case of Vienna and Berlin, a fantastic vibe.

[ Edit: Edited on 22 Jul 2021, 07:50 GMT by bex76 ]

10. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1519 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

One of my favorites for strolling: Kyiv. There are many other attractions, too. It makes for a wonderful city break. I've been there three times and plan to return.