The Minimalist Traveller

Best city trips in Europe for spontaneous getaways

You only have a long weekend to spend and not much more to plan either? And the diversity of European map in front of you? With all the vibrant cities with incredible architecture, delicious food, great nightlife, history and culture – how can one decide?

Here is my Top 10 Spontaneous City Breaks in Europe that you don’t need hours of planning for – book your tickets, find an accommodation, grab your passport and off you go! Without any prior research you will not have any difficulties to fill 2-3 days with sightseeing, nice walks and great food. None of the destinations are seasonal nor require complicated flight plans when travelling from Europe.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
It’s one of the cities I keep going back to regularly since I first visited it 2005. Beautiful architecture, colorful parks, best seafood and churros, nice beach, narrow streets and lot of wine.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, Domkirche, church

Berlin, Germany
There are not many places in Europe with so contradictional history and that you can still see and experience today. For decades after the WW2 Berlin was divided in two – east (Sowjet) and west block and you can still see the difference today. From Alexanderplatz to Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburger Gate, TV Tower and Unter den Linden, Gendarmenmarkt, Spree, more abandoned buildings and airports (have you ever been to an abandoned airport or amusement park?) than anywhere else in Europe, great food and non-stop nightlife for every taste.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal
It had been a dream of mine for years to visit Portugal. 1,5 years ago I finally made it there. And fell in love with it – with all the tiled houses, narrow streets constantly making us climb up or down, cute little funiculars, great architecture and colorful sunsets.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, London, United Kingdom, England, Great Britain, Brexit, Big Ben

London, United Kingdom
Want museums and palaces, huge parks and cosmopolitan neighborhoods, shopping and dining? London it is. Visit while it’s still easy to get there 🙂

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Paris, France, Eiffel Tower

Paris, France
Yeah, it’s crowded most of the year, everyone is there to enjoy views from Eiffel Tower, visit Louvre, walk on the streets in Montmartre or sit in the little street cafes. But go in January and you’ll find an almost empty city with no waiting anywhere to get in or up.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Prague, Karluv most, Charles Bridge, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic
Just like Lisbon, it had been on my bucket list for years and years. Until I finally made it there and haven’t been able to turn my back to it anymore. Three weeks after my first visit there, I was back. Those wide alleys, incredible architecture, beautiful squares and bridges over the river, fried cheese and chocolate cakes.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Rome, Italy, Vatican

Rome, Italy
Yes, another one of the most romantic cities in the world made it to my list too. All those piazzas, fountains, Trastevere, views from Spanish stairs, pizza and pasta so delicious you can’t even imagine.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Stockholm, Sweden, Kungsgatan

Stockholm, Sweden
One of the world’s most beautiful capitals, Stockholm’s downtown is absolutely scenic: narrow cobblestone streets, gorgeous palace, colorful waterfront. And all that enhanced with country’s fika culture.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Tallinn, Estonia, Pirita, Sunset, Yachts

Tallinn, Estonia
With amazing old town and lot of variety in neighbourhoods, where you have a choice from modern architecture to colorful wooden houses areas to remote abandoned streets with million dollar views over the sea, great restaurants and lousy customer service, interactive museums and nice parks you’ll have several days full of discovering.

City Trips, Europe, Citybreaks, Long Weekends, Weekend Getaways, Vienna, Wien, Austria, Österreich, Schönbrunn, Schloss, Palace

Vienna, Austria
Another romantic multicultural metropolis full of incredible palaces, classic cafes, baroque and culture. It has a very unique charm and vibrancy all year long – visit it in the summer and enjoy concerts in those colorful parks or in the winter and experience the festive holiday mood on the many Christmas Markets.

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