8 Best European City Breaks For Spring 2017
Spending a relaxing weekend in one of the beautiful European cities has its own charm. If you also fancy spending your holidays soaking up the continental culture, roving around the old towns, trying appetizing cuisines, then there are plenty of fascinating destinations to choose from.
With spring on the horizon, Europe seems more tempting than any other time of the year. Rich in music, food, heritage, art, and architectures, the Continent’s cities welcome the tourists with elegant boulevards, fine wines, gorgeous coastlines, and abundance of shopping opportunities. So, whether you are looking for a reasonably priced spring weekend break or a long spring holiday, why not check out the following European destinations.
This Belgian city is often overlooked by most of the tourists, but the city is as charming as its other cities. Antwerp is mainly known for its diamond trading, but you will surely love the city’s laid back atmosphere. During the spring, the city is a must visit and above all, it is great value for money as well.
Antwerp has some great locations and architectural gems that you will surely cherish once you are here. Make sure you have checked Flemish Renaissance, neo-Baroque Central Station Building, Rubenshuis Museum, Antwerp Zoo, Gothic Cathedral of our Lady, and Grote Markt Square.
Being the 2nd largest German city, Hamburg is located on Elbe River. The city is known for its lush green open spaces, most of the tourists visit the city as it is affordable and fascinating. You will surely want to splurge at one of the swankiest restaurants and the best part is that they are not very expensive.
Your visit to Hamburg is incomplete without visiting Miniatur Wunderland. It is world’s largest model railway and it is visited by thousands of tourists from different parts of the world. Other must visit tourist attractions include – Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall), St. Michael’s Church, Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Hamburg Zoo, and Park Planten un Blomen (botanical gardens).
Your European escape will be incomplete without visiting the capital city of Hungary – Budapest. You will surely enjoy exploring Roman ruins, vibrant markets, popular cathedrals, and thermal spas. With all these attractions, this city is also called ‘Paris of the East’. Budapest is also one of the cheapest European cities to visit.
The best way to explore this city is through the eyes of the local, you can take a free trip to Budapest Tour which is for around three hours and it will take you to the best and unexplored places of the city. Take some time out to visit the popular tourist destinations of Budapest including – Spectacular Castle Hill, Gellért Hill, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Hungarian National Museum, Parliament Buildings and Crown Jewels, and much more.
You must have heard lots of things about the royal city of England, Birmingham and you should make the most of your visit to this enchanting city. In addition to being one of the beautiful cities, it is also a great cultural destination as well. You can easily stay at the affordable hotels and there is an abundance of pocket-friendly shops & restaurants.
You will not find any dearth of attractions and there is a long list of places that you can explore including – Library of Birmingham, Cadbury World, Custard Factory, Thinktank, Soho House, and National Sea Life Centre. Various restaurants here ensure that you have the time of your life eating and drinking, so you can check out these places – Pushkar (Indian), Adam’s (Modern British), Nosh & Quaff (American), Lasan (Indian), Bureau (Gastropub), Purnell’s (Modern British), and 1847 (Vegetarian).
Sofia is a beautiful Bulgarian city which is known for its both cultural and historical attractions. The city packs in all the elements that can make your spring break a memory. You will find a great variety of art galleries, shops, parklands, theatres, and museums.
While you are having the best time of your life in Sofia, double your fun by visiting National Historical Museum, witness a performance at Ivan Vazov National Theatre and National Opera & Ballet, explore the impressive Alexander Nevski Church and Sveta Sofia Church, enjoy a leisure stroll down Vitosha Boulevard. If you want to eat & drink at the best restaurants, make sure you have visited – K.E.V.A., Café Theatre, Green Deli Café, Sage Bistro, Bodega, La Capannina, Hadjidraganov’s Cellars.
Paris, also known as the City of Light, is one of the beautiful cities in the world and draws thousands of tourists every year. The city is a must visit during spring and there are so many things that will keep you entertained while you are in this beautiful French city. Once you are in this beautiful French city you get to witness dance, music, film, and theatre acts. All these events are so exciting that you won’t be able to stop yourself from taking out your camera and putting your photography skills to test.
When it comes to tourist attractions, Paris has it all. The city is full of museums and art galleries exhibiting the best of artwork; make sure you have visited – The Louvre (Closed on Tuesdays), The Musée d’Orsay (Closed on Mondays), The Musée d’Art Moderne (Closed on Mondays), Centre Georges Pompidou (Closed on Tuesdays). One of the major draws of Paris i.e. Eiffel Tower is a must visit. Other attractions of the city are – Château de Versailles, Zoo de Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée Rodin, and much more.
Being the capital city, Ljubljana offers so much for the tourists visiting from varied corners of the world, especially during spring season. The city is best known for its architectural history and scenic surroundings, not to mention a plethora of tourist attractions. Start your exploration by visiting Ljubljana Castle. Overlooking the city and Slovenian countryside, the castle sits atop a hill and it is one of the popular sites in the city. Inside the castle, you will find a gallery, a restaurant, and a café. Next on the list is Skocjan Caves which is also a World Heritage Site. Its underground water, stalagmites, cavernous hollows, and waterfalls, will surely entice you. Other attractions of Ljubljana include – The Dragon Bridge, Cacao, Slovenia’s Roman Ruins, and Lake Bled.
Ljubljana culinary scene has come a long way and today it offers various options such as – Indian, Brazilian, Asian, and Balkan food. To enjoy some of the best cuisines, make sure you have visited – Hiša Kulinarike Manna, Skuhna, Marley & Me, Gostilna As, Pop’s Place, Brodo, and Copomana.
Vienna city is rich in history, culture, food, scenery and natural wonders. It is a dream city for all the travellers looking to unwind and the city never disappoints. You are bound to fall in love with the city’s rich culture, tourist attractions, galleries, street markets, shops, bars, and restaurants.
If you are a nature lover, then you will surely cherish a walk to Viennese Woods, colourful surroundings will surely mesmerise you. When you are done exploring the nature at its best, make sure you visit Spanish Riding School to have some horse riding lessons. Moving on to Leopold Museum, you get to witness the best collection of painter’s work, graphics, and drawings in the world. Wien Museum is home to 150,000 artefacts, standouts including medieval helms, Celtic gold coins, and the main attraction is the jewel-like stained glass. Other leading attractions in Vienna are – Haus der Musik, Rathaus, Stephansdom, Mumok, and Staatsoper.
The city offers around 70 restaurants and 51 cafes, so you have a great variety when it comes to dining and drinking. Make sure you have stopped by at – Le Loft, Café Europa, Erich, Minon, Kent, Alt Wien, Café Sperl, Phil.
Above-mentioned are some of the best spring escapes in Europe. So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags, pick any one of the cities and have the time of your life.
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