European City Breaks (Sorry non George Moncur Post)

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  1. Archey

    Archey Well-Known Member

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    Just wondered if anyone would recommend any European City Breaks.

    Me and my girlfriend recently cancelled our holiday to America to better use the money elsewhere. But have decided to have a couple of long weekends away Sept/October time.

    Any recommendations? We've already got Krakow booked. Looking at another one shortly after.

    Cheers.

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    Cologne is well worth a visit - plenty of sights, an old town and good shopping plus excellent beer.
     
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    Berlin or Dusseldorf does it for the missus n me. Fit a match in while you're there. More to do in Berlin but Dusseldorf for madness ;)
     
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    Archey Well-Known Member

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    I've been to Cologne. Stunning city. I love Germany in general to be fair.

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    Late september, early october, I'd recommend Italy.

    Bologna has so much going for it (the food is incredible with parma ham, parmesan, ragu and balsamic all from the emilia romagna region and so much more.

    Me and the missus spent 6 days in Bologna, Parma and Modena last year and absolutely loved it.

    Rome is an incredible place, Florence has lots going for it, and Verona too (try horse!) which is well known for prosecco.

    Its still warm at that time and so many places to eat and drink, loads of sights art, museums, buildings, parks, statues....

    My vote goes to something Italian
     
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    Bruges is amazing. Really enjoyed Amsterdam too when I went.
     
  7. Dan

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    Oh... and if you don't fancy Italy, I'd recommend Budapest. Beautiful city with so much history and grandeur but still has an edge and the tourists havent made it too far from Prague just yet.

    Happy to give more ideas and suggestions on what to do after you've decided where you fancy
     
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    Archey Well-Known Member

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    To be honest, the missus is leaning towards Budapest.

    I thought I'd throw it out there though to see what the BBS (font of all knowledge) thought. Thanks for your bit on Italy, my parents have been a few times (going to Sorrento again this summer) and have said how beautiful it is.

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    that time of year id be getting some late sun in nice. its nice :)

    seriously its a great area to head to, anywhere along that coast, cheap flights, good weather, loads to see. might book it myself!
     
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    Lisbon.

    Loads of flights and hotels. Cracking city and nice temp that time of year
     
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    I'd not been to Italy before until Rome about 4 years ago, now we go there more than anywhere. Visited Naples a few weeks ago. Not my favourite place, but so much to see and do and the food is so different from region to region.

    If you've not been to Italy, go to Rome and see what you think. Blew my socks off, and not like any other city I've visited.

    But Budapest is certainly worth seeing. Heroes Park, Chain Bridge (at night), Parliament (which you can go in if you prebook), up the funicular on the opposite side of river, terror museum, bullet holes in walls from the revolution. If you like red wine too.... enjoy. Was very cheap and the missus raved about it. There were one or two brew pubs starting to spring up if I recall too (prob about 2009/10 when i went).

    Europe has so many amazing places. Try and do the more populist cities out of season (we often go March/April).

    Belgium has some stunning cities too. Ghent is a quieter version of Bruges and has some very pretty canals and churches. And I visit Brussels most years.

    Worlds your oyster... enjoy ;-)
     
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    I keep hearing Europe's a load of w**k. Prague's nice though... :D
     
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    Yes... and seemingly some such people who are so critical are now living in Europe having taken full advantage of EU freedom of movement. Couldn't make it up, could you?
     
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    San Sebastián northern Spain just come back , great beaches great food great beer (basque land brewing project) great walking if you into that
     
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    Not trying to detract from OP but I'm off to Madrid at the end of September and wondered what that's like and any recommendations for must see?
     
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    Even better beer 5 minutes away in Düsseldorf.
     
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    Berlin or München.
     
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    Went to Stockholm not long ago. Beautiful city. I'd certainly recommend it.
     
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    No, I much prefer Kolsch to Alt Bier.
     
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    I second Bruges.

    Stayed a couple of nights on the way back to Italy from my daughters wedding in November. Weather a bit naff but lots to see and do, Book in at 'De Stove' restaurant if you fancy high end food without pretention. Near Markt and only has a few tables husband cooks / wife runs FoH. We went for the recommended menu with the accompanying wines not cheap - about 130 euro for the two but amazingly good. I have eaten at Michelin star and this was as good if not better than some. Must book though as it is very small and they don't attempt to fill all the tables as they have been going for many years so trying to keep standards up whilst not working quite as hard.

    We stayed 2 nights at a nearby hotel having taken P&O ferry from Hull.

    Bologna good for food as well and you can visit Verona by Train quite cheaply for a day trip if you choose which is an experience in itself.
     

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