One of the best things about a well-planned city break is that it allows you to get out and explore the culture, history and art of somewhere new and exciting.  Plus, you can easily get a snapshot of a new culture in next to no time.  Get ready to find hidden gems, take in the breath-taking architecture and immerse yourself in something completely new.  With some phenomenal new memories that will last a lifetime, get ready to be in awe of some of the world’s most iconic attractions.  Here are some of our favourite city break options for 2019. 

 

Paris 

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Ah, Paris. While the magical city of lights is one of the most romantic and beautiful city breaks in the world, there’s a whole lot more to Paris than a ride up the Seine with your partner in crime.  Paris Is full of some of the world’s most iconic sights – the Eiffel Tower and majestic Arc de Triomphe to name just a couple.  Get ready to discover the pristine gardens near the National Picasso museum and the hidden gems of the Marais Mansion.  

 

Why not relax and soak up the buzz of this spectacular city at one of the cosy coffee shops or unwind with a creamy slice of Camembert and a delicious glass of wine from France’s Bordeaux region.  If you’re keen to wake up to an unforgettable view of the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of fantastic hotels to stay in within the 7th arrondissement.   

 

Berlin 

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Berlin is truly a city like no other.  It is bursting with creativity and culture. Obviously, a trip to the Berlin Wall is a must, but you should make time to explore the Reichstag dome, which is a sculpture of light above the Government in Berlin.  This is a phenomenal snapshot of modern architecture and offers spectacular views of the city. 

 

If you’re thinking about visiting Berlin in the summer months, make sure to take full advantage of the weather and hit the streets.  The river looks beautiful, and Berlin residents ditch the park for picnics in the small lakes located throughout the city.  Make sure to explore the surrounding areas and the historic district of Weissensee, which offers its very own beach. 

 

Milan 

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Milan is well-known as the fashion capital of Italy and boasts a vibrant food and drink scene.  Milan offers something to suit anyone’s budget with its awe-inducing skyscrapers and classic courtyards that remain hidden to the masses.  Get ready to hang on the heels of Milan’s well-dressed residents and see the sights.   

 

A visit to the bustling city wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the top of the Duomo do Milano.  This massive structure is the most impressive in the city and is one of the largest cathedrals in Italy.  This extravagant Gothic cathedral is truly a vision in pink marble and aptly reflects the city’s style and creativity.  Every day throughout the summer you’ll find the surrounding square to be a tourist hub. 

 

Dublin 

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Dublin is fast-becoming one of the most talked about cities in Europe.  With its spacious parks, beautiful Georgian architecture, compact city centre and vigorous pub culture, get ready to enjoy a weekend break that you will never forget.  

 

Come here to soak up the welcoming Irish atmosphere and the vibrant foodie scene.  With 12 Michelin starred restaurants to pick and choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!  And if you’re after a drop of the black stuff, then you won’t be disappointed with a tour of the world-famous Guinness Factory, where you can have a go at pouring your own pint. 

 

And be sure to do a bit of research on the best spots and hidden bars in the city for a reliable pint, with McGrattans and Toners two of those bars that are just far enough from the main streets to help give you that local flavour. 

 

Madrid 

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With its welcoming summer sunshine and bright blue skies, Madrid will never be short of visitors.  Having gone through a revamp in recent years, Spain’s capital is beginning to look a lot smarter. 

 

With a plethora of new cafés, boutiques and bars opening on a weekly basis, there is always something new to check out in this city.  Get ready to check out the spectacular Botanical Garden near to Buen Retiro and dine on hidden rooftop bars near the Plaza de Cibeles. 

 

St Petersburg 

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St Petersburg has without a doubt see more war, political intrigue and revolution over the last few hundred years than any other city in Europe.  You may be surprised to hear this, but it is still an up-and-coming cultural hub.  Make sure to stay in the city’s historical centre so you can easily visit the numerous museums on foot.   

 

Geneva 

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Geneva is now one of Europe’s cultural melting points.  With big names such as the United Nations and the International Red Cross headquartered in Geneva, the city tends to be seen as a conservative hub.  While you may not find underground raves here, Geneva still deserves more attention than being a pit stop on your way to other hotspots in Switzerland. 

 

Get ready to enjoy lakeside sophistication in Geneva.  Switzerland’s second-largest city is seriously slick and cosmopolitan, with a number of quirky boutique areas and seriously slinky underground jazz bars to explore.   

 

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to stay, then Fraser Suites Geneva could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.  This luxury serviced accommodation is nestled in the heart of the city’s popular tourist and business locations, making it the ideal spot for visitors.  Looking for more trip ideas to plan your very own Geneva itinerary?  You can find some of the best things to do in the city this summer here.     

 

We hope our top city break picks have given you the inspiration you needed to book your summer getaway! 

 

 

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