Dip your toes into another culture by spending just a few days there. A weekend city break can be an amazing way to break out of the daily grind, and there are some amazing places just a short flight away. Whether you’re looking to escape the winter chills or visit a snowbound wonderland, these destinations should be top on your list.
History and heat in Malta
This tiny island has an amazing history. Ruled by the Byzantines, Normans, Maltese Knights, the French and the British, this country boasts a rich tapestry of cultural identities. Its strategic position at the heart of the Mediterranean made it a key battleground during World War II, and the island was bombed incessantly by German and Italian aircraft. Now, Malta boasts some of the most beautiful architecture anywhere in the world, alongside excellent cuisine and a range of fascinating museums. Essentially, temperatures stay around 20 degrees from November to January, making it an excellent destination during the winter months.
Winter wonderland in Copenhagen
Denmark has a reputation as an amazing winter destination, and with good reason. If you haven’t walked the cobbled streets of this ancient city with the snow falling around you, it’s hard to appreciate just how fantastic the experience is. Take a trip to the Christmas markets, or visit Kronberg castle (if that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the one from Hamlet). Temperatures are cold, of course, so make sure you wrap up warm and wear good walking boots.
Rich culture in Budapest
Hungary boasts some of the finest architecture in Europe, and Budapest is a fantastic city in which to spend a weekend. Try out your skating skills on the massive City Park Ice Rink or go for a warm soak in the Szechenyi Baths. The baths are open-air, and while the water can be up to 36 degrees, Budapest can experience temperatures as low as -20, making for a unique bathing experience. Other Budapest attractions include the “Christmas light tram”, covered in almost 40,000 bulbs, and the various “Ruin bars” set up in derelict locations around the city.
Plan your winter weekend break today
It’s quick and easy to get to any of these cities, so no matter whether you want a weekend away from the cold, or a unique winter experience, it isn’t difficult to get it. Start planning your next European city break today!