A city break gives you the chance to explore a new destination without relying on fine weather or going at a particular time of year. Every city has its own character and quirks, cuisine and specialities, so there will always be something new to enjoy and a different experience to be had, wherever you go.
The capitals and larger cities in Europe are vibrant cultural hubs – however, there are plenty more treasures to be discovered across the world. If you’re wondering where to go next for a week or even a long weekend, a city break offers endless options for things to do and see.
Take a trip with Co-op Travel and see our 5 top picks for an amazing city break in 2019.
Amsterdam is a city of charming culture and vibrant tourism, and attracts over 20 million tourists and day-trippers every year.
Hungry for beautiful sights? Take a canal cruise guided tour and see some of the city’s most wonderful buildings, or seek out the Begijnhof, a secret courtyard at the city’s heart.
Looking for culture and history? Try the Anne Frank Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum.
Love a good nightlife? Visit the Leidsplein and Rembrandtplein for a fantastic evening’s entertainment.
Excited for new experiences? Drop by the controversial De Wallen district and the late-night coffee shops, where you’ll find sights and sounds to fuel your conversations and give your holiday a unique twist.
Amsterdam is truly one of the most varied and rewarding European cities, and one that everyone should visit at least once in their life.
Dublin is famed for its buzzing nightlife, but there is more to this east coast Ireland city than bars and clubs. It’s a varied bubbling pot of history and culture, and promises a holiday to stay in the memory – as long as you keep away from too much of the moreish Guinness.
It’s impossible to visit Dublin without observing the city’s bloody history, and the General Post Office served as the headquarters for the Irish rebels who, in 1916, staged the violent Easter Uprising. The building has since been restored and a permanent exhibition tells the event’s tale and its subsequent repercussions.
Explore the iconic Dublin Castle, take a whiskey tasting at Teeling’s, learn the city’s history in the Little Museum of Dublin, and nosh down a peerless sandwich at the Green Bench Café.
Montreal is a lively, stylish city that thrives on art, great food, and countless festivals taking place throughout the year.
The official language is French, and this plus the café culture and irresistible bakeries give Montreal a distinctly European feel, but with a Canadian twist. You’ll find delis and bistros to tempt your palate with poutine and smoked meat sandwiches proving highlights, plus world-class wine bars in which to swig top international tipples.
It is also a city alive with art and entertainment, with museums and theatres keeping the most discerning visitors occupied. For entertainment, the famed Cirque du Soleil began in Montreal and holds local performances throughout the year, Casa del Popolo is a welcoming live venue that often features art-house films and spoken word performances, and if you’re looking for an edgier experience, Bistro à Jojo plays host to gritty blues and rock groups. For art and beauty, there’s the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Basilique Notre-Dame, and the entire district of Old Montreal.
A visit to Krakow is a holiday dedicated to history and elegant architecture. The region’s sobering past plus the spectacular buildings to be found cast a heady spell over the 12 million or more tourists who holiday there each year, and while for many it may be an unusual choice it’s an unforgettable experience.
Many visitors who stay in the city will want to take a chilling but rewarding visit to Auschwitz, which serves as a memorial to the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust. It’s a moving, peerless experience, and a timely reminder of an event that the world can never allow to happen again.
On a lighter note, Krakow has a legendary nightlife and offers a welcome respite to the tragedy of Krakow’s WW2 history. It has been said that Krakow has the highest density of bars in the world, and while it’s a difficult claim to prove, there’s certainly an enormous range to choose from!
Lastly, don’t forget to take a pic of the awesome St Joseph’s Church, soak up the wonderful art at MOCAK, and take a leisurely trip through the Old Town.
Dubai’s glamorous high rises and glittering shopping malls are a fascinating contrast to its historic mosques and bazaars, as well as the many sandy areas along the coastline. The weather is bright and sunny all-year-round, and the atmosphere an intoxicating blend of the exotic and futuristic.
It’s a holiday resort that suits visitors of all kinds, with a renowned nightlife, family activities such as waterparks and days on the beach, plus romantic hideaways and jaw-dropping historic landmarks.
The food is one of the many highlights of a Dubai visit, and you’ll have the chance to discover numerous meat dishes, spiced rice dinners, and super-sweet desserts.
Watch the choreographed Dubai fountains in awe, drop by Kite Beach for the endless watersports, and take a thrilling 4×4 ride through the desert.