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The 25 best European city break-dances for springtime 2018 and where to stay
Our experts offer a steer to the top 25 destinations for a town break in 2018, including “what were doing” and where to stay in Venice, Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon, London, Barcelona and Reykjavik.

Rome’s mild Mediterranean climate is a forceful show for visitors from the cool north, but the main evoke will always be the thumping vitality of a situate which lives life as a figure of theater. There are great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo vistum. The objection is ending what not to do: there are so many faiths, archaeological sites, piazzas and paints to see that a lifetime is hardly enough.
Where to stand 
J.K. Place Roma
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Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer accompanies some of the most scare mob, but there’s a reasons for they come: the sheer loveliness of an elegant metropoli that seems miraculously is built around liquid. Venice’s churches and museums render antique greatness aplenty, but there is also a vibrant contemporary art incident, even away from the Art Biennale. Venice is a unique, magical lieu 365 periods a year. But much of the time you’ll be sharing that magical with thousands of other visitors.
Where to abide 
AD Place Venice
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Florence is one of Europe’s great art metropolis. Giotto’s frescoes, Michelangelo’s David, canvases by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and a multitude of other greats in the Uffizi Gallery … there’s so much beautiful arts and building, it’s difficult to know where to start. Florence is also a living metropoli with a vibrant eatery and nightlife panorama, and a lively culture movida that goes beyond old master to embrace opu, serious music and contemporary artistry. Handsome, historic, full of whimsical patronizes and tone spacecrafts, and close to the vine-covered mounds of Chianti.
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Italy’s fashion and blueprint capital, Milan has an international cosmopolitan mentality, a vibrant nutrient and suck incident and tallies of hotels to suit all budgets. Historical edifices sit cheek-by-jowl modern skyscrapers, while a number of the city’s structures have breathtaking interior courtyards that remain largely undiscovered. But what largely draws visitors is the city’s excellent patronizing- designer accumulates strand the Quadrilatero D’Oro district, while shops, high-pitched street patronizes and emporia are found in all corners of the city.
Where to remain 
Mandarin Oriental, Milan
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Madrid should certainly reworked itself in the past couple of years. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums have already been got big and better, while the center of the city is smartening up with new boutiques, delis, cafes and gastrobars opening up every week. It’s perfect for a culture-rich long weekend or metropoli disintegrate, with great food and a lively atmosphere at night. Madrid may be cold in wintertime- “its one” of Europe’s highest capital cities, after all- but the sky is generally off-color and the sunshine strong enough to allow visitors to sit at a sidewalk coffeehouse sipping a vermut.
Where to stay 
The Principal Madrid
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Barcelona is a patchwork of architectural styles flaunts dark, Gothic facades next to the harlequin houses of the Modernistas and the skyline-piercing structures of Jean Nouvel or Herzog and de Meuron, and a epoch wasted admiring them can be topped off with a sundowner on one of the city’s seven beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic synagogues or humble, family-run tapas saloons. Barcelona has a tighten tempo, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable nutrient- with the culture and design clout of virtually any city in the cold north.
Where to abide 
Grand Hotel Central
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Compact, rich in biography and famous for its flamenco, tapas saloons and orange trees, Seville is an ideal short break destination, particularly in outpouring before the sunbathe becomes too scorching. Stay in the city’s old town to inquired the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter and the breathtaking Alcazar Palace. Soak up the sky on the banks of the Guadalquivir, and admire the views from the ancient cathedral tower and recently opened Parasol Metropol.
Where to remain 
Hotel Alfonso XIII
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A decade of daring development has given Spain’s third-largest municipality some of the most astonishing architecture in the two countries, adding to the wealth of tasteful art nouveau buildings that boundary wall street, as well as Gothic and Renaisssance gravestones. With dynamic museums, a flourishing restaurant panorama, lively nightlife, great stores and miles of beach, Valencia is exploding with Mediterranean exuberance.
Where to stand 
Hospes Palau de La Mar
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Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful cities( with its golden stone facades and famous gravestones ), and a vibrant, densely jam-packed collect of hamlets. Behind the grandiose palaces and boulevards, they are able to detect intimate quadrangles and plots; behind historic facades are craft workshops and prominent experiment establishments. Perhaps the true evidence to Paris’s appeal is that despite being one of “the worlds largest” visited cities in the world it is also intensely lived-in. With its apartments, playgrounds, food markets and cafes, “were not receiving” empty nerve in the centre; and you, very, can play at being a Parisian.
Where to remain 
Maison Souquet
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Marseille is France’s oldest city. Greek merchants founded the place 2,600 years ago, and it’s scarcely had a quiet time since. Lately, the emphasis has been on cultural consolidation. New and refurbished museums are affecting their step. After immense urban renewal strategies, there are enough new trams, designer hotels, galleries, posh eateries and patronizes to replenish a year’s-worth of lifestyle periodicals. Marseille will remain magnificent with its sea-coast of rock-and-rolls, the high seas, and the outstrip of a big port city.
Where to stay 
Mama Shelter Marseille
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The Netherlands 
Amsterdam has the sound of a metropolis, with few big-city impediments. It’s small enough to walk or round almost anywhere you crave, hitherto is rarely dull. Dinky gabled constructs, moderately connections and quiet canals hold it village-like charm, hitherto you’ll also find top-ranking artwork museums and one of best available orchestras in the world. Most of all, Amsterdam mixes its glittering past with a wry, rough, rebellious contemporary edginess. Popular hymns have it that spring’s the time to come tulip-plucking, but really any season in Amsterdam has its allure.
Where to stay 
Hotel Estherea
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Visit Lisbon for the simple-minded allure and maritime magical of a vintage-era Southern European capital. Set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this dainty sun-kissed metropoli lives in a Latin fairytale of timeworn styles and habits. Simply check out the century-old wooden trams and cast-iron funiculars that still lurch and growl their route among the seven steep mounds over which this city lies. Or witness the best use of this bygone heritage by straying through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and accommodates rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city centre.
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Memmo Alfama
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In summer, the city’s inhabitants take full advantage of the decent climate to reach wall street, flows and reservoirs and partake in endless contests across the city. Since the fall of its world-renowned Wall, Berlin has busied itself with becoming one of the most arousing imaginative and cultural rights cores in Europe. These days it’s a city of numerous faces, known evenly as a hedonistic centre, a magnet for history enthusiasts and, increasingly, as a destination for pedigrees thanks to a fortune of light-green infinites that includes the sprawling Tiergarten, the Sunday flea market at Mauerpark and the Volkspark Friedrichshain.
Where to stand 
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
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Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled metropolis. Now a Unesco world heritage site and Croatia’s most up-market destination, it was once the capital of the prosperous sea-faring Republic of Ragusa( 1358-1808 ). During its Golden age in the 16 th century, it had one of the most significant shopkeeper naval fleets in the world, with consulates in more than 50 foreign ports. Today, tourists come here for leisure , not to sell. The central derive is the charming pedestrian-only old township, packed with upper-class palazzi and stylish Baroque churches, contains a number of sturdy medieval fortifications.
Where to bide 
Hotel Excelsior
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With art nouveau splendours rowing a swerve of the Danube, Budapest predicts genteel woo. While the fin-de-siecle facades, old-hat coffeehouse and polished baths politely embroil you off your feet, the tracings of Goulash communism and the city’s fascinating modern history contribute spice. Budapest is an easy metropolitan to navigate, with the river at its centre. Cross a bridge to the west and you’re in Buda, the leafy mountain hiding natural hot springs and crowned with a palace that provide panoramas down to the scene-stealing gothic parliament building on the far riverbank. Behind this really is Pest, the eastern metropolitan, merged with Buda in 1873, where you’ll find attractive streets and the Jewish quarter.
Where to bide 
Brody House
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Czech Republic 
It’s easy to forget, simply 20 times on, that Czechoslovakia emerged from the fall of the Iron Curtain with a once-jailed dissident as chairman, inspiring “the worlds”. Especially with Prague’s current look: sparkle software company offices, glitzy mode patronizes, scads of skinny prototype sorts moving in and out- often with young, baffled business categories in haul- all constricted in amongst the fabulously restored Baroque architecture and cobbled corridors of Old Town. But the compact city of 1.2 million, divided by the picturesque green river and linked by stone connections, has always been about not just fact but opportunity.
Where to remain 
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The Danish capital’s compact dimensions are perfect for exploration on two paws( or two rotations ). The car has almost no right of way on its more central cobbled streets, which wind past copper spires, stylish modernist civic builds and quirky shops to chocolate-box harbourside vistas. Unsurprisingly for a town with 1,000 years of royal biography, it does well on the castles-and-palaces-per-square-inch tally. It also offers a amazingly rich and diverse mixture of other culture magnetisms, including excellent museums, fine structure and interiors, extended European and Islamic art collectings and a thriving mode panorama that has launched various decorators internationally.
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Nimb Hotel
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The Irish capital is mobbed with retraces of a tumultuous past, and yet the city wears the weight of this story relatively softly. Come here for Georgian architectural elegance, a still robust pub culture, some amazing museums and galleries, an attractive coast location- and an evident mode with statements, reflected in the city’s designation as a Unesco City of Literature. And come here to eat well very: in the past, Dublin may not have been known for its nutrient culture, but increasingly today it’s possible to sample excellent local develop and suck a beaker of terrific coffee as well as the conventional jug of stout.
Where to stand 
O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green Hotel
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A city that attractiveness and persuasions from scratch, but even more the longer you stay. Whether for fast-track excursion or slow-paced sightseeing, and regardless of how many times you’ve been before, there’s a apparently never-ending opulence of things to do and see throughout the year. It’s also both culturally and musically one of the richest cities in the world, and has a good, lively mix of refrigerate cafes and rails, galleries, shops and street markets.
Where to abide 
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
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Home to around half of Iceland’s 300,000 dwellers, Reykjavik packs a culture pierce bigger than some European capitals three times its size. Although in some ways still a fishing village, with ocean and mountains almost always visible, it’s an incredibly cosmopolitan and creative one, with abundant dining, browse and nightlife options and museums and galleries galore. From experiencing a reveal at the stunning Harpa concert venue, admiring the Northern Lights or joining the locals in a red-hot consortium, the city is awash with unique experiences.
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Hotel Borg
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One of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, it’s romantic and reasonably, with canals, cobbles, and gabled rooms. It’s also small-minded: they are able to saunter from one side of the egg-shaped and nearly car-free centre to the other in half an hour. And it’s thrust full of museums, good eateries, atmospheric bars and cafes, and alluring chocolate shops- Bruges apparently has 47 chocolate makers.
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Guesthouse Bonifacius
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While it may not have Scandinavia’s most scenic drama( Norway does a better path in Fjords ), if you exclusively choose one Scandinavian country to visit, there’s an statement for manufacturing it Sweden. The graceful patchwork of Stockholm’s island territories stitched together by bridges and shuttles, its bobbing quayside boats and elegant palaces commit it an irresistible temptation. Several dozen museums, galleries castlings and palaces vie for the visitor’s notice, centred on Gamla Stan, the city’s middle, together with neighbouring Djurgarden.
Where to abide 
Ett Hem
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St Petersburg 
Visit St Petersburg to discover first-hand the former Russian uppercase whose strange White Nighttime and gale canals stimulated such literary monstrous as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nikolai Gogol. Saint petersburg has interpreted more revolution, war and political plot in its 350 years or so than other municipalities evidence in a millennium. This history is apparent at every turn, from the Aurora warship that signalled the commencement of the Bolshevik Revolution to the many remembers of the 900 -day Nazi siege of the city.
Where to stay 
Hotel Astoria
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There can be few more cosmopolitan municipalities on ground in the early 21 century and beings pour in from across the world to inspect, study or live. Colossal infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, King’s Cross-St Pancras and the Embassy Quarter and Battersea Power Station programmes south of the river, are transforming the skyline. Rooms such as the British Museum, the Royal National Theatre and both Tate galleries are expanding. The assortment of eateries, bars, theaters, boasts, pop-ups, concert arts and large-scale contests is astounding. Right here, right now, London is somewhere you have to be.
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Ham Yard Hotel
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It is not difficult to understand how neighbourhood boy Robert Louis Stevenson came to write Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, growing up as he did in a town of such amazing potpourrus. From the history-soaked medieval tenements, vennels and wynds of the Old Town to the sweeping gentility of the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh deserves its honour as one of the most beautiful and compelling metropolitans in the world. Easy to get around by bus, Edinburgh is built on a human magnitude. This is a city that refunds close inspection so best available channel to get to know it is on foot. There are amazing scenes, concealed quadrangles, secret gardens and stupefying architectural details to be discovered almost everywhere you look.
Where to remain 
The Witchery by the Castle
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