If you live in Europe and want to visit a city for a weekend, you’ll have numerous options. Although I do like to spend as much time as possible in each city I visit, there are some places that provide everything you need for a couple days. In this article, I’ll tell you all about three places for a quick European getaway!
First on the list: Prague. The Czech capital is one of the cheapest one to fly to and is small enough to be discovered in a weekend. Although you might need some extra days to explore everything it has to offer, a couple days will be enough to give you a feeling of the city. Since Prague is a very cheap city, you don’t have to worry about spending too much money on food and sights. You’ll also find a lot of cheap souvenirs on little markets, so keep an eye open for those!
Most people know Prague for its famous Charles Bridge. This is definitely a must-do when you’re in the city, so go ahead and take a stroll on the majestic bridge. One of my favorite places in the city, is the Wallenstein Garden (pictured above). This baroque garden is absolutely stunning and is ideal to get away from the busy city centre!
Riga: a winter destination
Another city that is worth a few days of your time, is Riga. The Latvian capital is maybe a less popular destination, but should definitely be on your list. Just like Prague, it is a rather cheap destination to fly to. I’ve spent two days in the city (from Friday evening until Sunday evening), which gave me enough time to explore the old city centre.
In the centre, you’ll find a lot of colorful houses. If you travel in Winter, it will be very cold (and I mean, VERY cold), but you’ll be able to enjoy the lovely Christmas market. If you want more tips on Riga, you should read this article! (And if you want to know where to find the best Instagram spots, read this article).
Some warmer recommendations
Last place on the list: Porto! Portuguese cities have always been on my to-visit list, so I was more than happy to fly to Porto last January. Although it is a southern city, it rained during our entire trip. Nevertheless, we still had loads of fun exploring the city!
Porto is large enough to spend a long weekend, but small enough to explore by foot. Three or four days will give you enough time to visit everything you want at ease. If you have the time, I’d definitely recommend visiting a winery and taste some of the delicious Port wines! I’ll discuss more tips on Porto in this article.
These were my three places for a quick European getaway! What are your favorite cities for a weekendtrip?