4 best weekend getaways in Europe

Ready to book some time out? 

If you’re planning ahead and booking for the summer, there are so many incredible destinations to discover in a weekend. Whether you’re hoping for an action-packed family getaway or a romantic retreat for two, we’ve got you. 

From bustling city streets to charming villages and towering mountains, there’s an immense variety of destinations across the continent. Before you get started, it’s worth knowing some of the best spots for weekend breaks. 


Top 4 best destinations in Europe for a weekend break

  • Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm makes a wonderful choice for a weekend city break. 

Immerse yourself in Nordic culture with incredible attractions, freshly brewed coffee, and quaint, colourful buildings all around you. There’s no bad time to visit Stockholm, but there’s a certain magic in frost and snow. The famous red and yellow houses in the main square, Stortorget, stand pretty for pictures.

On Kungliga Djurgården, ancient royal grounds coexist with modern attractions, including the ABBA Museum and the home of Vasa, Stockholm’s beautifully preserved warship.

  • Paris, France

Synonymous with romance in popular culture, Paris makes the perfect weekend getaway for two. Charming cherry blossom, elegant architecture and sprawling green parks provide the perfect setting for a city rich in artistic culture and literary history. 

Paris boasts unparalleled and omnipresent romantic charm. On a weekend break, couples can indulge in fine dining, luxury shopping, and local delicacies in Michelin-starred restaurants.

Children can have an amazing time in Paris, too. The city is home to the only Disneyland in Europe, located under an hour by car from the city centre. Of course, it’s also possible to reach Disneyland Paris by train directly, so you can leave the car at home.

  • Venice, Italy

If you’re looking for a relaxing break, look no further than Venice. This ancient city is famed for its waterways, which define its history. As a collection of tiny islands liked with bridges and walkways, Venice is unlike any other city in Europe. 

Cars aren’t allowed in the city, so you’ll need to get around on boats or water taxis. Let the hours pass by as you sit back and cruise along the canals, or book expert Italy tours to experience Venice just like the locals. Pretty passageways provide the perfect playground to simply wander around and get lost!

Our tip: You should never go to Italy without diving into some fresh, locally made pasta. Make sure you check out the best restaurants to get booked in and keep the foodies happy.

  • Edinburgh, Scotland 

Lastly, if you’re not looking for an extravagant break – or you’d rather just avoid the airport before your weekend away – this Scottish gem promises a wealth of opportunities. 

For those who love culture and the literary arts, visiting during August is the most natural choice. Throughout the month, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe brings artists, actors, poets and dancers to the city to share material and share inspiration too. There’s plenty to see and discover for adults and children alike.

Even through the cooler months, Edinburgh makes a quaint and peaceful visit for families and couples. Enjoy a walk to the top of Arthur’s Seat, or simply sit back in some classic pubs. The choice is yours.