With 2020 coming up, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution: travel more, spend less! City breaks offer the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway that’s easy on your wallet and your limited annual leave days. Every year Which? polls their members to find out which city breaks top the list in categories like accommodation, eating and drinking options, and culture. Here are some of their top city break destinations and why you should add them to your 2020 travel itinerary:
1. Kraków, Poland
One of Poland’s oldest cities, Krakow has the perfect blend of historical sights, delicious local cuisine and picturesque European plazas, all for an unbeatable price. Visit the medieval castle, sample your way through pierogi, smoked sausage and Polish beer, and people-watch in the main square. If you’re looking for the ultimate cheap city break, Krakow should be top of your list.
2. Seville, Spain
Sunny Seville, with its warm weather, excellent food and colourful narrow streets, is the perfect place for a Spanish city break. Far from the crowds in Barcelona and the big city racket of Madrid, Seville is small enough to feel the local touch in everything you do and large enough that you’ll never be bored. Spend the morning touring the sprawling gardens of the Real Alcazar and cool off in the late afternoon with tapas and a cold drink in the shade of a plaza.
3. Berlin, Germany
Berlin may be known for its superior Christmas Markets, but the city bursts to life in summer. As locals shake off the winter cold, beer gardens open their doors and outdoor cafes flourish. Berlin’s storied past and ultracool vibe of the present means travelers can mix visits to historic sights like the remnants of the Berlin Wall with long nights of partying in open-air clubs. You won’t find a better balance for a summer city break than a trip to this cultural mecca.
4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Eco-friendly travelers rejoice — Amsterdam is not only a great choice for a weekend away, but is also one of the best city breaks by train. Once you're there, keep the green travel going by renting a bike to better explore the tree-lined canals and narrow alleyways dotted with cute cafes. Those with an artistic eye will be spoiled for choice—while Amsterdam may have acquired a rep for x-rated partying, museums like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are the real draw of the city.
5. Budapest, Hungary
Looking for a little R&R? Budapest is the best European city for a spa break. Choose from a number of thermal baths, fed by the hot springs beneath the city, like the enormous Szechenyi baths. Hop from pool to pool, taking a rest for a cold drink, and you can easily spend the entire day letting your stress melt away. Once you’ve had your fill of soaking in the baths, treat yourself (a little more) with a beautifully flaky Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, covered in cinnamon and sugar.