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10 European Cities For a Weekend Escape

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

Sometimes all we can squeeze out of our busy lives is a weekend escape. If you’re looking to sneak in a few days of vacation fun, or maybe you’re tacking on a few extra days at the end of a longer trip, these ten city escapes are perfect to keep you busy for a few days. Let’s take a look.

What Makes A Good Weekend Escape

When planning a good weekend escape, balance is key. Your weekend is a time to rest and relax from the craziness of your work week. You want a destination that can keep you entertained all weekend, but isn’t too big you feel like you can’t see everything. Still, you’ll also want somewhere that offers relaxation opportunities so you can go home feeling energized and ready to get back to your daily work routine. With that in mind, we found ten amazing European cities perfect for a weekend getaway.

Jessi's Journey smiling in Venice
Jet off on an exciting weekend adventure in Europe!

Dublin, Ireland

You’ve worked hard, so now it’s time to play hard. Head to Dublin for some pints and a little luck of the Irish. There are plenty of cool sites to explore within Dublin like the Guinness Storehouse Museum and the Kilmainham Gaol Prison. Plus, it is easy to grab a tour to other cute little spots close by like the Cliffs of Moher or Galway.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This stunning seaside town is the perfect city escape for someone looking for a destination rich in cultural history, clear blue waters to swim in and of course fun places to party. Croatia can get pricey, which makes it the perfect destination for a few days on a weekend escape.

Pro Tip: Grab your gals for the ultimate girls trip adventure to one of the Best Spots For A Girls Trip.

Jessi's Journey posing in Dubrovnik Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia makes for the perfect weekend adventure!

Prague, Czech Republic

Spend the night drinking on the cheap and explore castles during the day. Prague is a fairytale spot come to life. With tons to see and explore, you’ll be wanting to come back after your weekend for a longer visit.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Whether you want a chill weekend away or a raging party weekend, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Bike about the canals and stop in a coffee shop for some weekend relaxation or hit the club scene to dance the night away.

Pro Tip: Want to take your girlfriends on a fun adventure? We found the Best Spots for a Girls Trip.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is full of rich cultural history that can easily keep you busy for a weekend. Perfect for history buffs, Berlin makes for a great weekend escape. Additionally, if you love to party, there is no better place to be than Berlin.

Sunset in Berlin, Germany
Buzz about Berlin on a weekend adventure!

Bordeaux, France

Just a two hour train ride from Paris sits the wine capital of the world. For wine lovers, visiting Bordeaux is a must. With plenty of chateaus to explore within the city (all accessible by public transportation) and neighboring regions that make up the greater area of Bordeaux (like St. Emilion, Margaux and Sauternes) that you can get to on train, Bordeaux is the perfect weekend escape to waltz through vineyards and relax with a glass of wine in your hand.

Pro Tip: Catch a short flight from Bordeaux to Nice to enjoy these Best Day Trip Adventures in the South of France.

Florence, Italy

Once you go to Italy one time, you’ll be dreaming of when you can return again. While you could easily spend weeks exploring all of what Florence has to offer, this bustling art city is sure to keep you entertained and well fed all weekend.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen makes for the perfect destination for a two or three day visit. With everything easily accessible by foot, this Nordic city will surely win your heart over. Visit the picturesque Nyhavn canal, search for the Little Mermaid statue, and visit castles sprinkled about the city.

Pro Tip: Be prepared for anything on your adventure by avoiding these Common Travel Planning Mistakes.

Nyhavn canal in Copenhagen
Walk about Copenhagen, Denmark on a weekend adventure.

Edinburgh, Scotland

If you want to feel like you’ve walked onto the set of Harry Potter, Edinburgh is the perfect destination. This quaint Medieval town is full of stunning winding streets you could easily spend hours getting lost in. Grab a pint to fuel your adventures and stroll down the Royal Mile.

Barcelona, Spain

For art lovers, beach seekers, history buffs and more, Barcelona is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway. Stroll through Parc Guell, explore Sagrada Familia and more. Relax on the beach or do a tapas tour to fill your belly.


Vacation time is precious, so if you can only spare a few days for a weekend escape you’ll want it to be full of fun filled adventures. From Dublin to Dubrovnik, these city escapes are perfect for weekend adventures! All you have to do is get booking!

Where do you want to go on a weekend adventure? Tell us in the comments below!


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