Lloyd and I always seek a way to try to travel as often as possible whilst still working and studying. Well, this meant we had to be savvy with our free time, so looking for the very best weekend trips in Europe was essential. 

This is perfect if you’re working full-time because weekend travel requires you to use ZERO holiday days. Well, unless you fancy tagging on an extra few days; which is justifiable. 

This is exactly why we wanted to share some of the best weekend trips in Europe that’ll sort out any wanderlust feelings you might have.

Plus, under each of the 25 different places, we’ve popped a link to a dedicated post on that very place. This all means you can get the full low-down on each spot without having to miss any of the weekend spots! 

25 Perfect Weekend Getaways In Europe

Take a look, below, at some of the best weekend trips in Europe to enjoy. Have the best time! 

1.) London, UK

London is always an easy win as there’s always so much to do whilst you’re in buzzing London town. 

There are lots of places with the best views, some amazing and unique restaurants to visit, not to mention the best bars and secret spots you definitely have to see.

Oh, and that’s before we’ve even got to the most stunning London palaces and all the best areas in London, too. 

Read more: Best areas of London to explore

2.) Cinque Terre, Italy

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One of the most colourful places to visit in Italy, Cinque Terre is an amazingly picturesque place to spend a lovely and relaxing weekend in.

Unless you like to hike of course in which case, you’re going to the right place anyway.

Here’s a complete guide on Cinque Terre and some photos from the 5 towns; Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.

Read more: Best things to do in Cinque Terre

3.) Paris, France

Paris as a city is another easy win though my favourite time to visit Paris is definitely in the summer. It is one of the best weekend trips in Europe if you love a city break. 

Summer in mainland Europe always seems a lot nicer and there are so many outdoor festivities, picnics and dinners just waiting to be had.

Do check out these free things to do in Paris, dine in these restaurants with the best views in Paris, see these essential sights in Paris and have a little fun searching for these secret spots in Paris.

Read more: Best markets in Paris to visit

4.) Split, Croatia

Not only is Split an amazing city to visit (make sure you check out Diocletian’s Palace, especially if you’re a Game of Thrones fan), but it’s also quite close to beautiful islands like Solta and lovely seaside towns like the Markaska Riviera.

We’ve also got an action-packed itinerary to help you plan what to do when you visit Croatia in general.

Read more: Best places in Croatia to visit

5.) Gothenburg, Sweden

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This laid-back Swedish city packs a lot of fun for a weekend away.

You could always plan everything out though, in our experience, this is one of those cities where you’re best throwing caution to the wind and playing the weekend by ear.

If you have a bit more time, step away from the city and check out some of the gorgeous neighbouring towns.

Read more: Best things to do in Stockholm

6.) Budapest, Hungary

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There’s so much to do here during the day and at night through one of the best parts about visiting this city is how affordable it is. It is one of the best weekend trips in Europe, and much cheaper than cities like London or Paris, too. 

Affordability is relative of course but Budapest is unique in that the affordability doesn’t come at the cost of a lack of exciting things to see, do and eat in the city.

It’s one of the cities where luxury hotels are a lot more attainable and you can splash out a lot more on.

Read more: Best things to do in Budapest

7.) Florence, Italy

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My love for Florence has been stated time and time again.

With lots of sights to see, an abundance of amazing restaurants and stunning places with amazing views.

It’s probably easy to see why a weekend away in Florence is just what you need.

Read more: Best things to do in Florence

8.) Venice, Italy

Venice is one of those cities where even if you’re the most cynical people in the world, you won’t be able to help but fall prey to Venice’s romantic charm.

The beautiful side streets, gondola rides and Venetian architecture are just incredible to see and experience when you visit. Although a weekend here will leave you wanting to come back, you can cover most of the sights here in a weekend.

Do check out our complete guide to all the sights in Venice to help you plan your trip. Venice is easily one of the best weekend trips in Europe, especially as it’s a unique water city! 

Read more: Best things to do in Venice

9.) Edinburgh, Scotland

Without a doubt, the very best time to visit Edinburgh is during the annual Fringe Festival. It’s also one of the most expensive times to visit but this month with lots of free stuff to do in the city, things tend to balance themselves out.

The fringe festival is a month-long festival with visitors from all over the world and the energy in Edinburgh is pretty electric. Edinburgh also has lots of great bars, restaurants and a whole host of amazing experiences just waiting to be had.

Read more: Best things to do in Edinburgh

10.) Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is one of those compact cities that is easy to explore in a weekend however you leave feeling like there’s so much more to see (and you would be right about that too).

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It’s amazing and one of the best weekend trips in Europe that we loved! 

Read more: Best things to do in Copenhagen


11.) Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s home city is famed all around the world and lives up to the hype.

There’s no other city in Spain quite like it and with its amazing sights to see, a wealth of exciting restaurants to eat in an uber-cool vibe, a weekend in Barcelona is one that definitely feels like a good choice to make.

Read more: Best free things to do in Barcelona

12.) Porto, Portugal

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Porto is synonymous with good wine, delicious food and a weekend getaway where you can take in some real Portuguese charm at a leisurely pace.

It’s also a very colourful city and an amazing place to visit for a couple of days (or even longer). It’s one of the best weekend trips in Europe that you can easily partner with a trip down Portugal’s dramatic coastline, too. 

Read more: Best things to do in Porto

13.) Oslo, Norway

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This Norwegian city is definitely a fascinating city to visit though it’s also an amazing place to go to when you want to see the fjords of Norway as the train system here is pretty much on point and you’re no more than a couple of hours away at most from a stunning fjord.

There’s also a lot to see and do in the city of course but Norway’s true charm lies in how cities and nature seem very intertwined.

Read more: Best things to do in Oslo

14.) Prague, Czech Republic

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Easily considered a beautiful and one of the most charming cities in Europe, Prague has a wealth of sights to see and free stuff to get up to that will keep you busy all weekend long.

We loved it! 

Read more: Best things to do in Prague


15.) Flam, Norway

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Flam is a gateway to three amazing fjords (which you can take a fjord safari through) and although there’s not really much in Flam, it’s the perfect spot for a nice and relaxing weekend getaway.

The train ride here is also pretty epic by the way and one of the best train journeys in the world.

Read more: Best things to do in Norway

16.) Nimes, France

This city in the South of France looks like it’s straight out of Rome (or somewhere equally as grand in Italy).

It’s got a strong Roman heritage (complete with Colosseum) and some of the best creme brulee you’ve ever tasted.

Read more: Best things to do in Nimes

17.) Berlin, Germany

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I’ll just come out and say it, a weekend in Berlin is not nearly enough time to explore the city but this is not a bad thing. Visiting for a weekend and feeling like coming back is always a good thing when it comes to cities like Berlin.

The city is exciting and ever-evolving and even my friends from Berlin feel like there are still so many parts of the city they haven’t discovered yet so you won’t be alone in feeling that way.

Oh yeah, don’t forget about Potsdam too.

Read more: Best places to see in Berlin

18.) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam is easily the one city we’ve visited the most, out of all the cities in the world and with good reason too.

Every visit to Amsterdam exposes a new part of the city and new ways to explore the city we’ve just leaned into this vibe now and have our next two trips to the city already planned.

What does this mean for you? Even if you have been to Amsterdam, a trip back is pretty much guaranteed to be fun-filled!

Read more: Best things to see in Amsterdam

19.) Reykjavik, Iceland

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Even in winter, Reykjavik is a colourful city and although it feels like you don’t need much more than a day to spend in the city, Reykjavik’s greatest appeal stretches far beyond the city.

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Its appeal lies in all the amazing natural wonders surrounding the city and just waiting for you to explore. There are so many amazing places in Iceland to see. So, we’ve put together a 1-week itinerary to help you get started with your trip to Iceland. 

Oh and don’t forget the food. Icelandic food is pretty great. We ended up eating so much all across the country.

Read more: Best things to do in Iceland

20.) Lisbon, Portugal

Forget a weekend – Lisbon is a city I’d happily move to for months on end and with good reason too.

The city is fun, has amazing food (yes, I keep talking about food but it’s an important part of travel) and is quite easy to spend an amazing weekend in.

Also, for some epic things to see, check into these gorgeous spots in Lisbon, it’s the perfect place to chill whilst on the best weekend trips in Europe. So lovely. 

Read more: Best things to do in Lisbon

21.) Brussels, Belgium

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Even if it’s just for the chocolate and waffles, you’ve got to take a weekend trip to Brussels.

Of course, there’s so much more to see and do here but I honestly won’t judge you if you wanna visit just for those two reasons. 

Read more: Best things to do in Brussels

22.) Cotswolds, England

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The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in the UK and every time we return, this only serves to re-affirm what we already knew.

There are so many quaint English villages to see here which just makes the list of reasons to visit the Cotswolds grow larger and larger. You’ll have the best time and easily one of the best weekend trips in Europe if you’ve got a car to dart around the area in. 

Read more: Best places in the Cotswolds to visit

23.) The Hebrides (Scotland), UK

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A weekend here is all about getting lost in nature and far-often rarely-seen rural British life.

The Hebrides are unlike anywhere else you can visit in the UK and are an eye-opener when it comes to how amazing and beautiful Scotland truly is.

Read more: Best places in the Highlands to visit

24.) San Sebastian, Spain

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This Basque Country city is a true gem in Spain and although it’s one of the most expensive places to visit in Spain, a trip here is most certainly worth it.

When you’re here, you can pop down to the gorgeous beach, try pintxos at every restaurant/bar possible and have a generally great time just ambling around the city. 

If you’re planning a bigger trip around the Basque country (including San Sebastian), then do check out this 4-day travel plan to help you get started.

Read more: Best things to do in San Sebastian

25.) Istanbul, Turkey

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Although Turkey is technically in Europe and in Asia, Istanbul is still a worthy addition to the list of cities worth visiting for a weekend as it is exciting, vibrant and full of character.

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There are lots of great experiences you can have here though do check out the FCO website before you visit.

Read more: Best things to do in Istanbul

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