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10 Very Best Cities in Europe for a Three-Night Break

10 Very Best Cities in Europe for a Three-Night Break

Travellers can visit some of the best city breaks in Europe on a three-night short break from the UK. A day, a weekend or slightly longer will allow you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of some of the best cities in Europe.

I have been fortunate to have had European city breaks in all the destinations in this post and have enjoyed every one of them. Each destination offers something unique, from the canals of Venice and dragon statues of Ljubljana to the glitz and glamour of Monaco.

So let’s find my favourite Top 10 Europe City Break Destinations to see whether they could also become yours.

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10 Top European Destinations to Visit for a Three-Night Stay

Venice, Italy

Venice is everything you could imagine it to be and more and is my favourite Europe city break. One of the most beautiful, fully pedestrianised towns in the world, you will never have to worry about traffic. Wander alongside the canals, admire the architecture and feast on pizza, vino and gelato.

Watch the gondoliers glide along the waterways with their passengers and immerse yourself in the romance of this fairytale city on the water.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Perfect Venice 3-Night Itinerary Guide.

A venice canal with a gondola parked up

Seville, Spain

Seville is alive with history and culture, and as you wander the cobbled streets, you can feel the passion beneath your feet. The home to tapas, flamenco and fiestas, it is sure to impress the eager visitor with its charm.  

Being the capital heritage centre of Andalusia means there are so many unique things to do in Seville, making it one of the best cities in Europe for a weekend break.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Please find out more in my blog post:  The Perfect Seville 3-Night Itinerary Guide.

Plaza de Espana bridge across the water

Ljubljana, Slovenia

With cobbled streets and bridges guarded by dragons, Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, is a charming place for a Europe city break.

I must admit I initially didn’t know where it was, but after researching that it had a fairytale castle, medieval streets and cute cafes, I just knew that Ljubliana would be one of the most intriguing European city breaks to discover.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 5 mins.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Perfect Ljubljana 3-night Itinerary Guide.

View of a river running through Ljubljana, one of the cities in Europe for a short break

Prague, Czech Republic

A break to Prague will offer you a packed itinerary from dusk until dawn. Stroll across the historic Charles Bridge that spans the river and find yourself in the medieval streets of the Lesser quarter. Stop at a bohemian cafe for coffee and a chimney cake.

Climb the steep stone stairs to reach the castle and gardens and spend some time unravelling its secrets. Head back to the Old Town square and marvel at the astronomical clock, and explore the Jewish Quarter to discover more about the history of Prague.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Perfect Prague 3-Night Itinerary Guide

View of Prague castle and river, one of the ancient cities in Europe

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the old walled cities in Europe is Dubrovnik, a beautiful destination with its terracotta roofs and narrow streets offering the visitor a glimpse into its colourful past. Walk the ramparts or head to the island of Lokrum, where peacocks roam freely.

Enjoy a meal in one of the many fabulous cafes dotted around the walled city and take the cable car up to the top of the mountain for a spectacular lookout.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Please find out more in my blog post: 5 Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik.

Rooftops of Dubrovnik

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is one of the perfect cities in Europe to visit for a 3-night break. A picturesque destination with plenty to see and do, Bruges offers pedestrian-friendly streets, beautiful waterways and medieval architecture.

Chocolate shops, waffles and beer tastings are a bonus for food lovers who will find that every turn will take them to gastronomy heaven.

Flight time from the UK is 1 hour 10 minutes to Brussels, then Bruges is 60 miles away and can be reached by train.

Eurostar from St Pancras to Bruges takes 4 hours with a change in Brussels.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Perfect Bruges 3-Night Itinerary Guide.

Medieval houses and river in Bruges


Monaco is a unique destination being the second smallest country in the world, the first being Vatican City. Prince Albert II of the Royal Family Grimaldi is Monaco’s ruler. 

If you love glitz and glamour and are curious to see the wealth on display courtesy of the yachts, supercars and fashion, then you will enjoy one incredible day in Monaco.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Nice and Monaco are two cities in Europe that can be explored on a short break due to their proximity.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Best Monaco One Day Itinerary

Monaco city and harbour with yachts

Porto, Portugal

Porto is one of the most stunning destinations in Portugal and is the hub for the famous port wine cellars of the region. Joining a tasting tour around them is a must when in the city. Discover cobbled streets and elaborate churches and boat trips on the Duoro River during your stay. Visit the Livraria Lello, the bookshop made famous by J.K.Rowling.

One of the best European city breaks for foodies is Porto. Indulge in the traditional Portuguese custard tarts, and if you have a hearty appetite, the Francesinha sandwich, maybe once tried, never repeated!

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Please find out more in my blog post: The Perfect Porto 3-nights Itinerary Guide.


Nice is a fabulous place to visit on the French Riviera. The famous 7km seafront walkway, La Promenade des Anglais, is perfect for beachside strolls past cafes, restaurants and luxury hotels.

The old town offers a step into the past with colourful buildings, narrow cobbled streets and artisan shops. Take time to explore the markets and churches and lose yourself in the historic streets that weave around the town.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours.

Please find out more in my blog post: What to do in Nice, France in 24 hours.

A city break in Nice town and beach viewed from above

Budapest, Hungary

You will get the best of both worlds when you head to Budapest. The old town of Buda old town and the newer cosmopolitan side of Pest are separated by the River Danube. Discover the Unesco area of Buda with its castle and medieval streets, one of the prettiest districts.

Take a cruise along the Danube to see Budapest from the water. Explore Pest with its quirky bars and head to the famous New York Cafe for cake and coffee, and then escape to the spa baths just outside the city. Budapest has so much to offer for a short European city break.

Flight time from the UK is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Please find out more in my blog post: How to Spend Three Days in Budapest

A view of Budapest parliament and the Danube river

Useful information about how to get to the best cities in Europe

Flights to Europe

All my flights were booked with Easyjet flights from London Gatwick Airport.

By choosing a flight that leaves at lunchtime means you will arrive by late afternoon. This will give you plenty of time to drop your bags off at your hotel and start exploring your destination. It also means you haven’t had to rise at the crack of dawn to catch your flight!

For your return flight, Choose the latest evening flight back to the UK. This will give you a full last day to explore the city.

Hotels in Europe

All the hotels in these featured countries were booked independently by me through It is a great site to use, as you can cancel up to 24 hours before arriving with no penalty.

Package Weekend Breaks

If you prefer package holidays where flights and hotels are arranged for you, Easyjet Holidays travel to all these destinations and sell excellent 3-night breaks suitable for all budgets.


As you will only need to pack light for a short break to Europe, you can save money on paying extra for hold luggage

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Jay Artale

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

We missed out on our trip to Bruges .. it's been on my list for so long, and we were making our way up from France to go and spend three days there, but then our plans went awry ... I didn't realised that you could get there from the UK on the Eurostar, now that would be a great way to travel there. As I get older, I'm liking train travel a lot better than flying.


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Hopefully next year you will be able to get to Bruges. It is very easy by Eurostar.


Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Oh I would love to Seville, Spain and go for a weekend in Monaco, and we have actually talked about both of them, but we never really came around to it!


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Great list & there are still a couple I need to check out. You picked some truly beautiful cities here & it just emphasises how lucky we are in the UK to be so close. Looking forward to when I can now discover Ljubljana & Monaco...fingers crossed not too long.


Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Good choices Sue. Both offering very different experiences and both completely wonderful in their own right.

Emily Young

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Love this list! Can't wait to visit some of these cities this year :) Thank you for sharing!


Thursday 5th of March 2020

Glad you liked it. Hope you enjoy your trip.

Jenn | By land and sea

Thursday 6th of February 2020

We have visited a few of these spots ourselves. I think it must be so fantastic to live within good proximity of these beautiful places!!


Friday 7th of February 2020

Yes I am lucky to be able to get to most of Europe in a few hours