Our top 3 city breaks this autumn
It’s only mid-September, but if your summer holiday already feels like a distant memory, perhaps it’s time to book another getaway!
Or maybe you’re holding back on an expensive long haul trip, preferring a short stop-over somewhere?
If that’s music to your ears, then a city break may well be for you. With plenty of destinations on our door step – it’s nearly impossible to choose one! Well you’re in luck – as our team have picked their top city break destinations.
Vienna is not only Austria’s historic capital, it’s also the 7th largest city in the EU and the city centre itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Why you'll love it
If you’re an art and architecture lover – then this is the place for you. The Belvedere is a beautiful building that has 2 baroque palaces and an art gallery which includes some famous works of art including Klimt’s “The Kiss”.
But for the thrill seeker in you – pay a visit to the world’s oldest amusement park - the Prater Park, which also contains the oldest operating ferris wheel.
But there’s so much more! From the enormous market, Naschmarkt, which sells food from all over the world to the Schönbrunn Palace with Europe’s oldest zoo and some amazing gardens.
Don’t worry, the public transport system is great – so you can whizz around the city with ease.
Only a hop, skip or quick drive – Edinburgh is easily accessible either by road, plane or train. From the airport, there’s a short tram ride into the city centre. If you get off at Princes Street, you’ll be greeted by the impressive castle, sat on top of the volcanic Castle Rock!
Why you'll love it
All within a stone’s throw from each other, you can explore Edinburgh’s maze of side streets, as well as the plentiful architecture, squares, and tourists attractions.
Each year, Edinburgh’s host to the world’s largest annual international arts festival. Running for almost all of August, you’ll find something for everyone – from musical performances, to theatre, street performance and of course – comedy! Find out more here.
The range of food on offer equals the range of shows to see! There’s plenty of typical Scottish offerings – but here’s a few of our picks
- Cafe Andaluz – for vibrant atmosphere and fantastic tapas!
- Dusit – a modern Thai restaurant with generous portions!
- Oink – for a quick tasty treat on the go – Oink has a chain of outlets across the city offering arguably the best pulled pork sandwiches!
Edinburgh is famed for its haunted....well...haunts. Why not try a quirky ghost bus tour....if you dare!
Toni, Cat, Lucy, Micki & Jemma: Amsterdam
So much more than windmills and clogs – Amsterdam has a wealth of attractions on offer, no matter what floats your canal boat. In fact, 5 of the DuoBoots team have made the trip and come back with their highlights...
Why you'll love it
Supperclub is a restaurant, gallery, bar and club all in one. For €69 you’ll enjoy a 5 course set menu within some pretty unique surroundings. You’ll be eating, drinking and watching the entertainment from a crisp white bed! Amazing acts of all kinds create drama, music and art for you to enjoy and participate in. Fab!
Cat: The Museums
The museums in Amsterdam are truly awe inspiring. You can fit a lot in a day or two, enjoying everything from Old Masters to the most avant-garde of modern and everything in between. You’ll return home brimming with culture...
Here are some of the must sees:
Micki: Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt)
The smells and colours that greet you are overwhelming. The market is mostly for locals, but it’s also very popular with tourists because of the wonderful variety of flora on sale. Part of the market is floating which is also fun. Take care to check what you can take home though – the merchants are generally helpful with this.
Lucy: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
The zoo is amazing - with water often used as barriers rather than cages or fences. You will find giraffes, monkeys, birds, gorillas, elephants and zebras as well as an aquarium and an insect house, Micropia which is amazing – really interactive. The butterfly house and planetarium are fantastic and the buildings and gardens really beautiful.
Jemma: The 9 Streets
I love this shopping area in the picturesque canal neighbourhood. It is full of vintage and designer boutiques and bustling bars and cafes. I can spend hours wandering here and empty my purse quite easily as there is so much I would love to buy. A shopper’s paradise...
Stockholm is a beautiful city for a break and only 2 hours 30 mins flight from London. Visit in December - January for the picturesque Nordic winter; frozen waters, pretty Swedish architecture and snow covered streets. Just don’t forget to pack plenty of layers!
Why you'll love it
Gamla Stan is the Medieval city centre and a must-see for its narrow cobbled streets and lovely restaurants. Try Hermitage, for the healthiest all-you-can eat buffet you'll find anywhere - reasonably priced, delicious vegan food.
If you're looking to sample traditional Swedish cuisine, head to Tradition in Gamla Stan for a classic Swedish menu with a modern twist; a great place to try gravlax, meatballs and cloudberries!
If you're a fan, the ABBA museum is a must! Sing and dance on stage with the group, appear in their videos and take part in the Eurovision quiz. Lots of original memorabilia, this interactive museum is a must-see!
On the other end of the scale, if opera is more your thing, head to the Kungliga Operan (Royal Opera House); the venue is stunning!
If you love to shop, stroll around the Södermalm district; sample Swedish fashion with plenty of independent boutiques to explore, vintage finds and experience its many trendy bars and cafés.