March is here and the long winter is behind us. It’s been a cold and dismal season, but do not fret. As the weather warms and the spring flowers pop their cheery heads out from the soil, online travel agents are rolling out their next round of amazing deals on short holidays and city breaks, from March through April and May. Book strategically and you can bag yourself a bargain getaway to one of these stunning cultural European destinations, soak up the spring in the air while sipping beer on the banks of the Amstel.
The beautiful historic capital of the Netherlands, celebrated for its great artistic heritage and famous waterways, must be one of the most popular European destinations for UK tourists seeking a cultural escape. From its galleries and museums to its winding cycle paths, this city of gabled facades is full of charm and character.
Situated just over 10 km from the airport and close to both Nieuwmarkt Metro Station and Centraal Metro Station, the Swissôtel Amsterdam offers a relaxed historic setting with all of the modern comforts you would expect of a classy urban hotel. When you stay at the Swissôtel Amsterdam you are right in the heart of the city, within easy walking distance of the Royal Palace and Dam Square, along with a range of local shopping and dining outlets.
This hotel offers an amazing range of guest facilities, from a gym and business centre to laundry services, currency exchange, 24-hour room service and even babysitting – perfect if you’ve got young kids along with you and you want to pop out for the evening. Hire a rental car or embrace the Amsterdam way of life and rent a bicycle to traverse the city and enjoy the sights.Check best price
Welcome to the classy and cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s historic Catalonia region, renowned for its astonishing art and architecture. Lovers of Gaudi will adore its modernist landmarks and Sagrada Família church, designed by the architect himself. Explore the Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró modern art museums and get lost in a city steeped in history that dates all the way back to the classical era.
Found in the popular neighbourhood of La Rambla, Hotel 1898 is just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, including the Cathedral, Casa Batlló, Plaça Sant Jaume and Palau de la Música Catalana. There are also plentiful shops, pharmacies and ATMs nearby for all your daily goods. Near to the metro stations Plaça Catalunya and Liceu, it’s a super easy base from which to get around town.
The luxury Hotel 1898 really knows how to do fancy, with its spa and massage facilities, relaxing indoor heated pool and poolside bar. When you stay here you are right in amongst the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, with panoramic views from the comfort of your hotel room balcony. Unwind in the steam room and spend your evenings wining and dining in one of Europe’s most sophisticated modern cities.Check best price
Do you recall that night in June upon the Danube River; We listened to the landler-tune, we watched the moonbeams quiver. Charles Hamilton Aide understood the beauty of a night in Budapest – Hungary’s vibrant capital. From its Old Town architecture to its famous churches and museums, the sweeping views of Budapest from Trinity Square are really something.
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is famous for being one of the best-rated hotels in the area, and a favourite with its loyal guests. A clean, grand and welcoming 5-star hotel, it serves a range of incredible food, from Hungarian and Viennese specialities to light sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine. Its ÉS Bisztró-Brasserie features a relaxed summer terrace from which to sit and enjoy a slumberous long lunch.
This hotel is the ideal choice of accommodation for guests who are in Budapest to enjoy its culture, architecture and food. On its second floor is the Kempinski Spa, which offers a range of innovative massage and body treatments to help you relax and unwind after a day’s ambling around the city. From here you are close to both the Chain Bridge and Saint Stephen’s Basilica, as well as various underground stops.Check best price
Moving east of the Danube River, we arrive at Vienna – Austria’s artistic and intellectual capital city, which bore such famous individuals as Beethoven, Mozart and Sigmund Freud. Bursting with historical and contemporary buildings, including the Imperial Palaces, Vienna is the perfect city break destination for lovers of the artist Gustav Klimt, among many others.
As such, it should come as no surprise that this beautiful historical building is our top urban accommodation pick in Vienna. A clean and tidy ex-department store hotel with a 24/7 bar, rooftop terrace and hand-picked vintage furniture, the Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna exudes a classy, modern atmosphere. Located right on the corner of Mariahilfer Straße, you are ideally situated in Vienna’s popular shopping and museums quarter. And if you forget to bring your guitar? Do not worry – there is free guitar rental available at reception. Phew.
The hotel offers a self check-in service on arrival, so there is no need to queue – you can get straight up to your room. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and fresh coffee every morning to kick off your chilled weekend in Vienna, then hop along to the nearby Westbahnhof Train and Underground Station to explore the city and see its sights.Check best price
Welcome to the City of a Hundred Spires. Hauntingly beautiful Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has much to offer the modern lover of architecture. Split by the Vltava River, visitors can take in the Old Town Square, Gothic churches and brightly coloured baroque buildings, in a city that is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in Europe.
We’d like to go out on a limb and say that if you’re visiting the city of Prague, then you should do it in as much style as your budget allows. At the Boscolo Prague right in the centre of town, you are practically draped in elegance from the moment you walk in. Enjoy your breakfast with champagne, darling – it’s how breakfast was intended. From the Boscolo Prague you are just a 10-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and close to the Old Town Square and Náměstí Republiky Metro Station, so its easy to get out and about. The staff at this hotel are some of the friendliest and most helpful you will come across anywhere – and the restaurant is something else entirely.
It’s a little pricey, but if you’re only in town for a couple of nights, then the experience is worth it. Beautiful bedrooms, a heated indoor pool, Turkish bath and secure private parking are all for you at this Czech hotel, surrounded by baroque and contemporary architecture that will have you dreaming of your return.
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Which of these spring city breaks tickles your fancy this year? Let us know what you’re looking for below, or share your experiences of any of these fantastic European destinations. We’d love to hear from you.