Archive of articles from 2012

Reykjavik

Reykjavik- On the Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Reykjavik On the Clock is anything to go by…

Tallinn in the snow

Cities that look better in the snow

While London may ground to a halt when the white stuff begins to fall and end up with piles of brown slush on the sides of the road, there are some cities that just look better in the snow, covered with a dusting of sparkling white. From the romantic spires of Tallinn, to chocolate-box Salzburg backed by the snowy white Alps - here are our favourites.

orchestra

Celebrate New Year in Viennese tradition at Barbican Hall London

Revellers can celebrate New Year with an evening of Austrian music, featuring the Johann Strauss Dancers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London.

Kids will love meeting Santa in Cork

Book a December getaway to Cork for festive fun

A winter break in December never fails to instil a little Christmas spirit, and one city that has a jam-packed festive schedule this year is Cork. There is plenty going on here throughout the month, so whenever you visit you'll have lots of choice.

hamburg

Hamburg- On the Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Hamburg on the clock is anything to go by…

Budapest, Hungary

A perfect day in Budapest

The Hungarian paprika-fuelled capital makes for a perfect short winter city break as Esme Fox discovers.

What to do in London this Christmas

Top things to do in London this Christmas

London is a fabulous destination for a pre-Christmas trip. Whether you are hoping for a relaxing weekend or planning to tackle the festive shopping, the capital has a host of wonderful attractions to make your stay memorable. Discover some of the best below.

Yorkshire, England

Holidaymakers choosing English 'staycation' rose in August

Holidaymakers choosing a ‘staycation’ trip in England rose by 13% in August as compared to 2011, according to new figures.

Paris is a delight to discover in winter

What makes Paris perfect for a short winter break?

Paris is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year, but it's a particularly wonderful destination to explore during the winter. Unlike some cities that can be dreary in the colder months, the French capital really comes alive as the nights draw in.

Boston is a charming city break destination

Boston is ideal for a short US city break

The east coast of the United States is a great destination if you're hoping to take a short city break. Although you'll discover amazing places to visit all across this part of the country, Boston is a particularly suitable location for those going away for a long weekend.

copenhagen

Copenhagen-On the Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Copenhagen on the clock is anything to go by…

christmas markets

Brits take more Christmas market trips than ever before

Figures released by the Association of British Travel Agents show a 20% increase in bookings for specialist Christmas Market packages when compared to last year.

There's lots to pack into a Marbella break

Soak up historic sights in Marbella

Marbella is one of the most popular parts of Spain to go on holiday to thanks to its short flight time from the UK, long sandy beaches and top golf courses. However, the destination is also home to some fantastic historic and cultural attractions.

Krakow

Krakow - On the clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Krakow on the clock is anything to go by…

Enjoy a luxurious stay at a hotel in Cork

Best Cork hotels for a luxury getaway

If you're planning a short break to Cork, you will no doubt want to know what the best hotels are if you're looking for a little luxury. After all, a few days off work offers the perfect chance to pamper yourself and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Mercury City Tower, Moscow

Russia reclaims 'Europe's tallest tower' title

Moscow is once again the proud home of Europe’s tallest building after the record topping Mercury-City tower was completed at the weekend.

Maastricht hosts a popular market every Christmas

Where to go for a Christmas shopping holiday

Heading away for a short break just before Christmas is the ideal way to de-stress before the big day arrives. If you're planning to travel to Europe in the near future, you can not only use the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit, but also to pick up some last-minute gifts at the festive markets.

Oslo Norway

Oslo- On the Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Oslo on the clock is anything to go by…

Gendarmenmarkt is a popular Christmas market

What the Berlin Christmas markets have in store

You might have visited the German markets that spring up across the UK in the run up to Christmas and, while these make for a pleasant day out, they pale in comparison with their authentic counterparts. If you're planning a trip to Berlin in the near future, make sure you visit at least one of these magical bazaars.

Pasta appears on many Veronese menus

Must-try food and drink in Verona

Italy is often associated with wonderful food and drink, and Verona is certainly no different. You may be surprised by how many regional specialities there are, so here is a brief overview of some of the cuisines and tipples you shouldn't miss in the city.

Berlin

Berlin - On The Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Berlin on the clock is anything to go by…

Gothenburg

Top things to do in Gothenburg this Christmas

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second most important city and a great place to get into the festive spirit. From Scandinavia’s biggest Christmas market, to a Lane of Lights and the festival of St Lucia, here are the top things to do in the city this Christmas.

Top art exhibitions to see in Paris

Autumn in Paris: top art exhibitions

If you are planning a getaway for two in Paris this autumn, it is well worth including a visit to one of the city's fabulous art galleries on your itinerary. This season sees some incredible works on display, including international greats and heroes of the French art scene.

Mario and Lucy

Go speed dating in Paris with TOWIE's Mario and Lucy

Put your love life in the hands of reality TV stars on a new speed-dating holiday to Paris that is set to jet off next month.

amsterdam

Amsterdam - On The Clock

How much can you really get done on a weekend city break? Plenty, if our guide to Amsterdam on the clock is anything to go by…

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?