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Barcelona is a top choice for a weekend away

Top suggestions for a weekend getaway

Unfortunately, you don’t always have time to take a week off work and getting away for two or three days over a weekend is all you can manage. However, in Europe we’re incredibly lucky as there are so many amazing places within easy reach.

Prague is a popular winter city break

Winter city breaks are becoming increasingly popular

One in five (19 percent) people are planning to take a winter holiday this year with with four in ten (39 percent) taking a city break, according to new research from ABTA – The Travel Association.

Eurostar announces new route to Amsterdam

Eurostar announces new direct route between London and Amsterdam

Eurostar announced on Friday (September 27) that it has signed an agreement with the Dutch railways to launch direct services between London and Amsterdam, starting from December 2016.

Barcelona is one of the most popular city breaks this bank holiday

Bank Holiday Monday is set to be most popular holiday day of the year

This August Bank Holiday Monday - August 26 - is set to be the most popular day for being on holiday this year according to discount travel site Hotwire.com.

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Top five city breaks for summer 2013

If you’re thinking of taking a number of short city breaks this summer rather than the traditional week by the beach, then check out one of these top five city breaks for summer 2013. With the perfect mix of cultural breaks, classic favourites, off-the-beaten-track destinations and those city and beach breaks combined, there’s something to suit everyone.

Relax on a short trip to Amsterdam

Tips for a relaxing summer weekend in Amsterdam

There's nothing quite like taking a short getaway in the summer and really making the most of the season. Famous for its pretty canals and colourful blooms, Amsterdam is a wonderful destination for this kind of trip - but how can you make sure it's as relaxing as possible?

Queen's Day in Amsterdam

Celebrate a special Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

April 30 marks a special day for the Dutch – Queen’s Day – a celebration of their monarchy and an official public holiday. People all over Holland celebrate Queen’s Day, although the best festivities can be found in Amsterdam.

Top five places to see the spring flowers

Top five places to see the spring flowers

Yesterday was the first official day of spring (even though it may not look like it outside), so we’ve picked five of our top favourite places to see the spring flowers. From the famous gardens at Kew, to tulip fields near Amsterdam, a cherry blossom festival in Copenhagen and an ancient bluebell wood in Wiltshire, here are our top picks.

Short breaks with the kids

Short breaks with the kids

Weekend breaks aren’t just for young couples, they can also make for excellent family holidays on a budget

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Coffee with a local in 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.

Chinese New Year dragon dance

Chinese New Year celebrations closer to home

February 10 2013 marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Snake and over one billion people around the globe will be celebrating it. While the biggest celebrations are no doubt in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, there are many cities closer to home, where you can witness colourful lion dances, dragon parades and traditional music and dancing.

There are many events planned in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: top events in 2013

Amsterdam is an excellent place to visit on a short break, as there's always something exciting going on. 2013 is a particularly good year for events in the Dutch capital, as there are several anniversaries being celebrated in the coming 12 months.

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Top five city breaks for 2013

The New Year has now definitely begun and while most of us are back at work, it is the perfect time to start planning this year’s city breaks. Here are our picks for the top five city break destinations for 2013, from Marseille, one of the European Capital of Cultures, to Amsterdam – a city of anniversaries and celebrations.

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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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Amsterdam named best European city to visit in 2013

The guidebook publisher revealed its Best Travel in 2012 list today and the Dutch capital took second place overall, ahead of all other European destinations on the list.

Great events to attend in Amsterdam

Top upcoming events in Amsterdam

If you are planning a brief getaway in Amsterdam this year, there are plenty of great ways you can enjoy this magical city - especially if you are keen to get involved in some local events. Read our guide to discover some of the best upcoming events and festivals.

Discover Van Gogh's paintings in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's best galleries

Amsterdam is a fabulous place for a relaxing break soaking up some local culture, particularly if you are an art lover. Generously sprinkled with amazing galleries, the city houses countless seminal works from masters and upcoming greats alike. To find out which galleries you really shouldn't miss, read our guide.

A guide to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

A guide to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

There are so many fascinating attractions to visit when you stay in an Amsterdam hotel, it can be difficult coming up with a schedule for your break. However, the Rijksmuseum is one place you simply must check out while you're in the city.

Use a bike to see more on a short break

Get a taste of Holland when you explore by bike

If you're looking for somewhere close to the UK for a short, active break Holland is the ideal choice. Take to two wheels and you'll be able to explore some of the country's fascinating sights in just a few days, including the vibrant Amsterdam.

Cultural attractions not to miss in Amsterdam

A guide to Amsterdam's historical and cultural attractions

If you have booked a stay in one of Amsterdam's cheap hotels and are looking for a little inspiration of what to do during your break, visiting the city's cultural and historical attractions should top your list. Find out the best places to go to with our guide.

Visit Oude Kerk while in Amsterdam

Top historical spots in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has long been a popular weekend break destination, and with good reason. Not only is its intricate network of canals world-famous, but it's also a great place to sample Dutch cuisine. Something that really makes the city stand out is the numerous historical attractions.

Visit several places on a Dutch cycling trip

Highlights of a short cycling break in Holland

Booking short breaks doesn't mean you have to be restricted to one destination - by opting for a cycling holiday, you can see several places in one country over the course of a few days. Travel to Holland to explore Amsterdam, as well as a few nearby towns.

Why are European festival trips so popular?

Why are European festival trips so popular?

When you only have a weekend or a few days to spare, you want to be sure that every moment of your short break will be filled with fun. By choosing to head to the continent and experience one or two of the festivals in Europe, you are guaranteed such a treat.

Explore Amsterdam in 24 hours on a 2012 cruise

How to spend a day in Amsterdam on a 2012 cruise

If you're planning on calling in at Amsterdam during a 2012 cruise, you might want to think in advance about what you're hoping to see and do - especially if your ship is only docking in the port for one day. The capital of the Netherlands is full of interesting sites to visit and if you're well-prepared, you'll be able to take in many of the top attractions in just one day.

Amsterdam: a city of bridges with a story to tell

Amsterdam: a city of bridges with a story to tell

If you're planning a short break in Europe, there are many destinations you can choose to visit. Amsterdam, in particular, could be an ideal location if you're keen on art, history and architecture, so why not read our guide to find out what you can see in the vibrant city?

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

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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?