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A mini cruise can be great for a relaxing break

Ultimate relaxing weekends

It is amazing how relaxing a weekend away can be and vital in recharging those batteries.

Italy's stunning landscapes can be admired when travelling by rail

Italy named second best selling Eurail pass

Eurail Italy Pass is the second most popular Eurail pass sold in 2011, according to Eurail Group G.I.E. - the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail pass products.

Angry Birds theme park Finland

Angry Birds return to nest

A theme park, based on the popular smartphone app Angry Birds, is being planned in Finland.

Rustic holidays can be found all over Europe

Feature: Rustic retreats in the European countryside

Now that the summer is here, the glorious sunshine is warming up the lands of Europe, making it high time for a fantastic, well deserved short break. With so much to do and so many countries to choose from, the hardest part is deciding where to go!

unusual hotels are great for a holiday

Feature: Unusual hotels in Europe

Perhaps the best way to spend a short break away is to book yourself in for a few nights at one of Europe’s many unusual hotels. From train carriages to castles, and from pre-historic caves to industrial cranes, Europe is now to many unique hotels.

BA offers business class discount

BA offers discount flights

British Airways have announced they will offer up to 50 per cent off the cost of flights to Europe this summer for selected customers. Members of the airlines business class club, Club Europe, will be privy to discount prices, making a luxurious getaway more affordable than ever.

Street cafes worth checking out in Bratislava's Old Town

Street cafes worth checking out in Bratislava's Old Town

Bratislava is filled with historical monuments so simply walking around its original architecture is rewarding. But, if you want to understand more about this city than learning about its past, head to the Old Town where you can find some of the best gastronomy in all of Eastern Europe.

European beer festival great for short break

Feature: short breaks to European beer festivals

Short breaks are a great way to experience a long lazy weekend abroad, and with the next bank holiday just around the corner many people are planning their next break already. While trips to fantastic European cities are a great way to spend a few days together with friends or lovers, seeing sights and dining at fine restaurants

Eastern European cities are great this spring

Feature: New European city breaks without the tourist tide

Ok, ok so the bank holiday bonanza is behind us. But with spring finally in full bloom and the gloom and ever-pervading greyness of winter now a distant memory, there are plenty of reasons to book a long weekend. ...or better still, plan for the next bank holiday!

Even the train stations are stunning in Spain

Escape the strikes and travel differently...by train

Planned strikes by Spanish air traffic controllers are expected to last through the Easter and summer holidays. However British travellers can heart from the fact the railways are running in Spain and taking the train will add something different a Spanish holiday this year.

Rhodes is full of life at Easter time

Easter celebrations in Rhodes this April

If you're looking to get back in touch with the original meaning of Easter, then a short break to Rhodes may be the ideal choice, with a range of Greek Orthodox traditions celebrated during Holy Week.

Tee off in the Czech Republic this year

Scenic golf breaks in the Czech Republic

If you're looking for a golf break with a difference this year that isn't too far from home, then the Czech Republic could be your best choice, as the central European country has plenty to offer avid golfers.

Haarlem's St. Bavokerk church in Grote Markt square

Cruise to the Dutch capital of Jazz with DFDS

Take a two-night break to Holland this spring and discover the city of Haarlem, famed for its Jazz music, picturesque canals and traditional windmills. What's more, a visit won't break the bank as DFDS Seaways is offering short breaks for under £60 per person.

Enjoy the mountain seclusion of a Swiss break

Ski and carnival breaks in the Swiss Alps

The late-season skiing in Switzerland is predicted to be excellent, although that's not the only reason to visit this Alpine country this spring, with a range of exciting après-ski and spa packages on offer in the resort of Pontresina.

Barcelona is a top choice for a luxury break

Award winning Barcelona hotel celebrates first anniversary

Only a year after its opening, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is already racking up an impressive number of awards for its restaurant, accommodation and architecture, making this luxury hotel a logical choice for your next Spanish city break.

Barcelona comes to life in the summer months

European city breaks for single travellers

Explore some of the most exciting destinations Europe has to offer this year and avoid singles supplements with the new range of short breaks from Friendship Travel, which includes Istanbul, Dubrovnik and Barcelona.

Lufthansa has flights to Germany for under £50

Discover mini-break destinations with Lufthansa ratings

If you're unsure where to spend your next city break, then German airline Lufthansa may be able to help, with its new online ratings system, which allows travellers to rate their destination in ten different categories.

Stockholm offers Swedish luxury for a weekend break

Gourmet breaks in Stockholm with BA

Escape to the Swedish capital of Stockholm this spring with British Airways and enjoy Michelin starred cuisine in the city's renowned Grand Hôtel. Flights are available direct from London City Airport, meaning you can do a full day's work and arrive in Stockholm in time for a night cap.

Choose an Alpine break for your Easter getaway

Easter delights at a five-star Austrian resort

Treat your partner to a truly luxurious Easter break with the special new package from Aurelio Lech. This two-night deal includes champagne reception, a spa treatment and a five-course gourmet dinner.

Get your pre-baby figure back on an Italian break

Become a yummy mummy on an Italian fitness break

Longing to get back to your pre-baby shape? Looking for a break from the stresses of childcare? Then let Villa Radicata take care of everything on a five-day fitness break in the scenic Italian countryside.

Malta offers a truly historical carnival

Get free car hire during Malta's carnival season

It's easy to get caught up in the ancient carnival style of Malta in spring, and visitors can explore this Mediterranean island for less, as the Phoenicia Hotel is offering free car hire with your three-night break.

Zermatt offers great views of the Matterhorn

Get 20% off a luxury Swiss ski break

Short-break lovers looking to live the high life in the Swiss Alps this year will be glad to learn that Chalet Zen is offering 20 per cent off luxury breaks in Zermatt. These three-day breaks offer a truly indulgent ski experience.

Enjoy fine Japanese food on your German break

World class Japanese cuisine on a German break

Food lovers visiting Germany this spring will be glad to learn that Mandarin Oriental, Munich is hosting master chef Nobu Matsushisa, who will be cooking at the hotel's Michelin starred restaurant for nine days in March.

The masqued carnival is returning to Prague

Carnivals feasts and celebrations in the Czech Republic

The carnival season is coming back to Prague, offering a range of bohemian delights for your European mini-break, including folk celebrations with masquerade costumes and historical themed feasts to tempt your palate.

Discover Bruges on a European rail break

Discover Europe by rail next spring

Winter may be drawing in, but there's plenty to look forward to in the spring, with a wide range of European tours available from Treyn, the rail holidays specialist, including trips to Belgium, Germany, France and Holland.

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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?