City breaks in Europe?

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  • BillMurray 10 Jan 2013 20:32:13 7,764 posts
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    Any recommendations? Me and a friend are thinking of going somewhere for a few days in Easter and could do with some suggestions! Only done a quick bit of googling at places like Vienna and Warsaw. Heard Budapest is a bit nice also. Any tips?
  • Load_2.0 10 Jan 2013 20:50:12 19,358 posts
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    Prague.

    Beautiful and cheap.
  • Fixxxer 10 Jan 2013 20:53:27 1,304 posts
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    Vienna is pretty but dull.

    Budapest is awesome.
  • ElNuevo9 10 Jan 2013 20:56:23 13,444 posts
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    Barcelona.

    Amazing city.

    Hated, adored, never ignored.

  • dominalien 10 Jan 2013 20:58:35 6,978 posts
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    Cracow. But please, please, don't get drunk and naked, waving your willies on top of the fountain in the market square.

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  • Trafford 10 Jan 2013 22:11:52 5,807 posts
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    Istanbul
  • TheSaint 10 Jan 2013 22:19:44 14,495 posts
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    Nice.
  • Trowel 10 Jan 2013 22:21:57 17,797 posts
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    Naples. Except don't actually go to Naples. Instead use it as a base to do Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Amalfi Coast in 3 days dirt cheap. Although Pompeii over Easter might be a little busy...
  • elstoof 10 Jan 2013 22:22:16 7,517 posts
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    What do you want, sunshine? Booze? Cheap? Culture? Sex tourism?
  • elstoof 10 Jan 2013 22:23:37 7,517 posts
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    I think any city in a country with even a remote reason to recognise Christian holidays will be both busy, and expensive. At Easter.

    Edited by elstoof at 22:23:58 10-01-2013
  • brseg 10 Jan 2013 22:48:08 679 posts
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    Bologna - esp if you like italian food :> Very compact for walking. Pretty much every building and street is stunning.
  • Armoured_Bear 10 Jan 2013 22:58:40 11,300 posts
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    brseg wrote:
    Bologna - esp if you like italian food :> Very compact for walking. Pretty much every building and street is stunning.
    Yep, along with so many other Italian cities : Florence, Siena, Parma, Venice, Padova, Bergamo, Verona etc.

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  • SYS64738 10 Jan 2013 23:22:29 1,667 posts
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    Berlin. Great nightlife, rich varied history. Comparatively cheap hotel wise, not sure about Easter though.

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  • BillMurray 10 Jan 2013 23:30:15 7,764 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    What do you want, sunshine? Booze? Cheap? Culture? Sex tourism?
    Culture, reasonably cheap, nice cafes and bars. That's about it really! My friend has only recently been to Berlin so that's off the cards sadly.

    Edited by BillMurray at 23:30:55 10-01-2013
  • Salaman 10 Jan 2013 23:38:51 19,140 posts
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    GHENT

    Don't take my word for it.

    Razz can confirm as well

    Edited by Salaman at 23:39:00 10-01-2013
  • SYS64738 10 Jan 2013 23:45:15 1,667 posts
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    Not so sure about those Lonely Planet top tens. They had Dublin in the top ten for New Years Eve this year, where the fireworks kicked off at...8pm. Pretty sure they're merely sponsored lists these days.

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  • elstoof 10 Jan 2013 23:46:07 7,517 posts
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    What's a beer cost in Belgium salaman? Same as France - €8 for a pint?
    Sorry, 50cl.

    Edited by elstoof at 23:48:45 10-01-2013
  • elstoof 10 Jan 2013 23:51:51 7,517 posts
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    I'd probably do Budapest or Krakow, perhaps somewhere in the Baltics if I was feeling adventurous because I've never been. I did meet an absolutely stunning Estonian girl once though.
  • Saucy 10 Jan 2013 23:56:16 2,583 posts
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    Budapest is awesome, although you won't see the best it at Easter. Better to visit in summer months. Berlin is a great city anytime of year.

    Anyone hear been to Gdansk in Poland? Heard great things off some work colleagues so thinking of heading there at some point this year.
  • chopsen 10 Jan 2013 23:56:18 16,093 posts
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    Ha. Saw Newcastle in that list and thought "what the *fuck*?"
  • BillMurray 11 Jan 2013 00:06:05 7,764 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    GHENT

    Don't take my word for it.

    Razz can confirm as well
    Love Ghent! Leuven too. Really wanna go back to Belguim although I think my friend has her heart set of Warsaw now after reading lots of trendy blog posts earlier.
  • macmurphy 11 Jan 2013 00:19:47 999 posts
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    Saw Valencia on the list. Was really nice, spent a few months working there. Not sure what it's like on the pull as I was with someone but my mates did ok.

    Florence is a bit of a couples place, but it's also lovely - think the night life is a bit gash but it definitely has culture, bars and cafes.

    If you just want to get shanted and look at some titties I always liked Prague.
  • Bremenacht 11 Jan 2013 01:03:37 18,459 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    Salaman wrote:
    GHENT

    Don't take my word for it.

    Razz can confirm as well
    Love Ghent! Leuven too. Really wanna go back to Belguim although I think my friend has her heart set of Warsaw now after reading lots of trendy blog posts earlier.
    Is Leuven the place where you've got a bar and a brewery at the other side of the street, with a pipe connecting the two with a tap at the end, so you can have your beer direct from the brewery? Great place. Oh - and you have to have your shoes carried on a pulley to the top of the bar so you don't run away without paying for your beer!
  • Salaman 11 Jan 2013 01:14:16 19,140 posts
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    That last one Is a nice pub in Ghent. Unless they also have anLeuven pub that does that.
    As for beer prices. A regular "pint" is 25cl, so your half pint. But why would you bother with regular beer if you can have a whole raft of tasty special beers. They're 2 to 3 euro.

    Guided afternoon tours guaranteed to get you pished are available on request. Again, Razz can confirm. not sure how much he remembers though!
  • RobTheBuilder 11 Jan 2013 03:49:13 6,521 posts
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    Berlin is amazing. I went for 10 days and wanted to move there.
  • dominalien 11 Jan 2013 07:08:40 6,978 posts
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    SaucyGeoff wrote:
    Anyone hear been to Gdansk in Poland? Heard great things off some work colleagues so thinking of heading there at some point this year.
    I used to live in Gdansk for a bit. It's great.

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  • Tonka 11 Jan 2013 07:25:24 20,570 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    I think any city in a country with even a remote reason to recognise Christian holidays will be both busy, and expensive. At Easter.
    Easter is the perfect time to travel to Italy they have loafs of cool weird traditions going on and it seems most people stay at home.

    I've seen the festivities in Florence and on the A alfi coast and they were both excellent.

    Prague is worth visiting and so is Budapest. I think Budapest is the prettier of the two and I really don't like the Amsterdam of the rest vibe you get in Prague. But if you like getting stoned then Prague is the better choice.

    My recommendation would be either Porto or Lisbon though. Portugal is totally amazing, friendly and cheap.

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  • Fab4 11 Jan 2013 07:31:49 6,092 posts
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    I'd also recommend Lisbon. Easy to get around, friendly people, reasonably cheap and some great nightlife.
  • Tonka 11 Jan 2013 07:37:54 20,570 posts
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    And now that I saw that you wanted cafés you can't go wrong in Portugal. They love their pastries.

    The train from Lisbon to Porto was only three hrs iirc so you can do both over easter.

    The Naples (that actually means hopping around the Amalfi coast) is another really good advice. And Florence have the most extravagant easter celebration I've heard of. Google it.

    So my list would be
    Porto
    Lisbon
    Amalfi Coast (Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento)
    Florence

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