The ultimate guide to the best city breaks in Europe

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Looking to perfect the art of city trips in Europe at one of our SGS safe-certified hotels? Or maybe just looking for your next urban European adventure? Whether you're looking for architecture, culture, shopping, delicious local cuisine, or even outdoor adventure, this list is for you. Keep reading and be inspired by our ultimate guide to Europe's top cities to visit. (This one is for those of you who take travel seriously!).

1. Riga

Explore the chaotic splendor that is Riga. Foodies also take notice, as this pearl of the Baltics is home to a rapidly becoming gastronomic capital. The stunning view from Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga should be enough to convince you to add Riga to your bucket list.

City Hall Square Riga

2. Athens

From ancient ruins to beach bunnies – Athens is never short of activities. Extra bonus, Athens is also a great place for taking mini day trips to famous places such as the Temple of Poseidon or Epidavros Theatre. Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens is located in the city center, making it a perfect base for your Athens-stay!

Acropolis of Athens

3. Milan

‘Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping,' – Bo Derek. Shopaholics and fashionistas will drown in pure happiness as you explore Gucci’s flagship store as well as many other high-end designers. Stay in style at Radisson Blu Hotel, Milan!

Milan Cathedral, Duomo di Milano

4. Vilnius

Lithuania’s capital city is perfect for those who love the charm of cities like Paris or Amsterdam, but with a more easy-going attitude. St. Anne’s Church is a particularly impressive feat of engineering and design. The Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius is not only located in the heart of the Old Town, it also showcases architecture dating back to 1901.

St. Anne's church in Vilnius

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For those who love adventure and the great outdoors – Oslo is your city. Kayaking, hiking, sailing and skiing are all within your fingertips as this city is wedged between lush forests and the sea. Get a comfortable rest in one of our Oslo-hotels after an adventurous day in the Norwegian capital.

Oslo City Hall seen from Oslo Harbor

6. Zurich

As Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest city, Zurich is bursting with opportunity for those in the know. Come for the Street Parade in August and take part in a city-wide celebration of love, peace and techno music. And during the winter season, the city is that much more picturesque. Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport gives you easy airport access and is only a 10-minute train ride away from the city.

Zurich by night

7. Copenhagen

Many would argue that Copenhagen is the ‘hippest’ of all the Nordic cities. Captivating design and architecture seems to be a part of this capital city’s DNA. Having the world’s number one restaurant – Noma – doesn’t hurt either. The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen offers a spectacular view of the city.

Copenhagen seafront Nyhavn

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8. Vienna

Vienna is sweet, sweet music to your ears. Especially if you happen to love classical music. The Staatsoper (State Opera), Hofburg and Rathaus (City Hall) are particularly lovely testaments to Vienna’s cultural prestige. Stay in the heart of Vienna’s historical city center at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Vienna.

Alte Hofburg, Vienna

9. Nantes

Paris’ smaller and quirkier sister city, Nantes is perfect for those looking for a sense of whimsy and fun for their city break. Don’t miss the part workshop, part circus that is the Machines de l’Ile Nantes. Have you ever spent a night in a renovated neoclassical courthouse? The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes gives you the opportunity to do just that!

Saint Pierre cathedral in Nantes

10. Split

One of the hubs of the Adriatic, Split was original a retirement palace for the Roman Emperor Diocletian the gradually grew to a bustling city. One look at this picturesque seaside city and you’ll see why. Have a relaxing stay at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Split while exploring this historic city.

Split bay aerial view through stone window

11. Dublin

While Ireland’s capital city may be known for its pub culture and a bit of ‘craic’ (pronounced crack and meaning ‘fun’ or ‘good times’), there’s plenty of beautiful galleries and museums to help explore as well. The Book of Kells at Trinity College is particularly impressive and something not to miss. The centrally located Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin makes a convenient choice for your stay.

Library at Trinity College in Dublin

So, take your pic of these top European destinations and plan your city break with Radisson Blu!

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