The 5 Best Places for an Overnight City Break in Europe

Short on time? Me too. Although, ironically, you need a good 10 minutes to digest the lengthy title of this blog article. In the UK, those in full time employment are entitled to a statutory minimum of 28 days annual leave (which may include bank holidays) and I understand that some other countries are even less generous when it comes to holiday allowance. Therefore, the working population’s time to explore our wonderful globe is pretty limited. In the pre-coronavirus era, I really tried to make the most of my weekends as free time to travel to different places for a city break. As such, read on to discover the five European capital cities that I believe you can sufficiently explore with a simple overnight stay.

The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square of Prague.

1) Prague

Prague offers a city break packed full of culture and history. As the majority of things to see and do (and places where you can grab a decent pilsner!) are located centrally and within walking distance of one another, it is quite easy to cover a lot of ground during a simple overnight stay in the Czech capital.

You can find my top 10 things to do in Prague here.

The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

2) Copenhagen

Like Prague, Copenhagen is quite a compact city and you can visit most of the top sights on foot and without the need to take any public transport. Check out my favourite things to do in Copenhagen here.

Calton Hill in Edinburgh

3) Edinburgh

Though not a capital of a ‘sovereign state’ (sorry Scotland), Edinburgh makes for a wonderful overnight city break. I would recommend thoroughly exploring the city on your first day and then climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat the following day, after a good night’s sleep. Extend your break by an additional night if visiting during the Fringe festival. Check out my top 10 favourite things to do in Edinburgh.

4) Valletta

The charm of Valletta lies in the beauty of its many narrow streets and so your time in the Maltese capital is best spent watching the world go by in one of the many al fresco bars, restaurants or cafes. An overnight stay is more than sufficient to explore the city – and, if you’re particularly energetic, you could even squeeze in a half-day trip to the Blue Lagoon!

My top 10 things to do in Valletta can be found here.

Frogner Park in Oslo

5) Oslo

Oslo has a small number of main attractions and they are spread out across the city. Fortunately, the Norwegian capital’s metro system is both fast and reliable and so tourists can therefore make their way around the main sights with ease. Read about my favourite cocktail bar and other things to do in Oslo here.

Do you have any other recommendations for one night capital city breaks in Europe? Let me know in the comments below.