Not all of us are lucky enough to have a vacation, so to avoid dying of boredom, we plan a little trip on the weekend to get some fresh air. So we looked for you at the 5 coolest cities to do in two days.

Where to go for a weekend in Europe?

Weekend in Rome, the eternal city

“Weekend in Rome, both of them without anyone” Etienne Daho sang it. Rome is the ideal city for lovers of romance, culture and gastronomy. The Italian capital is full of things to do and see. You will have to be organized and prepare your itinerary! Take time to stroll through the charming streets, and taste the Dolce Vita.

The important points: 

Culturethe Vatican City, the Fountain of Trevi, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the terms, the Borghese Gallery,… Rome has so many historical and popular monuments that it will be difficult to see everything.

Going out: the Trastevere district is very lively, trendy and bohemian. San Lorenzo is a student district, synonymous with cheap bars and grocery stores open late at night. All the young people gather there to celebrate. Testaccio is also a district known for its very festive atmosphere from nightfall.

Gastronomy: a paradise of pizzas and pasta, you will taste all the sauces (lol). Enjoy the must-see “carciofo alla giudea” or “artichokes to the Jewess”, the city’s specialty.

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Weekend in Paris, the city that never sleeps

Ahhh Paris. 3rd most visited city in Europe, and we can understand why! From one district to another, the atmosphere changes completely. There are fewer great monuments to see than in Rome, but so many amazing places to discover!

The important points: 

Culture: outside the very touristic and popular places (The Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysée, the Butte Montmartre, the Louvre,…), go and visit the museums; the Grand Palais, the Palais de Tokyo, the Atelier des Lumières, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay,… But, you can also get lost in Paris and thus come across wonders.

We wrote an article about some unusual visits you can make!

Going out: “Paris is a celebration”, Hemingway is absolutely right. Different districts have a more active night life than others; Pigalle, le Marais, Place de la République, Châtelet les Halles,… But, you can also step on your feet in a techno evening, or rest on the banks of the Seine with a bottle and good friends.

Gastronomy: what can I say? The greatest starred chefs are in Paris, gastronomy is quite an art here.

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Weekend in Amsterdam, the northern Venice

Amsterdam is an extraordinary and soothing city. Walk by the canals, enter a coffee shop and take a look at the red light district. You will quickly be seduced by the charm of the period residences and the soft atmosphere of the city. No car in the city centre, everyone rides a bike!

The important points: 

Culture: between the very famous art galleries and museums (Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Anne Frank House,…), there are also more specialised museums? Like the museum of prostitution, the museum of sex or torture.

Going out: theatres, cafés, restaurants, cinemas, casino will brighten up your evening. You can attend a live show at the Lido Club, as well as at the cultural and musical centres, Paradiso and Melkweg. Afterwards, the easiest solution is also to walk around the city centre and push the door of the first bar that seems nice to you.

Gastronomy : on the menu, seafood, local pancakes and gingerbread, but especially the famous Dutch cheeses.

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Weekend in Lisbon, the city of seven hills

Lisbon is a city that is unanimously accepted. Its authenticity lies in its historic districts and its welcoming inhabitants. Walk through the alleys with their thousand colours and find the best place to admire the view of the whole city.

The important points: 

Culture: very ancient city, it is divided between tradition and modernity. The Bélem district, where the tower of the same name is located, and the Bairro Alto district are the most popular. Listen, you hear Fado, a typical Portuguese song.

Going out: the Portuguese know how to party! Bars, open-air discos and terraces with panoramic views, you will be spoilt for choice. The Sais Do Sodre bars compete with those of Bairro Alto. The Santos district is also a good way out.

Gastronomy: the Portuguese are the biggest fish eaters in Europe. Lisbon being by the sea, all fish, shellfish and crustaceans are invited! The essentials: the seafood platter, cataplana, bacalhau (cod), grilled sea bream. Not to mention the pastéis of Belém, a small typical sweetness.

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Weekend in Dublin, the city of a thousand and one colourful gates

Dublin attracts more and more tourists every year. It must be said that the town has everything to please ; no tall buildings, colourful houses, unusual places, very welcoming premises, and a desire to celebrate at any time of the day! We had already introduced you to the city in another article, with the places to visit and where to go out, you can find it here. 

The important points: 

Culture: there are a lot of museums to visit, castles, cathedrals,… also more original places to visit like Kilmainham Goal prison or the Guinness Storehouse. 

Going out: celebrating in Dublin is something else. Temple Bar won’t tell you otherwise. Dubliners know how to welcome and mix with foreigners. Usually, the party starts early, your weekend will be tiring.

Gastronomy : Irish cuisine is very traditional and warms the heart. The fundamentals: Irish stew (a national dish, a stew of sheep, lamb or beef), the famous Bangers and Mash and the traditional fish & chips. Ireland is one of the world’s largest consumers of fish, cheese and seafood.

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