Are you looking for fantastic autumn-winter European city break destinations? If so, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve always felt that autumn and winter were great times for a city break. Summer isn’t my favourite time for a city break as it can be a bit too hot and sticky in a city, depending on where you travel to. If it’s too hot you won’t be in the mood for sightseeing and, if you’re anything like me, would rather sit in the shade with a cool drink in hand. But what’s the point of a city break if you don’t see anything of the city? That’s why I’d rather visit a city in autumn, winter or spring.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a city break, especially if you’ve only got a few days to spare. Exploring the streets of somewhere new, discovering the attractions, indulging in the local cuisine and getting away from it all can be the perfect escape from everyday life. Here are five great destinations for an autumn-winter European city break…

Copenhagen

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Denmark’s capital is credited with being one of the most stylish and vibrant Scandinavian cities and on a visit there it’s easy to discover why. It’s home to more than a million residents who whizz around this impeccable city on bikes. Having a bike is basically a pre-requisite to living in Copenhagen.

The city has a multitude of world-class museums, amazing design and fashion scenes, beautiful cobbled streets, an elegant Royal Palace and is a hotbed for culinary talent. There are currently 15 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, but you shouldn’t miss Noma – voted several times as the best restaurant in the world. 

Lisbon

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 Portugal’s capital city is built on a series of hills along the banks of the beautiful River Tagus. The best thing about the city being built on seven hills, means that at the top of every one are amazing views out over the terracotta rooftops towards the river. It’s also the worst thing when you’ve got sore legs after a long day sightseeing in the city walking everywhere!

There is so much to do in Lisbon that you’ll be hard pushed to fit it all into a short getaway. But, it does give you a good excuse to return.

Don’t miss exploring the different neighbourhoods of the city, seeing the Belem Tower, visiting St George’s Castle and eating as much amazing Portuguese food as possible.

Krakow

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One of Poland’s largest cities, Krakow has a wonderfully well-preserved Old Town and is a fantastic place to visit in autumn or winter. In winter the city is often blanketed by a soft layer of snow which makes it rather magical, especially if you visit when the Christmas markets are on.

The Old Town is surrounded by remnants of the city’s medieval walls and is the perfect place to explore, shop, eat, drink and relax. The whole place is very walkable, so it’s easy to explore in a few days on foot.

Paris

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I’ve visited Paris in both summer and winter and whilst it was magical in summer, it was still incredible in winter. In fact, I think I might have enjoyed it more in winter. It meant we were able to escape into the cafes of the city and get cosy with a hot chocolate (especially in Angelina – their hot chocolate is to die for!) and we missed some of the crowds that are there in high season.

Plus, there’s something so magical about seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkling at night. Paris in darkness with twinkly lights everywhere totally adds to the magic and romance of the city.

Edinburgh

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I think Edinburgh is a great city to visit in autumn or winter and especially around Christmas time. The city has a really special vibe at Christmas when there are Christmas markets and attractions dotted all over.

The historic streets of the oldest part of the city are also best enjoyed when the weather isn’t perfect. Moody weather perfectly matches the moody, imposing architecture of this area and is so atmospheric.

There are also dozens of indoor attractions in Edinburgh (it’s Scotland after all, we’re not used to good weather!) that if you visit and the weather ends up a bit rubbish you’ll still have plenty to do and see.

Which European cities do you think are great for autumn-winter city breaks?