Weekend breaks that won't break the bank

Getting away for the weekend doesn’t have to cost a fortune, even when it comes to a European city break. In fact, you could take advantage of some great offers before the peak summer season kicks off. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away for two, or a treat for Mum on Mother’s Day, we’ve asked the MORE TH>N Travel Team to come up with a few of their top tips to give you some inspiration.

Fun in Paris

Paris is a great city for family holidays and weekend breaks, with attractions to please all ages. Like London, Paris is one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, however, there are many ways to make your Euros stretch a little further. Don’t forget that window shopping is free, and you won’t find anywhere better than Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen, Europe’s biggest flea market; strolling through the streets and alleys, surrounded by little treasures is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Danielle from our Brand Team suggests “for a proper taste of France go to L'eclair de Genie for the most amazing choice of beautiful handmade eclairs, then head to Place des Vosges, grab a bench and gobble them all up in the sunshine surrounded by stunning buildings”.

Traditional pastimes in Ireland

Ireland has plenty to offer for those looking to get away for a good value city break. Dublin is just over an hour from London by plane and you could take advantage of some great low-cost air fares – or hop on a ferry if you prefer. Once there, why not sample a few pints of Guinness at St. James Gate Brewery - home to the ‘black stuff’, or visit the former prison Kilmainham Gaol for some Irish history. Finally, head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone and finish your trip in traditional style.

Indulge in Brussels

Looking to get away to somewhere a little different, but still fairly close to home? Brussels has a lot to offer single travellers, couples and families alike. What’s more, you can get there by Eurostar in a couple of hours. There are a variety of things to do when you’re there, and many activities are free. At the heart of Brussels lies its impressive central square. Here you can admire the architecture and sample a delicious beer in one of the many bars. For all you chocolate lovers, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat, and for those taking children there are many toy shops to keep them entertained. According to Jess from our MORE TH>N Travel Team, “Brussels is perfect if you’re a fan of beautiful architecture, canal trips and most importantly, amazing chocolate”.

Have your fill in Hamburg

Germany’s second-largest city has something for everyone. With great theatres, numerous bars, restaurants, waterside cafes and shopping opportunities, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take the opportunity to do some sight-seeing with a riverside tour along the Elbe before enjoying a beer or two overlooking the river. Craig from our MORE TH>N Travel team says “I try to get to Germany every year, whether it’s for a special occasion or just for a couple of days indulging in the great food and beer they produce – it’s well worth the short flight over. Try drinks at the Goldfischglas bar if you go – you won’t regret it.”

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