Ultimate city breaks if you're longing for a long weekend this winter

Last updated Nov 02, 2023

Longing for a long weekend away?

As those colder, darker months begin to roll in we could all do with something to look forward to.

If it's inspiration you're seeking we've got airlines operating direct flights to many of the best cities around this winter, so you'll always have plenty choice from EDI.

Here are some of our favourite city breaks.

Barcelona

We're spoiled for choice so far as European city breaks go, and this is the go-to option for many.

Think unmissable tapas bars, amazing seafood and some of the best paella you'll try. The food and drink alone is worth the trip, however there's so much more. Don't miss the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya which houses a remarkable collection of Catalan art, the Unesco-listed masterpiece La Pedrera, and, of course, the iconic La Sagrada Familia.

And a walk down La Rambla is an unforgettable experience with everything from outdoor markets, monuments and street performers to shops, restaurants and museums.

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Cologne

An alternative taste of Germany, Cologne's calling! Think thriving beer halls, incredible art scene, and stunning gothic architecture.

The charming Old Town, found along the banks of the Rhine, throws up the chance to explore narrow streets lined with older houses, breweries and some brilliant pubs and restaurants. This is a city which mingles its distinctly historical charm with the modern vibes, this is the perfect weekend break for culture vultures!

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Rotterdam  

Much more than just a Beautiful South chorus! The rich history of Rotterdam has fostered a dynamic cultural landscape. Explore bustling marketplaces, experience local cuisine, and take in the city's buzzing energy.

Visit renowned art institutions like the Kunsthal and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and immerse yourself in the world of art. Discover architectural feats such as the renowned Cube Houses and the stunning Erasmus Bridge, testaments to the city's innovative culture.

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Budapest

Budapest is the ultimate taste of Hungary. On the western side of the Danube you've got Buda and on the eastern you've got Pest - and along the river lies some of the city's most celebrated attractions, from Buda Castle to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

When in town make sure you stop by one of the ruin bars, Szimpla Kert is probably the best known and guarantees a great night out. Plus the city has long been known as a 'food capital' and there's so much to sample - from sweet chimney cake and tasty goulash to traditional Hungarian Kolbász sausages. What's not to love...

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Munich  

Raise a stein and say cheers to Munich during, before and after Oktoberfest! While visitors from across the globe head to Bavaria for the legendary autumn festival, there's plenty more to love about this fascinating city.

Melding traditional Bavaria with modern Germany, Munich’s beautiful architecture along with fantastic museums, edgy art and abundance of breweries make it a firm favourite.

Plus you can slope off to the Bavarian Alps with some superb ski resorts nearby.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city break Dane right. Saddle up and see the city on a cycle, chill out at the iconic Nyhavn Harbour (a top choice on a sunny day), and feast at Scandinavia's largest culinary festival or the numerous Michelin Star restaurants it's home to.

All that and you've got castles and palaces aplenty, along with Tivoli Gardens - the world's second oldest amusement park. This city is the epitome of Nordic cool.

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Belfast

A city full of life, Belfast is buzzing. If you're game for a Game of Thrones walking tour you're going to love it here. Not your thing? No need to worry.

The awesome Giant's Causeway is one of the best things to do, the Titanic Museum brings in visitors from all across the planet, while the charm and atmosphere of its pubs and nightlife, along with its top tier foodie scene, make this a city break not to be missed.

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Toronto

Granted, this one's a maybe not in 'long weekend' territory, but as one of North America's very best cities, there's so much to CN do in Toronto.

See the city, and it's glittering skyline, from above at the world famous CN Tower, explore Lake Ontario, or take in some live sport (with ice-hockey, baseball, basketball and football, or soccer teams based in the city there's plenty opportunity).

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Flying for all the family - our top tips

For some families – particularly those with young children – arriving at the airport for a flight can be quite daunting.

However it need not be a stressful experience, and we're always on hand to help with whatever you need.

Read our handy guide for families here.

(Don't forget - we've got a dedicated family lane at security!)

Picking up some essentials at the airport?

If you're looking to pick up a pre-flight bargain or a holiday essential once you arrive at the airport then you're in luck.

We have an extensive selection of retail options on offer to passengers, selling everything from designer clothes and electronics to sunglasses and suitcases.

Find out what we've got on offer before and after security here.

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