My Top Luxury European City Breaks

With 26 countries under my belt, I think it’s fair to say I’ve been about a bit! But out of these 26 countries, 15 have been in Europe…and yet there is still so much of this diverse continent that I want to explore.

For the most part on this blog, I talk about my budget backpacking experiences a little further afield, but believe it or not, I have been known to dabble in a little bit of luxury from time-to-time.

While I am perfectly happy slumming it in $5 a night mixed-bed dormitories for weeks at a time, sometimes it’s nice to splurge out a little and treat yourself! Hey, I work hard…I’m not going to feel guilty about it!

So for now, let’s break the mould and touch of some of my all-time favourite luxury European city breaks

London

My Top Luxury European City Breaks

Living in the Midlands of the UK means I am only a stones throw away from the buzzing capital of England. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have visited, but it never disappoints.  Whether you want to experience fine dining or get some retail therapy in the stunning Covent Garden, or soak up some history and culture at the Natural History Museum, London’s energetic and vibrant atmosphere makes it a must-visit metropolis.

Where to stay: Rosewood London Hotel 

Bruges 

My Top Luxury European City Breaks

Reasons to go to Bruges: chocolate, waffles, beer. Sold! Known as the “Venice of the North” with its picturesque canals, Bruges is a charming little city that makes the perfect luxury weekend break at any time of year. Walking around the ancient cobbled streets, while traditional horse-drawn carriages pass by, will make you feel as though you have taken a magical step back in time. It’s the ultimate romantic getaway (now…if only I had someone to share it with???)

Where to stay: Luxury – Hotel de Castillion

Amsterdam

My Top Luxury European City Breaks

Amsterdam is well-known for its laid back vibes, yet it is still a location which oozes sophistication and bohemian charm. Amsterdam has long been seductive to both visitors near and far with its stunning setting around a 17th century ‘Golden Age’ ring of canals. Whether you want to pedal round quiet streets, eat on a café terrace by a leafy canal-side, picnic in the park, or simply marvel at some of the most beautiful paintings in the world, Amsterdam literally has something for everyone.

Where to stay: INK Hotel Amsterdam

Edinburgh 

My Top Luxury European City Breaks

Bonny Edinburgh, oh how I adore you!  While it may not be the sunniest location in the world, if you don’t mind a bit of rain, the Scottish capital offers so much more than just kilts, bagpipes and haggis.  Steeped in history, culture and sheer beauty, there is much to love about this city.  Take a walk up to Edinburgh Castle, visit the National Museum of Scotland, or get lost in the medieval alleyways of the Old Town.

Where to stay: Tiger Lilly Hotel 

So there you have it, my favourite luxurious city destinations in Europe! Are there any others that you think I should explore? Tell me below! 

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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Rosewood London Hotel,
but as always the views and opinions in the post are completely my own. 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    LisaLDN
    May 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Love all these cities, especially London! The Rosewood seems amazing! 🙂

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    Klipdrifters Travel
    June 7, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    We have been to Edinburgh, London and Amsterdam, however after reading Brugres, Choclate, Waffles and Beer in the same sentence we are sold!

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    Amanda Connolly
    June 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve been stuck in the states for the past 3 months and this made me miss Europe SO bad!

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    Amy Butterfield
    June 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    You has me at chocolate, waffles and beer! We have yet to see each of these cities (beyond airport views!) and each sounds as amazing as the next. Thanks for the lux hotel tips. …we all deserve it once in a while!

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    Christina
    June 8, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I have not explored much of Europe yet. These are good suggestions for awesome places to stay. The interior of the Tiger Lilly Hotel is mesmerizing!

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    Rachel Pearson
    June 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Been to all these cities and love them all! Next time I’m in Edinburgh I will certainly check out the Tiger Lilly Hotel

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    Natasha
    June 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I think I would definitely be staying at the Tiger Lilly. Of course they all look amazing!

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    Maya
    June 9, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Edinburgh is my all time favourite. Spend there one summer working while at high school with my boyfriend. 11 years later, we are still dreaming of returning for a visit. We had the best time and hopefully will come visit soon!

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