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TripAdvisor's top-rated cities

 

We’re thrilled that a healthy handful of our cities have made it on to TripAdvisor’s prestigious Top 25 Destinations – Europe list.

We pride ourselves on having a portfolio of incredible destinations, which is why so many of our Jet2CityBreaks locations also made it on to TripAdvisor’s coveted Top 25 Destinations – Europe rankings.

Between classically cultural hotspots and modern metropolises, you’re bound to find the ideal city break for you, no matter what your interests are. We’re talking cool capitals and urban hubs that are jam-packed with attractions, shops and restaurants.

So, come on then – let us show you which of our destinations made the list…

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No. 2: Paris

The world’s style capital has an air of continental class, as well as being a buzzing centre. One trip here is never enough – this is a city you can go back to time and time again. Paris is full of iconic landmarks, including the world-famous Louvre, elegant Eiffel Tower and the mighty Arc de Triomphe. As well as the top sights, this place is hailed for its cuisine and offers everything from street food-style eateries to fine dining experiences in the chicest of time-treasured bistros.

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No. 3: Rome

Immerse yourself in the Italian capital, Rome, and you’ll discover a thriving city of bustling thoroughfares and quaint piazzas. Iconic ancient structures are around almost every corner. Walk in the footsteps of emperors and gaze up in awe at the huge columns of the Roman Forum. It’s a route that culminates in the captivating sight of the Colosseum. Check out the spiritual setting of the Vatican City to admire the Renaissance delights of St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. You’ll be bowled over throughout your stay!

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No. 5: Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia teems with life in every season. Bars, boutiques and even beaches mean there’s something to delight everyone in Barcelona. Admire the inspired architecture that fills the city thanks to the genius of Gaudí. La Sagrada Família should be at the top of your list, but don’t forget to stroll through the many parks too. Bag a bargain at the market of La Rambla and get a taste for the tapas bars. There’s definitely a buzz here!

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No. 7: Prague

The Czech capital is a city of grand old castles and a spire-filled skyline. It offers an exciting combination of rich history and great nightlife in one compact city. Stroll along the cobbled walkway of the Charles Bridge and see River Vltava shimmer in the dusky evening light. Witness the Bohemian crown jewels burnished brightly in Prague Castle. Afterwards, explore the 12th-century Old Town Square to see the world’s oldest working Astronomical Clock come to life. In Prague, the possibilities are endless – and so are the pints of pilsner.

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No. 12: Florence

Terracotta rooftops, imposing domes and bubbly piazzas make up fabulous Florence. It assumes the mantle as Tuscany’s capital and really delivers in the arty stakes. Both the Uffizi and Accademia galleries offer intriguing exhibitions, but you’ll also be in awe of the majestic Duomo. The birthplace of the Renaissance is also tipped as a top-notch choice for delicacies such as wild boar pasta and charred Florentine steak.

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No. 14: Amsterdam

If tulip-filled green spaces, limitless canals and many museums are all up your street, it’s time to go Dutch in Amsterdam. While it’s advised to book tickets to Anne Frank House in advance, you can drop into the Rijksmuseum and see all the wow factor its works have to offer. There’s plenty more for art fans too, while shoppers can take on the Nine Streets and you can tempt your taste buds to various international dishes at the varied Foodhallen. If that’s not enough, you can see it all like a local when you use the handy tram system.

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No. 15: Venice

Here it is – the so-called floating city is once again remarked for being a sought-after city destination. Venice to many might be all about gondolas, ornate masks and glass-blown products, but it has bags more than that on its roll call of things to see, do and shop. Make a start by strolling down the Ponte di Rialto, gawping at Doge’s Palace and cruising underneath the Bridge of Sighs. Meanwhile, seafood fans will be in their element – soft-shell crab and cuttlefish pasta are two main menu faves. Anyone for an Aperol Spritz at sunset?

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No. 17: Budapest

There’s no end to Budapest’s brilliance. The Hungarian capital is all set to wow, with its striking Parliament Building, colourfully-roofed Matthias Church and the epic Buda Castle complex. You’ll never tire of tracing around the swanky shopping streets, stopping to look at designer garments, takeaway espresso in hand. But when you want to take the load off, pitch up in a pavement café to fork through slabs of rich hazelnut-filling cakes and reflect on your day of exploration. At night, you’ll feel the pull of the edgy ruin pubs – there’s no better choice for an after-dark craft beer.

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No. 23: Vienna

Waltz around vivacious Vienna and you’ll soon feel as though you’re in a fairytale. There are various markets plotted around the Austrian capital, so you can still tick off museums, galleries and sachertorte stops on the bounce, between perusing the stalls. The palaces of Schönbrunn and Belvedere lay on quite the spread of festivities, while it’s well worth catching a horse-drawn carriage ride and an opera concert during your stay as well.

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No. 25: Krakow

You’ll have a cracking time in Krakow whenever you head over to this exciting Polish city. The Jewish district, Kazimierz, is an essential starting place, where you’ll find quaint cafés, trendy shops and remnants of its historical past. Soak up all the sights around Cloth Hall, go underground to see Wieliczka Salt Mine, then pay a visit to the remarkable Schindler’s Factory. Nights on the tiles are made easy with jazz clubs and snug Polish eateries.

Now you’ve seen what TripAdvisor’s had to say, where will you choose next?

Posted: 25th Nov 2019.

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