Around European cities in 48 hours
‘Cash-rich-time-poor’ people cannot always take time out for more than a couple of days. Whether on a planned short-break or on an extended business trip, would 48 hours be enough to see the sights and sounds of European cities?
The Flexicover Team know that with proper planning, many cities can be happily done in 48 hours. Here’s how...
This waterfront city is stunning all year round. With its cutting-edge architecture and a vibrant culture, it would be a shame if a business trip cannot be extended to explore its charms! Explore it on foot or cycle - Denmark’s capital has 186 miles of bike paths. On the first day, explore the Central Square, take a peek at the Crown Jewels in the Rosenborg Castle and shop in the Strøget, one of the longest strips in Europe. Later, stroll along the Nyhavn (“New Harbour”), take a photo and stop for a beer! And if you can fit it in, visit Tivoli Gardens too! Make time on Day 2 for a canal trip and enjoy an authentic Danish brunch in one of the city’s many restaurants and cafés. You will still be in good time for the evening flight home!
Top site: The awe-inspiring City Hall and the Main Square located right in the centre of the city.
Fine dining: The Michelin starred restaurant Noma, has won top spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards 3 years running. Give it a whirl on Day 1 – it has spectacular views!
This capital city faces the ocean, is set on seven hills and has a charismatic appeal with broad avenues and spacious squares. Start Day 1 by immersing yourself into the culture and history of the city. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Gulbenkian Museum, the Belém Cultural Center before heading down to the Tagus River for a memorable stroll. After lunch spend the afternoon shopping in Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s elegant shopping districts and end the evening with an aperitif in the ultra chic skybar of the Tivoli Lisboa Hotel or dining in one of its many fabulous restaurants. Head to the city’s beaches on Day 2 for a morning of swimming, sunbathing and water sports and then enjoy lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants before heading home, with a glorious suntan!
Must try: Pastéis de nata is a legendary custard tart and a big dessert attraction, found in almost every Portuguese café.
The world’s most northerly capital, set against a backdrop of glaciers, coastlines and snow-capped peaks, is a great getaway to an array of natural wonders and is any photographer’s paradise! Kick off Day 1 by heading to Hallgrímskirkja, the tallest church in Iceland and the symbol of the city. Next, head for the Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its sprawling, beautiful volcanic landscape near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. Take a tour of the landmark building of Perlan, right at the centre of Reykjavik on Öskjuhlíð Hill. On Day 2, visit the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik, a great spa experience amongst the jagged lava fields. The waters, warmed by the neighbouring geothermal power plant, are ideal for medicinal baths and relaxation! The airport is only an hour away.
Shopping: A thriving shopping scene awaits you at the Laugavegur district and the area of Skólavödustígur. Packed with chic art galleries, boutiques and jewellery stores you can easily spend an afternoon strolling around!
When you think of Vienna - the music of Mozart and Beethoven, impressive architecture, classic film The Third Man, Gustav Klimt and coffee and cake - these are just a few things that come to mind. Vienna has a rich cultural heritage, classical music, opera and unique attractions. On Day 1, visit Schönbrunn Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and its beautiful French Garden and, if you are feeling up to it, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the oldest zoo in the world. The Leopold Museum houses over 5,000 exhibits including a large collection of Austrian art. On Day 2, visit the Museumsquartier, one of the largest cultural areas in the world, approximately 60,000 square meters, with Baroque-style buildings and modern architecture. If you still have time, St Stephens Cathedral, being a recognisable landmark and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, is also worth a visit before your return home!
Naschmarket: Often referred to as the ‘city’s stomach,’ this food and flea market boasts over 120 stalls selling fruit, vegetables, seafood, cheese and baked goods! A culinary voyage and great place for people-watching!
Cake: You can’t leave Vienna without trying the famous Sachertorte!
Re-emerging as a world class city, Berlin is home to the continent’s most historic events. With a well-priced metro rail and bus system, it is easy to navigate around, so spend the first day sightseeing and exploring. Architecture lovers will adore the revamped Reichstag Building that once housed the parliament of the German empire – it boasts a glass dome top with 360 degree views. Next, visit the Brandenburg Gate, former city gate and a recognisable landmark of the capital. Later, enjoy the city’s nightlife, with lots of events taking place in the city daily, your evening is sure to be fun filled! On Day 2, explore history in Berlin, at Museum Island (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and home to the old and new museums. And you can still catch that mid-afternoon flight to get home in good time for the 9 o’clock news!
Best Views: From the rotating Fernsehturm Berlin in Alexanderplatz, also known as the Berlin Television Tower, 368m high – a major feature of the city skyline.
Park: Take a stroll in Tiergarten, often referred to as the lungs of the city with over 210 hectares of gardens and lakes. Close by you can also pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial.
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If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!