Best Places to Visit in Europe for a Weekend Trip

Fodor's travelers are a savvy set that thinks nothing of making a weekend trip across the pond. From a short jaunt to Paris for a girl's shopping spree to a romantic weekend for two in Rome, these are the best places in Europe—as rated by Fodor's travelers—for a quick getaway.

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    Rome »

    Rome

    The wide, busy streets around Rome’s central train station feel much more urban than the rest of the city center. Traffic is heavier, 19th-century buildings are taller, and the overall feeling is gray and commercial—not the Rome of travel brochure fantasies... Read more

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    Florence »

    Florence

    Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking "a room with a view" and phenomenal art. Indeed, no city in Italy can... Read more

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    Paris »

    Paris

    Whether it's a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful... Read more

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    London »

    London

    If London contained only its landmarks it would still rank as one of the world's top destinations. But England's capital is much more. It is a bevy of English bobbies, an ocean of black umbrellas, and an unconquered continuance of more than 2,000 years... Read more

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    Venice »

    Venice

    Venice is called La Serenissima, "the most serene," a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and impressive power of this city that was for centuries the leader in trade between Europe and the Orient, and a major center of European culture. Built entirely on... Read more

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    Barcelona »

    Barcelona

    Barcelona is a banquet for all the senses, though perhaps mainly for sight. Not far behind are the pleasures of the palate. The air temperature is almost always about right, more and more streets are pedestrianized, and tavern after tavern burrows elegantly... Read more

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    Amsterdam »

    Amsterdam

    Perhaps Amsterdam's greatest charm is also its greatest enigma: How can such a gracious cultural center with an incomparable romance also multitask as the most offbeat metropolis in the world?... Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic... Read more

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    Madrid »

    Madrid

    Madrid—the Spanish capital since 1561—celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban center while... Read more

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    Munich »

    Munich

    Known today as the city of laptops and lederhosen, modern Munich is a cosmopolitan playground that nevertheless represents what the rest of the world incorrectly sees as "typically German": world-famous Oktoberfest, traditional lederhosen (leather pants)... Read more

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    Naples »

    Naples

    "Built like a great amphitheater around her beautiful bay, Naples is an eternally unfolding play acted by a million of the best actors in the world," Herbert Kubly observed in his American in Italy. "The comedy is broad, the tragedy violent. The curtain... Read more

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    Tuscany »

    Tuscany

    Midway down the Italian peninsula, Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) is distinguished by rolling hills, snowcapped mountains, dramatic cypress trees, and miles of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea—which all adds up to gorgeous views at practically every turn... Read more

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    Amalfi Coast »

    Amalfi Coast

    One of the most gigglingly gorgeous places on Earth, this corner of Campania tantalizes, almost beyond bearing, the visitor who can stay but a day or two. Poets and millionaires have long journeyed here to see and sense its legendary sights: perfect, precariously... Read more

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    Milan »

    Milan

    At the center of Lombardy is Milan, Italy's second-largest city and its business capital. It holds Italy's most renowned opera house, and as the epicenter of Italian fashion and design, it's a shopper's paradise. Rome may be bigger and have the political... Read more

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    Athens »

    Athens

    It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection... Read more

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    Vienna »

    Vienna

    One of the great capitals of Europe, Vienna was for centuries the main stomping grounds for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The empire is long gone, but many reminders of the city's imperial heyday remain, carefully preserved by the... Read more

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