Best city to spend a weekend in Europe

Old Aug 11th, 2017, 10:04 AM
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Best city to spend a weekend in Europe

Hi,

I will be visiting Helsinki fro 2 weeks during september first half. I have a weekend with me and would like to get some suggestions on the place where I can go from helsinki on flight.

Any good cities which I can visit over the weekend
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 10:09 AM
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No there are no good cities but nearly every city of size is an excllent choice, depending on your wish list of which you gave us none - interested in old-worldish cities - ones with top museums - nightlife - etc.

Otherwise just get a map of Europe and throw a dart -every large European city I've been too - everyone just about - wood be a good city to visit over a weekend.

What are you looking for?
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 11:51 AM
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First thing to do is go to the webpage for Helsinki airport & see what flies out there Fridays without stops & look to see if there is a return flight (without stops) when you would need it.
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 12:10 PM
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For one weekend you could go with Madrid, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and probably Rome is the farthest.

You cannot go wrong with any of those.

And as noted above, just check time of flights.
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 01:23 PM
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Any good cities which I can visit over the weekend>

How about taking short boat hop over to Tallinn - Estonia - for something way different than Helsinki?

You cannot go wrong with any of those.>

What cities could you go wrong with?
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 01:42 PM
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Sinceyou are in the area, Leningrad
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 01:47 PM
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Depending on your citizenship, a visa might be required for St. Petersburg/Leningrad. I don't know how long the process takes. You can't get one on arrival.
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 01:59 PM
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Ah St Petersburg - yes a real gem -used to be excursions even in Soviet days that did not require visas but yes check.
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Old Aug 11th, 2017, 09:13 PM
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I like to try to match the time I have to the time I think I would want in a place, so I'd look at Tallinn. Just an option....
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Old Aug 12th, 2017, 06:50 AM
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TD- What are your preferences in a destination city?
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Old Aug 12th, 2017, 08:05 AM
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I needed a visa to visit St. Petersburg. Getting it was a hassle, and it was expensive. Much easier if you come on a cruise ship, but that won't be the case with you, will it?

Tallinn was interesting. I'd recommend it, especially if you are interested in WWII and Cold War history.
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Old Aug 12th, 2017, 09:01 AM
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Very few nationalities do not need visas for Russia, mostly citizens from former Soviet republics, Cubans and a miscellaneous assortment of South American and African countries. A visa is only a hassle if you are not sure what to do, it's expensive if you use a visa service. For a short trip, a cruise with visa free travel would be sensible for visiting St Petersburg.

A ferry trip to Stockholm or Tallinn is easy from Helsinki, no need for a flight. Riga is a great city for a weekend, so is Vilnius, Copenhagen and many other places.
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Old Aug 12th, 2017, 11:12 AM
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I think the ferry to Stockholm or Tallinn sounds easiest for only a weekend, and Copenhagan would be possible.

However, Finnair does fly directly to Gdansk and it's only 2 hrs away. Air Berlin flies to Berlin from Helsinki in only an hour, and it's a budget airline. Norwegian Air is another budget airline and flies from Helsinki to Amsterdam in only 2 hrs. I think any of those would be good for a weekend. Air Berlin and Norwegian should have cheap flights.
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