1. Budapest, Hungary from £28
You could call it a city of two halves, or two cities for the price of one. Whatever, Buda + Pest = a doubly good cheap city break thanks to really cheap flights and low-cost accommodation. Winter is a great time to go thanks to a lack of tourist crowds thronging historical attractions like the Royal Palace and Fishermen’s Bastion, or you could go in March to join in the wine and goulash-soaked celebrations of the Mohacs Carnival.
2. Barcelona, Spain from £39
Cheap flights, great food, cool bars, funky shopping, pleasant winter weather… it all adds up to a pretty unbeatable combination for a city break, so it’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of our fave places to pop off to. If that wasn’t enough, the Catalan capital has got culture in spades, be it in the brilliantly bizarre buildings of architect Antoni Gaudi, or in the Nou Camp, where Barcelona FC, and some chap called Messi, play the beautiful game at its most beautiful.
3. Geneva, Switzerland from £41
Most winter visitors head to Switzerland for skiing and boarding, but if you’re happy to gaze upon snowy peaks from the comfort of a café cupping a huge hot chocolate, then Geneva is the city break destination for you. The views across Lake Geneva to the high Alps are amazing, but the city itself is a stunner, at its best in the quiet winter time when the snow falls on the cobbles of the old town and there is little more enjoyable to do than find a bar and revel in something hot, or alcoholic.
4. Copenhagen, Denmark from £42
The Danish capital is regular fixture in the lifestyle pages thanks to Noma – again voted the world’s top restaurant in 2012. See how they have ‘taken the tired old concept of the amuse bouche and turned it into a dazzling array of one-bite starters that are alone worth the air fare to Denmark’. As a nosh at Noma will cost more than your plane ticket, keep the trip on-budget by paying homage to another worldwide Scandi smash, The Killing. Put on your best knit and follow in the footsteps of Sarah Lund on the free Killing trail (murder not included).
5. Prague, Czech Republic from £43
Prague has been described as an outdoor museum owing to its Old Town, which boasts sights such as fairy-tale Prague Castle and Art Nouveau masterpiece Obecni Dum. But you don't have to be a history buff to appreciate Prague. Pose for a photo on Charles Bridge, wander the cobbled streets around Old Town Square, or really go tourist-tastic and take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Valentine's Day is on its way...