What better way to dash the January doldrums than by booking a break? Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28!
Bold, bright and brimming with sophistication, Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s wealthiest cities. Cutting edge, modern architecture mingles with high fashion and an arts scene to rival any major city in the world. But, if you think Dusseldorf is all work and no play you’d better think again. Head for the Altstadt, the historic quarter on the Rhine, otherwise known as ‘the longest bar in the world’. This is because there are somewhere in the region of 260 bars and brewing houses where you can join the party-loving locals for a beer or two, or three. Find flights to Dusseldorf
Late winter and spring are great times to visit Venice. The summer crowds are months away, meaning you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy this stunning city with essential sights such as the Basilica di San Marco, Doges Palace and Caffè Florian. Admire amazing architecture at every turn as you wander streets oozing history, with buildings resplendent in marble and gold, housing magnificent paintings. Foodies and wine lovers are in for as much of a treat as history buffs. Wrap up warm, don your coolest shades for that essential Italian look and sip prosecco on the terrace of a pretty piazza. What’s on the menu today? Find flights to Venice
The lively city of Cork encapsulates the quintessential ‘Irish’ charm that is as successful an export as Guinness. You might be full conversant in the ‘craik’, but if you haven’t experienced a visit to a real Irish drinking establishment, Cork offers you many opportunities to do so. Snug traditional pubs animated with lively chat and toe-tapping Irish reels are waiting for you to stumble upon among the winding, ancient alleyways of the city centre. Alongside this historic charm lies a modern Cork with trendy art galleries and museums, and glamorous architecture and restaurants. Find flights to Cork
Poznan hasn’t yet been discovered by tourists. Euro 2012 will probably change that, so get there now, especially as Poland is such a great value country to visit at the moment. Poznan is a vivacious city that’s full of energy, thanks to its large student population. A veritable collection of museums includes the Motoring Museum, oddly, (but appropriately) located under the city’s busiest roundabout, and the Museum of Applied Arts, housed in the 13th century Royal Castle of Poznan. Sightseeing done, the buzzing bars and restaurants beckon for a lively night of eating, drinking and dancing. Find flights to Poznan
The big, beautiful and bustling Romanian capital hasn’t yet stormed the charts of top European cities for a weekend break but it’s time will come. Until then, it’ll be all the better without the tourist hoards, so get it on your must-visit list. You could spend your whole time in the city’s many museums and galleries, or just check out the architecture from the outside. One cert for your itinerary is the Piata Revolutiei, where the Ceausescu regime began to crumble. Previously known as Palace Square, it got its new name after the 1989 revolution. Another must-see is the Palace of the Parliament. It’ll be quite hard to miss, considering it’s the largest civilian administrative building in the world. Find flights to Bucharest