Trending autumn city breaks perfect for a weekend getaway

By Emma Power,

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to start planning your next weekend city break – and we know the trending destinations for autumn!

We’ve combed through our data and according to our number-crunching, these are some of the most popular places for Brits and Irish to visit post-summer.


Amsterdam

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Amsterdam continues to rise in popularity every year as a weekend city break, and it makes for a perfect autumn getaway.

Culture vultures will love the capital city’s great selection of museums like the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, while foodies will adore people-watching in cosy cafes tucked away on cobbled lanes.

Walk along the waterways to see the sites, or get yourself a bike – even if you prefer exploring a city by foot, can you really visit Amsterdam without taking the classic ‘bicycle in front of a canal railing’ picture?

Top off your stay with a night or two in a boutique townhouse hotel; we especially love the cool accommodation in the hipster Jordaan district.

Check out our top picks for boutique hotels in Amsterdam.

Prague

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Known as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, the picturesque capital of the Czech Republic has everything you need for a quick weekend away this autumn.

Brewing some of the best beer in Europe and boasting beautiful baroque buildings, Prague is a tourist’s dream, and easily one of the best destinations for a budget getaway in Europe.

Whether you’re here for the city’s rich history, its excellent nightlife or its tasty cuisine, everyone’s got to visit Prague at least once in their life.

Book yourself into one of Prague’s beautifully restored hotels in the central Old Town or the edgy Mala Strana.


Budapest

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According to our trend-watching, Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, is increasingly becoming a go-to spot for autumn weekend breaks in Europe.

Divided in two by the Danube river, each side of the city has its own distinct personality and vibe. Buda is known for its thermal Turkish baths, while Pest is home to the fascinating Jewish quarter.

Dig into the nation’s traditional dish, goulash, wander through the cobblestone streets past concert halls and museums and pop into a boroza, a wine pub serving Hungarian vino on tap.

You can also stay in your very own Grand Budapest Hotel thanks to the city’s beautiful selection of Neo-Renaissance buildings.


Copenhagen

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Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, promises to be an exciting weekend city break for those looking to stay in Europe this autumn.

Experience hygge first-hand in one of the cosy cafes tucked away on a cobbled lane, or grab a bike and explore the all the metropolis has to offer, Danish-style.

Explore Copenhagen’s plethora of vintage shops and flea markets for quirky homeware or Danish fashion, eat a real Danish pastry in a hipster patisserie or enjoy the nightlife in the trendy meatpacking district.

Spend a night in a hotel dedicated to sleek Nordic style and bring your weekend to the next level – here you’ll get to experience the joys of Scandi bedding, where a double bed has not one but two duvets.


Marrakech

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Calling all trendlovers! The beautiful walled city of Marrekech in western Morocco is ideal for people looking to travel a bit further afield for their autumn city break.

The old imperial capital is famous for its bustling souks, stunning mosques and luxury hammams, offering its visitors an exciting fusion of fascinating culture and pure indulgence.

Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the marketplace with its rich aromas of spices and mint, run your fingers over the plush carpets and ogle at the glorious selection of trinkets and knick-knacks.

Plus, Marrekch is perfect for staying in a luxury riad at a fraction of a price of what you’d spend on a five-star hotel in Europe – and there’s plenty of budget airlines to get you there in only a few hours.