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10 Best European Cities For A 2 Day Trip

Some people have the money necessary to jet off around Europe for a week or even two, and that's fine. It's not our place to be spiteful towards those that have earned the right to go on such a trip, especially given the fact that most of us would swap places with them if we could.

Alas, one thing that is worth noting is how possible it is to go on a great adventure around Europe for only a few days - and by only a few days, we literally mean 48 hours.

You'd think that this wouldn't be possible, but you'd be wrong.

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10 Florence

There are some touch and go Italian cities in terms of their overall quality from the perspective of a traveler, but Florence manages to find the balance quite nicely. There isn’t an overwhelming amount to see and do, but everything that is there is well worth doing.

Pisa is only just down the road if you fancy visiting the famous Leaning Tower, the Cathedral’s natural beauty speaks for itself, and the rustic nature of the buildings around the city makes for a wonderful ambiance.

Long story short, though, it’s just quintessential Italy.

9 Barcelona

Depending on the time of year that you visit, it’s understandable to be a bit overwhelmed by the heat of this gorgeous Spanish city. With that being said, though, it’s well worth the effort as Barcelona has just about everything you could desire from a European hotspot.

It has a reputation for being a buzzing destination, and that stretches from Las Ramblas all the way across to the Nou Camp.

The tapas is great, the music is always pumping, and the majority of the locals are ready and waiting to welcome you with open arms.

8 Dublin

At the risk of sounding too stereotypical, you could probably spend all 48 of your visiting hours in the Guinness Storehouse and you’d almost certainly have a great time.

Aside from just that, however, Dublin is the focal point of Irish heritage and it’s always great to learn about such a revolutionary nation.

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The prices over there in the Irish capital aren’t always the most favorable, which is why we’ve opted on the side of caution by including it in the 48-hour listing.

There’s a lot to do, but it’ll take it out of you if you stay for longer.

7 Hamburg

There’s a lot to be said for a city that can combine the chaos of a popular stag destination with the elegance of somewhere that you’d happily take your kids to visit.

Ensuring that the two trips don’t overlap, of course, is the tricky part – but it really does depend on your preference. Do you want to go and see the most incredible model railway and miniature airport attraction in the world, or do you want to go and sink a few cold ones with the boys?

The options are endless, and 48 hours is more than enough time.

6 Gdansk

Spending 48 hours in Gdansk is like entering some kind of paradise that you previously didn’t know existed: and even that may be an understatement.

The Poles get a somewhat unwarranted reputation for being pretty cold and relentless in their pursuit of glory, and while some of that can be admired, other parts are just untrue.

Gdansk is home to great fishing, great food, cheap prices and best of all fantastic entertainment. That shouldn’t go unnoticed, and if you’re feeling really festive, the Christmas market is actually quite special, too.

5 Amsterdam

After 48 hours in Amsterdam, you’ll almost certainly need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off, but that much is to be expected.

Even if walking around the museums is the only item on the itinerary, that’s still going to take up a good chunk of your time.

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Elsewhere there are some great cycling routes, wonderful bridges and picturesque scenes, and a whole lot of trouble that you could get up to in the blink of an eye.

It’s the good kind of trouble, though, and most people reading this will be well aware of what that entails.

4 Manchester

A solid working-class city can often be found wherever you go in the North of England, but located towards the top of the pile is Manchester.

The music scene alone is enough to get anyone on a plane over there, but that truly is the tip of the iceberg.

For sporting greatness, MCR gets the job done. For shopping needs, it goes without saying that this is the place for you.

Then, outside of that, Manchester is the kind of destination that serves as an inspiration – whether that be the inspiration for your own business, or perhaps just for a place to indulge in great food.

3 Porto

There aren’t a whole lot of cities in Portugal and Spain that feel all too safe, but we’d definitely slot Porto in as one of the stand-outs.

It isn’t the biggest European city on the planet with just over 200,000 locals, but it doesn’t need to be. The cuisine alone could take up most of your time, and when you aren’t busy eating, sampling the local beer and enjoying the sights allows you to leave the stresses and struggles of day to day work behind.

Plus, they’re not exactly short on sporting success.

2 Helsinki

The forgotten child of the outer Scandinavian nations: Helsinki. Finland, as a nation, is known for being pretty cold and pretty mysterious – Helsinki, though, is a blossoming city that is known for being a growing financial hub in Europe (and it also has a pretty insane airport).

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Aside from the Market Square and the fact that it’s incredibly safe, the Suomenlinna offers you a chance to test the waters with some real Finnish history.

They aren’t too big and bold over there, and in being that way, it feels like a more friendly city than most of its neighbors.

1 Budapest

Get down to one of Budapest’s many tremendous dive bars, or alternatively, just visit the Jewish quarter, sit back, and bask in the glory of this Hungarian wonderland.

Buda is as clean as it is beautiful and while you could get a little bit crazy over here, it’s best known for being a place that allows travelers to escape their everyday life – if only just for a day or two.

The outdoor baths are always good fun but if you only have 48 hours, make sure you’re maximizing your time around the city itself because there’s a lot of history there.

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