The Top Five Destinations for a Weekend Rail Break

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By AdFeatures | Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 14:20

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Getting away at the weekend can give you something to look forward to through the regularity of a working week. Now, it’s possible to go further afield than you ever could have imagined for the weekend, without needing to go anywhere near an airport.

The Eurostar and the frequency of its services has opened up a whole array of destinations in mainland Europe, meaning visiting spectacular cities across the continent is easier than ever before. Let’s take a look at five of the best cities you can visit on weekend breaks by rail:

1) Paris

The ideal destination for a romantic weekend break, Paris is just two hours and 15 minutes away from London on the Eurostar. One of the most iconic cities in the world, Paris is filled with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumph and Notre Dame Cathedral. Wind your way through spectacular streets, do some serious designer shopping on the Champs Elysee or view many of the world’s most famous paintings in The Louvre; it’s almost impossible to explore everything this city has to offer in the space of a weekend.

2) Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is a great city if you like to get away from busy, traffic-filled streets. Much of the travel here is done either by bicycle or by boat on one of the many canals that web through the city. Taking a boat cruise is definitely one of the highlights to a weekend break in Amsterdam and is a great way to see the stunning houses, markets and squares found here. Amsterdam can be reached by Eurostar to Brussels and then making a short change

3) Berlin

A city filled with history and beauty; Berlin previously marked the division between East and West Germany. Unsurprisingly then that the remains of the Berlin Wall plus other landmarks from the Cold War such as Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie are major draws to this city. Berlin is accessible from Brussels following a short connection after your Eurostar journey.

4) Nice

One of the most affluent cities in France, Nice sits on the French Riveria and enjoys fantastic, Mediterranean weather. It is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe. Due to its proximity to exclusive resorts such as Monaco and St Tropez, Nice is a great place to do a bit of celeb-spotting or shopping for high-end designer clothes. A train can be caught here from Paris following your first Eurostar trip.

5) Basel

Many cultures come into one in this Swiss City, which sits on the borders of Switzerland, Germany and France. It’s divided up in 19 ‘quarters’ which all have a different feel – this means there is plenty to explore on a weekend break here. The Munster Cathedral is the definite architectural highlight to Basel, which shows off the best of the city’s Roman and Gothic styles. Basel is accessible straight from Paris following your Eurostar journey from London.

Explore these European destinations and more without ever needing to fly. For more spectacular weekend breaks by rail visit railholidays.com.

      

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