When you fly to Europe, you’ll most likely want to discover more than one city – in little time! We have 5 ideal destinations for city hopping in Europe for you. And the best tips how you will spend the perfect 36 hours in each of them!
City hopping in Europe #1: 36 hours in Vienna
We might be a bit biased, but Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Historical sights, modern spirit and charming locals – Austria’s capital is the perfect starting point for your cityhopping adventure in Europe. Here’s how you’ll spend 36 wonderful hours there:
Welcome to Vienna! After touchdown at Vienna International Airport you’ll have several ways of reaching the city. The least expensive one is to take the rapid transit railway (S-Bahn) or a Railjet train. The fastest way to the center is the City Airport Train (CAT).
First things first – after a long journey and checking into your hotel, you are most likely hungry. Depending on the time of day, you might feel like something sweet or savoury. Either way, we have tips for you: To satisfy a sweet craving, visit Café Central and try the Austrian delicacy Kaiserschmarrn – a shredded pancake. The name translates to “Emperor’s mess” and comes from the Austrian emperor (Kaiser) Franz Joseph I, who loved the dish.
If desserts aren’t your favourite, you can go straight for one of the most famous Viennese dishes: The Wiener Schnitzel! Made of veal, it is breaded, fried and traditionally garnished with a slice of lemon and often served with pototao salad. Restaurants famous for their Wiener Schnitzel are Figlmüller, Restaurant Wiener, Restaurant “Der Stasta” and Meissl & Schadn.
Afterwards it’s time for some cultural highlights. Vienna is an exceptionally walkable city with a multitude of amazing sights in the historic center. Take a stroll along the Ringstraße, where you will pass Rathaus (city hall), Burg theater and parliament among many others. Art lovers can make a stop at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and discover marvels from famous artists like Albrecht Dürer, Raphael and Pieter Brueghel.
Further along Ringstraße you’ll find the Opera house, where you should head down the shopping street Kärntner Straße to reach the famous Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral).
The South Tower – namend ‘Steffl’ – is 137 metres high and you can climb its 343 steps. From up there you will enjoy great views above the roofs of the city.
A quite different view is our recommendation for how you could end your perfect first day in Vienna: Travel to the district Grinzing and wander through vineyards. With 612 hectares of vines, Vienna is one of the only cities in the world with significant urban wine production. The local specialty is the white “Wiener Gemischter Satz” (Viennese Field Blend). During the warmer months, you can enjoy a glass of it at one of the wine taverns called “Buschenschanken”, which have outdoor seating right in the middle of the vineyards on Nussberg in Grinzing, while you watch the sunset.
Do you love coffee? Then Vienna is the ideal city for you! In hundreds of traditional coffee houses around town, the Viennese celebrate their passion for coffee.
Even if you are not a fan of the beverage, the coffee houses serve amazing cakes and pastries. Why not have a traditional apple strudel for breakfast? The one at Kaffee Alt Wien is one of our favourites.
Before you take off to your next city hopping destination in Europe, there is still time for a visit to Prater, a large public park in Vienna’s 2nd district. Besides the beautiful park grounds, Prater also houses an amusement park, most famous for the giant ferris wheel – the Wiener Riesenrad. It’s one of the most visited attractions in Vienna and will give you one last view from above before you leave town.
City hopping in Europe #2: 36 hours in Berlin
Berlin is rich and diverse, and has something special to offer everyone who visits. The German capital will surprise you again and again with its laid-back new bars and restaurants, trendy shops and unique tourist attractions.
Here’s how to spend 36 wonderful hours in Berlin:
We fly you from Vienna to Berlin up to 9 times a day! Enjoy the roughly one hour and 20 minutes in the air with a snack and drinks before landing at Airport Tegel.
The simplest way to get from Tegel Airport to the city centre is to take the TXL airport bus. It leaves from just outside the airport building, at regular intervals.
Straight after your arrival in Berlin, your first sightseeing stop will be former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. If you’re getting hungry already, there’s a currywurst sausage stand just round the corner with the appropriate name Die Bude, aka ‘The Stall’.
After you’ve got your strength back, continue on foot to the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, or ‘Holocaust Memorial’ for short, Brandenburg Gate, and Reichstag Building. From there, you can stroll through the grand Tiergarten towards Zoologischer Garten – the Zoo. The hip shopping centre Bikini, where you’ll find lots of modern stores and gift shops, is just nearby. This is also home to one of our favourite shops, Spreegold, a great spot to finish your first day in Berlin over great burgers, pasta and salads.
Start your second day in super-comfortable, relaxed surroundings – if you are here on a Sunday, you could enjoy a huge brunch at Kaffeehaus Ora. These brunches are legendary at the former chemist’s shop. After that, you’ll have time to do a viewing of the works of art at the East Side Gallery.
Once you’re done at the gallery, get aboard a boat at the Nikolaiviertel landing stage, and take a historic city tour on the Spree. If you need to warm up afterwards, you can visit the Tajik tea house, which you’ll find – hidden away slightly – in an inner courtyard.
City hopping in Europe #3: 36 hours in Nice
From hip Berlin to the Côte d’Azur. In Nice, you’ll find a very special mix of Mediterranean flair, Art Déco architecture, and a charming Old City quarter.
Here’s how to experience the perfect 36 hours in Nice:
Thanks to the great bus and train links, it’s quick and cheap to get from the airport into Nice city centre. They will whizz you comfortably into the centre – several times an hour.
After you’ve checked in at one of the cheap, central hotels in the Old City area, wander along to the Parc de la Colline du Chateau, and let the view over Nice and the Côte d’Azur wash over you.
Right next door, you can take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais to feel the fresh sea breeze. Then it’s time to enjoy French cuisine – and to do this absolutely right, you’ll need to head back in the direction of the Old City. The specialties taste particularly good at Le Panier or Citrus.
Start your day with breakfast at Café Marché, Workhouse Café or Deli Bo. Reinvigorated, you can go on to explore the beautiful Old City of Nice, with its narrow alleyways, small shops and colourful markets.
In the afternoon, the sea calls! During a boat trip, you won’t just be able to admire the beauty of the Côte d’Azur, but also – with a bit of luck – watch dolphins and whales.
City hopping in Europe #4: 36 hours in Paris
You don’t have to be in love to enjoy Paris. In 36 hours, you can discover your love for the city’s unique atmosphere.
Paris’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, is quite a way outside the city centre. The quickest way to get into the city by public transport is by train, but there are also buses leaving at regular intervals.
Make a point of spending your first few hours in Paris visiting the classic tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. At Les deux Magots, you can immerse yourselves in Parisian café society for a while, then spend the rest of the afternoon and evening attending a French cookery course, so you can take something very special of your trip home with you to keep.
Later on, you can drift through the Jardin du Luxembourg, before exploring the Catacombs. And finally, round off your visit to Paris with a glass of French red wine and a walk along the banks of Seine.
City hopping in Europe #5: 36 hours in Milan
Milan, oh, Milan! The cosmopolitan city in Lombardy is not just a highlight for lovers of great fashion and design; it also has plenty to offer the foodies amongst you. So here’s a taste of what you can expect to experience in 36 hours in Milan:
You won’t need to take an expensive taxi from Malpensa Airport to get into the city centre –there are good connections by both bus and rail.
After checking in at your hotel, you can get straight out on the road to enjoy one of the world’s best pizzas at Gennaro Esposito. Taking a long walk through the winding alleyways and backstreets of the old city is the perfect way to spend your afternoon. Bargain hunters will be in paradise at the Vintage Store Cavalli e nastri.
You can see Milan from above on an exclusive tour over the roofs and terraces of the Duomo, before raising a glass to Milan and your short trip in the evening on the Terrazza Aperol.
Start today with a breakfast only the Italians do quite right: an espresso at the bar, with something sweet and tasty alongside.
Visit the world-famous Duomo of Milan during after and feel as if you have been transported back in time at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
At lunchtime, be sure not to miss out on the pasta at the Ristorante Papà Francesco, before you visit the Castello Sforzesco in the afternoon, with the neighbouring Parco Sempione and Arch of Peace.
That concludes our tips for city hopping in Europe!
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