Alternative City Breaks

Fancy a weekend getaway that’s a little different? If so we have some great alternative city breaks in our latest blog post.

Pick up any newspaper, open any magazine, load any blog and they’ll be a generic article on European city breaks you must do. But for those of us who struggle to clear the time off with HR, and can’t decide between one trendy urban sprawl from another, here at Cornerstone we might just have the answer. Two cities, in two countries, that you can zip through in a solitary weekend. Two new pins for your map, and a couple of stamps for your passport if you ask very nicely, read on for our top alternative city breaks across Europe.

Alternative city breaks - Vienna

Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia

Alternative city breaks - Bratislava

First up on our alternative city breaks post is Vienna. As well as the home to Mozart, opera and the Sound of Music, Vienna boasts one of Europe’s most vibrant outdoor food markets — the Naschmarkt, where you can sample culinary delights from Viennese to Vietnamese. Feeling fit? Hire a bike and cycle 30km in a couple of hours down the River Danube, where you will arrive in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava – tour companies allow you to drop-off either side of the border. Bratislava takes its beer very seriously, and the city is rammed with traffic free streets full of bars, clubs and cafes. This is what Prague was like, before the stag do’s invaded.

Alternative city breaks - Malmo

Malmö, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark

Alternative city breaks - Copenhagen

Fly into Malmo for less than a round of shots on a Friday night and you’ve landed in the hipster capital of Sweden. Contemporary art museums, street art, cool bars and edgy eateries. Then for £10 you can take a 45 minute bus ride across the magnificent 8km Öresund Bridge (made famous in the tv show, ahem, The Bridge) to Copenhagen. Scandinavia’s busiest city is wall to wall sports bars, uber —chic cafes and has a few tourist traps to take in too. See the Little Mermaid statue and visit the world famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park. If you’re feeling flush, the double Michelin star restaurant and 4 time winner of the World’s Best Restaurant Noma sits in the heart of the city.

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