Here’s our guide to the best weekend breaks from Ireland in April 2019.
There is a great buzz to Berlin. The city is the second largest in Germany and as a result there are so many things to see and do. There is almost always some sort of cool event or festival happening somewhere in the city too.
Berlin has a fascinating history and rich culture but is also a hub for modern art and film. It has a thriving food scene and in particular is an excellent city for vegetarians and vegans.
It has plenty of green spaces to wander around by day and a pumping pub and club scene to uncover at night.
You can see the city by foot, by bike or by tram, but one of the more unique ways to get around is in an old communist-era Trabant car.
Berlin really has so much to offer and the weather is warming up this time of year too which makes is a great destination for one of the best weekend breaks in April.
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Copenhagen is the capital of cool. It is such a hip destination at the moment. For good reason too as it is bursting with world-class restaurants, an Instagrammable historic centre as well as the autonomous hippie neighbourhood Christiana and hipster hub, Vesterbro. It is a fusion of traditional and modern all wrapped up in a very pretty and walkable city.
Of course, the main way of seeing the city is by bike. For tourists, a great way of getting around is by using the reasonably priced Bycyklen rented bike scheme.
For those who prefer to use public transport, it is a good idea to buy a Copenhagen Card. You can get this online or at the airport. It gives unlimited use of public transport and free entrance to 72 museums and attractions for 24 or 48 hours.
Save a little cash on your weekend break to Copenhagen with our guide to the 9 best things to do in Copenhagen on a budget.
Geneva may not be on the radar for most for a weekend break. But it should be. Apart from chocolate, watches and fondue, this small, but beautifully formed city on the lake has plenty to offer.
There are quirky museums, outdoor markets and activates and great shopping to keep you busy for the whole weekend. It also has a creative and modern food scene as well as some fantastic old-school cafes.
At night time, there are plenty of bars to check out. One of the best streets to stumble upon is Boulevard Georges-Favon. Here you’ll find three bars in a row, each with a different vibe. One is an elaborate cocktail bar, one is a dive bar with beers on tap and one is a wine bar with an impressive selection.
In terms of under the radar destinations, Geneva makes for one of the best weekend breaks in April.
Need some more travel inspiration for your weekend break to Geneva? Here’s a local’s guide to Geneva.
Liverpool is a lovely, lively city that is bursting with things to do from art to architecture, markets to museums, shopping to singalongs.
Staring with art, a trip to the Tate Modern Liverpool is a must. With over 600,000 visitors a year, it is cementing its position as a venue for major European exhibiton of modern art.
On to architecture next and a trip to the Central Library. Readers of BBC Culture recently submitted Central Library as one of the top 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. Once you step inside you’ll see why. The Reading Room is one of its most exquisite rooms and bookaholics will find it hard to tear themselves away.
For markets, check out the Great Homer Street Market – or ‘Greatie’ to the locals. As for museums, well you are spoiled for choice in Liverpool but the World Museum is an excellent place to start.
For shopping, Liverpool One is a behemoth of a shopping centre but for something more unique check out Utility. This is theplace to find quirky gifts and unique souvenirs like hand-drawn tea towels featuring the city skyline, prints of iconic buildings and cookbooks that celebrate local dishes.
As for singalongs, well, Liverpool is home to the Beatles so no trip would be complete without a visit to the Beatles Story attraction or a Fab Four Taxi Tour.
In terms of cities offering something for everyone, Liverpool is one of the best weekend breaks in April.
There’s an infectious buzz about Madrid, Spain’s colourful capital. The city is electric at almost all hours with a pulsating street life. The locals like to eat late and party even later. But part from the vibrant food and nightlife scene, Madrid has a whole heap of activities to fill a weekend, and beyond.
In Madrid you’ll find extraordinary art collections, vibrant shopping areas, relaxing green spaces and, of course, passionate football matches, especially during El Derbi Madrileño, when Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid play each other.
One of the best things to do in Madrid to really get to know the city, its culture and its people is to do a food tour with a local guide. Failing that, you can always visit the Museo de Historia Madrid, where you’ll learn all about the city and its people.
With average temperatures reaching a lovely 18°C, Madrid is on of the best weekend breaks in April to catch some sunshine.
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The City of Lights is also the city that never sleeps. There is always something to do in Paris no matter what the time of day or night.
With music echoing out of every café, restaurant, bar and club, there is a real buzz to the city. The busy boulevards beckon shoppers with their luxury goods stores. The tranquil gardens call out to those looking for respite from the city streets. The museums and galleries enthral those seeking the world’s greatest artworks.
There’s also the food. French food is decadent and indulgent and with over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the world renowned classical French cooking.
But Paris doesn’t have to put a dent in your wallet. There is a multitude of things to do for free in the city both outside and inside. So, no matter watch your budget, Paris makes for one of the best weekend breaks in April.
For more travel inspiration, check out our 10 best things to do in Paris – a local’s guide.