Top Ten Sightseeing City Breaks

by : Travel Guru

The world has many exciting cities that are perfect to visit for a sightseeing city break. Stunning monuments, unique architecture and wonderful natural sights help define many cities. See below for a round-up of the top 10 .

1. St Petersburg

Known as the Venice of the north, St Petersburg's elegance rivals more familiar destinations like Paris and Amsterdam, although very few destinations can match St Petersburg city breaks in terms of splendour and grandeur. The interiors of St Petersburg's palaces, churches and cathedrals are simply awe-inspiring.

2. Paris

A traditional favourite and perfect for romantic breaks. Paris, being only six miles in diamete is a fairly compact city allowing you to take in all of the sights in one go. The Eiffel tower, the Champs-Elysees, the arc de triumph and the Mus?du Louvre are just some of the sights on offer.

3. New York

Ney York has perhaps the most famous skyline in the world and the island of Manhattan features some iconic sights such as the Empire State Building, the statue of liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, central park, the Statue of Liberty and Broadway.

4. Rome

City breaks in Rome are full of delightful surprises. Often referred to as a ?living museum', Rome invites you to enjoy the Coliseum, the Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon and the Sistine Chapel.

5. Venice

Spend your Venice city break exploring the endlessly picturesque ancient streets and squares, crossing gorgeous bridges and of course travelling on the hauntingly beautiful canals. Sample the wonderful architecture and artistic heritage around St Mark's Square, including the stunning Renaissance Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. First-time visitors will find a short break in Venice can hardly do justice to the city's wealth of sights, galleries and museums.

6. Istanbul

There is so much to see and do in Istanbul, a place where east meets west and contrasting cultures combine. Istanbul is perfect for a historical break with its wonderful architecture and mystical atmosphere.

7. Prague

Prague is a city of stunning beauty. Be inspired by picturesque medieval cobbled streets, Gothic church spires, magnificent bridges and gorgeous squares. The popularity of Prague weekend breaks is down to the sheer beauty and range of its architectural heritage, with the wonderful castle area, the cathedral, the cobbled streets of the Old Town and the breathtaking Charles Bridge.

8. Marrakech

Marrakech has the added benefit of being both exotic and close to home, offering a lifetime of memories. Explore the Soukes, watch fire eaters and snake charmers, sample incredible food stalls, dine on romantic rooftop restaurants and generally soak up the atmosphere in an unforgettable cultural adventure.

9. Budapest

Short breaks in Budapest feature one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, packed with elegant architecture, magnificent monuments and dominated by the legendary River Danube. Explore cobbled streets and beautifully restored medieval buildings in Buda and the magnificent Castle District with its museums and fine views of the Danube.

10. Berlin

Berlin short breaks are a feast for lovers of architecture, with 19th and 20th century buildings reflecting every stage of Berlin's turbulent history. Berlin offers a truly outstanding choice of art galleries and museums making it ideal for a historical break.