20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Seeking a break without all the hustle and bustle? Bratislava might just be the perfect place. Home to just 430,000 people, Slovakia’s quaint capital is more than manageable in size.

Surrounded by spectacular mountains and welcoming vineyards — and boasting a traffic-free 18th-century Old Town — a visit to beautiful Bratislava is sure to leave you feeling rested and relaxed.

Set on the winding Danube, close to Slovakia’s borders with both Austria and Hungary, this is a little bit of a backwater, but with bars and cafes galore in the centre, and countless hiking and cycling trails to be discovered just outside it, there are attractions and activities to suit all tastes here.

Head up the hill to the reconstructed castle, providing unbeatable views out over the city, before visiting St Martin’s Cathedral and Michael’s Gate, you’ll never become tired of life in laidback Bratislava.