48 Hours

City Breaks: All destinations

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...



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Waving the flag for Capital of Culture, this Belgian city is not only a gastronomic great, but also wears a tradition of art and innovation on its sleeve, says James Williams

A stunning showcase of events marks European Capital of Culture in 2015, kicking off with parties and fireworks displays. A compact city 45 minutes from Brussels, it has long held the scars of the First World War but today has real reason to celebrate.

  • Muscat


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    7hrs 10mins

    Oman has one of the Middle East’s most dynamic and forward-thinking, yet traditional capitals. Mark Sansom finds it ripe for culinary, cultural and multi-sensory exploration

  • Cheltenham


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    2hrs 30mins

    Crystalline white, the Cotswold town’s Regency architecture looks to have been sculpted from sugar. And that’s not the sweetest thing about it, finds Alex Allen

  • Apia


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    24hrs 50mins

    The capital of Samoa is a Pacific playground, fringed by lush green mountains and a marine reserve. And it’s brimming with Polynesian culture too, says Alex Mead

  • Amsterdam


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    Known for good times, this buzzy, boundary-pushing metropolis is a flower-filled hot house of edgy art galleries, hidden bars and gourmet finds, says Renate Ruge

  • York


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    2hrs 10mins

    Home to some great British chocolate brands and hidden restaurant gems in its snickelways, this historic city makes for a tempting getaway, says Renate Ruge

  • Valletta


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    3hrs 50mins

    Bursting with baroque architecture, the beautiful and compact capital of Malta offers rich Mediterranean cuisine and a unique mix of Arab and European influences

  • Berlin


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    2hrs 10mins

    Celebrating 25 years of German reunification, the uber-cool hauptstadt is aglow as a lightwall of balloons tracing the wall’s route sheds new light on the city, says Renate Ruge

  • Piran


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    2hrs 50mins

    Slovenia’s coastal hub has it all – lashings of olive oil, fishy feasts and as much wine as you can manage. And summer is just the season to visit the salt pans, finds Alicia Miller

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