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The Best Weekend Escapes From Paris

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Updated: 7 December 2016
Whether you are getting away for a romantic weekend or simply escaping your mundane work life, we have just the list to help you unwind! Thanks to the well connected transportation system around Europe, it’s easy to visit all of the cities on your bucket list. Here is our guide to the perfect weekend escape — from what to see to where to stay, we’ve covered it all.


Lyon, France’s third largest city, has breathtaking cathedrals and unique local shopping as well as a lively nightlife.

Where to go: Cathédrale St-Jean, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bec de Jazz, and Chokola — and don’t forget to hire a bike and ride around the city!

Where to stay: Villa Florentine, Kyriad Lyon Centre – Perrache, Novotel Lyon Gerland or Sofitel Lyon Bellecour.

Where to eat: Brasserie Chantecler, La Cave d’à Côté, Le Café Des Fédérations and Léon de Lyon.


Champagne is a perfect escape from the city. The picturesque views of the countryside paired with some bubbly and a beautiful sunset is perfect for a couple’s retreat.

Where to go: Explore the champagne caves in various districts of the Champagne region – Reims, Épernay and Ay.

Where to stay: Best Western Plus Hôtel de la Paix (in Reims), Hotel Jean Moët (in Épernay) and Castel Jeanson (in Ay).

Where to eat : Le Parc Les Crayeres (in Reims), La Grillade Gourmande (in Épernay) and Le Resto d’Ay (in Ay).

Épernay, France| © Flickr/Josiah Mackenzie
Épernay, France | © Flickr/Josiah Mackenzie


Amsterdam is perfect for all age groups and interests. With coffee shops and lively bars, historic museums with artwork from masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, and fabulous shopping, Amsterdam is the ultimate weekend getaway!

Where to go: Anne Frank House, Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum, Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Dungeon, and the original Madame Tussaud’s.

Where to stay: Best Western Apollo Museumhotel Amsterdam City Centre, Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Royal Amsterdam Hotel or Hotel Amsterdam Mansion.

Where to eat: Grasshopper, Café Het Paleis, Burgerlijk, De Drie Graefjes and Blu Pepper.

Amsterdam|©Pallavi Maini
Amsterdam | ©Pallavi Maini


It might be across the English Channel, but it is only a train ride away from Paris. For a fabulous shopping spree and the perfect weekend, find out what London has on offer before heading across the pond.

Where to shop: Oxford Street, Harrods, Bond Street, Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Where to stay: The Dorchester, Westbury Mayfair Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane or The Athenaeum.

Where to eat: Tamarind, Tokimeite, Nopi, and Harrods Steakhouse.

London|©Pallavi Maini
London | ©Pallavi Maini


Germany’s capital has all the history, shopping and nightlife you could ever need for a quick weekend getaway. Find out more about Berlin’s buzzing cultural scene!

What to see: The Berlin Wall, Hitler’s Bunker, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie Museum.

Where to stay: ARCOTEL Velvet Berlin, DORMERO Hotel Berlin Ku’damm or Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof.

Where to eat: Read our article on Berlin’s 10 Great Al Fresco Restaurants and Outdoor Dining to find great culinary spots in this vibrant city.

Berlin|©Pallavi Maini
Berlin | ©Pallavi Maini


With spring heading our way, Copenhagen is on the top of our bucket lists. Since it’s the capital city of the world’s happiest country, we are sure you won’t come back unhappy.

What to see: Tivoli Gardens, Carlsberg Breweries, Christiansborg Palace and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Where to stay: Hotel Alexandra, Ascot Hotel, The Square or Copenhagen Island Hotel.

Where to eat: Noma, Café Glyptoteket, Meyers Deli and Geist.

Copenhagen|©Pallavi Maini
Copenhagen | ©Pallavi Maini


Located in the northeastern part of France, Strasbourg is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in France (besides Paris, of course). Known for its cuisine, this weekend getaway is perfect for foodies.

What to see: Strasbourg Cathedral, Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and boat tours on the canal.

Where to stay: Regent Petite France, Hôtel Maison Rouge or Novotel Strasbourg Centre Halles.

Where to eat: Strasbourg has amazing local restaurants, so check out our list of the 10 Best restaurants in Strasbourg.

Strasbourg, France| ©​Flickr/Alessandro Caproni
Strasbourg, France | ©​Flickr/Alessandro Caproni