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My name is Patrick, I'm originally from Sydney (Australia) but grew up in England (my second home) - and I love exploring cities (and writing about it!)
I work online in marketing, which gives me the opportunity to travel around the world full time.
So while I am away, I keep this blog updated with full travel info. I tend to stay in a city for a few months at a time, to really get to know it - then I write guides on it.
When planning a multi city trip across Europe it can be hard to know how long to stay in each city. You don't want to make it too short and miss out on things, but you also don't want to spend too much time in a city that doesn't have much to offer. Here is an overview of how long to stay in all the main tourist cities in Europe.
I had to assume that you want to see all the major tourist landmarks, not feel rushed, and also not have days where you start to run out of things to do.
In every single one of these cities you could double the time to stay there and have fun - but not everyone wants to see literally every corner of a city. But there is nothing worse than falling in love with a city but then realising you have a train ticket leaving the city in less than 24 hours!
Treat these numbers as the minimum number of days to see the main landmarks (waking up early and sightseeing all day) and not run out of things to do. If you like to explore cities slower than you will need to add a day or two to most cities!London (UK) Paris (France) Amsterdam (Netherlands) Berlin (Germany) Rome (Italy) Barcelona (Spain) Budapest (Hungary) Prague (Czech Republic) Edinburgh (Scotland) Krakow (Poland) Dublin (Ireland) Bratislava (Slovakia) Copenhagen (Denmark) Munich (Germany) Venice (Italy)
These are huge cities that you really cannot get bored in! You could spend a month in most of these and still find things to see and do.
However please note that you could come to these cities for just a couple of nights and feel you've seen a lot of what the city has to offer!
Another huge city just like London where it is very hard to be bored! However it does have a bit of a reputation of a city that people either love or really hate!
These are big cities that you won't be bored even if you stay a week! But they aren't quite as big as London or Paris!
Although famous for its brothels and cannabis coffee shops, Amsterdam has lots to offer and is a really safe and beautiful city.
A really nice city (beware of the pickpockets thieves though), lots to do and even if you do run out of tourist attractions there is always the nice beach!
These are slightly smaller cities, but don't stay fewer than 3 days or you will feel like you are missing out!
Over 20 million tourists visited Budapest last year. It is a fantastic place if you like drinking (lots of interesting bars, lots of pub crawls, cheap drinks) but also a great place to go exploring on footSee full city info here!
Similar to Budapest (although Prague feels quite a bit smaller) it is great for people who like to explore a city on foot.
These are slightly smaller cities, but don't stay fewer than at least 2 days or you will feel like you are missing out!
In my opinion Bratislava just doesn't have too much to offer! I don't recommend it. Stay for a maxmimum of 2 full days!
Tourism is increasing every year in Copenhagen - 2.3 million overnight stays during June and July in 2015 (an increase of 5% compared to the previous year). It is a nice city, worth a visit!
Most people say that Dublin was smaller than they thought it would be, however everyone agrees that it is a nice little place to visit for a weekend break.
A really nice city in Scotland. A lot of people spend extra days by renting a car and seeing other nearby places in Scotland.
Poland's best city for tourists. You can also do a day trip to either salt mines (half a day) or Auschwitz (full day). Lots of drinking places, lots of cheap pubs, great for drinking. The city is full of history and the old town is very well preserved.See full city info here!
One of Germany's most expensive city, but full of history.
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