Six great cultural long weekends for couples

Travel & holidays

Next week is our 9th wedding anniversary and we have the exciting prospect of the children staying with their grandparents for three nights.

It’s very tempting to go away and so I’ve been looking at potential destinations which are perfect for a long weekend (or longer!) away as a couple.

New York

New york

If you have cash to splash and long haul doesn’t phase you then New York just has to be top of the list for a city bursting full of culture!

Where else in the world can you visit the Statue of Liberty, take a stroll in Central Park or visit the zoo, make your way to the top of the Empire State Building or catch a show on Times Square? You’ll need to set an itinerary before you visit!

Make sure you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or ‘The Met’) to experience 5,000 years of art from all around the world.

No matter what food you fancy there are world-famous restaurants you can and should try. Here is a great list!

Copenhagen

Copenhage

A beautiful city, the capital of Denmark is well known for its museums and art galleryss, the Little Mermaid statue overlooking the harbour, as well as being the centre of all things Hygge.

If you’re a foodie then Copenhagen is a great place to visit. It’s home to Michelin-starred Noma, one of the most famous restaurants in the world. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, and mine certainly wouldn’t, why not check out smørrebrød

Tivoli Gardens is a the world’s second-oldest operating amusement park which turns 175- years old this year. If you’re an admirer of everything vintage, or even if you’re not really, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Go to Visit Copenhagen to find out more.

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin is a busy and fascinating city to visit, particularly if you are interested in European history and architecture. A walking tour of the city is highly recommended to make the most of your weekend.

A visit to the Berlin Wall memorial is highly recommended for history buffs.

The Reichstag Building is a free attraction (although booking is required) and is a must-visit, if only for the stunning views across the city.

You can stay in serviced apartments Berlin which are just a short walk to some of the main museums. If you have already been to Berlin but fancy sticking with Germany, you can also find Capri by Fraser apartments in Frankfurt

Barcelona

Tarred with the brush of being a location for stag and hen dos, Barcelona is actually the perfect cultural couple’s destination with plenty to see and do.

With fantastic architecture, lots of the city’s most famous buildings were designed by Antoni Gaudi, including Casa Batlo on Passige de Gracia and La Predrera across the road, and the unfinished La Sagrada Familia. Work started on the Roman Catholic church 1882, and Gaudi was commissioned to finish it in 1883. In 1926 he passed away before it was complete and the church remains unfinished to this day.

Gaudi aside, there are lots of other attractions, including the Picasso Museum and Barcelona cathedral which dates back to the 13th century.

With plenty of places to stop for tapas there is more than enough to fill a long weekend.

Lisbon

Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a hilly, coastal city which is rich with history.

Castelo de S. Jorge (St George’s Castle) gives spectacular views across the city; For an even better view, head over to the Tower of Ulysses within the castle to the Camera Obscura where you can get a panoramic 360-degree view of Alfama, Lisbon which is the most trendy neighbourhood in the city and a good place to visit for restaurants and nightlife.

Food is also big in Lisbon and the local delicacy is one of my favourites; ‘Pastel de nata’ is  a sweet Portugese egg custard tart dusted with cinnamon.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

You needn’t get on a plane to experience fantastic culture outside of England (although I would always prefer to fly than drive!). Edinburgh is a beautiful city, particularly in the sunshine.

Take a look at the Gothic architecture, visit the castle, take a walk around the city and check out some of the fantastic restaurants and try Scottish delicacies; you don’t have to try haggis but you really should. How something that sounds so disgusting can taste so great is beyond me!

Definitely worth a visit is the Camera Obscura, located near the castle, which is a fascinating and really fun attraction for families or couples alike!

This is a collaborative post.

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