Best cities for a weekend break?


You don't have to plan an epic journey to get your travel fix - often a quick-hit city break can really take the edge off your travel hunger and pep you up for weeks afterwards. So, if you've got very limited time, where do you go?

We asked our readers on Lonely Planet's Facebook and Twitter: where have you had your best 'weekend break' (say, less than 5 days)? And you responded. In fact, over 1000 of you responded.

There was a variety of favourites, with 328 cities nominated, from Adelaide to Zurich. Indicative of the results was Bjorn Trompet's response: 'I love Paris and Rome but here I would go for Istanbul. The perfect city to get an East meets West feel...'.

But what are the top 10 cities for a weekend break according to our readers? Paris won the popular vote, followed by Barcelona, then New York City.

1. Paris
2. Barcelona
3. New York City
4. Amsterdam
5. Berlin
6. Istanbul
7. Prague
8. London
9. Hong Kong
10. Bangkok

Looking to go further? Here are the top 40 cities - sorted by tag cloud:

Do you agree with the top 40? Is your favourite glaringly absent? Share your recommendations.