Lonely Planet Writer

Need a break? These are the best cities to spend a weekend away

Once you’ve decided to take a weekend getaway, choosing where to spend those precious 48 hours can be difficult. Thankfully, travellers planning a whirlwind holiday can now check out a full ranking of the top 100 cities around the world to take a much-needed – if short – vacation.

Evening at the tourist landmark and speciality food market in South East London, The Borough Market. Image by Matt Mawson/Getty Images

Out of 1000 cities worldwide, the best destination to spend a weekend is London, according to the study commissioned by weekenGo. The travel app, which searches for weekend breaks, assessed cities on factors that could affect a weekend trip, such as time spent stuck in traffic, the availability of accommodation, and the number of social attractions like clubs, bars and music venues. The rankings also factored in the number of main tourist attractions such as museums and galleries, as well as safety, equality and tolerance. Overall, London was ranked first, followed by Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, Paris, Amsterdam, New York City, Munich, Barcelona and Madrid.

THe interior of an incredible cafe in an art museum in Vienna.
Kunsthistorisches Historic Art Museum, Vienna, Austria. Image by Peter Adams/Getty Images

Since not all age groups are looking for the same type of holiday, the study also ranked the best destinations for millennials, families and baby boomers. The rankings change slightly when it comes to millennials, with higher rankings for social activities, bars, clubs and more. The top 10 spots are Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Toronto, Zurich, Dublin, Munich and Edinburgh. For family travel, the top 10 cities are Vienna, Amsterdam, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich, Hamburg, Berlin, Edinburgh, London and Munich. Baby boomers should consider Zurich, Vienna, Hamburg, Edinburgh, Prague, Singapore, Vancouver, Tokyo, Munich and London.

A beautiful home in Barcelona. Image by Marco Poggioli/Getty Images

“Given the fact that we looked at over 1000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list,” said Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO, in a statement. “Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.” See the full rankings here.