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Off the beaten track - Day trips from Europe’s top cities

Published October 14th, 2016

If you’re headed to Europe and want to get more bang for your buck, besides doing an awesome tour another way to bulk up your list of cities explored is to tick off these quick and easy day trips.

With everything being so damn close in Europe it’s not only super easy to head to another city or town for the day, but even crossing into other countries is a piece of cake!

Here’s our top pick of super chill day trips to try once you've nabbed all of the best Europe Earlybird deals on offer right now like 15% off* Europe Summer Trips from Topdeck, Contiki, Busabout  and Intrepid Travel 

Copenhagen to Humlebæk

Why you should go: For one of the world’s most beautiful contemporary museums, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Getting there: Just 35 kilometres north of Copenhagen, the museum is situated directly on the shore of the stunning Øresund Sound. The train from Copenhagen Central Station to Humlebæk Station takes about 45 minutes.

Rome to Ostia Antica

Why you should go: This is where Tiber meets the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ancient Roman harbour is an archaeological treasure on par with the ruins of Pompeii.

Getting there: Take the Metro to Piramide, then transfer to a regional train stopping at Ostia Antica which all up takes about one and a half to two hours.

Florence to Fiesole

Why you should go: Think Tuscany minus the tourists. Another highlight is the Cathedral of San Romolo in the Etruscan hill town.

Getting there: You’ll want the number seven bus from Florence’s Piazza San Marco, which goes straight to Fiesole taking about 40 minutes.

Paris to Normandy

Why you should go: To see the picturesque island village with just 44 residents and World Heritage Site of Mont-St-Michel. When high tide separates the island from the mainland is the best time to see the island.

Getting there: The high-speed train-and-bus combo ticket is the way to go. Book through Rail Europe. The journey takes just over three hours.


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Munich to Salzburg, Austria

Why you should go: From the setting of The Sound of Music to being the birthplace of Mozart, sitting on the border of Germany is the musically inclined Salzburg. With its preserved Baroque architecture is the ultimate Austrian city.

Getting there: Two options for this cross-border journey are either high-speed train or coach. The train will take about an hour and a half and a coach bus will be two hours.


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London to Oxford

Why you should go: Nicknamed by poet Matthew Arnold as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ for all of its 12th century medieval architecture, Oxford is also home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The county town of Oxford is filled with its namesake university’s many colleges each with their own spectacular architecture and history. Highlights are the Bodleian library and Bridge of Sighs at Hertford College.

Getting there: The Oxford line on the tube leaving from Paddington Station gets you straight there in under an hour.


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Vienna to Bratislava

Why you should go: Vienna is one of the best cities to travel to-and-from within Europe being so close to some of the continent’s most exciting cities like Prague, Budapest and Munich. However Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is possibly one of the most exciting and underrated. Pro tip: Check out the region’s many surrounding vineyards.

Getting there: It is easy peasy getting to Bratislava from Vienna and only takes an hour on the train from Vienna’s Wien Hauptbahnhof central station to Bratislava - Hlavná stanica.


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Amsterdam to Ghent

Why you should go: Take a break from the fast pace of life in Amsterdam to get a taste of Belgium minus the crowds by taking a dip into Ghent. Don’t worry though, the party will live on in the university town of Ghent if you head onto Korenmarkt for the town’s central bars and pubs, or out towards Blandijnberg for the city's student nightlife.

Getting there: You can either travel via high-speed rail taking just over two hours or Intercity Brussels also runs a slightly cheaper train line to Ghent taking around three-and-a-half hours.


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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.