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White sandy beaches, sparkling all-natural pools and isolated forests – yeah, sure, hidden travel gems such as these are breathtaking, and make great Instagram fodder. Sometimes, though, your biggest adventure could just be 20 minutes away from a huge international airport – that is, in cities. From Berlin, to Amsterdam and London, here are some of the best city breaks recommended by us.
Just look at this beautiful glittering blue path that runs through a park in Poland.  You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an art installation.  But, it’s actually a cycle path, which glows at night, making the ride home safer – and definitely way prettier – for cyclists.

In Poland, they have glow-in-the-dark cycle paths and they're beautiful

Just look at this beautiful glittering blue path that runs through a park in Poland. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an art installation

Reykjavik is perfect for a city break but there are probably some things you don’t know about it. Cold, stark, dramatic, and incredibly exhilarating, the city is a worthy choice for a short trip in its own right, ranking among the world’s coolest destinations – from the Blue Lagoon to its creative scene.  With all that in mind, here are eight essentials you need to know before your Reykjavik city break.

8 things to know before you visit Reykjavik

Reykjavik is perfect for a city break but there are probably some things you don't know about it. Growing up in West Yorkshire, with the (in)famous moors on my doorstep,.

If you love looking at these beautifully creative and festive lights then you’ll love this list of the top 12 Christmas lights to enjoy this festive. From the Botanical Gardens at Key to George Street in Edinburgh.

12 stunning Christmas light displays you can't miss this year

These amazing photos of London’s famous landmarks from above prove that it really is the most beautiful city.  Jason Hawkes has been shoting aerial images for more than two decades, and shot these particular panoramic photos over the last year.

Take a peek at how awesome London looks from the sky

These amazing photos of London’s famous landmarks from above prove that it really is the most beautiful city. Jason Hawkes has been shoting aerial images for more than two decades, and shot these particular panoramic photos over the last year.

You can now zip line off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Yup. Zip line. Like a spy escaping the bad guys or a fancy circus performer.

You can now zip line off the Eiffel Tower

You can now zip line off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Like a spy escaping the bad guys or a fancy circus performer.

You can easily confuse strolling around Shanghai with wandering around New York. The city is very different from China’s capital of Beijing. It is more cosmopolitan, greener, less smoggy and far more international. Here are our top picks for what to do in the city.

Essential things to do when you visit Shanghai

A vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse destination, Toronto should never be overlooked as a great choice for a cultural, active and sophisticated city break. Here is why Toronto should be your next transatlantic break.

5 reasons Toronto should be your next city break

A vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse destination, Toronto should never be overlooked as a great choice for a cultural, active and sophisticated city break. Here is why Toronto should be your next transatlantic break.

Excuse us, just packing for Hong Kong...

We found out the best places to eat in Hong Kong

She quit her job to travel the world

This woman could become the first female to travel every country on earth

And those of us who've been to a few European countries and Thailand probably think hell, we're pretty.

Stroll into anywhere in Washington DC – a souvenir shop, a hotel bar, a gym or a museum, and you can’t escape talk of politics.  You can’t even buy a Georgetown T-shirt without passing a row of ‘Make America Great Again’ badges, a Hillary Clinton bottle opener and a Bernie Sanders bobble-head.  Then again, if you’re visiting this US centre of power, why would you want to avoid talk of elections and leaders?

Why Washington DC comes up trumps - and why now is the time to go

Stroll into anywhere in Washington DC – a souvenir shop, a hotel bar, a gym or a museum, and you can’t escape talk of politics. You can’t even buy a Georgetown T-shirt without passing a row of ‘Make America Great Again’ badges, a Hillary Clinton bottle opener and a Bernie Sanders bobble-head. Then again, if you’re visiting this US centre of power, why would you want to avoid talk of elections and leaders?

Here’s a list of our five favourite ice skating rinks to show off our, ah, skills this winter and Christmas in London.

The 5 best ice rinks in London to visit this Christmas (and beyond)

Here’s a list of our five favourite ice skating rinks to show off our, ah, skills this winter and Christmas in London.

We all dream about going back in time. The great news is that there is actually a feature to do this on Google Street View, but many of us simply didn’t realise it was there. See New York then, and New York now.

There's a Google Street View feature that lets you travel back in time

We all dream about going back in time. The great news is that there is actually a feature to do this on Google Street View, but many of us simply didn’t realise it was there. See New York then, and New York now.

Invited guests recover from a hangover in what was billed as the world's first Hangover Bar in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. The three-day pop-up bar admits guests after a alcohol test, a door host carries a bottle of vodka for those who don't pass the test. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Amsterdam is getting a pop-up hangover bar and we need to go

Invited guests recover from a hangover in what was billed as the world's first Hangover Bar in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. The three-day pop-up bar admits guests after a alcohol test, a door host carries a bottle of vodka for those who don't pass the test. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Home to great sailing, Portsmouth has always had an ongoing love affair with the sea, and it makes a great day out for sailors and land-lubbers alike.  Here are 12 reasons why.

12 reasons to sail off to Portsmouth this summer

Home to great sailing, Portsmouth has always had an ongoing love affair with the sea, and it makes a great day out for sailors and land-lubbers alike. Here are 12 reasons why.

This skyscrapper is officially being called Spire London, but it’s been pointed out it actually resembles a massive penis.

Penis-shaped skyscraper has been, erm, erected in London

This skyscrapper is officially being called Spire London, but it’s been pointed out it actually resembles a massive penis.

Let’s face it, Utrecht hardly sounds like an attractive destination – the word is like something urban, industrial and grimy.    But I couldn’t have been more wrong because Utrecht is possibly the prettiest canal city in Europe.

Spring weekend breaks: 15 reasons to visit Utrecht right now

Let’s face it, Utrecht hardly sounds like an attractive destination – the word is like something urban, industrial and grimy. But I couldn’t have been more wrong because Utrecht is possibly the prettiest canal city in Europe.