And the most popular place for a city break is...

A Paris city break is the favourite weekend away for Brits, says a new hotels.com report


New York has been pipped to the post by Paris as the number one place for a city break among Brits, says a new repot.

The French capital got more bookings than any other foreign city last year, reports Hotels.com.

Dublin was the third most popular destination, followed by Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Rome.

Long-haul destinations are falling in popularity, suggests the report, with many US cities dropping positions.

The study also highlighted the costliest cities for hotel stays. Monte Carlo was named the most expensive, while New York, Rio and Moscow all featured in the top five.

Meanwhile, the cheapest hotel accommodation was found in South East Asia.

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The second loftiest viewpoint in Paris after the Eiffel Tower, this magnificent landmark, with its bright white stone and great dome, sits on the highest point of the city, the sacred hill of Montmartre...
When you've admired the view of the cathedral, take your loved one up to the top of its central dome to look out over the city.
Which is more beautiful – the view of the Notre Dame on the Île de la Cité from one or other bank of the Seine, or the view west from its Galerie des Chimères, close up to grisly gargoyles? You choose, because whichever way you look, this ancient cathedral, which was built between the 4th and 7th centuries, offers and is itself a spectacular view.
Another unmissable classic. From street level, this colossal monument to those who fell in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars impresses, but the view is marred by the constant flow of traffic that uses its base for a roundabout. Instead, ascend to its roof terrace to get your bearings at what is the central point for Paris's Axe Historique – it connects a number of monuments, from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense, and 12 avenues radiate out from the structure, including the Champs Elysée.
Don't miss any of the city's iconic sights. How? Head to The Panoramic Floor on the 56th level of this Seventies skyscraper to look out over the city and its monuments, including a prime view of the Eiffel Tower. Situated in the 15th arrondissement, the modern office block puts Paris at your feet courtesy of weatherproofed views through plate-glass windows with handy information points.
Haven't got a head for heights? No worries, there are plenty of great views at ground level – especially among Paris's pretty galleries and passages. These 19th-century covered arcades offer a retail experience that couldn't be further from the soulless kind offered by today's shopping centres. Take a walk through the Galerie Vivienne, between the Palais Royal, the Bourse and the Grands Boulevards, to admire its mosaic tiled floors, fanlight windows and rotunda decorated with nymphs and goddesses.
If you're beloved has a taste for the gothic - or a quirky sense of humour – take them for a stroll around the sombre yet beautiful grounds of the Père Lachaise cemetery (Boulevard de Ménilmontant, nearest Metro Philippe Auguste) in the 20th arrondissement. Take in the views of the exquisite stonework on the tombs, framed by flowers and shaded by trees. Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin and Edith Piaf are among the famous faces to have been buried here and whose headstones you can seek out.
Go off the beaten track in search of a view of the Belvedere of Sybil on an island in the lake at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont (Rue Manin, nearest Metro Buttes-Chaumont), a public garden in the 19th arrondissement commissioned by Baron Haussmann as part of his remodelling of the city. This isn't the only captivating view the park has to offer – there are also cliffs and bridges, a grotto with a waterfall, and English and Chinese gardens to see.
Nothing symbolises Paris and all its romantic associations more than Gustav Eiffel's iconic tower. Visitors can climb to the top of the elegant 19th-century iron lattice structure – still the tallest building in the French capital at 324 metres – to take in the panoramic views of the city. Visit in the winter and you can take a turn around the ice-skating rink on the first floor, too.
Extend your offbeat route to Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement, where you'll find the double lock that marks the start of the Canal Saint-Martin, which ultimately leads to the Seine. Walk along its banks – lined with cafes and restaurants – passing under graceful iron bridges along the way, and watch the barges go by. Or slow it right down and take your honey on a cruise along its waters.
Until recently, The Penthouse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée wasn't just known as one of the city's premier hotel rooms, the glorious views to the Eiffel Tower from its terrace also gained romantic kudos when the room starred in a scene from hit TV series Sex and the City. Now the hotel claims to have trumped that view with the one it offers through a window in its new Eiffel Tower Suite. Book this luxurious pad for the night and you can snuggle up with a front-row view of the famous tower, which is captured within a specially commissioned architrave styled to look like a silver frame.
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With canals, cobbles and culture, Utrecht is an ideal European city for a short getaway. Visit the gothic Dom Church, take in the historic surroundings on a cruise through the canals and check out the Saturday flower market along the Oudegracht canal. The Centraal Museum (centraalmuseum.nl) is a must-see for its permanent art collection of children's character Miffy (one for the kids and adults!)
How to get there:Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and get a direct train to Utrecht, which takes around 30 minutes.

As the capital of Switzerland, Bern is the home of the Houses of Parliament but has managed to retain the charm and uniqueness of a historic city. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of the must-see attractions include the Zytglogge clock tower overlooking the old town, the bear park (baerenpark-bern.ch) and the Garden of Roses.
How to get there: Fly to Zurich and catch a direct train to Bern, which takes around an hour and 15 minutes.

As the oldest Portuguese city, Braga has plenty of historical sites for you to see. Highlights include the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary, which has a unique baroque staircase, the 19th-century, domed Sameiro Sanctuary and the beautiful baroque Raio Palace. Foodies should try the local specialities, like potato and cabbage broth, maize bread and the local hams.
How to get there: Fly to Porto and Braga is around a 40-minute drive away.

Head to the Andulician city of Cordoba that was once the centre of Muslim Spain and where you can still find some remaining Islamic architecture, like the Great Mosque of Cordoba (pictured) and the fortified Calahorra Tower. The city is famed for arts and crafts, so if you're thinking of picking up a locally-produced souvenir, there's leather, silver and ceramics on offer.
How to get there: Reom Seville, catch a direct train to Corboba, which takes around 45 minutes.

While most people head to Dublin, Cork has as tonnes to offer and is fast becoming one of Europe's hippest cities. Marvel at the gothic spires of St. Finbarre's Cathedral, visit the picturesque Blarney Castle and check out the bustling English Market. If you're staying for more than a weekend, explore the nearby fishing village of Blackrock for a refreshing day out of the city and to stroll along its tree-lined avenue on the edge of the River Lee.
How to get there: Fly direct to Cork Airport.

The spa city of Karlovy Vary, with its wonderful hot springs, is a great alternative to Prague. As well as having a relaxing treatment in one of the city's spas, you won't want to miss a visit to the Moser Museum to see the glassmakers at work, the views of the city from the Diana Lookout Tower, and a taste of the herbal Becherovka liquor, which is only produced in Karlovy Vary.
How to get there: Fly to Prague and get a bus to Karlovy Vary, which takes around two hours and 15 minutes.

or a mix of the old and new, the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, allows you to get a taste of its Greek and Turkish influences for a varied break. Get world-class views of the city from the Ledra Museum Observatory, feast on mezze in the local tavernas, visit the 16th-century Great Inn with its courtyard cafés, galleries and souvenir shops, and relax with a Turkish bath at the Omeriye Hamam, where you'll be scrubbed down after sweating out in a sauna - all things you can fit in a weekend break!
How to get there: Fly to Larnaca Airport where Nicosia is a 30-minute drive away.

Experience two thousand years of history in southern Germany's Bavarian city, Regensburg. The 850-year-old Stone Bridge is a medieval masterpiece at 330 metres long and is the oldest preserved stone bridge in the country. For a trip to remember, take a guided tour through the Prince Thurn and Taxis Palace Museum displaying history dating back to the 12th century, eat at the oldest sausage kitchen in the world, the Sausage Kitchen and stroll through the twisting lanes and hidden courtyards of the old town, where you'll find some charming independent shops.
How to get there: Fly to Munich and catch a direct train from the airport to Regensburg, which takes about an hour and a half.

Fancy a boozy weekend with style? Reims in the north-east of France is the champagne capital and home to the Veuve Clicquot (veuve-clicquot.com) house, where you can learn the secrets of its champagne production and take a guided tour of the cellars. Other highlights include the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral - known as the Westminster Abbey of France, the lively Place Drouet d'Erlon with its many bars and restaurants, and the charming sweet shops, like Chocolaterie des Sacres ( HYPERLINK "http://www.chocolaterie-des-sacres.com/" http://www.chocolaterie-des-sacres.com/) and Maison Fossier (fossier.fr), which is famous for its pink biscuits that you dip in champagne!
How to get there: Travel by train with Eurostar from London to Paris, then Paris to Reims via TGV Est.

The baroque city of Turin is a must for architect lovers and is the car capital of Italy, being the home of Fiat automobiles. Around the city you'll find the towering Mole Antoniella building - a symbol of Turin, the spectacular Superga Basilica (pictured), which overlooks the city in the hills and a variety of historic cafés. Try Al Bicerin ( bicerin.it) for its delicious bicerin - a mixture of espresso, chocolate and fresh cream.
How to get there: Fly direct from the UK to Turin Airport

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