The Best January City Breaks from Dublin Airport

There’s no better time to escape and beat the post-Christmas blues than during the month of January. Flight prices tend to be at their cheapest once the New Year’s rush is finished after the first week of January. Additionally, most airlines normally have sales during this time too.

To help you jet off, we at Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport have compiled a list of the best January City Breaks that can be visited cheaply.

The government is currently advising against all non-essential overseas travel. Flights are subject to change or cancellation due to the travel advisories around COVID-19. You should also check the latest guidance and travel advice from the Government.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Scottish capital is a beautiful city surrounded by hills with stunning walkways through the historic buildings. It combines the medieval charm of the old town with the sophistication of its newer Georgian parts. There are also plenty of shops, museums and other attractions to explore.

What to do:

Edinburgh Castle is an iconic landmark that has to be checked out if you’re in the city. If you’re in the mood for the fright of your life, visit the Edinburgh dungeons and explore the city’s underworld. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is also a hugely popular spot, especially for families. It’s a museum filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences, unbelievable effects and the best rooftop views of the city.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

There’s so much more to Amsterdam than meets the eye. It’s a beautiful city that’s best explored by bike and trust us, there’s a lot of them! Take in the city’s old-fashioned streets, lopsided buildings, or see the unique culture in museums like the Van Gogh Museum.

What to do:

Take a trip down the canal on one of the Lovers Canal Cruise’s with dinner and unlimited drinks included in this 90-minute cruise. The Heineken Experience is another must-see located in the original brewery.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is full of natural beauty including waterfalls, lagoons, volcanic mountains and even a black sand beach formed from the remnants of volcanic activity. Iceland is a country best explored by car, and you will take many detours along the way! Although Reykjavik may not be the cheapest city to travel in, flights to and from Dublin Airport tend to be very affordable.

What to do:

The Blue Lagoon Spa is 47km from the city and easily accessible by regular buses. This magical geothermal pool is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is said to help improve the quality of your skin. If you have more time in Iceland, we recommend renting a car and driving The Golden Circle, a route that covers 300km of Iceland’s most breath-taking sights. January is also one of the best times to see the Northern Lights.

Krakow, Poland

As one of the cheapest cities in Europe, it really is a must-see. The Mariac Church located in the Rynek square is beautifully lit up at night, and Rynek itself ranks as one of the largest medieval squares in Europe.

What to do:

Auschwitz concentration camp is located less than 2 hours outside Krakow City Centre and is accessible by train. The Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. If history isn’t your thing we recommend paying a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Here you can take an elevator down 327 metres to see a spectacular chapel entirely built from salt.

Berlin, Germany

A city full of history, highlighted by the ruins of the Berlin Wall. There is so much to see and do in Germany’s capital. There is an abundance of free walking tours to take in all the sites. For history lovers, the Holocaust memorial is located right in the center of the city, and is a place of contemplation and a place of remembrance. Berlin Zoo is rated one of Europe’s best zoos for any families or animal lovers visiting. The Berlin TV Tower boasts incredible 360 views from 368 metres above the city and is a must-see especially at night.

What to do:

Check out Checkpoint Charlie, which was one of the most famous crossing points between West and East Germany back in the day. Now it is a tourist spot that boasts of double-tap worthy sightings. The place has been recently revamped in order to make it look exactly as it did during the Cold War.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Known as the “World’s Happiest City”, it is no wonder why. With its beautiful, colored, clean streets, you’ll find some of the world’s friendliest people here.

What to do:

Dine-in one of many restaurants by the beautiful Nyhavn Harbour. Nyhavn is one of the most colourful harboursides in the world with almost every colour on one of its many walls. Tivoli Gardens is a 19th-century amusement park that comes alive in the evening time, featuring food stalls and old-school fairground rides.

Why not extend your trip an extra night and get your city break off to a smooth start? Park your car in our secure car park, enjoy a relaxing overnight stay before your flight and take our complimentary shuttle bus to the airport.



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