CITY breaks are perfect for those who need a day or two away from home and the good news is there are plenty of destinations to choose from.

We've rounded up the European destinations that offer the best combination of culture, great food and shopping, without the hefty price tag.

Right now, there are two-night mini-break deals from just £69 per person with destinations such as Amsterdam and Lisbon up for grabs.

Some also give you the option to extend your trip.

So whether you're looking for a spontaneous trip away, or the chance to explore a new city, here are the best deals for winter 2019:

Lisbon

  • Two nights in Lisbon, with return flights from London Stansted –  from £87pp

Whether you want to explore the old city by tram or have a night out in the Bairro Alto, Lisbon has plenty to offer.

December is a great time to visit as the weather is still warm, with the average temperature reaching up to around 14°C, and there's plenty of sunshine.

LoveHolidays has a two-night stay in a three-star hotel plus flights leaving London on December 7 from £87 per person.

Plus, you can also book with Lastminute.com, which is offering a two-night stay in the Portuguese city with flights departing on Friday December 13 from London Luton for £100 per person.

Berlin

  • Two nights in Berlin, with return flights from a London airport – £89pp

Jet off to multicultural Berlin in under two hours from the UK to discover the city's fascinating history and vibrant nightlife.

Take a free walking tour of the Berlin Wall or a trip through the famous Brandenburg Gate – there's also plenty of museums to discover if the weather is too chilly.

Plus, the German capital has over 70 Christmas market during the colder months, where you can enjoy a warm glass of glühwein

Or if you want to hold on for the festive season, the German city is equally entertaining in December, when the Christmas markets come to town.

Wowcher is currently offering a deal – including hotel and flights – from £89pp. Find out more here.

And LoveHolidays is offering Berlin holiday deals from £114 per person for a stay at a four-star hotel and return flights from London Stansted in December. Check the deal here.

Amsterdam

  • Three nights, with return flights from a London airport – £69pp

There's plenty to see and do on a weekend away in Amsterdam.

Start your day with breakfast at one of the city's canal-side cafes before visiting one of its many museums.

Wowcher is currently offering a three-night Amsterdam city break – including flights – from £69 per person in January – find out more here.

Or browse for Amsterdam break deals with Lastminute.com where prices start from £88 per person including flights in December.

Budapest

  • Two night in Budapest, with return flights from London Stansted – £92pp

Budapest is fast becoming one of Europe's most popular destinations thanks to its wide choice of cultural and historical attractions, thermal baths and top-notch restaurants.

The city truly comes to life in winter thanks to its traditional Christmas markets at both the Vörösmarty Square and St. Stephen's Basilica. Admission to both is free.

Bag a deal from Lastminute.com with two nights hotel stay and flights to Budapest leaving London Stansted on December 5 from £92 per person.

Or browse Icelolly.com holidays with flights and hotels from £112 per person on the first week of December. Find out more.

Prague

  • Two nights in Prague, with return flights from London – £69

Prague is a popular city break destination whatever the weather – with plenty of cosy restaurants and candle-lit bars to warm up in.

Visitors can soak up the festive atmosphere from the end of November until January by visiting the city's Christmas markets where they can enjoy hearty food and local drinks

Check out this Groupon deal for two nights' hotel and flights to Prague from £79 per person in November or £69 in January. Find out more here.

Or compare budget Prague weekend breaks – from £97 per person – on Travel Supermarket.

Barcelona

  • Two nights in Barcelona, with return flights from London Stansted from £97pp

There's plenty to see and do for holidaymakers visiting Barcelona this winter.

From the colourful Gaudi mosaics in Park Güell to the lively outdoor cafes in Las Ramblas boulevard, there's will be enough to keep everyone entertained.

LoveHolidays is offering a two night break plus flights from London Stansted on December 16. Find out more here.

You can also compare Barcelona city break deals – from £79 per person for flights and accommodation on Travel Supermarket.

Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year to travel.

To help you cut the costs, we've rounded up the best deals, whether you want to explore Europe's best Christmas markets or jet off to a winter sun destination.

You can also check out our guide of the the best winter cruises for this year's  holiday season.

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