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Mini Breaks from Stansted Airport

Want a holiday but don’t think you have time? Think again! You’d be amazed what you can fit into 24, 36 or 48 hours in some of the many cities just a quick flight from London Stansted Airport. Find out how much you can squeeze into a trip to Milan, Bremen or Amsterdam, and then book your mini break!

24 Hours in Milan

24 Hours in Milan

Start your day in Milan at the Santa Marie delle Grazie, where – among other masterpieces – you can view Da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Next, visit the city’s spectacular gothic cathedral, which took nearly 600 years to finish and claims to have more statues on its façade than any other building in the world. Given Milan’s standing in global fashion, a little window shopping is a must, so next visit Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.

When it comes to food, Milan holds its own against stiff competition from Naples and Florence, and whether you go for a Michelin-starred eatery like Cracco, with its modern take on traditional Milanese cuisine, or a simple pizzeria, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to fit in a stop at one of Milan’s bars for aperitivo, the Italian version of happy hour. And finally, a trip to Milan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to 18th century opera house La Scala, where you can enjoy some amazing music in the most opulent of settings.  

36 Hours in Bremen

Start your first day in Bremen by exploring Buergerpark – the 202 hectare green space nestled at the heart of the city – by foot, bike or even boat. Refuel with a picnic before heading to Bremen’s historical Market Square, which houses the city’s spectacular Town Hall and the Town Musicians of Bremen statue of the characters from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Every July, the city is drawn to the banks of the River Weser for the Breminale music festival, so why not end your day with a free concert and some delicious food?

Spend your second morning wandering around the Schnoor quarter, the original settlement area of the city made up of small alleyways containing shops and timber-fronted houses. Finally, although once famous for cabbage and smoked fish, Bremen has an evolving foodie scene, so end your trip with lunch at local favourite Katzen-Café.

36 Hours in Bremen
48 Hours in Amsterdam

48 Hours in Amsterdam

What better way to start your trip to Amsterdam than with a canal boat tour? Then, spend the afternoon soaking up some culture at Museumplein, where you can visit the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art depending on your tastes. End the day in Westergasfabriek, where you’ll find plenty of evening entertainment in the form of bars, restaurants, a microbrewery and an arthouse cinema.

Start day two with a visit to Amsterdam’s world famous floating flower market, which sells colourful flowers and bulbs of all kinds, including the infamous tulip. Stick with the clichés next, and hire a bike to explore the city from land, taking in some of its 30 parks, including Vondelpark, where you can enjoy a picnic. While away the afternoon in the De Pjip neighbourhood in the old part of the city, enjoying some of the small bars, cafes and independent shops. Finally, end your stay with some classic Dutch cuisine with a twist at local restaurants Haesje Claes or Greetje.