door Esther
Beautiful city breaks | Mooistestedentrips.nl

Welcome here on Mooistestedentrips.nl, the only Dutch independent online platform about city trips. The name translates into ‘the most beautiful city breaks’.

My name is Esther de Beer, I am a journalist and editor in The Netherlands. Pleased to meet you. Let me guide you through the most beautiful cities in Europe (and beyonds) and let me help you to plan some beautiful city breaks.

Since living in Salamanca, Spain, as a student and growing up near Antwerp, Belgium, I soon discovered I have a knack for cities. Once I became a journalist some editors pretty much noticed the same thing, as they would always send me on trips to bring back that unique city break experience for their readers. My notebooks were filled to the brim with great hotspots and hidden gem, but of course not all of them made it to the newspaper or magazine. Such a shame. And that’s why my website and blog were born.

Here you’ll find complete CityGuides with highlights and hotspots, all you need to know for a city trip. But I will also excite your curiosity with articles about fun and unknown neighborhoods, activities and hidden gems. The majority of my articles is in Dutch, though I also have a little cozy corner for you: my English readers.

You can recognize my English article by the little Union Jack blurp in the left top corner of the first photo of the article. All my English written articles are unique, not translated from Dutch articles. If you are interested in indepth travel information about The Netherlands, I highly recommend you hopping over to Your Dutch Guide.

If you feel like saying something about my blog posts or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment. If you have any questions about me or my blog or if you’d like to work with me, just send me a message.

ENGLISH ARTICLES

  • Heidelberg, Germany is one to sweep you off your feet. The beautiful riverside setting, the baroque old town, the dramatic castle rising up from the town centre. No wonder writers, …

  • Don’t worry. I won’t tell you to skip the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace during your city break in Istanbul. Because really, these are some amazing sights. It …

  • When dreaming of a picturesque place, Bruges quickly springs to mind. There’s a special charm to this small, old town. Bruges has become quite the destination for day trippers who …

  • At first glance, Belgiums Ghent is a charming old city with antique houses, a winding network of canals, beautiful medieval churches, cobblestoned squares and fortresses. But those who take their …

  • Getting lost in Fez

    door Esther

    Fes, and especially the Medina, stimulates all your senses. The maze of narrow lanes and souks are bursting at the seams with leather shops, bakeries, piles and piles of herbs …

  • A perfect weekend in Prague

    door Esther

    How to spend 48 hours in Prague Some say Prague is prettier than Paris. And yes, the rolling hills full of vineyards, dozens of viewpoints watching over spiralling towers and …

  • Looking for a budget friendly destination in Europe? Then Dublin won’t be in your Top 10. The capital of the Emirald Isle is not exactly known for being a cheap …

  • Porto is the second largest city of Portugal and still in the shadow of big sister Lisbon. But while the masses discover the Portuguese capital, Porto is still a little …

  • Cape Town, The Mother City of South Africa and home to beautiful gardens, splendid vineyards, cool beaches, hipster neighbourhoods, excellent restaurants and craft beer. Over the last couple of years …

  • To be fair, Madrid hasn’t got the immediate ‘wow’ effect that for example Rome, Paris or Barcelona have. Madrid doesn’t have an Eiffel Tower, dazzling Gaudí buildings or Colosseum or …

  • When planning a city break in Germany it’s easy enough not to look any further than the lively metropoles that are Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But it’s just as much …

  • It’s very easy to write about Utrecht and tell you how great the city is, a little too easy. Because, I am so biased. Utrecht is my hometown and I …

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