Fractured into 14 islands, with a glittering harbour in between, the Swedish capital is a summer time’s dream of boat journeys, bike rides and swimming. Cycle into the mile-wide park of Djurgarden for a salady lunch, grown on website at Rosendals Tradgard (rosendalstradgard.se). Swim within the heated out of doors swimming pools at Eriksdalsbadet on the island of Sodermalm (motionera.stockholm) and lift a glass to your luck at Malarpaviljongen, a chic pontoon bar, afloat on the sting of Lake Malaren (ny.malarpaviljongen.se). In case you’re on the town on Friday, a picnic in Tantolunden park, with half of the town’s hipsters for firm, is a should. It’s not far out of your historic, creaky-floored lodge — Hellstens Malmgard.
Particulars B&B doubles from £110 (hellstensmalmgard.se)
Innsbruck isn’t close to the Alps. It’s proper in amongst them: and to achieve the highest of the closest peak, start by catching the Hungerburg mountain railway from the underside station subsequent to the Habsburgs’ previous Hofburg palace. Forty minutes later, the three-stage journey finishes at 2,300m, with the previous imperial metropolis laid out beneath you want a map. That is simply the beginning of your Austrian Alpine adventures. Buses and trains join you with swimming lakes, bike rides and even the Stubai Glacier; whereas rooftop drinks await at your lodge — the Adlers — again on the town. Spare time for the Ferdinandeum museum too: its artwork assortment consists of work by Cranach, Rembrandt and native hero Albin Egger-Lienz (tiroler-landesmuseen.at).
Particulars Room-only doubles from £130 (adlers-innsbruck.com)
Dom Luis I Bridge on the Douro River in Porto
The Atlantic Ocean is your air-conditioning, so nonetheless scorching you get wandering the traditional, riverside streets of Ribeira, you may at all times cool off on a Blue Flag seashore. Foz do Douro is the closest seafront, reached by the No 1 tram or a quicker, much less crowded 500 bus. In the meantime, again in Portugal’s second metropolis, you may preserve issues chilled with a ship tour alongside the Douro, or a shady stroll within the Serralves Basis’s sculpture park (serralves.pt). End with a glass of wine on the terrace on the World of Wine (wow.pt) and — in case you’ve booked the Resort Mercure Centro Aliados — one other dip. It has its personal pool.
Particulars Room-only doubles from £133 (all.accor.com)
Ostensibly, Oslo’s two new artwork museums are the massive draw. However in summer time you’ll be simply as within the city seashores close by. Half a mile from the £515 million Nasjonalmuseet, you may comply with your feast of Norwegian nice artwork and vogue (nasjonalmuseet.no) with a splash on the city seashore of Tjuvholmen Bystrand, with the yachts and ferries on the fjord including visible curiosity. Even lovelier is the seawater pool at Sorenga, past the multistorey Munch arts centre (munchmuseet.no). In August, the water temperature nudges 22C: and if that’s not heat sufficient for you, leap in a floating sauna first (koknorge.no). The quayside Thief is the decide of the town’s inns.
Particulars B&B doubles from £240 (thethief.com)
Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Even in case you don’t have Pageant tickets, August is Edinburgh’s greatest second: abuzz with buskers, and host to the yr’s most attention-grabbing artwork reveals. Proper now, they embrace a giant Barbara Hepworth retrospective on on the Trendy Two gallery and a survey of impressionism on the Royal Scottish Academy (see nationalgalleries.org for each). In between these and the odd must-see Fringe present, you’ll have time for a panoramic picnic on Calton Hill, made up of goodies from the town’s grand dame of delis, Valvona & Crolla (valvonacrolla.co.uk). August rooms are nonetheless out there on the college’s Scholar lodge, beneath Arthur’s Seat.
Particulars B&B doubles from £169 (uoecollection.com)
Strandbad Wannsee, Berlin
In summer time, Berlin is a swimmer’s metropolis, edged with massive lakes and dotted with out of doors lidos. Take the S-Bahn prepare to Strandbad Wannsee, for the longest seashore and the perfect people-watching. And in case you can’t deal with the crowds, the wooded shores of the Schlachtensee are half an hour’s stroll (berlin.de). Again on the town, the Monbijou lodge in Mitte is a canny base: and never only for its rooftop terrace. From right here, it’s a brief stroll to Neues Museum’s summer time exhibition on Schliemann, excavator of Troy (smb.museum), in addition to the brand new Humboldt Discussion board cultural centre (humboldtforum.org), and key S-Bahn stations.
Particulars Room-only doubles from £83 (monbijouhotel.com)
Montpellier’s Previous City
Cocktails, anybody? First, sip a Pink is Useless mixture of vodka and raspberry, 17 flooring up at L’Arbre Blanc — watching the solar set over Montpellier’s historic core (larbreblanc.web). Then, head again to your luxurious base: the recently-opened Relais & Chateaux Resort Richer de Belleval, on shady Place de la Canourgue. Its Elytre bar is already one of many metropolis’s favourites. Whenever you’re not wining and eating, or sipping espresso on the elegant Place de la Comédie, the town’s modern artwork centre Moco awaits (moco.artwork). As do the Mediterranean seashores at Carnon. They’re solely half an hour away by way of the 606 bus.
Particulars Room-only doubles from £237 (hotel-richerdebelleval.com)
Excessive on Copenhagen’s to-do checklist proper now: a tour of the Danish Design Museum (designmuseum.dk). The town’s temple to furnishings, ceramics, vogue and extra reopened final month after a top-to-bottom refurb that included its quiet courtyard café, Format. E book the quayside Admiral lodge close by, and also you’ll take pleasure in extra out of doors consuming, snacking on marinated octopus and salted cod croquettes on the terrace of its restaurant, Salt (saltrestaurant.dk). In between instances, there are many methods to whet your urge for food — whether or not you’re swimming within the Islands Brygge Harbour Bathtub (visitcopenhagen.com), e-biking on a Bycykel (bycyklen.dk), or becoming a member of the Inexperienced Kayak venture that retains the waterways unlittered (greenkayak.org).
Particulars Room-only doubles from £181 (admiralhotel.dk)
Not all of Switzerland is snow. Climb into the river Limmat on the Oberer Letten baths, and you may swim gently with the present for 400m, proper by way of the center of central Zurich (stadt-zuerich.ch). Final week, the water temperature was already 22C. Or how about unfurling your seashore towel on the elegant, lakeside Seebad Utoquai? It’s 150 years previous this yr. Subsequent door, the art-deco Ameron Zurich lodge is an aesthetic and handy base. From right here, it’s solely a 15-minute stroll to the Kunsthaus’s intensive assortment of works by sculptor Alberto Giacometti. So that you’ll be exercising your thoughts in addition to your physique (kunsthaus.ch).
Particulars B&B doubles from £307 (ameroncollection.com)
La Concha bay, San Sebastian
Why can’t all seaside resorts be like San Sebastian? You may’t assist however marvel, as you saunter between its two dramatic seashores and the straightforward, loose-hipped environment of the Vieja Parte district. To the west, crescent-shaped Playa de la Concha is the extra sheltered — and crowded — strand. Zurriola seashore to the east is the place you go for browsing classes (zurriolasurfeskola.com). In between, as night time falls, lies the snacking capital not simply of the Spanish Basque Nation, however all Europe. So base your self on the revived art-nouveau Room Mate Gorka lodge, and make an inventory of must-visit pintxos bars. La Espiga, Gandarias, Borda Berri, La Cepa: they’re all lower than ten minutes’ stroll. With new BA flights from London Metropolis, it’s all tantalisingly inside attain.
Particulars Room solely doubles from £266 (room-matehotels.com)