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This spacious one-bedroom apartment is the perfect Amsterdam pied-à-terre. It has wooden floorboards, sleek furniture and a well-equipped kitchen that leads to a cute enclosed garden terrace with canal views. Within walking distance are some of Amsterdam’s most famous (and infamous) attractions: the Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam botanic gardens and the Red Light District.
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Right now, Berlin is the utopian city of every bon vivant’s dreams, where the beer is cheap, the art is cutting-edge and the clubs are open all night long. This modern apartment is similarly cool – the penthouse floor was plunked atop an existing building in 2014 and soundproofing means guests are encouraged to party as late as they please. Located in the centre of town, it has a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous rooftop terrace with views of the city. Bikes and a bar that’s free for the sipping are included.
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The spiral staircase winds its way from the basement to the second floor of this four-bedroom 18th-century townhouse. The ground floor has a kitchen and a living area that opens onto to a cute courtyard. Located in the charming Kartoffelrækkerne neighbourhood between two green oases, the home is close to lots of Copenhagen’s main attractions including the harbour, the Little Mermaid statue and the Botanical Garden.
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Step out the door of this one-bedroom apartment on St Mary’s Street and you’ll be in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, steps from Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Park. Make sure you spend some time indoors, though, because this charming flat, on the second floor of a traditional tenement building, is kitted out with the holiday traveller in mind. There’s wi-fi, Netflix, Egyptian cotton sheets and a luxurious range of bathroom products for your delectation.
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This fantastic city apartment is located in a historic building, with idiosyncratic features including wooden beams, a tiny top-floor sitting room with views of the Duomo and a skylight that drenches the living spaces in Tuscan sun. It’s just steps to the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio bridge and more restaurants, city squares and boutiques than an Italophile could poke a stick at.
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Try East London loft life in this two-bedroom apartment in Hackney Wick. On the mezzanine level is a bedroom, complete with a study nook; downstairs is another bedroom, a living area with a sweet sewing corner and a galley kitchen. Step outside to explore Hackney Wick and Fish Island to its south, both well known for their artistic communities and accompanying galleries and theatre spaces. The area is also close to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is open to visitors.
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Make like a Madrileño in this elegant three-bedroom apartment. It’s so close to the Royal Palace you can probably get a peek at King Felipe through the window upon waking in the master bedroom. The place has spacious bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and air-conditioning. Also nearby is Madrid’s Old Town, the bustling shopping street Gran Vía and the Plaza de España.
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The fashion capital of Italy and arguably the world, Milan is home to this rather chic two-bedroom loft apartment. Artwork and quirky tchotchkes enliven the shiny white and glass interiors. On the ground floor, there’s an open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge room. Bright red steps lead to second floor bedrooms complete with ensuites. The windows look onto a quiet interior courtyard. Located centrally, the apartment is close to restaurants, parks and public transport.
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The outlook from the spa (and the balcony and the lounge room) in this Parisian penthouse could just be one of the best in the city. Not only are the lovely low-lying rooftops of Paris on display but you’ve also got a front-row view of the Eiffel Tower. The open-plan studio apartment is artistically decorated with brightly coloured artworks, modernist furniture and lots of books to flick through. The kitchen is small – though it has everything you need – but why cook when there’s steak frites and duck confit to be had in the tiny bistros?
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If you’re going to do The Eternal City, do it in style. This two-bedroom apartment in Pinciano near the Villa Borghese has soaring ceilings, two balconies and rain showers in the two bathrooms. In the mornings, head to the local espresso bar for your first shot of the day; in the evenings, take part in the nightly passeggiata (stroll) around the area’s gorgeous green areas. Explore the local trattorie for dinner or buy fresh produce from the open-air market and practice your Italian cooking. La dolce vita!
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