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January is really a month for the winter blues. Christmas is a hazy memory, you can't quite shake that cold that's been bothering you, and summer seems like an eternity away.

Why not escape for a weekend to see some of Europe's most incredible sights, and stay in the best Airbnb's you can find. Treat yo'self, gowan.

Luckily for you, we've curated a list of some of the continent's best apartment finds.

We've already booked our flights straight out of Dublin airport, ASAP….

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1. Zagreb, Croatia

This new stylish apartment is in the perfect location in the centre of the beautiful Zagreb, on Križanićeva street.

For a quiet and safe space which is still central, this is one of the best areas to stay in. Close to the main city square, central bus and train station, everything is easily within walking distance.

A modern, contemporary apartment with a monochromatic décor theme, yet still so comfortable, this apartment is perfect. It can host three guests, and has two beds and a bath. 

New stylish central apartment
Price: €37 per night

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredible city to visit, the Old Town is stunning and has a huge amount of history, and most of the town is within walking distance.

It also is home to some of the best pub crawls in the world, just sayin'. This gorgeous boutique apartment has us DROOLING.

The spacious design, the window panels allowing light to stream in, we just need to stay here ASAP.

The boutique apartment is located in the Bohemian Zizkov district, packed with unreal cafés, bars, restaurants and bars with some amazing views of Prague.

3. Paris, France

We have found a sunny, cosy studio apartment LITERALLY just down the road from the Eiffel Tower. What more would you need?

The charming apartment is ideal for an escape to the Parisian life; it's both residential and family-oriented.

There are windows throughout the apartment to let in the French sun, and the location is absolutely perfect; the seventh district of Les Invalides

Just picture yourself having a coffee and croissant downstairs, looking out the window at the Parisian aesthetic. We can.

4. Berlin, Germany

A 'superhost' owns this GORGEOUS Berlin apartment, which can house four guests and his also an absolute bargain of an offer for what you're getting.

The apartment is a short walking distance away from some of Berlin's top spots, with restaurants, shops and bars surrounding the area.

The subway station is only a seven minute walk away, and the location is both safe and central. You'll be prancing around Alexanderplatz in no time…

Design apartment
Price: €34 per night

5. Barcelona, Spain

This spacious loft is on Airbnb Plus, and for a good reason.

The stunning studio apartment has an actual JETTED TUB. Be still my beating travel heart. The location is extremely central; with the city's main sights within walking distance.

The New York-style space has exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood and bold modern art.

Catch some rays on the balcony and make use of the space's incredible amenities.

Spacious loft
€70 per night

6. Rome, Italy

This 'superhost' certified apartment in the centre of one of Europe's most renowned cities is GOALS.

The apartment can house up to four guests, and is located on the first floor of a beautiful palatial residence just minutes from the Piazza Della Repubblica.

The studio home is freshly renovated, filled with light and more luxurious than our future. We LOVE.

7. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This stunning Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's New Town is one of the best Airbnb's on the market.

The loft is a ground floor flat in the famous area, with absolutely every part of the city within walking distance. The apartment is spacious, has fantastic amenities such as a bath, and even an indoor fireplace for those cold January months.

The beautiful home as Wi-Fi, free parking down the road and houses two guests easily, with comfort being the essential promise. 

New Town apartment 
€54 per night

8. Vienna, Austria

This sunny apartment is extremely sought after, for it's dedication to space and light.

It can house four guests, and they can each experience the unique, warm decor of the apartment while being close to the most famous parts of Vienna.

The metro station at Ober-St. Veit is only a seven minute walk away, with the home featuring a spacious living room with a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

The terrace can be used in summer to soak in that European sun that we Irish can never seem to get.

Sunny apartment in Vienna
Price: €69 per night

9. Krakow, Poland

Poland is a great country to escape to, especially because of how affordable it is.

This chic loft apartment in central Krakow is only €18 PER NIGHT, we cannot believe how great it is.

Beautiful, modern studio for one or two people has air conditioning for the hot summer months, and is located on Bonerowska Street in Krakow city centre. 

The space is less than five minutes walking distance away from Krakow's main historical sights including main square, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter and more.

Loft apartment
Price: €18 per night

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The hosts don't call it the 'stairway to heaven' for no reason. Amsterdam is one of Europe's most interesting cities, with a huge amount to do and some immensely picturesque locations to visit.

Little loft apartments near the canals and boats are such a dream come true, and this luxury apartment with warm, modern décor is perfect for a weekend away with someone special.

The private trendy studio is built in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house, and is located in the cool neighbourhood near the food hall and outdoor markets. I wouldn't book this if stairs aren't suitable for you, however, it's a steep climb up.

Stairway to Heaven
Price: €80

You all deserve a holiday, and January is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and catch the travel bug.

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Ireland has been in grips of a housing crisis for far too long, and many young people have uprooted their lives to seek opportunities and good living conditions further afield. 

For the price of a shared bunk bed in a room with four other people in Dublin, you could get a private double bed room in an apartment ijn most EU cities – including the city which has topped the list for the most liveable in the world. 

According to The Economist's Intelligence Global Liveability Index 2018, Vienna, Austria is the best place to live in the entire world. 

Cities were ranked by their challenges to living standards, crime rates, healthcare systems and facilities, social or religious restrictions, culture, threat of terror, weather, education options transport infrastructure, and economy. 

These rankings tallied up to a total final score, leading to a list of the best 10 and worst 10 respectively. 

Vienna topped the charts thanks to it's rich cultural heritage and near perfect health and transport systems. If you're thinking of moving there, a room in a shared three-bedroom apartment 10 minutes from the city centre will set you back about €530 per month.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The rest of the top 10 includes: 

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Toronto, Canada

8. Tokyo, Japan

9. Copenhagan, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

Ireland did not rank in the top or bottom of the livability index. 

Syria came in last, with instability and severe restrictions on day to day living. 

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Just days after Tim Wilson, an Australian MP, proposed to his partner, Ryan Bolger, in Parliament in celebration of Australia's new stance on same-sex marriage, Austria has taken a step in the same direction.

According to emerging reports, Austria's Constitutional Court has declared that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry from the beginning of 2019, after determining that the current laws are discriminatory.

The ruling, which was published today, confirms that restrictions on same-sex marriage will be lifted at the end of 2018.

"The Constitutional Court nullified with a decision on December 4, 2017 the legal regulation that until now prevented such couples from marrying," read a statement from the court.

Twitter has wasted no time celebrating the news, with one social media user writing: "Australia and Austria allowing same sex marriage within one week of each other, finally. And the high court in Austria recognising it as a human right!"

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In front of a television audience of some 200m across the world, Swedish entry Mans Zelmerlow has been declared winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with Heroes

The fun and upbeat electro-funk infused song is already a huge hit across Europe, and is now set to become even bigger.

Sweden was one of the most celebrated entrants of the evening and had been widely tipped to finish strongly from the outset. Mans, 28, was accompanied on-stage by innovative animated visuals which evidently proved popular with audiences and judges alike.

Russia and Italy, also favourites to nab the titles, finished in second and third respectively. New-entrant Australia made it to fifth.

Although a record 27 countries took part, sadly Ireland failed to qualify for the event. Co. Tipperary-native Molly Sterling, 17, had co-written our entry, Playing With Numbers, but couldn't emerge out of a highly-competitive semi-final on Thursday evening.

Sweden has now won the song competition an impressive six times – just one fewer than front-runner Ireland.

This the 60th Eurovision was held in Vienna following Conchita Wurst's win last year with Rise Like A Phoenix.

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The only word to describe these hotels is “wow”!

Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong

The Ritz Carlton hotel in Hong Kong is not only the world’s highest hotel but on the 118th floor is has the highest pool.

Lion Sands, South Africa

Even the name sounds cool. It is an outdoor, uncovered hotel that really lets you sleep among the stars.  However, the reason that it’s high up might put you off a bit – it’s a game reserve, so you might bump into some elephants or other animals.

Aqua Dome, Austria

This is far from the Aqua Dome in Co. Kerry. The wellness resort is located 21,000feet in the Alps and is the perfect place for ski lovers as it is surrounded by miles of ski slopes. If skiing is not your thing, you can enjoy incredibly views from one of the three open top bowl pools.

Hotel de Glace, Canada

You don’t have much time left to see this incredible ice hotel as it melts every summer. However, if you are planning on tying the knot sometime soon you can book the ice chapel to give your guests a wedding of a lifetime.

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From l – r: Ritz Carlton, Lion Sands, Aqua Dome, Hotel de Galce

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