When speaking of the top cities in Europe, it is impossible to go past Paris. Beautiful in every season, the City of Lights, or the City of Love as some label it – Paris is one of the most amazing cities, not only in Europe, but in the world. From the world famous Eiffel Tower rising high above the city, and the hundreds of shops lined down the Champs Elysees, the many museums throughout the streets and the winding River Seine intertwining itself throughout the capital, there is little reason to be bored in this amazing French metropolis. Each cafe has more character than the one before, and the food is to die for. Paris is a city many dream of visiting, if only just to see the beautiful architecture on the historic buildings, and to walk the city’s many beautiful bridges, past the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.
Rome, the beautiful Italian capital is a great city, filled with history and amazing monuments and architecture. Even if you are not an art lover, you will fall in love with this ancient city which has hundreds of historical sites to enjoy. Take a wander through Vatican City, or see Michelangelo’s art in the Sistine Chapel. Take photographs outside St Peter’s Basilica, one of the most famous buildings in Europe. Take a wander through the streets and enjoy Italian gelato on your way to the Trevi Fountain – where it is believed that if you throw in a coin, you will be lucky in love, and also that one day you will return to Rome. The cobbled streets next to the beautiful buildings showcase the beauty of the city, and regardless of the season, Rome is an amazing place to visit.
The German capital Berlin can be likened to the other major cosmopolitan cities of the world such as London and New York. In addition to all of its urban charms, its busy nightlife, fine dining, unique fashion, museums and cultural experiences, Berlin also offers visitors a history lesson, albeit a very difficult one to swallow, with Holocaust memorials and remnants of the Cold War visible all across the city. The world famous Brandenburg Gate is a must-see for tourists, and is one of the most famous monuments in Europe. Visit Checkpoint Charlie as you stroll around these historical streets, take in the iconic Berlin Wall, or stop in at one of the many pubs for a famous German stein of beer.
Amsterdam is a city that is really quite unique, where everybody seems to be doing their own thing in their own world. Taking a wander along the canals and through the Royal Palace, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum would be an amazing start to your Amsterdam adventure. Be careful to dodge all the bicycles, as Amsterdam is littered with them! Whilst being a fun city, with great shops, cafes and eateries, Amsterdam is also extremely historic, being home to the famous Anne Frank House, made famous during World War II and the Holocaust. This is a site which attracts many tourists every year, who then go on to discover that this amazing Dutch city is fantastic in its own right.
With its interesting combination of Catalan and Spanish cultures, its amazing food scene of beautiful tapas and sangria, incredible architecture, huge nightlife scene and golden beaches, Barcelona is an eclectic destination and makes for a very fun and cultural experience, one of the best in Europe. The Gothic Quarter is a stand-out, allowing you to get a feel of the history surrounding this city, and also allows for some great photos! Barcelona is a great all-round Spanish destination, and a city not to be missed when visiting Europe.
Austria’s Salzburg is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities in all of Europe. Its stunning beauty permeates past the confines of the city to the outskirts of town, boasting amazing mountains, lakes and hills as far as the eyes can see. This city has great shops and a great nightlife mixed among the historical feel of the buildings. One of the most famous movies, ‘The Sound of Music’ was filmed in Salzburg, where the famous ‘Von Trapp House’ still stands today.
Situated by the beautiful Adriatic Sea, the Croatian capital is also a great city of Europe, filled with history, yet also has a great tourist draw to it. Today, you can still see evidence of explosions and bombs from the Croatian conflict with Serbia. Apart from all this, Dubrovnik is a city surrounded by a fort, unique and beautiful in this day and age. Dubrovnik has great beaches and stunning buildings and scenery – one of the reasons why Croatia is fast becoming one of the most intriguing countries in Europe.
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