Europe is lined with beautiful cities throughout. The combination of culture, history, heritage, food and wine, an array of museums and much more, make the European cities very luring for people. It’s neither quite practical nor possible to visit all of them at one go, is it? The best destinations need to be chosen from a long list which will end up leaving you confused and troubled. Here are some of our picks which might leave you in awe:
The beautiful Spanish city doesn’t need much effort to pull you towards it, it already has it all. Mountains to beaches, historic to contemporary, Barcelona, is known as the sunny city which will stay in your memory for a long time. Take a tour of the culture at El Born Centre Cultural and get a splash of the trends in the El Raval district. Try out a 40-course meal at ‘Enigma’ or at ‘Quimet y Quimet’, a joint being operated by a family for over 100 years now. Barcelona is probably on everybody’s wish-listed travel destinations and it is about time you fulfill that wish.
Introduction would be unnecessary for this place. Instead popular nouns such as the Louvre, Notre- Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre- Coeur, Musee Rodin, Saint- Germain, The Seine and a few more are enough to suffice the city. Get into the robes of the French as you dine near the Bastille at Chez Paul or have a stroll near the neat Luxembourg Gardens. The legendary Eiffel Tower, the French cuisine and the polite and decent dialect will make you never want to leave. All in all, you would witness why the city is called one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Florence is a place that can’t be compared with another when it comes to art, history and architecture. This is the birthplace of Renaissance and the culture here remains unrivaled to date. Visit Florence’s center for contemporary culture, La Strozzina where you could witness modern art or go to Desire, the city’s popular cooking school/ design store hybrid. Save some room for ‘Pappardelle al Cinghiale’ no matter what you do.
Germany can never fall short on picturesque cities, yet Nuremberg has a unique blend of old as well as new cultures, which makes it one of a kind. This was the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, once upon a time. It was also an early capital of science and invention. Today, Nuremberg is very famed for its ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ which is it Christmas Market, Castles, Bratwurst (sold here since 14th century) and stunning museums, of course.
Over 2000 years old, this city, situated on the banks of the river Rhine has plenty of fans despite being overshadowed by Berlin and Munich. With High Gothic architecture, 12 Romanesque churches, plenty of annual literary festivals, the Museum Ludwig, this city makes a mark in culture and heritage. Make sure to have some Kölsch Beer which is specially brewed here. There is much to do and see here but mostly you could bask yourself in its distinct culture, tradition and not to mention, food.
Basel feels a lot like a place set in the storybooks despite the fact that it is one of Switzerland’s financial centers. The city’s cobblestoned Old Town, a picturesque cathedral, fountains and many more elements add to its beauty. This is also Switzerland’s cultural capital as it is embedded with world-renowned art museums, many orchestras and theatres as well. You could try planning a visit here during the month of December to witness one of the best Christmas markets in entire Europe.
The gateway to central Switzerland, Lucerne is dotted with a breathtaking mountainous panoramic view. There could be nothing prettier than the covered bridges, turreted buildings and of course, the colorful Old Town. It shall come as no surprise that Lucerne is always in the list of cities. Located on the shoreline of Lake Lucerne, this is also a pretty decent departure point for the Swiss Alps. It is even more awesome that the Alps are visible from the town. The oldest covered bridge in Europe, the famous Kapellbrücke is here. Devour on traditional dishes like veal with cream sauce and ‘rosti’ and feel the serenity and peace in this beautiful destination.
If you love the canals of Amsterdam and Venice and can’t decide where to go, then we are here to help. Hamburg is one such city where you will find much more than what both the cities combined have to offer. You could enjoy a ride through the historic Speicherstadt warehouse district and by the Town Hall of the 19th century or just stay dry on the land and walk under the river (Yes, you heard that right) through the Alter Elbe Tunnel, with artwork decorating its walls. If anything, then don’t miss the 361 foot, $1 billion Elbphilharmonie concert venue, which is spectacular looking.
Many would know of this place due to Mozart and The Von Trapps. The classic city is divided by Salzach River, the pedestrian Old City lies on its left bank and the entire nineteenth century falls on the right. Drink like a local at one of the many Austrian beer halls like the Augustiner Braustubl. Here, beer is drawn directly from wooden barrels.
The artistic, musical and intellectual city, Austria’s capital tops the list with its high cultural value. This is the largest city in Austria and the kind where you could visit every museum in the city and still be left with more to explore. You will always find a crowd for the opera. One can’t forget to get a taste of royalty at ‘Schönbrunn’, the Habsburg’s former summer residence and make sure you have the delightful ‘Sachertorte’ and ‘Mit Schlag’.