Travelling to Europe? Here are 5 of the most beautiful cities you need to see
Europe is one of the best travelling options for everyone. It’s rich in culture, and every country is distinct in beauty.
Plus, the cuisine is not to be missed ―especially French and Italian. So, if you’re soon planning for a vacancy, here are the best five European cities to travel to!
The capital of Austria, Vienna, is the largest city in the country, and it’s also a cultural, economic and political center. It is known as the city of music and the city of dreams, being an important place for Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. It’s also considered one of the world's most livable cities, where the quality of life is high.
Going to Vienna might be overwhelming because there are so many things to do and places to visit that you won’t be able to decide how to make the most out of your vacation. So, here are the best places to go to:
- Schönbrunn Palace is a cultural heritage site that has kept the original furnishing and decorations from the imperial lifestyle. The park and gardens around it are styled in a Baroque design, with a total of 160 ha (400 acres).
- The Historic Center of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture. The pedestrian boulevards will take you to the Vienna State Opera or the St. Stephen’s Cathedral so that you can find hidden gems at any step.
- Kursalon Wien is the best restaurant in Vienna, where you can taste the best traditional Austrian meals while being able to listen to a Strauss or Mozart concert live. The tickets start from $109.80 per adult.
Berlin is the capital of Germany and is the place of culture, politics, media and science. It holds a strong history, and you can learn many things about the city’s contributions to the whole world. Getting there, you must see:
- Reichstag is the most significant historical building, which is the current home of the German parliament.
- The Brandenburg Gate has many neo-classical buildings and symbolizes the reunification of Germany;
- The Berlin Television Tower reaches the skyline at 368 m and is the perfect place to get a 360° panorama of the city.
Travelling to Berlin is quite easy, given that it’s an accessible city and you have plenty of affordable options from whatever city you’re travelling from. In this small city, you are provided with trains, trams, buses and the metro, but you can also use a bike to get from one place to another.
A Brussel train ticket can start from € 25, which gets you to any other European city fast. For example, you can come from Amsterdam to Brussels in only two hours with the lowest rates and comfortable conditions.
The capital of Belgium, Brussels, is full of cultural events, being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and a time machine at the same time. Being a relatively small city, you can visit many places in one day, like the Palace of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the Europa building or the garden suburbs that date back to the start of the 20th century.
Belgium is also known for the most delicious chocolate and the best beer in the world, so you definitely need to have a taste. The best place for this is the Hungry Mary, where you also get a walking tour of the city that includes 12 different chocolates of your liking and six different beers for you to drink, along with cheese and cured meats and nibbles. It’s got a rating of five stars on TripAdvisor, so it’s a must! The whole tour will take about 4 hours and 30 minutes, and the average ticket is € 91.12.
Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is known to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world. It’s full of Michelin-starred restaurants, has plenty of museums and holds the Copenhagen Fashion Week, which is the largest fashion event in Northern Europe. Copenhagen is reputed to be among the happiest cities in the world, so you can go there to meet locals and catch their happiness.
The top attractions you must see are:
- The Copenhagen Zoo, with more than 4,000 animals from all over the world;
- The National Aquarium, with more than 450 species and a total volume of tanks of 7,000,000 L;
- The National Gallery of Denmark has a massive collection of Danish and international art;
- The Round Tower is an observatory tower from the 17th century used by amateur astronomers;
For local cuisine experiences, you should go to the Alchemist. This restaurant has its course dinner divided into five choreographed acts, and one of the locations includes a spectacular planetarium-like dome. The dishes are complex and creative, trying to make statements on important social issues, like plastic pollution.
The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is known for the number of canals that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are also the main attraction of the city, but that’s not all, because going to Amsterdam means you need to visit:
- The Van Gogh Museum contains a large collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings. The fee starts from € 19 per adult, but it can be free for many types of visitors;
- The Anne Frank House is the original writer’s house that’s now a biographical museum. The entrance fee starts from € 14.00;
- The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s national museum dedicated to Dutch arts and history. The tickets start from € 20.
The good thing about Amsterdam is that you can visit it by bike, as it has one of the best networks of cycle routes in the world. This is how you can discover the city's hidden gems and not worry about traffic.
To wrap it up, Europe is full of beautiful sights that are not to be missed for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! If you want to know more about our history and get the best cultural experience, these are the places where you should travel to in the future.
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