Searching for cities to visit in Europe can give anyone a migraine…
There are so many places to choose from, and all of them offer so much to do and see!
That’s why we’ve put together this list of five of the best European cities you can visit, detailing what each city has to offer.
The Italian capital offers almost three millenniums’ worth of influential art, architecture and culture.
You can experience the remains of the great Roman Empire by visiting the Forum and the Colosseum. And you can get enthralled with historic artworks and religious monuments with a visit to Vatican City, which houses priceless works by Michelangelo, as well as architectural marvels such as St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
If you’re a food lover, then you’ll be spoilt for choice in a city teeming with ristorantes, trattorias, osterias, and pizzerias – all serving a range of delicious traditional Italian dishes ranging from risotto, pizza, antipasto, spaghetti, tiramisu, and panna cotta.
Once a divided city, Berlin boasts an abundance of sights and experiences that give you an insight into the city’s interesting yet turbulent past.
Visit the Brandenburg Gate, an 18th-century neoclassical monument built by Prussian king Frederick William II. A truly exquisite structure, it’s no wonder the gate is one of Germany’s most renowned landmarks.
As well as its splendour, the city marks its dark past - where it once served as the Third Reich’s capital - with a holocaust memorial created by American architect, Peter Eisenman.
If you’re in the city at any point during mid-September to the beginning of October, you might enjoy the city’s Oktoberfest. The world-famous festival originated in Bavaria, although it’s celebrated throughout the country. You can indulge in a range of local beers and tasty German cuisine.
Prague is Europe’s fifth most visited city, and it’s also one of its prettiest.
There are a multitude of things to see and do on a visit to the city, including the Prague Astronomical clock, the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, St Vitus Cathedral, and the Jewish Quarter.
As well its architectural splendour, a visit to Prague isn’t complete without a sample of the renowned Czech brews such as Staropramen, Rohozec, and Urquell.
Walk Las Ramblas, explore the modernista architecture and works of Antoni Gaudi, and taste tapas and vermouth in the colourful city of Barcelona.
Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital thrives, especially in the summer, with visitors eager to absorb the city’s history, mouth-watering seafood, and vibrant art.
The city was home to one of the world’s most famous artists, Pablo Picasso, and manages to blend an interesting atmosphere of quirkiness with placid grandeur, particularly through its beautifully-designed concert halls and Barri Gotic (its medieval Gothic Quarter).
The ex-Polish capital offers beautiful gothic architecture which you can explore mostly on foot. The city centre is small enough to amble around, yet if you’re strapped for time you can choose to take a half-day guided tour where you’re driven around the sites.
The Jewish quarter contains an integral part of the city’s history, including the renowned factory owned by Oskar Schindler, who protected hundreds of his Jewish workers from being sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. You can also visit bars that have been kept in the same shape as they were during the Second World War. So you can essentially step back in time while enjoying a local beer, which you can get from as little as 4 Polish zloty (approximately 80 pence).
Just under an hour or so outside the city lies Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. A harrowing and emotional experience, yet an important history lesson to all who visit about the atrocities that occurred there during World War II.
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