Cities don’t just offer memorable breaks but also give a first-hand glimpse of the local life, markets, food and other striking elements that have shaped the identity of the destination. Several travelers prefer getting a feel of a country by visiting its best cities. Here are some of the major European cities to get an amazing Vacation.
This east European delight may not feature on top if your must-do Europe list. However, it is exquisitely beautiful and offers budget travelers fantastic value for money. You’ll enjoy the distinct charm of two different cities for the price of one. Spilt by the stunning Danube Bridge, the Hungarian capital has Buda and Pest on either side, with each having a characteristic aura of its own. Enjoy a thermal bath or for a more off beat experience, go to the Japanese Garden or Margaret Island in the heart of Danube. You can visit one of Budapest’s street markets for awesome shopping deals.
The ultra romantic City of Lights is just as fascinating for a solo traveler as it is for a cozy twosome. From walking down the charming Champs-Elysees to discovering the legendary Montmartre paths to trying to grasp the incredible beauty of Louvre, Paris is a year round party for art, culture, food and shopping lovers. Witness the breathtaking beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle or discover whimsical little shops such as Shakespeare and Company.
You can’t talk about city breaks in Europe and skip Rome. The city remains unrivalled when it comes to art, history, monuments, food, culture and architecture. Seldom has a city witnessed the kind of civilization and historic events that has shaped the identity of Rome into a fascinating bag of sights and experiences over a period of 3000 years. Explore everything from the Colosseum to the exquisite Vatican City to the ancient temples to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel; Rome is a potpourri of experiences. Hey, and how can someone not try an authentic Italian pizza (far cry from its American counterpart), good old Italian pasta and gelato.
Amsterdam is one of the most buzzing atmospheres anywhere in Europe. Plus the city is known for its liberal and all-embracing character. Hire a bike for a few days and go museum (check out Rijksmuseum or Anne Fran Museum) hopping or explore the surround tulip fields (extremely photogenic). Plus, who can resist the vibrant nightlife?
A easy train navigation system on the famous London underground, fascinating sightseeing options (spoilt for choice with Harry Potter tours, Windsor Castle strips, Madame Tussauds, Levensden Warner Bros. Studio, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace – the list is endless), a fantastic pub culture and irresistible shopping options (think Oxford Street, Selfridges and more) – London is a potpourri of never ending adventures for the traveler.