Spend a few days in the historic and bohemian city of Amsterdam. Famous for its its beautiful canals, elegant townhouses, coffee houses, red-light district, breweries and the former homes and museums of 17th century master artists Rembrant, and WW2 heroine Anne Frank. With a great rail network thoughout the Netherlands Amsterdam is easily connected to nearby cities and sites such as Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden, the stunning Keukenhoff Gardens and Zaanse Schans windmill village, there is something for everyone in this fabulous dutch city.
For the tulip fields visit between late March and mid May – don’t forget to book in advance as this is a very busy season.
The Slovakian capital may not be the first place to spring to mind when thinling of European cities, but perhaps it should. The old town centre is as elegant as it is pretty with shades of pastel coloured buildings and delightfully quaint cafes. The old world charm gives it a warm cozy feel in winter and a bright freshness in summer. Dont miss a visit to the medeival castle on the hill, stop by the wedding cake like Blue Church, take a cruise along the river and catch the lift to the top of the UFO building for a stunning view.
The dramatic elegance of Budapest creates one of the best views in Europe. With two cities in one you certainly get double for your time and money. It is hard to judge which is the more beautiful skyline; the he Gothic revival architecture of the parliament building of Pest on one side or the castle on the hill of Buda. Awash with history and historic buildings there are so many highlights. Among them are the castle, the old town of Buda, the House of Terror (museum to communism), St Stephen’s Basilica, St Matthias church, a cruise along the danube, Széchenyi chain bridge, the old jewish quarter, beautiful art nouveau architecture of Pest, and a visit to the famous Széchenyi Spa thermal baths complex is a must do.
At the west end of the ancient Silk Route Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures where east meets and mingles with west. The ancient streets of Sultanhamet are buzzing with life, filled with bazzars, elegant mosques and fantastic food. Highlights include the Hagia Sofia (once a christian church, then a mosque and now a museum), the incredibly beautiful Blue Mosque, the former seat of the Ottoman Empire – Topkapi Palace, a cruise along the Bospherus is a lovely relaxing break from the bustle, visit the giltteringly ornate Dolmabache palace, the Grand Bazaar, the incredible underground roman cisterns, the Egyptian Bazaar and of course do try the handmade Turkish Delight.
There are many lovely towns and cities in Poland, but Krakow is certinaly the jewel in the crown. The beautiful Wavel Royal Castle looks down over the old city and the banks of the river, affording stunning views from the lookout towers. The main square is ringed with lovely cafes and restaurants where you can sit and watch the world go by. The far side is dominated by St Mary’s Basillica; don’t miss the hourly bugal call from the belltower. In the heart of the city is the Cloth Hall market, serving the people of the city since the 15th centry. Today it is filled with craft stalls and the upperfloor is an art museum. Don’t miss the pretty side streets, the barbican, the beautiful old jewish quarter; Kazmierz, and a trip to Schilnder’s factory museum is worth the extra walk.
There are few cities in the world as breathtakingly grand as London. Sprawling out in all directions there is so much to see in England’s capital it is impossible to encapsulate in a single paragraph. Crammed with world class museums such as the V&A, The Tate Galleries and the British Museum there is somethng for everyone to discover and enjoy. The view of the Palace of Westminster from the south bank is world famous, just as are the iconic London Eye and Tower Bridge. Absolute must see’s include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palce, the Sky garden, Westminster and St Paul’s cathedrals – equal in beauty but vastly different in style, Shakespears rebuilt Globe Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, Picadilly Circus, Covent garden, Trafalgar Square and of course it wouldn’t a be trip to London with out seeing a show in the Westend.
The Eternal City. Once the heart of an empire, Rome is everchanging and yet somehow always the same. Italy’c capital truly encapsulated the diversty and clashes of ancient and modern seated side by side. Walking around the ruins of the Forum, the world famous icon – the Colluseum, the Baths of Caracalla and the perfectly intact pantheon, it is hard not to feel the energy and lives of all those who walked those streets before you. But it is not only about the ancient. The Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain display all the ornate beauty of 18th centry design. There are many beautiful chruches, fountains, piazzas, especially notable in the Piazza Novona, and then of course there is the Vatican. No trip to rome wod be complete without a trip to the Vatican Museum, the Cistine chappel and Basilica San Pietro.
The state capital of Andalucia and the home of Flamenco, Seville is a truly cultural city. With stunning examples of Gothic, Boroque and Renaissanece revival, Moorish, and ultra modern architecture as well as incredible traditional music and dance, this Spanish city is a feast for the senses. Highlights include the narrow winding streets of the old town, the striking cathedral, Parque de Maria Luisa, and the Torre del Oro. A river cruise is a ‘must do’, as is a watching one of the many amazing Flamenco shows. Don’t miss the Real Alcázar; a Moorish palce wrapped in lovely gardens, or, often referred to by locals as the Mushroom; The Metropol Parasol is a giant sulpture which can be accessed by lift and walked around for a fantastic view over the modern city. The top highlight for many visitors to Seville is the Plaze de Espana.
This capital of North Macedonia is city of two halves. On one side of the river you have the modern city, with great shops, the birth home of Mother Teresa, lovely parks and many restaurants and bars. Om the opposite side of the river are the winding streets of the old Turkish Bazaar. Crammed with traditional artizans, antique shops and cafes, the Bazaar is a fabulous place loose yourself for an afternoon or evening. There are some great museums, including the museum of archaeology housed in an elegant neoclassic building, and the ‘not to be missed’ Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia. The grandeur of the city centre is utterly photogenic with the stunning architecture and numerous beautiful footbridges bridges. Just outside the city is Matka Cayon, where you can spend time kayaking or relaxing with in small boat ride.
A cultural mix of Baltic and Viking Estonia is an interesting country, and the capital Tallinn is the country’s cultural hub. The old walled city is a step back in time with it’s cobblestoned streets, Kiek in de Kök – 15th-century defensive tower, the 13th centry Gothic Town Hall in the historic main square, the onion domes of Alezander Nevky Cathedral, Toompea castle, Raeapteek – one of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, and not to mention all the lovely cafes and restaurants including a traditional medieval restautant. The modern city offers a fabulously bohemian arts district; the Telliskivi Creative centre, and a visit to the KGB museum in a secret floor at the top of the Viru Hotel is a must-do in this former Soviet country.
Experience the elegance and grandeur of one of Europes most cultural cities. From the stunning 19th century and world famous Opera House to the quirky bohemian buildings of 20th century artist and architect Hundertwasser, Vienna is a truly beautifyl mix of styles and beauty. Visit the Hofburg, some of the many museums, the palaces and grounds of Schonbrun and Belveder, and some of the many famous confectionary and coffee houses. Watch an opera or ballet at the opera house, or the riding show at the world famous Spanish riding School. And, don’t miss out on a slice of Sacher Torte in the elegant cafre of the Sacher Hotel.
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