European cities have a certain charisma. Each city, be it in any country, radiates beauty that is apparent with its individuality. Celebrating their uniqueness, this is the list of the top 10 European cities to see in your lifetime:
10) Budapest, Hungary
One of the best cities in Europe, Budapest is known for its tiers of cultural identity that has been seasoned over time, through many centuries and under different empires. Straddling the Danube and protected by the Buda Hills from west, this city has a cosmo vibe. The wide boulevards, majestic bridges, Art Deco architecture and surrounding landscape leave you in awe. It is also built around thermal hot springs, hence visiting the local bathhouses is a must.
9) Barcelona, Spain
The Catalonian capital combines the old and the new and everything in between. It is one of the most vibrant cities across the globe. Most of Barcelona is still what it was centuries ago and the rest has been transformed into a rainbow of fascinating razzle-dazzle. An appetite for amazing architecture, fabulous beaches, mouthwatering food, jubilant festivities and treasured scenic splendour attracts millions of people.
8) Florence, Italy
The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is undoubtedly a true reflection of the past. It seems to have stood still for centuries. Cathedrals, squares, churches, museums, galleries and even shops – they all have the yesteryear charm. Everything you discover, explore or encounter perchance will take you back in time. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiori, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Boboli Gardens near Palazzo Pitti and the mind-bowing Uffizi Gallery are only a few of the best places in the city.
7) Zurich, Switzerland
The largest and the most populous city in Switzerland, Zurich talks to its tourists through its vibrant culture and exuberance. This lively city is considered the heart of Switzerland owing to the plethora of leisure activities it offers and the multicultural flair it possess. With a number of attractions, this flamboyant place captures the hearts of millions. Go on a leisure walk on the clean streets capturing a clear view of the snow-covered Alps or relax near Lake Zurich, which appears even more beautiful in evenings. The city also features a number of impressive clubs for the tourists who are looking forward to going out at night.
6) Berlin, Germany
Separated from each other, the two Berlins reunited after 30 years and when joined, they became one of the best cities of Europe. Definitely a plot from an old movie. Berlin, clutching to its magnificent past, has moved into future quite rapidly and today, it is one of the world’s most advanced cities. From the remnants of war-inflicted Berlin to places like Potsdamer Platz, exploring Berlin is like travelling in a time capsule.
5) Venice, Italy
Brimming with unique architectural masterpieces, Venice is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Italy. Situated in the middle of a lagoon, this place is quite popular amongst travellers and is one of the most visited places not only in Italy but the entire European belt. You can enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal which is one of the most famous activities here and the luscious water body divides Venice into two sections. Surrounded by the beautiful Adriatic Sea, the scenic waterways and stupendous architecture will keep you hooked to the city for a very long time.
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4) Paris, France
A glass of beaujolais in hand, a quiet verandah and the stunning city skyline dwarfed by the Eiffel Tower right in front. That’s one must-do in Paris. The sight of Eiffel Tower from any part of the city leaves you in awe. And the tower itself reciprocates with the equally spellbinding views of the city from its Observation Deck. While Paris has long been synonymous with the iconic Eiffel Tower, the city has numerous other attractions. The art and architecture of the city is acclaimed and most of it has been on a proud display for centuries. Orangerie, the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Pont Neuf, Notre Dame, Champs Elysee are impressive and even the tree-lined cafes have a charming aura. Enjoy a cafe au lait in a street cafe, cruise the Seine River, tour Montparnasse and Saint-Germain.
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3) London, England
In the second century AD, Romans established London on a small area spanning merely around 2.5-kms. Today, it is a sprawling metropolis boasting innumerable places to explore within the city. London is a hot pot of culture, with immigrants from around the globe calling it their homes. Exploring London is an overwhelming experience and you simply love the fact that you are here, in the centre of the fervor. Of course, that’s just another day for people of London but for tourists, it’s like being part of something amazing at a very large scale. It is definitely a must-visit European city.
2) Rome, Italy
History, culture, beauty, romance, art – everything wrapped in one destination and not just in tiny bits and pieces, Rome packs it in volumes. The charm of Rome lies in its ideal integration of thousands of years old legacy with the au courant lifestyle. The ruins of Roman civilisation create a striking contrast with the state-of-the-art infrastructure around the city. The sight of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum stirs your soul, Ostia Antica and Pincio Gardens take your breath away, street cafes and fine restaurants serve you with mouthwatering authentic Italian delights and the Borghese Gallery transports you into another world, not literally though. Revel in an unparalleled view of Rome from Piazza Napoleone, go salsa dancing at Caruso Café de Oriente, feast on zabaione at the Il Gelato di San Crispino and climb the steps of Piazza di Spagna to take a horse-drawn carriage ride.
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1) Istanbul, Turkey
It’s the only city in the world to straddle two continents. That’s not reason enough to visit a city. But Istanbul is a vibrant city – an amalgamation of two continents, two cultures and two religions. It’s not just Europe and Asia it is hedging, but Christianity and Islam as well. And the spirited fusion is clearly visible in every corner of the city. The architecture is of different styles, presenting an exciting mix of palaces, museums, mosques and churches that cast a spell on you. And on top of that, the city offers exquisitely delicious food (another fusion), sprawling marketplaces (or bazaars) and lively streets. At the end of the day, treat yourself with a cup of really refreshing coffee (add it to your checklist) and a little time in one of its lavish bathhouses.
So make your bucket list today and start striking off these beautiful cities by booking some cheap Europe holiday packages.