Europe’s increasingly overshadowed as a holiday destination by countries with more tropical climates – but the Old World is still one of the best places to travel in the world.
Wow, when did the competition get so fierce? All of a sudden Europe seems a little outdated when you’re trying to argue against the sweltering charm of Hawaii, or the fairy tale landscape of New Zealand.
Increasingly cheap flights are making these faraway destinations far more accessible, so who would go to Prague when they could go to Rio right? But this is a big shame, because Europe is still one of the best places to travel in the world.
The continent’s capital cities are unparalleled centres of culture besides being uniformly visually stunning.
These ancient cities offer life changing experiences, and reflect a mesmerising variety of lifestyles and cultures. We’re taking a look at some of Europe’s best cities to show why they are experiences that can’t be missed.
The capital of Italy is one of the most breath taking places on earth. The sheer spectacle of the architecture and art of the Vatican City is an unforgettable experience – many are reduced to tears by the beauty of the Sistine Chapel, and the ancient ruins that are interspersed through the modern city make the Italian capital visually arresting.
But as you explore the winding alleys and packed market streets the true charm of Rome is in its age – the centuries bleed through the city’s cobbles, and you’ll find yourself wondering at the millions who have walked these streets before you. Rome’s food is a phenomenal experience, making it an amazing destination for pasta lovers.
For a truly unique experience, visiting Rome during one of the city’s famous street carnivals is unforgettable.
Although listing Paris as one of Europe’s “must see” capital cities is almost a cliché, it remains an unavoidable truth. Visits to Paris live on in memories that have a dream like quality, particularly if the city is visited in the winter months when many citizens enter voluntary exile in the balmier climes of the south.
During these months the city’s heat reaches a fever pitch, but that is easily cooled with fine iced coffee and ice creams available at the innumerable cafés that spill their tables out onto the sun drenched Parisian streets.
Parisians will encourage you to use French, lending the entire experience an intensely immersive experience – it’s impossible to skim the top of Paris. The city’s restaurants are world famous for a reason, and there are few things as spell binding as the gold leaf and white stone facades of the city’s architecture in the early evening.
As opposed to the 19th century, gothic and medieval grandeur of the Paris, Amsterdam offers an experience rooted in Europe’s resplendent 16th century history. The shape and tempo of Amsterdam have been defined by its canal system, a staggering feat of civil engineering that boasts more than 100 kilometres of waterways and over 60 individual canals.
Any visit to the city should begin with a tour of these remarkable canals, which gives a unique perspective on a bustling and vibrant city. Amstrerdam has a reputation for tolerance that dates back hundreds of years.
This attitude has combined with encouragement of social and economic innovation to create a unique culture in the Netherland’s capital. Amsterdam’s city centre is compact and easily navigated, once the curve of the canals has been factored in, and visitors are blown away by the sheer variety in the lifestyles pursued by its inhabitants.
Cosy coffeeshops and smoking bars nestle between high end restaurants and cocktail bars. The city’s main Red Light district, De Wallen, is a stone’s throw from Amsterdam’s oldest building and original church, De Oude Kerk.
It is a city of amazing contrasted and unforgettable experiences, from the homely charm of the “skinny bridge” to the amazing interior of the Ice Bar, fashioned entirely from ice.
Story written by: https://funamsterdam.com