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When it comes to traveling, the continent of Europe offers a great range of delights. Whether you are looking for traditional areas harking back to bygone eras, modern cities, or an area that provides the best of both worlds, there is no shortage of options. With a growing number of budget airline routes and affordable accommodation, exploring the best cities in Europe is easier than ever before. It is good to have an idea of what you want from a European holiday before you start booking flights and accommodation.
Dublin is great for a party atmosphere
Anyone looking to enjoy a party atmosphere in Europe will find that Dublin in the Republic of Ireland is an excellent choice of destination. The Temple Bar area is the hub of lively nightlife, countless bars, and a chance to socialize and party with some of the friendliest people in the continent. A trip to the Guinness factory is a great way to spend an afternoon, with the Gravity Bar offering stunning views of the city. People looking for a sense of Ireland’s history should visit Kilmainham Gaol (Jail). And if you want to just chill for the day, the Dublin Botanical Garden is the perfect place.
Glasgow and Manchester are lively destinations
While many people cite the capital, Edinburgh, as the number one city to visit in Scotland, Glasgow is by far the more interesting and cosmopolitan destination. The Merchant City, just off the iconic George Square, is a fantastic place to stay, offering accommodation among some of the finest bars and restaurants. Glasgow is a sociable city that thrives on music and sport. Why not check out a gig in venues such as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut or Nice N Sleazy? If you want to see what gets hearts racing in Glasgow, pay a visit to Celtic Park, home of one of the most famous and celebrated soccer teams in the country.
In England, you can never go wrong with a trip to London, but Manchester is well worth checking out. The city’s history is tied in with the Industrial Revolution, but Manchester is a thriving modern city. The Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see for any tourist or traveler in the area. In the Salford Quays dockyards, you can find the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry cultural center. The world-famous Old Trafford stadium, home of Manchester United, is nearby and has a museum and tour.
Munich offers a huge range of museums
For those travelers venturing to mainland Europe, Germany is a country that has an interesting history and some major cities that offer everything that a tourist could ever want. Berlin is perhaps the most vibrant and exciting city in the country, but for the most authentic German experience, Munich is the city to visit. You’ll find a wide range of Munich rentals in central locations, and no matter what budget you have, there is sure to be something that appeals to you or suits your finances. With more than 80 museums in Munich, the city is ideal for tourists. The Münchner Residenz (Munich Residence) museum is well worth exploring. There are three tours inside the building, each encompassing different parts of German history and life, and the surrounding areas of the museum are also welcoming. If you visit Munich in the winter months, there is an attractive festive market to enjoy at this site.
Barcelona has stunning architecture
Spain is another nation that greatly appeals to tourists. Art lovers and fashionistas will appreciate Madrid, with Picasso’s Guernica, on display in the Museo Reina Sofía, being a highlight. For those looking for stunning architecture and cultured nightlife, Barcelona is likely to be the ideal destination. The heart of Catalonia displays the work of Antoni Gaudí with great pride, with Sagrada Família being his most famous building. Work is still being undertaken, long after Gaudi’s passing in 1926, and this building is one of the must-see attractions in the whole of Europe. There are many great examples of Gaudí’s work in Barcelona, with Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera, being a slightly-overlooked gem in Europe.
If you had infinite time and money, you could spend the rest of your days exploring the major cities of Europe, all of which have their own unique charm and style. Rome is a city that has retained so much of its traditional charm, with the Coliseum remaining a hugely attractive tourist attraction. Paris is still the city that is associated with love, and couples flock to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe every single day. With so many stunning European cities to enjoy, the hardest task may be deciding which city you should visit next.
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