Friday, 13 May 2016

Top three European cities for culture-lovers | Travel

Europe is a treasure trove of culture and is home to some of the most stunning cities in the world. If you love old towns, picturesque backdrops and unique architecture then you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top three European cities for avid culture-vultures, and just some of the sites you’ll be itching to see.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Croatia has seen a huge boost in tourism recently, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Dubrovnik in particular is drawing more people every year, with its calm turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and dozens of relaxed and friendly bars and restaurants. However, it’s Dubrovnik’s rich historical past that have a big impact on people.

Iconic buildings include Rector’s Palace, a melting pot of architectural design after having been re-built twice in its lifetime, and the 16th Century Sponza Palace. Most people say though that no trip to Dubrovnik is complete without a walk around the city walls that offer you unparalleled views out to sea, alongside the famous little red roofs of the city.

Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a lively little city with a lot to offer even the most discerning of culture lovers. Why not start off by enjoying the fine wines that the region has to offer? With seven square kilometres of vineyards that lie within its boundaries, Vienna actually qualifies for the title of world’s largest wine-growing capital city.

You won’t find any problems trying to find some exceptional food to go with it either, especially seen as Vienna’s largest open-air food market, the Naschmarkt, opens Monday to Saturday. Or instead, head out to one of Vienna’s many fine-dining restaurants before an evening of opera – be sure to book reservations and tickets in advance though through sites like viennaoperatickets.com, as these events sell out fast.

Freiburg, Germany
Romantic canals surrounded by colourful little houses, cobbled streets paved with markets, all surrounded by luscious, dense forests just waiting to be explored. This is what awaits you in the sleepy city of Freiburg in South West Germany, but don’t be fooled, there’s a lot more to this fascinating city than meets the eye.

If you’re a lover of fine architecture, then the historical spires of Freiburger M√ľnster should be right up your street. Complete with its own gargoyles, this 11th Century marvel cuts an impressive silhouette, and from its tallest tower you can even see the Vosges Mountains of France on a clear day.

If you’d like to delve deeper into Freiburg’s rich past, then your next stop should be the Augustinermuseum. Its famous Sculpture Hall on the ground floor is home to fine medieval sculptures and Renaissance masterpieces. Then finish off with a tour of the Schlossburg forests via cable car, or for the more serious hikers, there are plenty of trails that offer a challenge.

I hope today’s post has convinced you to go and visit these beautiful cities. Are you planning a European trip soon? I’d love to hear where you’re travelling to so please feel free to leave a comment.

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