While the very thought of traveling across the great continent of Europe can be a daunting one for many (mainly due to the language barriers, high conversion rates and financial reasons), the spectacular cultural diversity when coupled with rich history and breathtaking panoramas, should be good enough for a reason to make one re-consider their trip to Europe. Considering how busy the lives of people are getting every day, it may be possible for many of them to travel across the Europe only once. So how exactly do we make this one trip worth it? Which cities are to be visited on this alluring continent? Read ahead to find out.
1. Paris, France
If you ever wondered about what it would be like to live in France, then Paris is the place for you. The cuisine, the culture and the art history of this city will amaze you far beyond belief. Begin your trip by visiting the famous Eifel Tower and be amazed with the dazzling view of the Paris suburbs which it has to offer. Apart from being home to many wonderful examples of gorgeous architectures like Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles, Paris is also known for its art. The Louvre museum is the most visited museum in the world, and the arrays of collection which it has, will simply leave you astounded. Paris is also the fashion capital of the world and should you ever have the need to upgrade your wardrobe while in Europe, you know where to go. All in all, Paris is one city you cannot afford to miss.
2. Florence, Italy
Florence is the dream city for the person who loves history. It is considered to be the source of the famous Renaissance movement which moved through to Europe between 14-17th century. The city is filled with arrays of art museums, depicting the history through the works of the great Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and many more. The architecture of Florence and its great cuisine is another reason which attracts thousands of tourists every year. To list a few, Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti and Piazza della Repubblica are few of sights which one must visit when in Florence. And for the wine connoisseur in you, just south of the city lies the famous Chianti region, with acres of vineyards spread throughout.
3. Madrid, Spain
The capital city of Spain is one of the most culturally rich cities in the country. Particularly known for its amazing balance between the modernization and history, Madrid is one city that must be on your travel list. If you still seek more historical knowledge, then visit the famous Golden Triangle of Art – a region comprising of three significant museums – the Prado Museum, the Refina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. But the essential things to explore in the Spanish capital would be the nightlife and the Bohemian culture. The city is lined with many night clubs which give you a great look in to the European style of partying. Botin Restaurant – the oldest running restaurant in the world (founded in 1725 : source) is located in Madrid and is a place that you should visit. If you are an avid lover of sports, then do not miss out on the legendary ‘El-Clasico’ – a fierce football match between Real Madrid and Football Club Barcelona.
4. Tromso, Norway
Located in the heart of Northern Norway, the city of Tromso can be comparatively difficult to get to, but is definitely worth the trip. It is one of the best examples of Scandinavian wilderness combined with jaw-dropping landscapes for hiking and scenic beauty. The low population density of Tromso makes it even more peaceful and an ideal location if you are looking for a quiet retreat, to get away from the busy life. But what makes this city even more interesting is the fact that it is home to three of the most spectacular natural phenomenon – Midnight Sun, Polar Nights and Northern Lights. Tromso is definitely the best place in world to witness the Lights and that is why, this is one city that you must visit.
5. Geneva, Switzerland
Placed in the belly of the Alps and Jura, the Swiss town of Geneva is one of the best kept treasures in Europe. Watches, fondues, chocolates are some of few things for which this region is known for. In addition to this, if you have ever wanted to try out snow related sports, then you cannot find a better place than Geneva in Europe. Many of the world famous ski resorts are located just a few hour’s drive from the city. One can even go on a day’s excursion to see some of the popular mountains like Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. While in Switzerland, don’t miss out on the opportunity of travelling in the Bernina express – a train running connecting Swiss and Italian region, travelling through some of the best panoramas in the world.
This is a Guest Post by Chirag Dubey.