Top 10 cities to visit in Europe

6:53 pm 18 Feb, 2011

Europe has a myriad of historical, cultural, and geographical wonders, which means that the adventurous tourist will be spoilt for choice. However, the following list of Topyaps is an overview of ten of the best destinations that will provide the traveler a unique experience and an unforgettable journey.

10. Athens (Greece):

Athens is a widely recognized spot that proves to be a pleasurable treat to nature-lovers from every nook and corner of this world. Athens has always been the most preferred vacation spot for people across the world. Athens has some of the most famous attractions in Greece, from the Acropolis to the Parliament Building at Syntagma Square. The world class museums in Athens, like the National Archaeological Museum and the Benaki Museum, are more than worthy of a visit, and will give added insight and understanding into the many historic Greece attractions spread throughout the country.

9. Vienna (Austria):

With undeniable historic grandeur, Vienna seems as if designed as a visual accompaniment to one of Mozart’s more dramatic symphonies. It may lack the notable sights of London or Paris, but it’s this grandiose city itself that makes Vienna one of Europe’s most memorable places to visit.

8. Venice (Italy):

There’s no other city in the world like Venice; located on an island, the ancient city is criss-crossed by canals and pedestrian bridges, and the only form of transport is casually by foot or serenely cruising the water by gondola. Venice is best enjoyed wandering and exploring down aged alleyways, past historic churches with regular stops at wonderful restaurants and gelati shops. A world away from the real world; Venice exists as a universe of its very own.

7. Helsinki (Finland):

Helsinki, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe was founded by King Gustav Vasa. Helsinki Card and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are the places which you must visit. Helsinki is known to have the best restaurants in the world and hence, if you are a complete foodie, then this is surely the place for you.

6. Amsterdam (Netherlands):

The moments you spend ogling the old merchants’ villas, the Jordaan’s charming lanes or the lush Vondelpark are as magical now as in centuries past. The cafés are full, the museums are littered with Golden Age art and everyone still parties like there’s no tomorrow. Amsterdam is a delight to visit any time of year, but it’s hard to trump Queen’s Day, the world’s biggest party-cum–garage sale.

5. London (Great Britain):

There is a reason that London continues to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world – with all of the history, culture, entertainment, shopping, royalty and just all-around ambiance, it is nearly impossible to top London. Bursting with a multiplicity of things to do — touring the Tower of London, circling ’round in the London Eye, curtseying to the Queen outside Buckingham Palace, visiting the Tate Modern or scarfing down some fish’n’chips — London appeals to a variety of travelers, including couples, families and backpackers. Visitors can finish off the day with a raucous night at a popular club or a refined evening at the theater — and start all over again in the morning.

4. Prague (Czech Republic):

The towns of eastern Europe have a familiar style built around ancient castles on hills, overlooking broad Soviet-influenced medieval-style towns. Prague is by far king of them all, offering visitors a walk through history starting with the majestic Old Town Square where tourists can step back into the ancient market days and marvel at the incredible Astronomical Clock. A walk along Charles Bridge is a must, then up to the immense Prague Castle for a towering sight of the city not to be missed.

3. Rome (Italy):

Rome, the capital of Italy is well known for its rich culture and tradition. Vatican city, Palatine Hill, Pantheon , Roman Coliseum and Sistine Chapel are the places in Rome which you should never give a miss. You can also have the best shopping experience here with many retail outlets dedicated to visitors from all round the world. So, when it comes to having a romantic time with loads of shopping to do, Rome is one of the best choice amongst the top 10 places to visit in Europe.

2. Barcelona (Spain):

The most magical city of Europe is Barcelona. The influence of modernist architect Gaudi is everywhere, especially in the city’s incredible centrepiece La Sagrada Familia, a church that’s so far ahead of its time, technology is only now catching up to a point where this magnificent piece of architecture can be completed. Barcelona is a party city with flair and energy along with many great restaurants and hidden secrets for the energetic explorer to discover.

1. Paris (France):

It’s not surprising the French capital has earned the reputation as a city of beauty and romance; most of the city went unscathed during WWII and thus maintains much of its old-world charm. From Europe’s most popular attraction (the Eiffel Tower, what else?) to the very popular Louvre art museum to numerous historic cathedrals and buildings, Paris offers a series of wonders that will thrill anyone seeking a world of visual splendour in this city, which always meets and often exceeds expectations for its romantic near-perfection.

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