5 Quintessential European Locations You Need to Visit

Quintessential European LocationsEurope is a stunning place offering a variety of destinations and beautiful sights to see. Whether you’re halfway across the globe in Australia or call Europe home, there is always more to be seen of this beautiful continent. So what are the best cities to visit? There are probably many European locations that come to mind, however, we’ve picked 5 of the best. Here are 5 quintessential European locations you need to visit.

Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe, without a doubt. Visit in peak tourist time and you will certainly be overrun by the large crowds. May or September are the best times for a more relaxing visit. Barcelona is a city that requires you spend some extra time to fit everything in. From Gaudí’s most amazing architecture to the beautiful gothic streets of the city centre.

One major highlight is the fantastic food and drink – Barcelona is home to the best tapas, paella and sangria in the world. The Catalonians have a laid back lifestyle and always find a way to enjoy themselves. Take in all the outdoor offerings: Park Güell, Montjuic hill and the famous Barcelona beach.

Copenhagen

Another ‘must visit’ within Europe is Copenhagen. The Scandinavian city is bursting with stunning architecture. Experience the thriving nightlife Copenhagen offers including pubs, lounges, clubs and great dining.  Christiansborg Palace Ruins is one of the many great tourist sights to visit. Located under the Christiansborg Palace in the middle of the city, you can see ruins dating back to 1167.

Copenhagen has plenty of great museums, outdoor spaces, lovely gardens and more. The harbour and food market are both certainly worth seeing. The city is equally as beautiful in summer as it is in winter.

Amsterdam

Many people have fallen in love with Amsterdam. The city has an incredible history, some fantastic landmarks and is known for its artistic heritage, extravagant canal system and narrow houses and facades. Throughout the canals you have a bustling party scene and tourist attractions.

The north of the city offers an art scene that’s making a huge impression. It is home to some of the finest art in the world. The Museum District is home to the Van Gogh Museum and works by artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.

You will want to get around by bicycle; it’s the only way! On the outskirts of the city, you will find beautiful landscapes and quaint homes. Amsterdam lives up to its reputation and then some.

Edinburgh

Of all the cities in the UK, this is one that comes to the top of the list in regards to the word ‘quintessential’, offering amazing architecture, history,  pubs, beautiful views, great food and so much more. It’s always busy so make sure you book ahead for restaurants and dining. If you’re travelling from London, you have plenty of options. Trains, planes and buses are frequently making trips all year round.

Spring is a great time to visit Edinburgh with the city exuding beauty. During the festival season, the city comes alive. Hogmanay festival is in full swing over the new year period, and the locals and tourists make the most of the festivities.  It does get cold, so make sure you dress warmly and take comfortable shoes because you will do a bit of walking.

Paris

A city that lives up to its name, ‘The city of love’. If you’re going with somebody you love, family or friends, the city will still offer the same great dining, wine, culture, lifestyle and just a great atmosphere. Cafés and restaurants are always full, the streets are bustling, and this doesn’t stop until the early hours of the morning.

Walking around the city, you can get an idea of the stunning architecture and history that Paris offers. Day tours of different areas give further insight into its incredible history. Endless sights to see include Notre Dame, Montmartre, The Louvre, Jardin du Luxembourg and of course the famous Eiffel Tower. There are endless options in Paris, it’s truly one of the best cities in Europe, if not the world.

Each of these cities is unique, and that’s what makes them so quintessentially European. If you’re visiting just for a weekend or spending weeks at a time, these five cities will provide an experience you will never forget.

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