Sightseeing in Europe – what is left to see?
Whether you are a seasoned traveller or planning to explore Europe for the first time, some of the oldest cities in the world are home to the best attractions.
Whatever you are looking for, you will find a wide range of sightseeing opportunities in these 5 vibrant cities:
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam is a lively city which is famous for much more than its infamous red light district. Visitors can spend time discovering the town on foot or bike, enjoy the café culture and shop until they drop. Culture vultures can head to the Rijksmuseum to see some of the Dutch Masters, or explore the Hortus Boticanus, a short walk from the Hermitage Museum. This beautiful botanical garden is one of the oldest in the world and was first opened in 1638. Visit the Butterfly House and the café at the Orangery.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. The city also boasts the longest bridge in Europe, which is 11 miles long and crosses the Tagus River. Popular sites in Lisbon include the Belem Tower, which is a monument to the ´Age of Discovery´ and the departure point for famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama. The Jeronimos Monastery is also worth a visit with its incredible architecture. Alcantara and Bairro Alto are famous for their restaurants and stylish bars, while the Parque das Nacoes boasts a more contemporary feel.
Vienna, Austria’s capital consistently ranks highly in ´quality of life´ surveys, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Close to the border of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, with the River Danube winding its way through the city, Vienna is divided into 23 districts. The centre of town is rich in architecture and is home to baroque castles and stunningly ornate gardens. Museums and galleries worth visiting include the Leopold Museum, the Art History Museum, Vienna Museum and Belvedere. Enjoy the great outdoors in Vienna Woods or stroll around the shops.
Berlin is a vibrant city which is home to a fantastic choice of night life, cultural attractions and famous landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. History stares visitors in the face at every corner, and cafés are full at all hours of the day. Excellent transport links enable visitors to see the major sights of the city cheaply, and in comfort. Grunewald is Berlin’s largest forested area, to the south-west of Charlottenburg and easily accessible via S-bahn. Visit Museum Island, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site.
Dublin is rich in history, tradition and a thriving pub and club culture, making it the ideal destination for a city break. Historical landmarks include the 13th Century Dublin Castle, the Ha´penny Bridge, Mansion House and the Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin is also one of the literary capitals of the world and the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckitt. Visit the national museums, concert halls and theatres. No trip to Dublin is complete without visiting the Guinness Brewery, which was founded in 1759. The local countryside is stunning.
If you are planning to visit Dublin, Berlin, Vienna, Lisbon or Amsterdam, book a guided city tour, cultural tour, gastronomic tour or rural tour of the surrounding areas to make the most of your stay.