From teenagers to those in their mid twenties who have finished University to couples who want to get exploring, there’s nothing quite like throwing the backpack over your shoulders, hoping on a bus, plane or train and heading off around Europe. There are so many wonderful sights and cities to enjoy in Europe, that narrowing down your choice to a select few can be a challenge in itself. Whether you want to explore the Eastern Block, Central Europe, Scandinavia or even the British Isles, it’s important that you have a plan in place before you set off backpacking around Europe. If a tour of Europe is on your travel bucket list, here’s 3 cities you simply must visit on your travels.
3 Cities everyone should visit in Europe
One of the most popular cities in Europe, Barcelona attracts millions of tourists each year. The coastal city has miles of golden sandy beaches for those of you who seek nothing more than some sun and relaxation. But don’t just be content to spend your time at the beach. The city of Barcelona is full of culture, stunning architecture, magnificent food and perhaps most importantly, friendly people.
The many squares of this city are bustling 7 days a week, 365 days a year with locals and tourists mingling and enjoying a cerveza (beer) and some tapas (small servings of local food). From the Gothic Quarter to the Port and the Montjuïc area to Las Ramblas, you’ll never be stuck for things to do. The Gothic Quarter is inspired by the work of Gaudi while Picasso’s influence can also be felt on this art loving city.
For the sports fans among you, a trip to the world famous Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona is a must. Depending on the time of year that you visit the city, you can sometimes pick up cheap tickets on game night. Other must see attractions include La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá, Park Güell and the Magical Fountains of Montjuïc. The neighbouring area of Montserrat is also worth visiting if you are looking for an all day excursion.
The capital of Ireland is quickly earning a reputation as a must see city, and it’s easy to see why. Dublin is a thriving city that is stepped in history and has a wonderful heritage of food and dance. If you want a leg of your European travelling tour that is guaranteed to leave you entertained and wanting more then look no further than Dublin. Home of the famous Guinness Stout drink, there is so much to see and do in Dublin City centre, that you’ll welcome the odd break in one of the cities many famous bars.
If you’re a first time visitor to Dublin the get yourself along to the popular shopping streets of O’Connell Street and Grafton Street. Not only will these areas give you plenty of choice when it comes to hitting the shops, they are also well positioned in relation to the top attractions on offer in the city. Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and the National Gallery of Ireland will introduce you the history of this wonderful city and country.
Once you have finished exploring the history and culture of Dublin, it’s time to enjoy the city’s biggest offering – the bars. Temple Bar is a popular area for both locals and tourists but you’ll not have to go far in Dublin to find a bar serving great food, quality booze and some of the finest traditional music on the island. Dance the night away and make some great friends along the way. Be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse before completing your Dublin leg of your trip. The Guinness Tour is the most popular tour of Ireland and once you experience it you’ll understand why. The tour also happens to take place in the world’s largest pint glass!
The final city that needs to be on any list when travelling around Europe is Berlin. The capital city of Germany, Berlin has come a long way from a city that was divided as recent as 1989. The Berlin Wall is one of the most iconic parts of Berlin and somewhere that should be on every serious globetrotters bucket list. Visit the remains of the wall and pose for a photo at the iconic Checkpoint Charlie before taking a trip to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, two of Germany’s most famous attractions. After using such a great car service in Dortmund, I opted to do the same thing in Berlin and it made everything so simple.
There’s no doubt that Berlin is a city stepped in history, with museums spread throughout the city that tell the story of both the city and World Wars. Museum Island in the Mitte district is a must see for those of you who are intrigued in the history of Berlin.
Berlin has managed to transform itself into a modern, vibrant city which is home to some of the world’s best shops and finest restaurants. An expensive city, Berlin may be a city to avoid if you are on a strict budget, but if you have some room for manoeuvre in your travel budget then there is plenty of cheap hotels in Berlin that will make your trip that extra bit special. One place that everyone visiting Berlin simply must enjoy is the popular area of Potsdamer Platz in the centre of the city.
So there you have it, 3 cities that should be top of any list if you are planning a trip around Europe. Now all that remains for you to do is to plan the rest of your trip. Safe travels guys!