With my trip to Berlin in February I’m feeling a sense of wanderlust, and I’ve decided to draw up a list of my top ten European cities that I would like to visit. Since going to Belfast a couple of years ago on my birthday, I have made it my goal for every year around my birthday to visit a new city.
As a poor student I can’t really afford to go too further afield, and I find city breaks to be a lot of fun. When I travel I like to visit destinations that have a wealth of history and attractions to visit so I feel like I’m not simply looking at a place, and not taking anything in. I like to gain something from it, whether its learning some phrases of a new language or learning about the culture. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to history, and obtaining new information I may never have found out is always a good feeling in my eyes.
Anyhow here are my list of cities I wish to visit in the future, and some reasons why I want to visit them.
I feel like I don’t need to explain why I would love to go to Paris, this picture pretty much sums it up for me. The beautiful buildings, the greenery from the trees, it all just seems magical to me for some reason. I can’t really count Disneyland Paris as a visit, so returning to the real Paris would be wonderful. To be on top of the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre to see for myself classic works of art (I’m not even a huge art fan but its something I feel you have to do!), going in Notre Dame and pretending I’m Quasimodo in the bell tower, and of course drinking as much wine as I possibly can. Not certain whether I could stomach the snails and frogslegs though?!
I think most of these places are purely to satisfy my historical interests. With Amsterdam there’s no doubt that I would want to visit the Anne Frank house, a place where my family and many of my friends urge me to visit. Having read her diary many years ago I felt as if Anne was writing to me instead of her diary, and for me its these personal accounts of what happened during this cruel time in the world that really get you thinking.
Aside from this, I don’t know a great deal about Amsterdam other than its canals and their love for bikes. I don’t think I will partake in that, me and bikes have a relationship that consists of me being unbalanced and breaking my neck!
I’m a massive fan of the children’s author Hans Christian Andersen, and although this isn’t his birthplace its where he hoped to find a job as an actor and also where he later died in 1875. So obviously I want to see the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid!
I know there’s various palaces, a castle, museums, and yeah I just want to absorb the history of Copenhagen because other than HCA I don’t know an awful lot about it. I said to my Mum that its one of those places you never really hear about, it seems peaceful and I could do with some of that. Any recommendations on what to do in Copenhagen? Tell me all!
Before someone says it, no I don’t want to go to Budapest because the gorgeous George Ezra named a song on his album after it. Nope, I’d love to go to Budapest because of the various architecture it holds; from Roman, Gothic and Turkish styles it all looks stunning! I don’t know much of the history but just that it is made up of two cities Buda and Pest separated by the Danube River. I guess its a place I’ve been blind to and I want to come away with a wealth of new knowledge inside my brain, and rid my ignorance.
If you’re an expert of this city or can recommend what to do there then please do share!
I think Rome has been high on my list for so long now, but since my parents went WITHOUT ME a few years ago I’ve kind of put it off, being that person who wants to go to new places that they haven’t haha.
Rome is just swamped in history, was once an empire that held a good chunk of the world. A lot of I can recall from school, but a wealth of things I want to know more about and discover. Of course you have the Colosseum, Vatican city, the Spanish steps, St Peter’s Square, Trevi fountain, and just exploring all of the ruins. It seems like one of those cities where there’s so much to do that you have an excuse to go back to absorb more of its history and culture. I feel I would go picture mad and fill up my 16GB memory card on my camera.
Another classic European cities that is rich in culture, with its music, bars, galleries, and street markets. The palaces of Schönbrunn and Hofburg are meant to be stunning.
From what I’ve heard the best time to go is between the months of May to June where they have festivals and parties leading to their peak annual three-day Donauinselfest- Europe’s largest open air party. Sounds like a lot of fun and an excuse to drink a copious amount with strangers?!
Some comments say that Lisbon is the new Barcelona! Like most of Europe its full of historical places to visit, but I don’t know an awful lot to be able to say I need to visit them. What attracts me to Lisbon is the fact its by the sea full of gorgeous sandy beaches, known for being the “sunshine capital” and it just looks like the perfect getaway to chill out, do some shopping, and sun myself on the beach with a drink in hand. I sound like an alcoholic..I’m far from it haha but seeing all these beautiful cities I get this real holiday feeling of chilling out and enjoying myself.
I think this picture sums up why I want to go to Milan, the architecture. Oh my gosh. Camera happy over here! To view Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper tapestry, I mean to view any of his works is truly inspiring and the detail and the materials he had is just incredible. What I would say about Milan is that it appears to be quite glamorous place, quite smart and business like. Is that fair? I feel like I would perhaps stick out like a sore thumb but yeah as you’ve guessed the architecture and history is a big pull on my heartstrings.
CHOCOLATE, um no no no. Not my main reason for wanting to visit Bruges. For me it looks like a romantic city, with its canals/rivers running through it and the cute bridges across it. I can just picture myself in a boat floating down the river of an evening seeing all the lights from peoples homes illuminating on the water- cute right? The Gothic architecture of The Burg at the centre of the city, viewing Michael Angelo’s Madonna and Child, and having a meal in one of the restaurants listening to jazz. Ugh wanderlust is killing me right now!
Probably a city I’m most fascinated about, history is what pulls me to St Petersburg and Russia in general. The Romanovs and their downfall really is at the heart of my interest, not so much the creepy Rasputin because he scares me to death. The royal palaces that remain are what I want to visit, I mean here the winter palace is just so incredible beautiful that it almost looks fake. I’m not sure how to elaborate here but I just find Russia incredibly mysterious and fascinating, but I can’t see me visiting here any time soon but I would love to do so at some point in my life.
I think I know the reason why I want to travel to all of these European cities, because ALL of their architecture is beautiful and ugh I’m one of those people that don’t take photos with people on the trip with me its just countless photos of buildings haha. Not that I’m complaining, I love looking at how different buildings are and the craftsmanship bewilders me, like wow wow wow!
I really hope I get to visit all of these places at some point in my life, they all look and sound amazing and I’m looking forward to ticking them off my travel list.
Where are you guys thinking of travelling to? Are there other places in Europe besides the big cities that I should visit? I’d love to know!