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The City of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands. It is the largest city in the country and has 800.000 inhabitants. Amsterdam is not only famous for its canals, bridges and museums but also the paintings of Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank Museum, the Red Light District, Dam Square and shopping in Kalverstraat and the Nine Little Streets district. Amsterdam buzzes day and night and is one of the best cities in Europe for a city trip!
Amsterdam is the city of bicycles, tulips, coffeeshop, canals and museums from mainstream Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum to truly weird ones such as Hash and Marihuana Museum and the Sex Museum. Amsterdam has it all! The Anne Frank Museum is a must-see. This is the house where 13-year old Anne went into hiding with her family in World War II. Shopaholics have the time of their life in Kalverstraat and the Nine Little Streets, shopping streets brimming with funky little shops. You will never know one minute of boredom during your city trip to Amsterdam!
The City of Antwerp
Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and has 500,000 inhabitants. Antwerp has a long history; as a sea port, as the diamond capital of the world, as a city of the Rubens, the famous painter who specialized in altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings. Buzzing shopping streets and romantic squares brim with restaurants whose tables spill out on to the pavement. A visit to Antwerp is a guaranteed success!
Antwerp with its many sights, museums, shops, restaurants and open air markets is the ideal destination for a city trip. Hotspots are the Cathedral, the impressive Central Station and imposing museums such as Rubens House, MAS (Museum at the River) and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Be sure to visit the trendy neighbourhood of Het Eilandje (the Islet), the Schelde River Embankment and Park Middelheim.
Athens is the capital city of Greece and the administrative region of Attica. It is the largest city in the country and one of the oldest cities in the world. The heritage of the classical era is very clear to see. Ancient monuments and works of art are present in every street and at every corner. Athens is speckled with many Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments.
Athens is like an open-air museum. Wherever you are in the city, you are always surrounded by ancient monuments which tell the long history of this ancient city. The major attraction is the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. Be sure to visit the Plaka, the oldest residential district in Athens with winding streets, quirky shops and many tavernas. The Monastiraki flea market, the Olympic stadium and bar hopping in the Psiri district are must-do, must-do during your city trip to Athens.
Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for a city trip. It is the capital city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Every year, some seven million tourists visit the city. Barcelona is the city of Gaudi, FC Barcelona, the Ramblas and La Sagrada Familia and has so much to offer that one city trip may not be enough to see everything.
Barcelona is a Mecca for every tourist. The city brims with museums, attractions and sights. Barcelona is famous for the buildings designed by Gaudi; La Sagrda Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and also Parc Güell. Barcelona is also the Ramblas, Palau de la Musica, Camp Nou and the Picasso Museum. Last but not least Barcelona beach, the ideal place to laze away hot summer days.
Berlin, capital city of Germany with 3.5 million inhabitants, is the largest city in the country. Although Berlin knows a long history, it is the recent history that marks the city. The Second World War and the post-war period were important periods in the city’s history and development. Present-day Berlin is a lively, buzzing city but also a city of contrasts. Whether you like clubbing, chic dining, shopping or classical concerts, Berlin has something for everyone.
Sightseeing in Berlin
Many monuments and museums are related to Berlin’s war history and the cold war. However, Berlin has much more to offer! The city is home to more than 200 museums and sights such as Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, East Side Gallery and the Holocaust-monument. Add to this, lots of must-see hotspots and you know why a three-day city trip to Berlin is too short!
The City of Budapest
Budapest, situated on the Danube River, is the capital city of Hungary and a popular city trip destination. The city is paradise for explorers: romantic views from the bridges, Art Nouveau architecture, museums and thermal baths from modern establishments to Art Nouveau and traditional Turkish ones. Budapest consists of two cities, two clearly different parts. Buda with narrow winding street is the historical part and Pest is the commercial part with trendy shops and offices.
The best attractions
Budapest is an enchanting city with numerous sights and attractions. Highlights in Buda are: Castle Hill, Buda Royal palace, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge and Margaret Island. Highlights in Pest: Parliament, St Stephen’s Basilica, the Great Synagogue, the State Opera and Heroes’ Square. Add to this the many thermal baths and imposing avenues and squares, numerous museums and shady green parks and you know why a city trip to Budapest is an absolute must!
Brussels, Bruxelles in French, is the capital city of Belgium and considered the capital of the European Union. The Kingdom of Belgium has three official languages: Dutch or Flemish, French and German. Brussels is a bi-lingual city, Flemish and French. However, the majority of the populations are native French speakers. Brussels, a popular city trip destination, welcomes about six million tourists per year.
The star attraction in Brussels is Grote Markt or Grand Place, the market square lined with elegant guild houses with beautiful gables and ornate decorations. The Town Hall, Hôtel de Ville, is the most impressive building of all. Manneken Pis, the pissing little man, is an iconic statue, quite small and easy to overlook. The Atomium is Brussels’ best landmark. This 102-metre-tall aluminum structure was built for the 1958 Brussels World Exhibition. Many shopping hotspots make Brussels a Mecca for fashionistas. Be sure to try one or more Belgian traditional dishes; from waffles to French fries and Belgian beer.
Cape Town is the capital city of the Western Cape province. The city is the legislative capital of South-Africa. Cape Town is famous for its natural setting on Table Bay with the Table Mountain as its backdrop. It is a multicultural and lively city and popular with tourists. Its mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers make Cape Town an ideal destination for a city trip.
Cape Town is best known for the 100 m high Table Mountain which offers a sweeping view of the city. Another highlight is Robben Island, the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for almost twenty years. A visit to the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap should be high on your list. This township is famous for its brightly coloured houses and cobbled streets. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is home to more than 400 shops, from fashion to homeware and from jewellery to audio-visual equipment. The V&A Waterfront is also a working harbour where you can watch fishing boats bringing in fresh fish and hugh container ships being towed in by small tugboats. Be sure to go on an excursion to the Cape of Good Hope; a rocky headland where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.
Copenhagen, København in Danish, is the capital city of Denmark. The city has 550,000 inhabitants and is situated on the East coast of the islands Seeland (Sjælland) and Amager. The city is a perfect destination for a city trip: lively centre, beautiful buildings and museums, a theme park, one of the longest shopping streets in the world, restaurants, trendy neighbourhoods and lots of activities to discover the city.
The attractions and museums
Highlights of Copenhagen are Tivoli Garden Amusement Park, the Little Mermaid sculpture, Kronborg Castle, situated on a promontory and widely known because of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish Royal Family, National Aquarium Den Blå Planet, National Gallery of Denmark and Strøget, the longest shopping street in Europe.
Dublin, Baile Átha Cliath in Gaelic, is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland or Éire in Irish. This city with half a million inhabitants is situated on the East coast and bisected by the Liffey River. Dublin, home town of U2, is ideal for a city trip as it abounds in culture, history, shops and pubs. The surroundings of Dublin are worth exploring: Glendalough and Powerscourt should be high on your wish list. The official languages in Ireland are English and Gaelic. 1.77 million people in Ireland claim to speak Irish or Gaelic: Baile Átha Cliath is Irish for Dublin, Éire is Ireland and whiskey translates as uisce beatha, literal meaning ‘water of life’, the name Irish monks gave to distilled alcohol, which is simply a translation of the Latin aqua vitae.
Dublin and Guinness are almost synonymous. Include in your city trip a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where Guinness is brewed. Guinness is a dark beer with a heavy dark wheat taste, a somewhat acquired taste. The city is also home to Old Jameson Distillery, go on a guided tour and learn all about Irish whiskey. The temple bar district has the highest concentrations of pubs in the city. If you like to sniff up culture be sure to visit Trinity College and admire the Book of Kells, an illuminated medieval manuscript. Other highlights are St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Docklands, Dublin Castle and the National Gallery.
The City of Florence
Florence, Firenze in Italian, is the capital city of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. Florence is a very popular city trip destination and the city attracts over 10 million tourists per year. They come to see the beautiful historic centre with magnificent buildings such as the Cathedral of St Mary of the Flower, Palazzo Vecchio and many other art treasures and palaces. Florence is home to one fifth of all western works of art, most of these are to be seen in the Galleria degli Uffizi.
The centre of Florence is like an open-air museum. Undisputed highlights are the Duomo with its clock tower(Campanile) and the magnificent Battistero (baptistery), Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, the Church of Santa Croce and the world-famous museums Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademiaand and the recently renovated Museo del’Opera del Duomo.
The City of Jerusalem
Jeruzalem is seen by Israel as its capital, but is also claimed by the sate of Palestina. Jerusalem is regarded as the birthplace of Judism as well as Chistian religion and the city has locations which are viewed as holy by the followers of these religions as well as the Islam. Jerusalem and the more liberated Tel Aviv are growing in popularity as a destination for a citytrip. Jerusalem has much to offer for tourists in architecture as well as culture and religion.
The historical city center of Jerusalem is magnificent and knows many sights. During a citytrip to Jerusalem you absolutely must visit highlights like the Western Wall, the Holy Church, the top of mount Golgotha, the Dome on the Rock, the Al-Agsa mosque and the citygates in the citywall of Jerusalem.
The City of Lisbon and its highlights
Lisbon is a popular city trip destination. Every year tens of thousands of tourists travel to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Its popularity is due to the relaxed atmosphere, hospitality and excellent museums which you can visit for free with the Lisbon Card. Start the day with a delicious breakfast in one of the many outdoor cafes. Hop on a tram or bus to see the sights or visit a museum. Enjoy a lazy afternoon in one of the many parks of the city: Jardim da Estrela, the Parque Eduardo VII or the Jardim Principe Real. Al fresco dining is popular in the summer months when the weather remains pleasant. Be sure to taste authentic Portuguese dishes like sopa alentejana (bread soup with garlic and eggs), presunto (smoked ham) or sardinhas assada. (grilled sardines and peppers) Many dishes contain fish, such as tuna or sardines. End the day with a walk along the seaside promenade.
London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom and with 7.5 million inhabitants the most populous city in the British Isles. London brims with attractions, sights, historical buildings and museums. Whether you like clubbing, chic dining, pop concerts or ballet performances, London has something for everyone. No wonder it is a popular city trip destination. Many budget airlines in Europe operate low cost flights to London.
London has so many highlights that it is almost impossible to know where to start: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, Harrods and the London Eye. Be sure to visit one or more of the world famous London museums and galleries: the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the National gallery or the Tate Modern.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is the cultural heart of the country. The locals are proud of their city and they should be! Madrid is home to three top museums and many famous sights. The city buzzes with activity day and night. All very good reasons to go on a city trip to Madrid!
Madrid brims with sights and attractions. Culture lovers will make head straight to Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Football fans will have the day of their life when visiting the Real and Atletico stadiums. Madrid has still more to offer (Palacio Real), El Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral Nuestra Señora de la Almudena in a neo-gothic style with a modern twist.
Marseille is the second largest city of France after Paris. The historical city found its origin around 600 B.C. and is brimming with old buildings and monuments from a variety of rulers over the ages.
Marseille has too many sights too count. Think of places like the Vieux-Port, the multiple fortresses, Palais Longchamps, Jardin des Vestiges and much, much more.
The City of Milan
With 1.5 million inhabitants, Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It is the capital city of the Lombardy region and an haute couture powerhouse: Giorgio Armani, Versace, Valentino all have boutiques in Milan, the fashion capital of Europe. The city is paradise for shoppers but culture lovers also get their fair share: museums, galleries and imposing buildings make Milan the ideal city trip destinations.
The best attractions
The Duoma with its forest of turrets and pinnacle is Milan’s eye catcher. Be sure to visit not only its interior but go also the rooftop terrace for sweeping views of the city. Other important attractions are Castello Sforzesco, La Scala, Milan’s famous opera building which can be visited on a guided tour if you are not an opera fan, the San Siro stadium, home of AC and Inter Milaan and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’. Museum fans head straight for Pinacoteca di Brera, the Triennale Design Museum, theMuseo della Scienza, the Science Museum. The trendy neighbourhoods of Brea and de Navigli are famous for good food and dining al fresco.
The Metropole New York
New York is the largest city in the United States of America and has more than 9 million inhabitants. Manhattan is the best known and most important neighbourhood of the city. New York buzzes day and night, a city that never seems to sleep and the ideal destination for a city trip!
New York brims with highlights; many can be visited for free: Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Grand Central Terminal, 5th Avenue and High Line Park. Entry tickets are required for other top sights such as the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial Monument and famous museums like MoMa (Museum of Modern Art), Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum. Your New York CityPass is the ideal way to experience New York without hassle!
The Metropole Paris
Paris is the capital city of France and with 2.3 million inhabitants the largest city in the country. Paris is a popular city trip destination. Tourists from around the world visit Paris. The Louvre Museum is the second-most visited museum in the world. Arrive early or late in the day to avoid some of the crowd. Paris is also the city of haute couture and home to the largest fashion houses including Dior and Chanel. You find the majority of design headquarters and flagship stores at the Golden Angle; the intersection of the avenues Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1e. Many budget airlines operate low cost flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The attractions and museums
Paris is like an open-air museum with iconic spots like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacré-Cœur on top of a hill in the Montmartre neighbourhood. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is probably the most famous avenue in the world and known for its theatres, cafés, restaurants and luxury shops. Be sure to wander through ‘le Quartier Latin’, known for its student life, numerous bistros and lively atmosphere. Include in your city trip a visit to Musée d’Orsay which is home to the largest collection of impressionist painters in the world.
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and with 1.3 million inhabitants it is the largest city in the country. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the city underwent a metamorphosis and is now a prime tourist destination. Walk uphill to Prague Castle, amble through the maze of lanes in the Old Town district and saunter up and down Charles Bridge. Visit palaces, churches and synagogues. Climb one of the many towers for the sweeping views of the ‘Golden City with the Hundred Spies’.
The centre of Prague is like an open-air museum. Be sure to include Charles Bridge in your city trip to Prague. This bridge adorned with statues of saints is the most visited spot of the city. Other highlights are Prague Castle, Golden Lane, St Vitus Cathedral, Jewish Museum, Old Town square, the astronomical clock and Petrin look-out tower.
The City of Rome
Rome, the capital city of Italy has almost 3 million inhabitants. Rome, founded by Romulus and Remus, is built on seven hills. The city’s history goes back 2700 years. Rome was the capital city of the Roman Empire that stretched all along the Mediterranean and reached as far north as Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. Rome, rich in archeological finds and excavations, seems to be one large open-air museum. Rome is also the episcopal see of the Pope and the Vatican City is an enclave in Rome.
Rome and the Holy See are UNESCO World heritage sites. Highlights are the Colosseum, Forum Romanum, the Pantheon, St Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi fountain, Il Vittoriale, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Vatican Museums and Villa Borghese.
Salzburg is the fourth largest city of Austria. It is the city of Mozart and the Sound of Music. The historic centre of Salzburg brims with churches, castles and palaces and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart but also the city of ‘The Sound of Music’ and the Salzburg Festival. Highlights are: Hohensalzburg Fortress, Getreidegasse, a lively street in the historic centre, Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains and Mirabell Palace and Gardens.
The City Seville
Seville is the capital city of the beautiful region of Andalusia and has 700,000 inhabitants. It is an attractive and lively city, rich in history. Enjoy the beautiful sights and attractions, mouth-watering tapas, quirky shops, ancient culture and flamenco music. Ryanair and other low cost airlines connect Seville to many European cities. Seville is a popular city trip destination.
Attractions and museums
Seville buzzes with activity and is packed with sights: the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, with its Giralda bell tower, formerly the minaret of a mosque, the Royal palace and gardens, Plaza de Espagna built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition and the Triana and Santa Cruz neighbourhoods are only a few of the highlights of Seville. It’s common knowledge that in every restaurant and each bar you can enjoy the most delicious tapas!
The City of Valencia
With 800,000 inhabitants, Valencia is after Madrid and Barcelona the third largest city in Spain. This Mediterranean city offers the perfect mix, from medieval architecture and almost endless beautiful beaches to futuristic cultural centres and shady city parks.
Attractions and museums
The centre of Valencia is dotted with numerous sights such as La Lonja de la Seda, Mercado Central, Plaza de la Reina, the Cathedral of Valencia and Iglesia de los Santos Juanes. Just outside the centre, you stroll at leisure through Jardin del Turia, once a river now the biggest urban park in Spain. Be sure to visit Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and entertainment complex. Be sure to spend some time on the beautiful Valencia beaches.
The City of Venice
Venice is like a fairytale come true and one of the most romantic cities in Italy. Hundreds of bridges, gondolas, barges, boats, colourful houses and narrow alleys make you believe to be in an unreal world. Venice is unique and has been on the UNESCO World heritage list since 1987.
Attractions and Museums
Venice has so many highlights that it is almost impossible to know what to see first. Bridges, gondolas and canals are intrinsically connected with the city. Must-see highlights are: San Marco Square and San Marco Basilica, Bridge of Sighs, the Guggenheim Museum and the islands of Murano and Burano.
The city and highlights of Vienna
Vienna is a historical and cultural city which is reflected in the many museums, monuments and palaces which you find in the city. There are so many that during your city trip to Vienna you have hardly time to visit them all! Schloss (Palace) Schönbrunn and nearby Schönbrunn Zoo should be on top of your what-to-see list. The zoo is the oldest in the world! The Palace is steeped in culture and the zoo is the perfect outing for children.
Hofburg Palace, the Albertina Museum and the Austrian Folklore museum are worth a visit. If you have soaked up enough culture, visit Madame Tussauds and see historical and still living celebrities made of wax.