When choosing a new city to explore, it’s important to keep in mind what you want out of the city. Are you looking for sites to see? The most instagrammable spots? Best food options? Once you decide what your motive is, then you can start to narrow down your search. With so many lovely European cities to pick from, we decided to focus on a few of our favourites. Let’s hope this makes your decision a little easier.
Made up of 14 islands on the Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The lovely Nordic culture isn’t all it has to offer, it is also the economic, political, and historical capital of Sweden. Whether you’re enjoying Fika (coffee and cake break) in Gamla Stan (the old town), adventuring on ferries to the islands, or taking a tour of the Stockholm Palace, you won’t be disappointed! Take in the colourful waterfront, wander the cobblestone roads, and don’t forget about the interactive exhibit for ABBA.
Roaming around by foot, you’ll come to find an Irish pub with live music on every street corner worth visiting. From wandering the Temple Bar neighbourhood to travelling back in time at Trinity College you’ll constantly be in awe of the history in this city. Make sure to enjoy a pint of Guinness’ finest or take a shot at Jameson’s Distillery. If you enjoy seeing and learning a lot of a city in a small amount of time, make sure to check out the free walking tours (all hostels will have information on them). Don’t forget to try the Irish stew or fish and chips at Leo Burdock.
A little something for everyone. Take your pick on what side of the River Danube you want to explore; Buda or Pest? While Buda is known for its attractions like the Hapsburg Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Buda Castle, the Pest side will show off its lively attractions and old ruin bars. If you’re looking for a traditional Hungarian meal but aren’t sure where to eat, hit up the Great Market Hall where you will find a little bit of everything.
Budapest parliament building in the distance
In our opinion, this is the world’s most amazing outdoor museum! You can roam the streets and find some part of history that you did not expect to see. From the Spanish Steps to Piazza del Popolo or the Colosseum to the Pantheon, you won’t be disappointed by these attractions and the culture experienced in this city. After sitting on an outdoor patio sipping on wine and indulging in pizza, you can take to the narrow cobblestone streets with no particular spot in mind. Rome is simply for wandering and enjoying.
The Colosseum at its finest.
Need a fix of a delicious Paella? Barcelona is your city! If their phenomenal cuisine, beautiful ocean waterfront or their gorgeous architecture doesn’t capture you, we don’t know what will. The best of the Spanish cuisine can be found along La Rambla and the gorgeous architecture by the extraordinary Gaudi can be seen at Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi house. For the perfect city getaway, walk to the waterfront and relax on the beach for a couple of hours with a fresh sangria in hand.
The global centre for art, fashion, history and culture. Be surprised by the flavours of Macarons, astounded by the art at the Louvre, blown away by the views from the Eiffel Tower and soak up the atmosphere at Moulin Rouge. Paris has something for everyone and will keep you wanting more. Whether you choose a bus, bike, or foot, wandering this large city is the best way to see and appreciate everything Paris has to offer.
View of Palais de Chaillot from the first level of the Eiffel Tower
Historical canals, world-class museums, and the infamous red light district. With this booming city you are destined to be amazed, so make sure to bring your camera along with you. Walking tours, bike tours and canal tours are the best way to see the city and if you enjoy history, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House or Van Gogh museum is right up your alley! But don’t forget the Heineken experience or floating flower market as you’ll need to take a break from all the physical activity!
Perfect starter city if you’re just starting off with your travels. Whether you have 7 days or 10 hours, the tube will get you to where you want to go. Get your royal fix at Buckingham Palace, find the perfect view of the city on the London Eye, or enjoy strolling around the Notting Hill. Satisfy your hunger with a fresh plate of fish & chips and quench your thirst with a pint of cask ale. You won’t be bored with the abundance of museums and festivals, there is always something going on. And who knows, maybe you’ll run into Harry and Megan while strolling the city streets.
London bridge standing grand and tall
No matter where you chose, you won’t be disappointed as every city has a little something for everyone! Good luck and share with us what cities you choose to visit!
Brian + Shelbs
Keep your eye on this page as we are hoping to visit a few more cities in Europe in the near future.