Welcome to Europe
From the sun-drenched islands of Malta to the charming and historically rich Baltic nation of Latvia, there is a fantastic selection of fascinating destinations to visit in Europe. Enjoy a holiday or short city break to some of Europe’s major hotspots. With the amount of destinations available, the big question for you is, ‘’which place to visit during your holiday?’’
As Europe has some amazing places to visit, you may need a bit of help deciding on your ideal holiday or short city break location. Here are our top ten holidays and short city break destinations.
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. It’s a former gate, re-built in the late 18th Century as a neo-classical triumphal arch.
The Gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which formerly led to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. During the Post-War Partition of Germany, the Brandenburg Gate was isolated and inaccessible right next to the Berlin Wall.
The Brandenburg Gate, throughout its existence, has often been the site for major historical events. Today, the Brandenburg Gate is considered a symbol for the tumultuous European history and also of European unity and peace.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower is the iconic Paris landmark. It is located on the Champs de Mars. It’s known as one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The tower stands at 1,050ft tall. The Eiffel Tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France.
Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and the principal workplace of the British monarch. It is located in the City of Westminster. The Palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It is a major tourist attraction in London.
The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid is a statue depicting a mermaid in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. It is based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. The small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and it has been a major tourist attraction since 1913. It is located on a rock in the harbour off Langelinie Promenade.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece is a large Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona. Even though it is incomplete, Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This major Barcelona landmark is definitely a must see during your city break in Europe.
Riga Castle, Riga
Riga Castle or as it is known in Latvian Rīgas pils is a castle located on the banks of the Daugava River in the Latvian capital. It was founded in 1330. Today, it’s the official residence of the President of Latvia as well as housing a number of museums. It is well worth a visit while in Europe.
Royal Palace, Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s Royal Palace is one of three palaces in the Netherlands, which are at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by act of Parliament. In the 17th Century, the palace was built as a City Hall during the Dutch Golden Age. It’s situated on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of the Dutch capital opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk. During your excursion to Europe, this is well worth a visit.
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn
Kadriorg Palace is a Petrine Baroque Palace that was built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great. It was built after the Great Northern War (1700 -1721). Currently, the Palace houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, which is a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, which displays foreign art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries. Kadriorg Palace has become an iconic symbol of Tallinn and Estonia.
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in Vienna. It is one of the most important cultural monuments in the entire country. Since the 1960’s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.
The Palace and the gardens illustrate the tastes, the interests and the aspirations of successive Habsburg Monarchs.
St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow
St. Mary’s Basilica is Brick Gothic church and it is a a tourists favourite during your holiday in Krakow. It was re-built in the 14th Century and it is adjacent to Krakow’s main Market Square. Standing at 80 metres tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden alterpiece carved by Veit Stoss.
The Krakow Anthem (Hejnał Mariacki) is a traditional five-note Polish anthem closely bound to the history and traditions of Krakow. It is played every day, successively four times on the hour by a trumpeter from the top of the highest tower of St. Mary’s Basilica. This tune breaks off in mid-stream in order to commemorate the famous 13th Century trumpeter who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol attack in Krakow. The noon-time hejnał is broadcast live across Poland and abroad via the Polish National Radio 1 Station.
It is a superb place to visit during your European holiday.