City Hoppers Guide to Europe

Jetsetters take notice – the weakening Euro means only good things for those with serious cases of wanderlust.

 

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote, ‘Barclays anticipates that by the end of the year the Euro will be trading at a 1-to-1 ratio with the Dollar for the first time since 2002, the year it entered circulation as a physical currency’.

 

Looking to perfect the art of ‘city breaks’? Or maybe just looking for your next urban adventure? Either way, this list is for you. Keep reading and be inspired by our top 10 ‘must visit’ European city list for those who take travel seriously. Or visit us here if you already have your adventure all mapped out!

 

1.Riga

Explore the chaotic splendor that is Riga. Foodies also take notice, as this pearl of the Baltics is home to a rapidly becoming a gastronomic capital.

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2. Athens

From ancient ruins to beach bunnies – Athens is never short of activities. Extra bonus, Athens is also a great place for taking mini day trips to famous places such as the Temple of Poseidon or Epidavros Theatre.

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3. Milan

‘Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping,’ – Bo Derek. Shopaholics and fashionistas will drown in pure happiness as you explore Gucci’s flagship store as well as many other high-end designers.

Milan

 

 

4. Vilnius

Lithuania’s capital city is perfect for those who love the charm of cities Paris or Prague, but with a more easy-going attitude. St. Anne’s Church is a particularly impressive feat of engineering and design.

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5. Oslo

For those who love adventure and the great outdoors – Oslo is your city. Kayaking, hiking, sailing and skiing are all within your fingertips as this city is wedged between lush forests and the sea.

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6. Zurich

As Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest city, Zurich is bursting with opportunity for those in the know. Come for the Street Parade on August 29th this year and take part in a city-wide celebration of love, peace and techno music.

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7. Copenhagen

Many would argue that Copenhagen is the ‘hippest’ of all the Nordic cities. Captivating design and architecture seems to be a part of this capital city’s DNA. Having the world’s number one restaurant – Noma – doesn’t hurt either.

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8. Vienna

Vienna is sweet, sweet music to your ears. Especially if you happen to love classical music. The Staatsoper (State Opera) and Rathaus (City Hall) are particularly lovely testaments to Vienna’s cultural prestige.

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9. Nantes

Paris’ smaller and quirkier sister city, Nantes is perfect for those looking for a sense of whimsy and fun for your next city break. Don’t miss the part workshop, part circus that is the Machines de l’Ile Nantes.

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10. Split

One of the hubs of the Adriatic, Split was original a retirement palace for the Roman Emperor Diocletian the gradually grew to a bustling city. One look at this picturesque seaside city and you’ll see why.

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11. Dublin

While Ireland’s capital city may be known for its pub culture and a bit of ‘craic’ (pronounced crack and meaning ‘fun’ or ‘good times’), there’s plenty of beautiful galleries and museums to help explore as well. The Book of Kells at Trinity College is particularly impressive and something not to miss.

Library at Trinity College in Dublin

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