With fifty (50) sovereign states, 10,180,000 square kilometers, 742,452,000 people, Europe does little to communicate the diversity hidden within, which can make it a breathtaking place to travel. So, here’s a handy guide to the amazing places you must-see when in Europe.
Bridging from West to East – Europe to Asia – Istanbul is blessed with a complex but rich heritage. Istanbul or Constantinople is the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The city’s esteemed history has left us with a great masterpiece to cherish.And what’s more, the city’s past and present integrate into a unique mixture of architectural design – a skyscraper glass beside a Byzantine church to a bazaar with colorful displays in the shadows of the shopping malls.
Here, the natural landscape is impressive. A narrow channel, the Bosphorus, divides the city into two and links the Sea of Marmara north of the Black Sea. From the clear blue waters, tourists can see dome skylines, modern towers, and steeples, sitting along the silent sea.
- BERLINGermany takes pride in Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, the city basks in an artistic renaissance that marks everything from fashion to museums, nightclubs, and food. That’s not to presume it has forgotten the dark past of the city; in fact, beautiful attractions like the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the Topography of Terror, and the Charlie Museum Checkpoint are proofs of its relentless reverence.
- VENICEVenice is very enchanting. Yes, that may be the adage, but once you see the place on the water, you’ll surely go with the flow. The moment you step down from the train station of Santa Lucia, the one that will greet you is the beautiful Grand Canal.Water taxis glide along, passing beneath the Ponte Degli Scalzi (known as the Barefoot Bridge) and you can hear the beautiful music of the violin serenading in the air. It’s a beauty to see gondolas coasting along the water with couples whose drivers are singing their hearts out.
- PARISThe City of Paris, famously called the City of Lights draw millions of tourists every year with its ambiance you will never forget. And let’s not forget the delicious cuisine and extensive collections of art that deserve credit.The tranquil water of River Seine flowing through the city, lined with museums, old churches, Rococo blocks, and architecture stately crafted to perfection are some of what makes Paris the city we’ve come to love.
- LONDONThe Tower of London is what you can see here, and the Tate Modern avant-garde is also a must-see attraction. Actors here still utter sonnets of Shakespeare. Respect for the Royals is still a Londoner’s trend, but they also jam with the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Arctic Monkeys. And while tea continues to be old school favorites, they also give room to Starbucks here and there. Of course, pressed juice has always been the thirst-quencher.
- ROMEThe beautiful City of Seven Hills, Rome, is a mythic enjoyment from the beginning. Remus and Romulus – twin brothers who were taken care of a she-wolf and fathered by a Greek war god – were thought to be the one who founded Rome.Whether it’s about the mysteries of the Vatican City nearby or the Colosseum ghosts, an afternoon siesta at Caffe de Piazza Nacona or pasta piled up high at Trattoria surely is enchanting.
- PRAGUEA bustling, prosperous city, Prague allures visitors more than ever. The city has dark ages brought about by the ancient times. However, Prague withstands lots of overthrows, invasion, floods, and fires. It’s the reputation for survival and perseverance that made the Czech capital so captivating.Today, as you look at the narrow streets, daunting castles on the hilltop, magnificent churches, and statues flanking along bridges, the city is like a fairy tale come true.
- VIENNAThe heart of this city, Vienna is history figuratively and literally. The Innere Stadt narrow streets snake and twist around structures, and provide an authentic atmosphere of culture honed by great people like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the brilliant composer.
- ATHENSAthens is probably the most historical place in Europe, unmatched by some cities. As the sun starts to rise above the smooth marble monument of Acropolis and spreads on the cobbled streets, people start emerging from their homes to begin their day. Life moves a little slower here. It’s like reminiscing on a happy retirement from the glory days as a cultural and political powerhouse. But when the sun starts hiding its glorious light, the air is filled with the aroma of roasted lamb and music from Taverna, rock music blasts across old columns and the Omonia Square is brightened with lights for everyone to see.
- EDINBURGHBurrowed nearby a long-dormant volcano and dominating over green moorlands, Edinburgh is famous for its magnificent landscape. And besides, it is also filled with popular characters like William Wallace, the rebel leader of Braveheart, the Queen of Scots, Mary, the James Bond actor Sean Connery, and prolific biographer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – all woven in the history of the city.
Europe is the best place to travel during summer. From the splendor of the snow-capped mountains of Swiss Alps to the breathtaking span of the Italian coastline, Europe’s full with jaw-dropping scenic attractions and spine-tingling entertainment you cannot find anywhere in the world.
Williams A. Young is an expert mechanical engineer by profession but a camping and car enthusiast by heart. Despite of his hectic schedule, he always finds time to go to the woods and light a campfire. During his leisure time, he writes in behalf of Darwin4wdhire about the latest car models and its features and also about his recent camping experiences.