Europe is a fantastic continent to explore if you’re a lover of city breaks. There’s so much variety and different culture to be experienced, from the French’s famous cuisine of frog’s legs and snails to Germany’s passion for a damned good beer. You also have the opportunity to visit some of the World’s most thriving cities such as London and Paris, as well as seeing up and coming cities, such as Krakow, making their mark. Whether you’re thinking of giving it all up to go backpacking around the continent or just need some new weekend break adventure inspiration then here are some of Europe’s most fantastic cities and what to expect from them.
London is one of the most unique cities in the world; you’ll never quite find such a diverse place. It has so much to offer that you’ll definitely find something worth exploring; from experiencing the royalty at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court, to hanging out at some of the coolest spots for nightlife in East London’s Shoreditch. Young, old, introvert or socialite; there’s something for everyone in England’s capital!
Must see: Splash out and treat yourself to some form of sightseeing; whether it be a trip down the river Thames, a ride on the London Eye or a traditional London open-top bus tour, there’s no way you’ll be able to navigate the whole city yourself so either get a guided tour or a birds’ eye view!
Amsterdam is Europe’s city of sins, whether you want to indulge in something naughty from a coffee shop or have one of those nights you’d rather forget, Amsterdam is the city of indulgence. There’s a common misconception that Amsterdam’s for stag and hen parties only, this is simply not true, couples can have just as much fun! Whether you’re after a quiet riverside beer or a weekend blowout with friends, Amsterdam is a beautiful city that never sleeps!
Must see: If you’re feeling particularly liberal, get a ticket to a sex show, whilst peep shows are rather seedy, a sex show is more like a pantomime to be taken lightly! At least you’ll have something to laugh about in the morning!
Whilst visiting modern and vibrant cities can prove to be a fantastic holiday, experience some of post-iron curtain Europe by taking a trip to Sofia. Bulgaria’s capital city is somewhat different to the likes of London and can be even quite a culture shock for some. The communist flats are a stark contrast to Western Europe’s swanky city centre apartment blocks but it’s ruggedness is what gives it its charm. The Mehanas are the best places to visit for traditional Bulgarian, home-style cooking. The Bulgarians take pride in their meat cooking so try a sizzling platter of meat fillets on a bed of vegetables washed down with an incredibly cheap beer! Sofia is definitely somewhere to visit if you’re on a budget and are looking for a sunny city.
Must see: If you’re a fan of mountain holidays, incorporate a visit to the ski town of Bansko into your city break. Located three hours away, it’s the number Eastern European ski resort with plenty of fun to be had in the winter months and is also home to one of Europe’s biggest jazz festivals throughout the summer.
Europe is a great continent to take a holiday in; the different cultures and traditions of each country make it worth visiting time and again. Whether you’re looking for a history lesson or a weekend of fun take a trip to Europe and you won’t be disappointed!
Steph Staszko writes for MF Airport Parking who offer affordable parking options at all of the UK’s major airports.