5 cities to visit in Europe
Here at Truly, we are fairly frequent travellers and are always telling each other our favourite cities to visit in Europe. So we thought instead of discussing them amongst ourselves, we would share them with you. So, sit back and get your passport at the ready!
It may seem like an obvious choice but Paris really is one of our favourite mini breaks. Just 2 and a quarter hours on the Eurostar, it's the ideal weekend getaway! Along with typical sights like the Eiffel tower and Arc d’Triomphe, there are tons of hidden gems all over the city. For the best vintage shopping, head to Le Marais or over to Village Saint Paul for the antiques, the best time to go is the weekend as some shops may be shut during the week. If you fancy getting out of Paris for the day, the Palais de Versailles is just 40 minutes away by train and if you’re lucky with the weather, a stroll around the gardens is the perfect way to spend your afternoon after having been to Ladurée for a Macaron of course.
If the red light district isn’t quite your cup of tea, there is plenty more that Amsterdam has to offer including their wide variety of markets; from antiques to local delicacies, they cover it all. For the daredevils amongst you there is the highest swing over Europe at the A'DAM Lookout give it a try if you aren't scared of heights, and no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a Canal Cruise to take in all the sights. If you’re lucky enough to visit near Christmas time there are tons of festive markets to get you into the spirit! From the 14th to 26th December Museumplein have an ice rink and a Winter market to pick up all of your Christmas shopping, after which head to Tunes Bar in the Conservatorium Hotel for a quick cocktail or if you want more traditional Dutch fair then Café Loetje at Johannes Vermeerstraat is just the thing.
If you like heights, St Stephen’s Cathedral is the perfect place for you! Just a mere 343 steps up the South Tower and you’ll come face to face with the beautiful city of Vienna, as well as a first-hand view of the church’s mosaic roof. Of if you like your feet firmly on the ground, the Museums Quartier has a large selection of pop art which is slightly more tame than the other radical Austrian pieces. You cannot go to Vienna without sampling the Kaffeehaus culture, even Mozart performed in one so if its good enough for Mozart!! for the very best Apfelstrudel its Café Korb and if its Heritage you are after then the powder pink 1950's style Café Prückel is for you, it even ended up on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 2011
Without a doubt, Italy is one of our favourite destinations, whether it’s heading to the city centres or towards the coast, Rome is certainly one of our top cities to visit in Europe! The Trevi fountain, Colloseum and the Spanish Steps are your standard tourist must-do's. However, if you’ve read our bios, you’ll know that food is very important to us, so with Rome being home to some of the best Italian dishes, we of course have to tell you the best places to eat! Situated near the Vatican, Supplizio serves casual street-food, picking a pasta is almost impossible! L'Enoteca Antica is a popular wine bar that serves tapas style snacks and Il Palazetto at the top of the Spanish Steps is a lovely roof top bar and restaurant with a great Aperol Spritz for after climbing those steps.
With the city and beach to choose from, you really are spoiled for choice in Barcelona. One of our favourite things to do when visiting is exploring Gaudi’s masterpieces, which can easily be done just by walking around the city or La Sagrada Familia Basilica is one of his most stunning pieces of architecture and if your legs have given up by this point, just jump on one of the many open top busses! For the best shopping, Passeig de Gracia is home to the most high end shops, for beauty finds the Sephora even has a slide to get into its basement store or if its food you are after the best Tapas is at La Boqueria Market, Las Ramblas.