15 Beautiful European Cities To Spend Your Summer Vacation

Europe, in particular, ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture. The Western Roman Empire, The Renaissance, The Industrial Revolution, The World War II and countless other interactions between the many countries in this world second-smallest continent created such diverse mix of classical beauty, awesome architectures, historical ruins with the modern living of arts and cultures.Almost all European cities offer to some degree of classic beauty with their very own unique amazing historical stories.  We put together 28 photos to show the awesomeness of Europe

NICE, FRANCE

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, was founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century Europe’s elite. The city today is a nice balance between the old-world decadence with modern urban energy. Nice is renowned for its food and artworks in museums.
Nice, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/sRVAZT

 

Place Massena, Nice, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/tbeiZ4

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock and popular shows. The Charles Bridge is lined with 30 statues of saints is a landmark for Prague.
Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic Source: https://flic.kr/p/dUCAg1
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. Source: https://flic.kr/p/dnfiXo

AMSTERDAM,GERMANY

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, has a rather strong artistic heritage. It has an extensive system of canal system surrounded by narrow houses and 400km of cycle paths.  Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk.

Amsterdam,Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/7xLH5f
Anna frank Amsterdam house, Amsterdam, Germany Source: https://flic.kr/p/8KsKqB

 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

London, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. It is also the biggest city in Europe. It has an extensive collection of classic architecture. The Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations are all world famous landmarks for the city.

London, United Kingdom https://flic.kr/p/wKBWVq
Cityscape of London, United Kingdom https://flic.kr/p/qoSFZm

 

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM

Birmingham is a major city in England’s West Midlands region. It use to be a manufacturing powerhouse in the Industrial Revolution-era and have left many landmarks to remind us of its history. It’s also home to an extensive network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are lined with trendy cafes and bars. The Victorian Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is known for pre-Raphaelite masterpieces located in the center of the city.

Selfridges Building, Birmingham, United Kingdom Source: https://flic.kr/p/bqcXjv
Magistrates’ Courts  Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham, United Kingdom, https://flic.kr/p/6wvy41

PORTO, PORTUGAL

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal. It is best known for its stately bridges and Port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes offer a great expereience for tourist. São Francisco church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsawas built to impress potential European investors.

Porto, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/h244Z8

 

The Luís Bridge. Porto, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/7ZrZqt

LISBON, PORTUGAL

Lisbon, Portugal capital, is a coastal city known for its cafe culture and soulful Fado music. It is also a city built on hill offering a great slopping array of houses and building. São Jorge Castle, Tagus Estuary and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge are many popular tourist spots. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

Lisbon, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/pjTGzY
Museo da cerveja, Lisbon, Portugal Source: https://flic.kr/p/AjoYtX

MADRID, SPAIN

Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art. The Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters are just a small sample of the vast collection of master art pieces. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor. Nearby the plaza is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory for displaying historic weaponry.

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/eUm5n3
CBA building (Círculo de Bellas Artes), Madrid, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/5QXEN6

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. I has many medieval architectures in the mazelike Gothic Quarter. Sagrada Família church the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars are popular tourist spots.

Barcelona, Spain https://flic.kr/p/8YRZrc
View from Mont Juic, Barcelona, Spain Source: https//flic.kr/p/8YRYMz

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna is the capital of Austria. It lives and breath artistic and intellectual legacy with residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence.

Vienna, Australia, https://flic.kr/p/dpZiBD
Karlskirche Church, Vienna, Australia https://flic.kr/p/awWEW

 

VENICE, ITALY

The enchanting Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and small squares.

Ferrovia, Venice, Italy, https://flic.kr/p/nBQwT1

 

Gondolas, Venice, Italy https://flic.kr/p/nBQwT1

PARIS, FRANCE

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. If you are into shopping for luxury items, Paris is always the place to go!

Bateaux Mouches, Paris, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/oWmFWV

 

Paris, France Source: https://flic.kr/p/8YUXB9

SEVILLE, SPAIN

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region.  The Triana neighborhood is known for the famous  flamenco dance. The Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring is one of the famous landmarks. The massive Gothic cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a famous minaret turned belltower, the Giralda.

Cathedral Church, Seville Source:https://flic.krp//8PDrtb

 

Plaza de España de Sevilla, Spain Source: https://flic.kr/p/6wASV4

FLORENCE, ITALY

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and bell tower designed by Giotto.

Forence, Italy Source: https://flic.kr/p/9ghJpc

 

S.Maria Novella Source: https://flic.krp/q/JmLF7

Article by Tega Oghomienor

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