Insider tips for the European city traveller
This week we look at some insider tips for the European city traveller. So we’ve looked at some of the wonderful destinations in Europe that aren’t your run of the mill destinations. But, you know what? It’s always good to go back to basics, so this week we’ll take a look at some of the better known cities which are on the top of everyone’s (or at least should be) lists and we’ve got some insider tips to get the most from your city break.
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe and nicknamed City of a thousand Spires, it’s easy to see why it has been used in so many films. But this beauty attracts tourists…and then some. We’ve selected a couple of ideas to avoid the crowds but still see the city at its best: Sunrise on Charles Bridge – if you’re willing to get up early, you can see the true beauty of the city from one of its landmarks but without the tourists. Somehow, it feels even more special. But our other tip is Tickets for Prague Castle are available online and valid for 48 hours. So if it is too busy on the day of your visit, you can return the next day!
Glorious Nice. On the French Riviera, Nice oozes cool and chic and culture along with fine arts, food, bars and everything else in between. It can be pretty pricey, but there are a number of things you can do to enjoy the city which won’t cost you a cent or very little. A walk along the Promenade des Anglia’s is an absolute must – stretching for 7 miles with the best people watching. OK so this will cost you a small amount but head to the Cours Selaya market (an experience in itself) for a Socca (local pancake made from chick peas) and take it to the beach to eat! Oh and a top tip – for 10 Euros you can get a ticket from the tourist office that gives you access to all of Nice’s galleries and museums.
Barcelona has everything you could wish for from a Mediterranean city. With architecture that’s out of this world, just wandering around the city looking up and admiring the views is a worthwhile day out. Heading to one of Barcelona’s many tapas bars is a must, or head to a local market, where food is fresh and sooo good. If you want to escape the throng of Las Ramblas, then there’s an awesome garden Parc del Laberint, it’s oldest garden with streams, pools, waterfalls, and yes even a maze. It’s popular with locals at the weekend, but less busy during the week. Well worth a visit.
Famed for it’s October beer festival throughout the world, Munich has much more than beer kellers to explore. If you’re in the city when it’s hot, then a swim in the river is the thing to do. For views of the city and on a clear day, the Alps, head to St Alter Peter Church, the oldest Church in the city. A visit to Englischer Garten should also be on the list, with everything from waterfalls, beer gardens and horse drawn carriages. Food markets are a plenty but a wurst from a street seller is always a good and cheap shout.
Thanks to Wikitravel.org for some of the tips !