The 5 Most Culturally Rich Destinations in Europe
This is a guest post brought to you by Dan Greene. Today he shares his thoughts on Europe. Read on to see what Dan believes are the 5 most culturally rich destinations in Europe!
There’s no denying Europe is filled to the brim with culture. But it’s choosing the right destination to go that proves to be the challenge – there’s such a huge variety of potential cities and regions to explore that it’s up to you to decide your journey.
With that being said, here are five of the most culturally rich destinations in Europe for you to discover.
There’s simply no denying Rome is perhaps the cultural hub of Europe. With so much history still existing in the busy capital, it’s one of the most unique and insightful city breaks you’ll perhaps ever have – from the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, there’s an unparalleled number of iconic sights here that have shaped the Rome of today.
While you’re here, be sure to try an authentic place of carbonara – it’s Rome’s specialty, nowhere in Italy able to compare. And, perhaps surprisingly, it’s a great city for coffee, with the Secret Traveller going as far as calling their cups “the world’s best brew”.
The standout thing about London is just how much of a blend it is culturally – from the wealthy districts of Kensington and Notting Hill to the vibrant energy of Camden and Shoreditch, this capital city is sprawling, frenetic and suited to practically anyone.
Whether you’re a first-timer simply wanting to see the sights, such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge, or someone who really wants an authentic insight into British culture, London has it all. Consider a stroll along South Bank, adjacent to the River Thames, for a huge variety of sights and eateries all within a short distance. It’s just a quick taste of what the city has to offer.
Ah, the city of love. Paris has earned its reputation – the wistful, charming city is still perhaps the best place in the entire world for its romantic qualities, with rustic buildings and quirky French cafes providing the perfect backdrop for either a honeymoon or even just a fling.
The many arrondissements here in Paris hide some beautiful sights to discover, all of which possessing that authentic quality many come to expect from the city; classic and traditional, the true cultural hub of France that retains a feel of elegance and grace despite being one of the most popular destinations for travellers from all over the world.
Berlin is unlike any other city you’ll likely ever visit. Teeming with alternative and underground scenes and with a huge focus on art and culture, it’s also authentically German through and through – so much so, in fact, that the locals often expect visitors to be able to speak at least a limited amount of the language.
It’s also said that Berlin is the capital of electronic music, so make sure to visit if you’re one for a good night out. The buzzing energy here during the night is evident, with the city being a great place to party. The hipster edge of Berlin means it’s also at the forefront of organic movements, with popular vegan spots opening continuously throughout the city.
An arguably underrated destination, Norway’s capital is deserving of your attention. Oslo was once shunned aside in favour of Scandinavia’s other main cities, Copenhagen and Stockholm, but after stealing the limelight it’s become one of the most desirable destinations in the world, both stunning and exciting.
Similarly to Berlin, it’s a very hipster-oriented city with little parts dedicated to art, vintage stores and quirky eateries to discover. Elsewhere, the architecture is astonishing – witness Oslo’s Opera House for perhaps the best example. Food is also an important part of the culture, with the Mathallen food hall offering up some of the most delectable dishes in the entirety of Europe.
Do you agree with Dan’s picks? Which cities would you add to this list? For me, I’d probably add Venice!