Rome is a great place to get in touch with the classical world. You could spend months here in Italy’s capital and, sure enough, you’d manage to find something new to check out every day. To make it easy for you, here is a break-down of a few must-see’s. Start off with a scenic walk down the via dei Fori Imperiali (the road adjacent to the Roman Forum). Along this very pedestrian-friendly road, you will find the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Capitoline Museum (affectionally nicknamed the wedding cake thanks to its tiered structure). Your next location is, naturally, the Trevi Fountain – toss in a coin and make a wish! A very short walk from the Trevi Fountain, you will find the Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple adorned with the world’s largest unsupported dome. Of course, we would be remiss not to recommend Vatican City, a popular destination for millions of tourists every year. The small independent city-state within Rome is the home of the Pope, and also the home of some of the world’s most famous sculptures and art works.
A great place to discover some of Amsterdam’s rich artistic history is to visit Museum Square where you will find 3 of Amsterdam’s best museums. Amsterdam’s longstanding reputation as a centre of party lifestyle means that the city hosts thousands of food, music, and cultural festivals every year. The Red Light District is a popular area for tourists seeking a colourful nightlife experience. Once you’ve tired of the urban lifestyle, embark on a drive through the countryside around the capital. The Dutch landscape is nothing short of idyllic, so we definitely recommend this lesser taken travel option.
Paris has the highest number of tourists annually of any city in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The food is divine, the architecture is inspiring, and the ambience is the stuff of dreams. Wandering aimlessly around Parisian streets is an excellent way to spend your time in the world’s capital of love. However, for some more specific advice, these are the spots you need to tick off your list. Make your way down the Champs-Élysées; embrace the luxuries of French fashion and climb up the Arc De Triomphe. Enjoy a scenic boat ride, and cruise down the Seine river – people watching as you float along is the perfect opportunity to see French daily life at its finest. Now it’s time for a different kind of view of the city, an aerial one. Ascend to the top of the world-famous Eiffel Tower and get a new perspective on Paris. Finally, explore the Louvre museum and see such works as The Mona Lisa, and the Venus de Milo.
If you’re visiting Berlin you can check out the many gardens and green-spaces scattered throughout the urban landscape: Tiergarten, Mauerpark, Tempelhofer Feld. The Reichstag building is the home of Germany’s parliament. Take a free ride to the terrace of the Reichstag and experience stunning views out over the city. Another indoor option is to explore the many exhibitions on Museum Island – this central island, accessible to pedestrians, houses 5 world-class museums devoted to archaeology and art. If you love your history, make your way along the Berlin Wall Memorial which stretches along Bernauer Strasse for 1.4km. Finally, take in the majestic sight of Berlin’s spectacular Brandenburg Gate; arguably one of Berlins most iconic landmark it has a contentious heritage, but it now serves as a powerful symbol of the restoration of Germany’s political unity.
Vienna boasts countless cafes and restaurants, beautiful museums, and elegant historic architecture. Schönbrunn Palace is a top-rated tourist destination in Vienna. The building is in the baroque architectural style and has 1441 rooms, a tour inside the palace gives you a taste of the regal luxury of the Austrian royals. St Stephens Cathedral, appropriately located in Stephensplatz, is a monolithic cathedral with the tallest church tower in all of Austria – you can’t miss it! An unusual but highly appreciated feature of Vienna is the Spanish Riding School which has a reputation in classical dressage that goes back hundreds of years. The Spanish Riding School is open to the public, so once you’ve finished walking around the city, take an afternoon to watch the school’s world-class demonstrations.
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