European Vacations to Charming Budapest
Budapest is a now a must-see city on your European vacations. From its communist roots, Budapest from 1989 onwards has flourished to become tourist-friendly. Go outside your hotel, identify The Citadel, high on the Buda side of the river opposite, of course, the Pest side and make it your reference point during your wanderings. On its pinnacle you will have great views of the entire city. Relive the past with a visit to the cannon-ball-lined fort from the 19th century and the inspiring structure that is the Liberation Monument on Gellrt Hill which marks the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces during World War II. In Budas Castle District is where you can visit the Hungarian National Gallery, the Mathias Church that was formerly reserved for marriages of royal couples and is now open to all, and the Fishermans Bastion, a fairy-tale setting where couples marry and take memorable wedding photos on the Lookout Terrace. Wind down with a sunset Danube cruise after all that excitement.
Paris Attractions on European Vacations
The City of Light is an excellent starting point for your European vacations. The Eiffel Tower, in its time considered a monstrosity, is now probably the most famous of all its landmarks, but it is by no means the only one. Walk a few meters to the Place Charles de Gaulle where you will spot the Arc de Triomphe at its center; this famous structure was built in honor of war heroes who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars. Shop until you drop at the nearby Champs-lyses, a favorite of travelers who come to Paris solely to shop. Museum lovers will no doubt enjoy the city as well. The Louvre Palace houses almost 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century that you can admire over an area of 60,600 square meters. The massive Muse dOrsay located in the former railway station of Gare dOrsay features French art from 1848 to 1915, including sculptures, paintings, photographic material, and furniture. Numerous impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Degas, Czanne, Renoir and Van Gogh are on display. If you’re in town, live like the French do — relax at a caf, order a croissant, and watch life pass you by.
Explore Stockholm on European Vacations
Stockholm settlers in Gamla Stan, the Old City, had been in the area since the establishment of the city more than 750 years ago. Beginning way back 1252, pillaging raids proliferated the winding medieval alleys, the town squares, the old churches, and the Royal Palace. Today, the horses and donkeys with carriages have been replaced by dozens of bus tours carrying tourists from around the world. To see the sights at your own pace, stay away from the main streets and explore the quaint side streets on your European vacations. Celebrate how far the country has gone by visiting the Stadshuset, the City Hall. It is Stockholms most prominent landmark that hosts some of the worlds most respected individuals at its annual Nobel Prize banquet. Other must-see attractions in Stockholm include the 10,000-pipe organ, the inspiring Golden Hall where Swedish history is depicted by 18 million gold leaf pieces on wall mosaics, and the Council Chamber which looks like an open roof of a Viking longhouse.
Explore Charming Lisbon on European Vacations
Lisbon is one of the most popular destinations for people on European vacations. Compared to other capital cities, Lisbon in Portugal is very small yet truly charming and beautiful. The shores of this port city are lined with mosaic-accented sidewalks, cobblestone streets, rolling hills and pastel-themed houses. Relax in the Art Nouveau cafes, or take a scenic ride on an antique wooden streetcar. You can also ride a 1902 street elevator, the Elevator de Santa Justa, from Baixa up the steep Barrio Alto, where you can get breathtaking views of the city. Another place to hit for equally breathtaking scenes is the viewing platform at the Padro dos Descobrimentos, a stunning 179-foot monument that commemorates the Age of Discoveries. After visiting the museum inside, head to the Belm Tower — a four-storey, 100-foot 16th century tower built from lioz limestone, which played a considerable role in the Portuguese maritime achievements of that time.