Learn About Vienna’s Art and Culture on European Vacations
Vienna has a rich heritage in the arts and culture, making it a great city to visit for enriching European vacations. Visit the Wiener Staatsoper at night, when the Vienna State Opera is as dazzling as its world-class performers who stage 50 to 60 opera shows every year. Marvel at the wealth of the royal family of Habsburgs — the imperial jewels are on display at the Hofburg Museum. Another demonstration of imperial affluence is the Sisi Museum; devoted to the Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Austria, the museum showcases the imperial apartments. The Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum have numerous paintings by old masters, and ancient and classical artifacts. These museums are not even part of Viennas museum quarter, formerly the imperial stalls which were converted to a museum complex in the 1990s. In this vast complex you will find the Leopold Museum, home to one of the most valuable collections of modern Austrian art from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and other artists.
Admire Beautiful Budapest on European Vacations
An important city to visit on European vacations is Budapest. Budapest has evolved into a tourist-friendly city since 1989 despite its communist roots. Walk downtown and spot The Citadel towering over the Buda side of the river — which is opposite the Pest side — and use it as a reference point for your sightseeing and city tour. You can enjoy great views of the city from on top. You can also visit the cannon-ball-pocked fort from the 19th century and the Liberation Monument on Gellrt Hill, an inspirational structure in memory of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces during the Second World War. Head to the Castle District of Buda and visit the Hungarian National Gallery; admire the Mathias Church where royals used to hold their weddings; and explore the fairy-tale setting of Fisherman’s Bastion where many couples exchange “I Dos” and take remarkable wedding photos from the Lookout Terrace. As your day winds down, sign up for a Danube cruise at sunset for the perfect ending to your Budapest adventure.
Fun European Vacations to Dublin
End your European vacations with a visit to Dublin, where you can order drinks at any time of the day. According to the locals, the best place to down a perfect pint of Guinness is at Kehoe’s. The friendly bar staff will make sure you will never have an empty mug even on crowded nights when customers gather around the stairs to chat. Dublins old microbrewery pub, the Porterhouse, only sells its own label of beers, but its stouts, lagers and ales are better than any you can find at the stores. Complement your drink with Irish stew, a house specialty, which will fill you up at an incredible price. Temple Bar, one of the citys most charming neighborhoods, has art galleries, bars and cafes lining its cobblestone streets and mingling with its architectural marvels and eco-friendly schemes. The best day to be in Dublin is March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — when there is no need for an excuse to drink. There is a parade that displays some of the best street performers in Europe during a four-day gala. Make sure to wear green, lest you get pinched by the locals!
Spend Winter on Switzerland European Vacations
Enjoy the winter wonderland that is Switzerland on your European vacations!Atop the Matterhorn, the country’s most popular landmark, you will be treated to spectacular views of mountain ranges and quaint villages covered with perfectly white snow. Take part in the many winter activities offered such as cross-country skiing, horse sleigh rides, snowshoe trekking, skating, dog sledding, snowboarding, and tobogganing. Looking for a little more challenge?Experience a heart-pounding adrenaline rush by engaging in some extreme sports opportunities. Try out air boarding, which involves going on a high-tech inflatable body board and shifting your weight to steer. In snow kiting, you wear skis or a snowboard and are attached to a kite, letting the wind carry you off as if you are on your own personal ski lift!Only for the bold and adventurous!After an exhausting day of thrilling games, you can head to the heated pool of your hotel to soothe those aching muscles.