Enjoyable European Vacations to Vienna
Vienna has a rich heritage in the arts and culture, making it a great city to visit for enriching European vacations. The Vienna State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, is a beautiful structure, especially at night, where you can catch world-class performances of opera 50 to 60 times a year. The Hofburg Museum exhibits the imperial jewels of the royal family of Habsburgs. 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. On to Vienna’s museum quarter, you will learn more about Vienna’s art and culture from several museums sprawled over a vast complex that was transformed in the 1990s from what used to be imperial stalls. The Leopold Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art from artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, is found in this complex.
Unearth the Gems of London on European Vacations
London is a popular destination city for tourists traveling on European vacations. Start your journey with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral; designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this famous London landmark was finished in 1708. Guests are always in awe of the beautiful mosaics on the walls. Head to London’s financial district where you can see the Lord Mayor’s residence at the Mansion House and the Bank of England. London tours always include a visit to the world renowned Tower of London. An old medieval fortress, it is nearly 1,000 years old and has also been used as a royal palace, a mint, a prison and a zoo. Make sure to visit the Crown Jewels the Cullinan diamonds and the Kohi-i-Noor are always crowd-pleasers. You can take the Thames river cruise for a really enjoyable afternoon seeing an array of attractions from the water. As soon as you get off, travel along the river banks and take a ride on one of the gondolas of the London Eye, which used to be the highest Ferris wheel in the world at 135 meters.
Authentic Scandinavian Cuisine on Copenhagen European Vacations
Round off your European vacations with feasts of traditional Scandinavian cuisine in Copenhagen. Chow down some fish dumplings and pickled herring — local delicacies that have become a huge part of the history and culture of Denmark. Surrounded by water, it comes as no surprise that fresh seafood is plentiful and featured prominently on Danish menus. Order the smrrebrd for lunch — probably the most famous Danish food item. It is an open-faced sandwich, usually using dark rye bread, topped with eel, roast beef or pork, liver pt, smoked salmon, or venison. Copenhagen’s gastronomical offerings are ideal for budget travelers. On the roadside, vendors by the dozen sell fried sausages, and as well the citys local Carlsberg beer brewed in the area since 1847. If you are adventurous enough, taste the aquavit, a very strong, caraway-scented brandy. Looking for upscale dining options to celebrate special events?As of 2009, Copenhagen has 13 Michelin-starred restaurants, the most in the country.
European Vacations Will Make You Fall in Love with Paris
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. A famous city landmark is the 60,600-square-meter Louvre Palace, home to 35,000 pieces from ancient times to the 19th century. Muse dOrsay is in the former railway station, the Gare dOrsay, and holds mainly French art from 1848 to 1915 paintings, sculptures, photography 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.