If you were thinking of saving extra cash to go on a trip somewhere, there’s a million opportunities at your fingertips in Europe. The choice of cities across the continent are all within affordable budgets and each offer their own unique reasons as to why you should visit them. Lucky for you, many banks offer certain services that can ease the process of saving money. You could try opening separate accounts, or get a cash ISA for instance. These options are there to help us have the opportunity to take the trip we have been looking forward too.
Here are a few ideas to help you decide on the short trip that would suit you best. There are hundreds more to choose from but this will get you started on planning your particular budget, and choosing the most memorable place for you to experience.
Pubs, Poets, & Parks
What a wonderful place to begin with for a short European break. This city is very compact and walking from place to place is no problem for the sightseers among us. If you want to learn more about the writers of the area or visit the famous Guinness brewery, they are all within walking distance.
Dublin has a long and varied history with invasions from the Vikings, the Normans, and the British, and yet the locals are still some of the friendliest people you’ll ever find. There are countless monuments and parks here, and in fact Dublin has more parks than any other European city. Phoenix Park is the most popular as it houses the city’s zoo and also the President’s house.
Temple Bar is another well visited spot in Ireland’s capital. An area full of traditional pubs and craic, that keeps going well into the wee hours of the morning.
A Mediterranean Metropolis
Barcelona is another lovely destination choice. Well known for it’s wonderful architecture by Gaudi and Montaner, both of who’s works are designated World Heritage Sites. Barcelona is a front runner for attracting tourists to the region. The old Gothic quarter is a popular site for visitors, as is the world famous football stadium, Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Europe.
For beaches, Barcelona lays claim to some of the best in Europe and has the climate to draw the people down to them. The City also has many venues for live music, from opera to modern to alternative . Another interest is a very attractive aquarium for the entire family. There’s something for everyone to see in this Mediterranean metropolis.
Cultural Lust & Liberty
A cultural mecca and the capital and largest city in Holland. The Rijksmuseum is the first site on any visitors list when it comes to museums. It houses all the great Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, although there is a museum dedicated to each of them separately. There is also the Anne Frank Huis were the famous diary was written. The canals are a must see also. A cheap and easy boat ride takes you to see parts of the city you may not have found on foot. A very liberal city in every way you could imagine, a definite must-see.
The Eye Candy of Europe
One of nicest places you will ever visit is the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Well known as a city with a remarkable quality of life for its people. One of the most popular attractions for tourists is the famous statue of The Little Mermaid, come to life by the mind of Hans Christian Anderson.The Tivoli Gardens are another site worth seeing. An amusement park and pleasure garden right in the center of the city which also has the oldest roller coaster and ferris wheel in the world. The Danish people seem to be a very happy bunch, so they must be doing something right.
Made famous recently with the first Mission:Impossible movie, this is a city well worth visiting & has plenty of things to do and see to keep you entertained.
The Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral is an astonishing sight to behold and was ordered built by Charles IV, the ruling Holy Roman Emperor of the 14th century. He also laid the foundation stone of the Charles Bridge which still stands as an iconic tourist site. The city was also home of two famous astronomers, Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler and the astronomical clock in the Old Town is a wonderful addition to any visitors itinerary. With many historical, cultural and eye-appealing attractions, Prague is a must-see on any European tour.
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