The Top 10 European Cities To Visit Before Brexit

April 4, 2018

 

It's just under a year until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. With the ease of travelling, and cost of flights afterwards still a mystery, we've decided to share our top 10 European cities to visit before Brexit.

 

We have tried to keep many of the big cities such as Barcelona, Paris and Rome out of our countdown. In fact, we've not included any of our destinations. The cities on this list are more unknown cities and locations within the EU.

 

Anyway, let us begin with the countdown.

 

10. Innsbruck, Austria

 

Known as 'The Capital of The Alps'. Innsbruck combines both modern and historical culture in with its alpine focus to create a truly unique atmosphere around the city.

 

Famous landmarks in the city include the 15th Century Imperial Palace, and Goldenes Dachl (The Golden Roof).

 

Getting around the city is easy, with trams taking you across all corners of the city. The cable car system, locally called the Nordkettenbahnen, takes you straight up to the mountain slopes, which is home to many beautiful terraced resorts.

 

Innsbruck combines both urban city tourism with the alpine adventure. With spectacular views and a rich culture, Innsbruck is a must visit in either winter or summer.

 

9. Granada, Spain

 

Granada is a wonderful blend of Spain's Moorish and Christian history, located right at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The city was the last to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs and still heralds many of its Moorish looks and feel.

 

The Alhambra fortress is the must-see landmark within the city, but there are many other sites which you can see, including wandering around many of the cities Moorish quarters or taking a trip into the mountains on either foot or bike.

 

If you want to immerse yourself in some Spanish cuisine you can head to the Paseo de los Tristes promenade, which houses many tapas bars and offers great views of the old fortress.

 

8. Lübeck, Germany

 

One of Germany's most historically rich cities. Lübeck is the birthplace of 3 former Nobel Peace Prize winners, was one of Northern Europe's busiest trading hubs throughout the middle ages as part of the Hanseatic League, and houses the Holstentor Gate, one of Germany's most photographed monuments.

 

With a population of just over 215,000, Lübeck is one of Germany's smaller, lesser known cities. Despite its size, Lübeck is a must visit.

 

The Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located on its own island on the River Trave and offers many photograph opportunities, including St. Mary's Church, which can be seen in the picture above.

 

Getting to Lübeck isn't much hassle either. Upon arriving at the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof Airport, trains can be taken to get to the city within 45 minutes. Upon arriving in the city, the most scenic way to travel is via boat. You can also take a River Cruise around the old town island, which we highly recommend.

 

7. Prague, Czech Republic

 

Prague is one of Europe's finest cities. It holds great historical and cultural value to the continent and has some spectacular views.

 

One common saying in regards to Prague is that 'the beer is cheaper than water.' This is true in many of the cities bars and taverns which offer some of the highest quality Pilsner Europe has to offer, mostly down to the fact that it is the home of the drink itself.

 

The city has many notable landmarks where you can take the typical tourist selfies, these include; Prague Castle, The Dancing House, and also a multitude of museums and galleries.

 

As dusk turns to night, Prague comes to life, with a rich and diverse nightlife. But the Czech capital isn't just for party goers, with activities available for all, with family activities on offer such as Prague Zoo and The National Toy Museum.

 

6. Budapest, Hungary

 

Hungary's capital and most visited city. Budapest is not only a rather catchy song, it's a rather beautiful city. Founded in 1873 upon the merging of the cities of Buda, Óbuda and Pest, the city is now home to 17% of Hungary's population.

 

The River Danube splits the city into two main parts, and is most famous for its 118 thermal springs, with the standout spring being the Rudas Spa, built during the 16th Century during the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

 

You can also find Roman Ruins at the Aquincum Museum, or if you fancy something more adventurous, you can take a tour down one of the cities underground caves.

 

Travelling around the city shouldn't be hard either, with the continents first underground railway built in the city.

 

5. Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

Game of Thrones is filmed here. If that's not enough for you to already start booking your flights, I'll give you some more information.

 

Known as 'The Pearl of The Adriatic' to the locals, Dubrovnik is located on the southern side of Croatia and has a climate to rival that of any sunny European resort.

 

The Old Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, and did I mention, many scenes of Game of Thrones are filmed here.

 

Tours and trips of all kinds can be taken around the city, from your usual Old Town walking tours, all the way to snorkelling and kayaking tours. Game of Thrones tours and trips are also available.

 

If you are visiting in the summer months, you may come across the cities very own summer festival, which puts on a show of music, theatre, and dance.

 

4. Venice, Italy

 

How could we not include Venice on our list? It's a city that we would love to have as one of our Italian destinations in the future, but at the moment, all we can do is dream.

 

The cities famous gondolas, canals and exquisite cuisine make the Venetian city one of Europe's most romantic and beautiful cities.

 

Venice has a rich, historical culture, which is shown in the cities unique architecture, giving the city a feeling and atmosphere like no other.

 

If you love strolling around museums, art galleries and indulging yourself in the local culture, Venice is a city that you must visit.

 

One of Venice's most famous former residents is the medieval explorer Marco Polo, isn't it time that you have an adventure of your own?

 

3. Valletta, Malta

 

You may have seen a post on BuzzFeed which went viral in regards to how Malta is the most underrated country, and it's arguable, but it was a very valid point, Malta is beautiful and so is its capital Valletta.

 

Known by many names which highlight its historical importance, 'The Fortress City' was founded in 1565 by the Knights of the Order of Saint John, with the city named after the Grand Master of the Order, Jean Parisot de la Valette.

 

The city offers a wonderful blend of its own culture and that of more European influences, with local traders situated amongst international brands.

 

If you want to get the most out of your visit, it's best to travel around the city by foot. Despite being one of the smallest capital cities in the world, with a city population of only 6,444, Valletta offers many beautiful attractions, with many luscious green gardens to stroll around.

 

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Ljubljana is a city which offers a perfect blend of German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture.

 

In local folklore, the Greek hero Jason and his companions the Argonauts visited the city and slew a great monster. The monster is now shown across the city as a Green Dragon, and a fantastic statue can be visited at the Dragon Bridge.

 

The city is considered to be the hidden gem of Europe by many, with picturesque landscapes and landmarks showing the cities long-spanning history, from the Roman era, all the way up to the present day.

 

Ljubljana was given the title of European Green Capital in 2016, and one of the most enjoyable ways to travel around this beautiful city is by either bike or segway.


Despite it's growing size, plus an increase in tourists visiting, Ljubljana still maintains its small community feel, showing the best of Slovenian culture.

 

1. Annecy, France

 

Wouldn't it be great if somebody just picked up a little bit of Venice, and dropped it in the middle of The Alps? Well bonjour Annecy.

 

Known for its spectacular landscape and beauty, this lesser-known paradise is somewhere you have to visit.

 

If you're looking to travel with a loved one, Annecy is perfect, with romantic settings covering the perimeter of the lake, and even a bridge literally translating to 'The Lover’s Bridge'.

 

There are many cultural and sporting activities to dive into, with the lake offering aquatic activities in what's claimed to be Europe's purest water, while the mountains can offer you hiking, canyoning, and if you're up for it, paragliding.

 

If you're looking for a more relaxing break, you can do so by exploring the cities many museums, galleries, and spending time in many atmospheric restaurants and bars.

 

There's no other city we could have put at number 1, Annecy is quite frankly amazing.

 

Honourable Mentions

 

Some cities just failed to make our list, but you should definitely check them out.

Thanks for reading our top 10 European cities to visit before Brexit. If you have travelled to any of these cities, comment below and let us know about your experiences there.

 

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