Here are five of most charming and intimate European metropolises where you will get warm welcome, have excellent stay and enjoy food, fashion, wine and culture.
1. ANTWERP, BELGIUM
It is located on docks of Europe’s second largest port. Design of its Museum Aan de Stroom is mind blowing. Playfulness of Antwerp is visible everywhere whether it is unusually dressed locals, fashion model or magnificent museums.
On strolling down the streets of Antwerp, you will notice style everywhere whether it is new art galleries or selection of second hand clothing.
MUST-SEE SIGHTS IN ANTWERP
Zuid district is suited for art lovers. It is famous for Royal Museum of Fine Arts displaying painting collection by artist Peter Paul Rubens, contemporary art galleries and flourishing cafe culture.
2. PORTO, PORTUGAL
It is fabulous next wine region. It is in news because of its new exciting buildings, superb public markets and flourishing art scenes. Porto is normally compared with big neighbour Lisbon but we love it being Porto.
Porto town is most beautiful wine region across the world. It has classic Sandeman winery and red table wine of excellent quality. It is a friendly town and is famous for its sense of humour, wine and cork inspired patterns.
MUST-SEE SIGHTS IN PORTO
Casa da Musica is famous for its concert hall by Rem Koolhaas, statue of Henry the Navigator, public market of Mercado do Bohao and contemporary art galleries. Its best souvenir is pair of shoes that are made of the cork from shop Porto Signs.
3. SPLIT, CROATIA
It is not much known Mediterranean getaway. A Roman Emperor built the magnificent palace and has finest collection of Ruins of Rome in Europe. For Indian travellers, it is the option to book your trip via Makemytrip flight coupons.
Split is fine destination to immerse in living history. You should visit medieval forts, Roman ruins and Romanesque churches of 12th and 13th century, museum and Diocletian’s palace.
MUST-SEE SIGHTS IN SPLIT
Split is a crescent shaped piece of sand that can compete with any Mediterranean beaches. On sun going down, just dip toe into lively bars of Split and go into ruins of Roman palace. During day you could visit Metrovic Gallery known for famous sculpture of Croatia.
4. HAMBURG, GERMANY
Located on the banks of Elbe River, it is less than seventy miles from North Sea. It is greenest city of Europe. It had been destroyed by bombing during WWII but four lads belonging to Liverpool became international stars.
Half of city consists of parks, gardens, woodlands and water. Spend a day at park like Planten un Blomen or check Hafen City where absolutely new business and residential district have been created by star architects of the world.
MUST-SEE SIGHTS IN HAMBURG
Beatles fans may take guided tour dedicated to history of band and their performance. You could party at Rathaus or city hall at Binnenalster Lake. Its Kunsthalle museum has famous collection from the Old Masters to the modern art.