Top 10 city trips

What are the most beautiful cities in Europe for a city trip by plane? We selected our own top 10 most beautiful European cities, which beautiful in spring, summer, autumn and winter. All cities are full of classic sights, ambience and historic splendour. Maybe we give you some ideas for your next city trip!

  1. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It is one of the most romantic cities for a city trip, making it the perfect destination to go here with the love of your life. The Portuguese capital extends over seven hills on the north side of the Tagus River. Take a look at the lovely streets in Alfama’s, the historic district in the heart of the city. Admire the medieval architecture of churches and small town squares. Visit the Castelo de São Jorge, which rises high above the city, and greets you by the guitar sounds of musicians that contribute to the romantic appearance of the streets. Be prepared to listen to Fado, Lisbon’s own music style. Lisbon International Airport is 10 kilometers north of the city center. By metro, bus and train you can reach the city easily.

  1. Zagreb, Croatia

The relaxed Zagreb is the culture and political heart of Croatia. Culture in Zagreb is widely present with a lot of theaters and certainly sixty museums and art galleries. Recommendations are the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Pavilion. Zagreb is also very cheap, for about five euros you can have a good meal here. Explore everything by bike or car. There are countless cycling routes leading you through valleys, villages, castles and rivers. For maps and detailed information visit the website of the tourist center of Zagreb.

  1. Rome, Italy

Rome is a true open-air museum and, according to many, the most beautiful city in Italy and perhaps also the most beautiful city in Europe. Here you will find the famous Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, the Angels Palace, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument and the Pantheon. Let yourself be overwhelmed by Vatican City! In this small state of the Pope, you can spend days between the most spectacular highlights. St. Peter’s Basilica was by far the largest church in the world. If you climb the giant dome, you have a beautiful view of the city. You can also go to the famous painting “The Creation of Adam” of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel with your own eyes. Rome has so much to offer. You can stay here for weeks!

4. Barcelona, ​​Spain

Barcelona, ​​the capital of Catalonia located in northern Spain, is one of the best beach towns in the world. And that’s no more than just because a few steps away from the center is a mere five kilometers of golden beach on the Mediterranean. Perfect for those who want to combine a citytrip in Barcelona with a beach trip on the Spanish coast! The beach is divided under different names and stretches from the old fishing district of La Barceloneta to the north to Badalona. If you say Barcelona and culture in one breath, you probably think of Gaudí. The Catalan capital is also known for the signature of this Spanish architect, next to the best beach town. Gaudí has ​​influenced Barcelona a lot. The highlight – literally and figuratively – is the huge Basilica of Sagrada Família, located in the center of the city.

  1. Venice, Italy

If you have already been in Venice, this feeling will usually remain unchanged. Venice is one large monumental romantic open-air museum, where a normal person just can not get enough of it. Although Venice is the most touristy city in Italy – usually a reason to stay away – this city is truly amazing! You are immediately caught by the beauty of the city. Bridges, canals, a maze of small, often dead end streets, canals, gondolas, cheerfully singing their passengers to the city, many old merchant palaces, stately squares like the world famous Piazza San Marco. We have to say that drinking or eating in this square, or actually everywhere in Venice, is very expensive!

6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is known for its tolerant policies, the canals, museums and many more sights. Nationally and internationally people travel to Amsterdam for these reasons. Take a canal tour, watch the waxes statues in Madame Tussauds or take a city walk along the hotspots. Because everything is so close, you walk quickly from A to B. The center is full of cozy narrow streets where you can have lunch or dinner. In the evening you can taste hundreds of pubs and nightlife nightclubs.

  1. Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey’s largest city is both European and Asian and was the capital of a powerful empire for centuries. Istanbul is now modern and traditional. More than 13 million people live in Istanbul. It is the most densely populated city in Europe and it is not hard to see why the city has such a great appeal. The fusion of east and west, reflected in the culture, architecture, art and cuisine of Istanbul, is truly unique. Istanbul’s main attraction is the Topkapi Palace, the former Sultan Palace. It is a huge building in which you not only find different museums, but also the former harem. The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque), near Hagia Sophia, is the largest mosque of the city. It is the only mosque in the world with six minarets (towers). The mosque is the symbol of the city of Istanbul and very popular with tourists and inhabitants. The mosque thanks its name to the thousands of blue tiles with which the mosque is lined with.

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Most of the sights in Prague can be found in the city center. Here is the famous clock of Prague, you will find hundreds of shops and is the central point between Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter and the cozy district of Malá Strana. The 520 meter long Charles Bridge, which connects the Old Town and the Malá Strana district, is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Of course, this is due to the beautiful towers at the beginning and end, and through the 30 holy statues. In Prague there are plenty of things to do. But even when the sun goes down, there is enough to do. There is a very large underground scene where you can have a great time!

9. Vienna, Austria

Vienna does not have the most ‘hip’ reputation as a European city trip, but is one of the most beautiful European cities in the classic sense of the word. The city on the Danube is the cultural, political and economic heart of Austria. The rich history is reflected in many beautiful museums and historic buildings. Vienna is also the world center of classical music, and the (former) living and workplace of famous composers like Mozart and Beethoven.

10. Sevilla, Spain

The Andalusian capital of Seville is one of Spain’s finest and most beautiful cities, full of atmospheric squares, beautiful historic buildings, orange trees and delicious tapas. Sevilla is ideally suited for a weekend getaway in autumn, winter or spring. The city has the warmest climate of all of Spain, and even in the winter months it is 16 degrees on average. One of Seville’s most distinctive sights is the fabulous Plaza de España. This oval square is almost 50,000 m2 in size and decorated with painted ceramic tiles, fountains, bridges and baroque arcades. Don’t forget to visit the mighty Catedral & La Giralda (formerly a mosque) and struck through the alleys and squares of the former Jewish Quarter Barrio Santa Cruz, where it sticks to the cozy tapas bar.

Top 10 destinations of France

France was visited by 85.7 million foreign tourists in 2013, making it the most popular destination in the world. Most tourists come from neighboring countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Italy, but also many Chinese visit this western European country. This are the ten main attractions of France.

1. Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Exhibition and is now the symbol of Paris. It is named after Gustave Eiffel, the contractor who built the tower. It is currently the most visited monument in the world with about 6 million visitors every year. At the end of the 180 metre trip to the top of the Tower you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of Paris and its monuments.

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Eiffel Tower

2. Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint Michel is located on a rocky peninsula and welcomes approximately 3.5 million visitors a year. It is approximately 1 kilometre from Normandy and is accessible by car.

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Mont Saint-Michel

3. Saint-Tropez. In Saint Tropez you will find many restaurants, nice terraces, a marina with beautiful (and expensive!) ships and romantic hotels. Brigitte Bardot and Louis de Funes’s films made Saint Tropez world famous.

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Saint-Tropez marina

4. Dune du Pilat. The Dune du Pyla, also known as the Dune de Pilat or Dune de Pila, is the highest dune in Europe. This large sand dune is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the southwest of France. The dune is at most 107 meters high.

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Dune du Pilat

5. D-Day beaches. If you think of Normandy, World War II often comes in. On the invasion beaches, also known as D-Day beaches, there are many remains of World War II.

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D-Day in 1944

6. Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts, and, along with the Aqueduct of Segovia one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

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Kayaking under the Pont du Gard

7. Lascaux II. On 12 September 1940, four French teenagers discovered the so-called cave of Lascaux. The cave became world famous because of a large amount of prehistoric paintings that can be found on the walls of the cave.

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Lascaux II

8. Palace of Versailles. After the French Revolution, Napoleon used the Versailles Palace as a summer residence. Later, in 1830, King Louis-Philippe transformed the palace into a grand museum dedicated to the ‘glory of France’.

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Palace of Versailles

9. Côte d’Azur. The Cote d’Azur (Azure coast) is the coastal area of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, located in southeastern France. The beaches and luxury hotels have attracted tourists to the French Riviera for decades, which is the largest part of the Cote d’Azur.

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Côte d’Azur

10. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The beautiful ski area of Chamonix Mont Blanc is, as the name suggests, at the foot of the mighty Mont Blanc; One of the highest peaks of Europe. So it’s just not a nice destination because of the slopes, but you will also enjoy the breathtaking views on the way.

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Top 10 destinations of The Netherlands!

With its 17 million inhabitants, the Netherlands is best known for its tolerance, bicycles and windmills. But it has so much more to offer! There is a lot to be done in the Netherlands during your trip. The question is: which attractions should you spend your time at? This list shows the top ten mesmerizing destinations of the country.

1. Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe. Have you ever seen something this colorful? Me neither! This fabulous floral kingdom is filled with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, lilacs and hyacinths. Each year the park attracts more than 800,000 tourists from all over the world.

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Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe

2. Amsterdam’s Canals. The capital’s most famous sight is the 17th-century canals, located in the heart of Amsterdam. The three main canals are called ‘Keizersgracht’, ‘Prinsengracht’ and ‘Herengracht’. The latter was also referred to as the Golden Bend. It was home to the wealthy people. It is now made up of banks, life insurance companies and some cultural institutions. The canals are even added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Amsterdam’s Canals

3. Port of Rotterdam. The Dutch are keen negotiators, a tradition perhaps rooted in their trading past. This is reflected by the port of Rotterdam. From 1962 until 2002, it was the busiest port in the world. On a yearly basis, 461.2 million tonnes of bulk and containers pass the port.

Rotterdam
Port of Rotterdam

4. Kinderdijk. More than 1,000 old windmills still exist in the Netherlands. Most of them can be found near the village of Kinderdijk. Built in 1738 and 1740 to keep water out of the polder, they are now one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. In 1997, they have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk Windmills

5. Hoge Veluwe. This is one of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands. It consists of heathlands, sand dunes and woodlands. The park is best visisted by bicycle or on foot. It also houses a museum called ‘Kröller-Müller’. Here you will find the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world and one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe. It includes sculptures by big artists such as Aristide Maillol, Marta Pan and Pierre Huyghe.

Hoge Veluwe
Hoge Veluwe

6. Delta Project. Flood control is an important issue for the Netherlands. To protect themselves, between 1950 and 1997 a series of constructions were built in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland. This way, the Dutch government tries to preclude North Sea floods like the one occured in 1953: 9% of total Dutch farmland flooded, 30,000 animals drowned and 47,300 buildings got damaged.

Delta project
Delta Project

7. Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum, first opened under the name ‘Nationale Kunstgalerij’, is the largest and most prestigous museum for art and history in the Netherlands. It shows a collection of paintings from the Dutch ‘Golden Age’, including masterpieces from Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Rembrandt.

Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum

8. Anne Frank Huis. During the second World War, Anne Frank and her family submerged from the nazi authorities in Prinsengracht 263-267 (Amsterdam). During the war she wrote in her diary called ‘Het Achterhuis’, which has also been translated to several other languages. Since 1947, the building is a memorial of the Holocaust.

Anne Frank Huis
Anne Frank Huis

9. The Hague. This city is home to the Dutch parliament. This is where the politicians of the Netherlands come together and debate about various subjects. A walk through the Inner Court is free and an interesting way to learn more about the Netherlands.

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Inner Court, The Hague

10. Giethoorn. This village is also known as ‘Venice of the north’. It is only accesible by boat. The website of Giethoorn describes the city as peaceful and different. The loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds!

Giethoorn
Giethoorn: Village with no roads