If you are looking for some culture in your next getaway, Europe is a great option. Easy accessibility, world class food, and a rich and varied history make the cities of Europe ideal for the modern traveler. If you are wondering where to start your journey, here are a few top ideas:
Amsterdam might be famous for its modern freedoms and self-expression, but it is also one of the great centers of culture in Europe. It is less well-known today, but during the 16th Century, the Netherlands was Europe’s main battleground. After succeeding in 80 years of war against Spain and the Inquisition, the country experienced a cultural explosion. Intellectuals and artists flocked to the newly liberated city of Amsterdam. The Van Gogh and Rembrandt museums are a wonderful place for travelers. There are also hidden gems such as the fluorescent light museum and the Ctaste blind-eating restaurant.
It is hard to talk about culture in Europe without mentioning Paris. Whether you are visiting the famous Louvre museum or checking out the artists’ hangouts of the Moulin Rouge and Chat Noire, you cannot escape from the history and artistic temperament of this wonderful city. Traveling around Paris is straightforward with the local metro and it is easy to get there too with affordable flights from Flybe. If you are in the region of Notre Dame (and why would you not be?) make sure to check out Shakespeare & Co., a brilliant bookshop and a famous writers’ haunt.
Madrid is one of the cultural hearts of Spain. Its emblem features a bear and strawberries, both of which were once in abundance in its nearby forests. Today things are a little less wild, but no less lively. The ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ is the go-to place for culture. It consists of three famous art museums, which feature great works from the likes of Picasso and Goya. A top tip is to book in advance for the ‘skip-the-line tour’ at the Prado, which offers a pickup service from your hotel and provides you with a great guide through an array of wonderful art, including over 9,000 paintings.
Vienna is the capital of Austria and also a major seat of European culture. It has survived plagues and battles with the Ottoman Empire to become a center of musical excellence and art. Famous composers that were born or lived in Vienna for much of their careers includes the likes of Schubert, Strauss, Beethoven, Haydn, and Liszt. Be sure to check out events during your stay; there is an extended festival of brewing from July to September and The Music Film Festival at Vienna’s City Hall Square over a similar period, which features giant screenings and performances in the large tourist plaza.
So there you have it! Four brilliant cities of culture just waiting to be explored. The best part is, it could not be easier to get to them. Check out flights and availability today and start planning your next cultural excursion.
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