If 2020 is the year you plan to take a European vacation, these beautiful cities are steeped in history, yet embrace all the modern amenities and latest technology, so you won’t have to deprive yourself of all the comforts of home while immersing yourself in a new culture.
There are so many great cities to discover in Europe. Here are just five that you may want to consider.
- Berlin, Germany
Berlin has an enormous variety of attractions and activities. There are trendy boutiques, fabulous restaurants, museums and galleries, and an avant-garde club scene at night. You can visit the site of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate for a fascinating lesson in history. Berlin also prides itself on its incredible gardens and parks for strolling and picnicking.
- Athens, Greece
You may remember Athens as being in the news recently due to financial turmoil. However, the city has since bounced back. A lot of young artists, families, and entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to find affordable lifestyles in Athens, which is vibrant with great new restaurants featuring authentic, local cuisine. Galleries and artisan shops are thriving, and the ruins are always worth a stroll through. If you are looking for an affordable vacation, check out this Greek capital.
- Bergen, Norway
The southwestern coastal city of Bergen is notable for its proximity to the famously scenic fjords and a beautiful backdrop of mountains. The colorfully painted wooden houses have been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Sampling the local seafood is also a must.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Prague has been popping up as one of the best tourist destinations for several years now, and it just keeps getting better. This city has a number of Michelin Star restaurants and an active nightlife. The locals are also very laid back and friendly. Be sure to visit the city center and some striking castles in the countryside.
- Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is a city that surprises most, if not all first-time visitors. The mostly stoic and incredibly hospitable inhabitants aim to make visitors feel right at home. This is a small city with both sophistication and simplicity. Walking is a good way to explore the Viking museums and art museums, as well as upscale shopping. Make sure you visit the healing, geothermal pool at the Blue Lagoon for an extremely relaxing afternoon.