High Culture: Experience the Best on a Tour of European Cities
The best European cities are those that capture the cultural richness of each region. For lovers of classical music, museums, art galleries, and heritage architecture there are some outstanding options. No matter how many days you assign to your getaway, you will find that there is no lack of things to see and do while visiting these cities. Make the best of your time by letting an Enchanting Travels expert help you craft a perfectly harmonic itinerary.
Spires of churches and towers dominate the skyline of the atmospheric Czech capital, Prague. On a hilltop above the city, Prague Castle is a grand complex of architectural wonders that hosted Bohemian royalty for centuries. Back in the city, cross the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the city’s most famous attraction. Wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, making sure you stop at the astronomical clock. Spend a morning in the Jewish Quarter and the afternoon at Strahov Monastery. Prague is famous for its beer halls serving all kinds of lagers and homebrews; wind down with beer and conversation at a typical Czech pub.
Tour the Hungarian Parliament Building and Castle district, where Budapest’s most significant monuments and museums are located. Cruise the mighty Danube, which divides this great city into historic Buda and modern Pest. An essential aspect of this city is its therapeutic hot springs which can be experienced in traditional thermal baths or lavish spas.
With its unmatched line-up of art, music, and architecture, Vienna’s cultural scene shines bright. The Austrian capital has a packed cultural calendar, and you’d do well to book yourself an evening of opera, music, dance, or theater. Vienna impresses at every turn: grand baroque palaces at its historic center, Gothic churches, art nouveau train stations. Savor this city’s legacy of art in the MuseumQuartier with a break for lavish sachertorte and coffee at an iconic Viennese coffee house. From Vienna, you could also visit Salzburg at the foot of the Alps, which form a stunning backdrop to this historic Austrian city. The 900-year-old Hohensalzburg Fortress towers over the city, which is sometimes more famous as the birthplace of Mozart and for sites where The Sound of Music was filmed. No less important however are its baroque cathedrals and palaces, found on both sides of the River Salzach. Plan to catch an evening concert at Mirabell Palace, but arrive early enough to amble through its lovely gardens.
Amsterdam has a reputation for being welcoming and multicultural. It is trendy and hip, but preserves its history with pride. Impressive museums display fantastic art from Dutch masters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, but also a host of contemporary greats. The best way to explore the heart of the capital of the Netherlands is to take a canal boat cruise, floating past historic brick buildings and pretty bridges. This city overflows with eclectic eating options ranging from Michelin-starred fine dining spaces to local markets serving warm, divine stroopwafels.
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Essential Europe by Rail: Austria, Germany and Switzerland
13 Days: $ 6,490 / person
Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, sits along a network of UNESCO-listed historic canals in the province of North Holland.
Innsbruck in Austria is a little paradise on earth with its snow-capped mountains and picturesque valleys.
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is steeped in history and, some would argue, the best beer in the continent.
Salzburg, a fairy tale Alpine town, became popular with travelers largely because of the all-time classic family musical, The Sound of Music.
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