European city highlights: Dublin, Venice, Lyon, Munich, Vienna & Seville

European city highlights: Dublin, Venice, Lyon, Munich, Vienna & Seville

by: Frances Salas | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: March 23, 2016

Europe is rich in culture, history and fun, so take time to travel. Get out of your comfort zone, go off base and venture beyond your community. Get going to one of Europe’s incredible cities! 

Dublin, Ireland 

Everything you can experience in Dublin represents the best of what can be explored in Ireland. From enjoying the beautiful view at Balcarrick Beach to grabbing a pint at The Temple Bar, many wishes can be granted in this fair city. On a rainy day, venture through the National Museum of Natural History or discover a lost Irish relative in the National Library. Looking for something out of the ordinary? Try the indoor Ski Centre or enjoy one of Europe’s largest indoor water parks, the National Aquatic Centre. End the day by dancing a jig at the Merry Ploughboy. 

Venice, Italy 

Known for its canals, bridges and plazas, Venice has more secrets to reveal to you than what can be seen on the surface. Dive into the Italian lifestyle by enjoying an espresso at a century-old bar, Caffè dei Frari. Venture off the beaten path for lunch and bargain shopping at Taverna Del Campiello Remer, a vaulted cavern that opens up into a secluded square. Buy signature Murano glass at Camuffo and get lost in the Peggy Guggenheim art collection where you will find a key piece by Jackson Pollock. Fall in love with Italy by enjoying these Venetian surprises. 

Lyon, France 

Tracing more than 2,000 years throughout the city, it is easy to capture the history that Lyon has woven into present day. Rich and true to its Roman roots, many of the sites are still used for events today. See performances in the ancient Théâtres Romains de Fourvière and under the glass dome of Opéra de Lyon. Walk the Slopes of Croix-Rousse, an area honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the traboules passageways and savor a meal in a city that boasts of the famous Paul Bocuse. In Lyon, every palate and budget can be accommodated. 

Munich, Germany 

As the heart of Bavarian Germany, Munich has a culture worthy of celebrating any time of year. Located on the main street, St. Michael’s Church features the second largest free-standing vault in the world and the crypt of King Ludwig II, who is known for his lavish fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanstein. Rest your feet from shopping for a local beer and bratwurst at the Augustiner Keller, and be sure to visit the glockenspiel at the Marienplatz. Relive Oktoberfest in the large drinking hall of the infamous Hofbräuhaus, where you can share a fest table and a liter mug of their best beer. 

Vienna, Austria 

From the cozy culture of fresh food vendors at the morning Naschmarkt to the trendy clubs in Neustadt, there is a piece of Vienna that can complement each desire. From the Hofburg Imperial Palace, take a horse-drawn carriage to the nearby Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Entrancing artwork can be experienced, including Klimt’s “The Kiss” at the Belvedere Palace and Picasso and Warhol masterpieces found in the avant-garde Museum Quarter. Savor Austrian cheese and caramelized pancakes before watching the Vienna Philharmonic in the Musikverein’s Golden Hall. Or have a comfortable night sipping home-grown Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners at a wine tavern. 

Seville, Spain 

Once a flourishing port for trade to the Americas, Seville still stands as a unique city, rich in Moorish culture. Nestled along the Guadalquivir River, the streets are still lively. Many blended traditions are evident between the Royal Alcázar Palace and the General Archive of the Indies, which are both UNESCO World Heritage destinations. Take a stroll through the Santa Cruz neighborhood to see the Gothic Seville Cathedral and the Casa de Pilatos. Find gifts in Triana, and after shopping, rejuvenate with tapas and Manzanilla sherry in La Macarena. You’ll find whatever flavor of Spain you crave in Seville.

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