Europe’s most cultural cities

When planning a holiday or weekend away to Europe, choosing a destination can be harder than you think. With a plethora of European cities all steeped in history and culture, you may need a helping hand to find the best locations. Here is a quick guide to get you on your way.

For romance and culture, Paris is unrivalled amongst European destinations. Sitting astride the beautiful Seine River, the city is a magical assortment of tree-lined boulevards, famous art galleries and picturesque monuments. From Notre Dame’s Gothic walls to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris’ list of iconic buildings is unique in its glamour and prestige, and museums such as the Louvre exhibit some of the continent’s most famous art, including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  When evening comes, there is a vast range of restaurants of enviable quality at your disposal. Le Meurice on the rue de Rivoli offers the very best in Gallic cuisine against a backdrop of mosaic floors and crystal chandeliers. From architecture and culture to food and art, there are few boxes that the French capital doesn’t tick in style.

Berlin has a varied cultural scene, reflecting its rich history and cosmopolitan influences. Home to over 600 galleries and museums, the artistic scene is diverse enough to enthrall people of all tastes. A history of diverse immigration has endowed the city with an impressive range of restaurants featuring refreshingly different types of cuisine, with Arabic and Turkish influences especially prominent. The German capital is famous for its nightlife, and anyone visiting for a weekend will find as much to do after the witching hour as before.

Sitting right in the centre of Spain, Madrid is a city underrated by many of Europe’s travelling culture-vultures. The centre is relatively compact, allowing visitors the luxury of avoiding public transport, staying outside and enjoying the Spanish weather. It is best to visit in spring or autumn when the sun is less fierce and you can row across the sleeping blue of Retiro Park’s lake, and shop in the gentle bustle of Calle Serrano without being turned into a gently sizzling tortilla. At night the streets come to life as people wander between bars, swanky gin joints and fantastic restaurants.

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