One of my favorite part about traveling is how cities have their own personalities. You feel it when you arrive, the city’s essence will already transform how you see it and its people. Maybe it’s the stark, incredible architecture that captures you, or the generosity of the locals, the deliciousness of the food.
Regardless of what it was that pulled you in, there’s a magic to adventuring to a new place. These are the top 5 European Cities I would revisit.
You probably already read my post raving about Amsterdam. I would live there if I could. Take away the weed and you still have one of the best cities. I can’t say enough good things about it. (Except I don’t know what winter is like, so maybe that would change my mind.)
A city sitting on the edge of East and West. Rich in fascinating history since it was under the rule of three empires. I spent only 48 hours exactly in Istanbul, not nearly enough time to absorb the city. Most of the time, I ran around from sight to sight, focusing on the “must sees”. What’s most memorable for me is the outstanding food I ate, fish sandwiches under the bridge, fantastic street food. I applaud you, Istanbul.
Oh Lisbon, what can I say about ya. The drunken time I spent there I’ll never forget. I met lifelong friends who I still talk to, almost three years later. Though I didn’t do as much sightseeing since the people I met kept me plenty drunk. Lisbon is cheap, artistic, and the night life rivals Madrid. I’m heading straight to Sintra next time I visit.
I went during Christmas. I didn’t get the “party” side of Budapest. I failed to go to a bath party, which my friends tell me are insane. I stayed in an Airbnb instead of one of their famous party hostels. I was graced by another side of this party city and wouldn’t change my experience for anything.
Whimsical at wintertime, the city is covered serenely with snow, lit up, and dazzling visitors with each turn of a cobbled street. Although I hateddddd how much people smoked indoors and inside the clubs (bleh), it is still one of my favorite cities. Regrettably, I didn’t make it to the Bone Church in Kutná Hora, which I MUST see.
What are of your top 5 European cities I should visit next?