Our Place’s Top Ten European Destinations

If you don’t fancy a long flight, then check out Our Place’s Top Ten European destinations as rated by the users of Trip Advisor and afterwards head to our friends Superbreak to book your Euro trip.

1. Rome
Rome has it all; amazing historical sites, stunning art, fantastic shopping and don’t forget the food. Stop at the Forno in the Campo de’Fiori for a fresh slice of pizza and make sure you sample some of Rome’s finest Gelato.
Don’t miss: The splendour of the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican Museum.
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2. Paris
We all know it as the City of love and what could be more romantic than strolling the streets hand in hand or enjoying a glass of wine in whilst watching the world go by.
Don’t miss: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Ile. St-Louis and the Musee D’Orsay.
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3. Barcelona
Architecture buffs should make a beeline for Barcelona. The medieval and Roman buildings in the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic) provide quite a contrast to Antoni Gaudi’s fanciful architecture, which you’ll find all around the city. A visit to his still-unfinished Church of the Sacred Family (Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia) is a must.
Don’t miss: Guell Park, the Church of the Sacred Heart and Montserrat
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4. Istanbul
Istanbul is a vibrant mix of many cultures, due in part to its location (straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait) and, in part to its history of getting conquered. You’ll spot Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture around town and it’s a great destination for some fun shopping, if you can brave the bazaars.
Don’t miss: Istanbul Old Town, Hagia Sofia Museum and a cruise down the Bosphorus.
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5. Berlin
Berlin really does have it all; from modern architecture to Baroque palaces. For the child in you, spend the day at one of the world’s finest zoos and for the culture monkey spend the evening listening to one of the world’s finest orchestras. It’s also worth taking in some of the more serious WII-related sights as well.
Don’t miss: The Berlin Wall, the Pergamon Museum and Gendarmenmarkt.
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6. Florence, Italy
Florence really is a captivating city. From the Doors of Paradise, the Duomo to Michelangelo’s David, beauty can sneak up on a traveller unexpectedly. Fantastic restaurants combine with a heap of culture and some great shopping to make this an ideal weekend destination. Don’t miss the sunset over the Arno and the famous wines of the Chianti region just south of town.
Don’t Miss: The Boboli Gardens, the Uffizi Gallery and the Basilica Di Santa Croce.
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7. Prague
So much more than a destination for stag and hen weekends, Prague really does have it all, especially if you go out of season. It’s a grand city with extraordinary historic and cultural sights and it’s definitely worth a visit. Prague Castle has overlooked the city since the 9th century and the synagogues and cemetery of the Jewish quarter are must-sees. It’s easy to walk to most tourist attractions and don’t forget to check out some of the local food – pigs knuckle is an acquired taste but worth a try!
Don’t Miss: The Charles Bridge, the Old Town Hall and Astronomical clock and the Municipal House Hall.
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8. Dublin
If you fancy sticking closer to home then Dublin is all its ‘craick’ed up to be, especially if you like a touch of the ‘black stuff’. Where else can you legitimately learn about local history and culture by visiting multiple pubs? Leave time for a stroll along the Liffey, a peek at the Book of Kells and, on a more serious note, a visit to the Kilmainham Gaol Historical Museum.
Don’t Miss: The Glasnevin Cemetry, the Kilmainham Gaol and St Stephen’s Green
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9. Lisbon
If you fancy some winter sun, Lisbon is only a short flight away. Full of bleached white limestone buildings and intimate alleyways, Lisbon’s mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture makes it a great European destination. Make sure you see the Cristo Rei, a huge statue of Christ with spectacular views across the whole city and the Castelo de São Jorge offers great views and isn’t quite such a steep climb. A short tram ride to the west will bring you to Belem, where you can explore attractions like the Belem Tower and the Belem Cultural Centre. And, if you want to top up your tan there’s also some great beaches, so don’t forget to pack your costume!
Don’t Miss: Belem and the Gulbenkiam Museum.
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10. St Petersburg
Maybe not one to visit in the depths of a Russian Winter but St Petersburg boasts a huge amount of great art and architecture and it is only 309 years old. Towering cathedrals and ornate palaces fill St Petersburg and the State Hermitage Museum, located in the Winter Palace, houses some of the world’s greatest works of art.

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