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An Aussie in Europe

created by forgetmenot on 2013-01-09

An Aussie in Europe

I dedicate this trip description to my Australian friend who told me couple of months ago that he will come to Europe next year. The big question now is which cities should he visit during his 10 weeks of holiday? Is there a TOP10 of the most beautiful cities in Europe or does the saying "everyone to his taste" hits the bull's eye in this case? The first cities that pop up in my mind are London, Paris and Vienna. Why? LONDON: the Queen, the British accent & the red telephone boxes. PARIS: the Eiffel tower, delicious crêpes & the Louvre. VIENNA: the architecture, the Wiener Schitzel & the Schönbrunn palace. Then I would also recommend at least a weekend in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Berlin. BARCELONA: la Rambla, the works by Antoni Gaudí & the beaches. COPENHAGEN: the little Mermaid, the Tivoli Gardens & the bicycles. BERLIN: the East Side Gallery, the tv tower & the Reichstag building. And let's not forget Amsterdam, Florence and Stockholm. AMSTERDAM: the canals, Rembrandt & the cannabis coffee shops. FLORENCE: Michelangelo's David, the Ponte Vecchio & ice cream. STOCKHOLM: the Old Town, Skansen & the boat tours. Last but not least I would add PRAGUE as the 10th city to MY TOP10 because of the castle at night, the brigdes & Milunić and Gehry's Dancing House.Of course this is just a personal selection and if I keep on thinking I'd probably also add other cities like Rome, Munich, Venice, Lisboa, Genève, Bordeaux to this list, but unfortunately my Australian friend will only stay 10 weeks here, and even in the case he stays here for the rest of his life, he would not be able to visit all European cities because of time and not to forget money matters.

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    London

    521 votes

    City

    Go for the History, Stay for the Modernity. It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes London so mag...

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    Buckingham Palace

    194 votes

    Sight

    The main residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (reigned since 1952, coronated 1953). Other ...

  • 3
    Stockholm

    174 votes

    City

    Sweden’s jewel on the coast. Stockholm is a relaxed city: Prestigious buildings and museums, resid...

  • 4
    Gamla stan

    61 votes

    Neighborhood

    A small islet in central Stockholm

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    Skansen

    55 votes

    Museum / Gallery

    Skansen (Swedish: [ˈskanːsɛn]; "the Sconce") is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and i...

  • 6
    Copenhagen

    107 votes

    City

    The capital of northern coolness. Copenhagen is often perceived as slow-paced and cozy - but in be...

  • 7
    The Little Mermaid

    59 votes

    Sight

    The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a ...

  • 8
    Tivoli Gardens

    53 votes

    Theme Park

    Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Den...

  • 9
    Berlin

    437 votes

    City

    The most challenging city you’ll ever love. While the name Berlin might still carry echoes of its ...

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    Berlin Wall - East Side Gallery

    71 votes

    Museum / Gallery

    The longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still in existence, painted by artists in 1991 and restore...

  • 11
    Fernsehturm Berlin

    116 votes

    Sight

    At 368 metres, the Fernsehturm is Berlin's tallest and indeed EU's second-tallest building, compl...

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    Reichstag building

    133 votes

    Sight

    The Reichstag building breathes great history, but it only entered the ranks of the most popular ...

  • 13
    Amsterdam

    319 votes

    City

    Bicycles, waterways and bohemians. Europe’s "sin city" is more than advertised. Sure, the hash bar...

  • 14
    Museum Het Rembrandthuis

    17 votes

    Sight

    This is where the artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and his wife, Saskia, lived between 1639 and...

  • 15
    Paris

    533 votes

    City

    A world city that merits the hype. All of the exalted babble about the "city of lights" can be eno...

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    Eiffel Tower

    442 votes

    Sight

    The Old Lady and me. It's difficult to believe that at first, many Parisians fiercely resisted the...

  • 17
    Musée du Louvre

    286 votes

    Museum / Gallery

    The building complex of the Louvre was originally a royal palace, today it stands for the museum ...

  • 18
    Barcelona

    594 votes

    City

    Spain’s heaven of the outré. Barcelona is Spain’s misfit child. Your first taste of this sun-baked...

  • 21
    Florence

    242 votes

    City

    A Kaleidoscope of Art. While Rome entices with its majestic monuments and big city grandeur, Flore...

  • 22
    David

    14 votes

    Sight

    David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the It...

  • 23
    Ponte Vecchio

    193 votes

    Sight

    The oldest and most famous bridge over the Arno; the only Florentine bridge to survive World War ...

  • 24
    Vienna

    490 votes

    City

    Sophisticated culture and a sportsman's paradise, all in one city. Although Vienna is unquestionab...

  • 25
    Schloss Schönbrunn

    294 votes

    Sight

    The summer residence of the Habsburgs -- often called "Austria's Versailles" -- is one of Vienna...

  • 26
    Prague

    228 votes

    City

    think of Czech Republic, think of Prague. The capital of the Czech Republic is brimming with charm...

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    Dancing House

    33 votes

    Sight

    One of the most fascinating architectural expressions of Prague co-designed by Vlado Milunic and ...

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