Europe is known for its glamorous and well-maintained historical architecture. Most European itineraries have attractions that bring to life several ancient civilizations. In fact, Europe’s history is categorised into some important phases such as Greek, Roman, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Revolution and the World Wars. Admittedly, the Renaissance is a well-loved, liberal and creatively stimulating era. Yet, the heritage sites of every culture have their own aesthetic beauty and unique vision.
So, when you want to travel to Europe’s historical destinations, you can adopt one of two strategies. You can either visit the “best of” each country or “best of” each historic era. Otherwise, you will be travelling all around this destination for a very long time. But, there are four must-visit cities in this destination, where you can witness Europe’s phenomenal historical glamour.
Rome is the most popular historic destination in this continent. As a capital city, it is part of all Italian holidays. Yet, your historical trip can include a very fascinating itinerary. You can book into one of the many historical hotels in Rome. It could heighten the historical vibe of a simple Italian holiday too. Historical sightseeing in Rome can vary based on the number of days in your Italian holiday. But, the must-see historical attractions in Rome include the Colosseum, the Palantino, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, etc.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. But historically, it was the capital of Bohemia and a major transportation hub between Europe and Asia. Today it has restored much of the ancient architecture dated from that period. The landmarks and attractions in this city had to undergo major restoration as the city was heavily bombed during the World Wars. The best examples of Romanesque architecture in Prague is the Prague Castle, the national theatre, St. Vitus Cathedral, Klementinum, Old Royal Castle, Museum of decorative arts, Charles Bridge, Ghetto museum, etc.
Vienna, another must-see destination, is the capital of Austria. The old world charm of this city is both endearing and memorable. Steeped in history, the imperial grandeur of this city is still alive and throbbing through its architecture, culture and art. Travellers fall in love with admirable structures such as the Shronnbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, imperial apartments, Sigmand Freud Museum, Otto Wagner houses, Spanish riding school and the Vienna State opera house. With such remarkable cultural landmarks, Vienna is still truly the cultural centre of Europe. Most popular European travel itineraries include Vienna for its elegance and historic appeal. You almost feel like you’ve stepped into a chapter in the history of Europe. So indulge your passion for history in your upcoming European trip.
Barcelona is another historical destination in Europe, being home to a number of impressive historical monuments that shed light into its development to the city it is today. Whether you are interested in the city’s history or architecture, the historical monuments in Barcelona are definitely worth a visit. Some of the monuments in Barcelona which attract tourists from all over the world include:
1. The Gothic Quarter – This is amongst the most popular historical monuments in Barcelona. This part of the Old City is made up of a collection of ancient buildings dating back to the medieval times. Within the Barri Gothic, you will find some remaining Roman ruins that are centuries old. The Headquarters of the Catalan government are also located in this part of town as well. Tourists looking to get an up close view of this historically significant part of the city of Barcelona are more than welcome to discover its hidden treasures. You can rent a Villa for a perfect view of this place.
2. Palau Guell– This building is among the first modernist buildings in the city of Barcelona. It is located in the Old City, demonstrating just how old it is. The Palau Guell was designed by the father of Catalan modernism, Antoni Gaudi for Eusebi Guell, an influential Catalan businessman. The standout part of the structure is the main hall where high society guests were entertained frequently. This building is one of the famous historical monuments in Barcelona and a UNESCO world heritage site as well.
These are some of the best historical destinations in Europe where you can take your family or spouse for a holiday. In addition to these destinations, you find countless resorts and hotels where you can book for your stay in Europe.