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Top 5 must-visit places in Europe V2

November 20 2014
nightlife, city lights, and everything else that fascinates a tourist. This popular continent is a giant reserve of cultural and exotic locations and has always been on the bucket-list of travel enthusiasts. Come what may; do not miss these tourist destinations in Europe:

Paris

Paris

Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Are you thinking of the majestic Eiffel Tower? Well, there is much more to Paris than that! For starters, Parisian fashion and haute cuisine are world famous. You can experience fine dining in top hotels like Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, or savour local flavours (croissants, pastries, macarons, and even falafels) at cafes, brasseries, or bistros.

Paris is often referred to as the 'international capital of style'. Whether you shop from local boutiques, flea markets like Les Puces or high-end designer outlets like Louis Vuitton, the plethora of styles and options available will leave you amazed. Art and culture lovers can head towards Louvre, Notre Dame or catch the play of Les Miserables (based on one of the greatest novels of 19th century by Victor Hugo).

Avenue des Champs-Elysees, ParisFun Fact: During summer, the Eiffel Tower may grow in height up to six inches due to thermal expansion in metals.

  • What not to miss: Grand boulevards like Avenue des Champs-Elysees, The Grand Basin, Art museums and Opera Bastille.
  • Best time to visit: Spring (April-June) and Fall
    (September- December)

Barcelona

Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

City History: There were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992. The seaside of the city was owned by the local industries, but when the city decided to host the Olympic Games the seaside was converted into a leisure zone.

If a fun family getaway is what you are looking for, then Barcelona should be the top priority. Beaches, mountains, works of art, (Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, among many others), local cuisines, historical monuments, and pleasant weather make this a major tourist attraction.

The unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia (designed by Antoni Gaudi) is a World Heritage Site and sees more than 2.8 million visitors every year. Construction of the church started in the year 1882 and is expected to be complete only by 2026!

  • What not to miss: Tour of FC Barcelona's Camp, Nou Stadium, Magic Fountain show, Tablao Cordobes, La Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Parc Guell, and the Barcelona Zoo.
  • Best time to visit: Late spring and early summer.

London

London

The Eye, London

Sophistication, the royal family and a marvellous accent are apt to introduce the city of London. Its lifestyle and high standard of living make it one of the best metropolitan cities of the world. Situated on the river Thames, London boasts of its 'Eye' that marks the skyline and gives a fantastic view of the city.

Watch enthralling ballet and musical performances in the Royal Opera House or visit the British Museum to enhance your knowledge. Don't let the old world charm of London fool you, it features all the luxuries of a modern world too!

Tourist Statistics: London Heathrow Airport is the world's busiest airport (highest in international passenger traffic) and the third highest for total traffic.

  • What not to miss: Buckingham Palace, The London Bridge, National Gallery, Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, and Piccadilly Circus
  • Best time to visit: Summer (March - May)

Rome

Rome

The Colosseum, Rome 

It is the capital of Italy and is one of the oldest and greatest civilizations of the world. With palatial architectural wonders, Roman monuments, ancient basilicas, ethereal churches, elaborate statues, and the beautiful fountains, Rome offers a wide variety of historical heritage coupled with an urban metropolitan attitude. Major attractions are a stone's throw away from each other; hence it can be covered easily in a hassle-free manner.

Guinness World Record: Situated within Rome, Vatican City is the world's smallest country (110 acres). It has its own currency, postage stamps, and is home to around 800 citizens.
  • What not to miss: Colosseum - the largest and most famous Roman amphitheatre. St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, catacombs, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and the gardens of Villa Borghese.
  • Best time to visit: April to June and September to October.

Switzerland

Switzerland

The Alps, Switzerland

Enchanting blue lakes, breathtaking view of the snow-clad Alps Mountain, lush vegetation and a serene atmosphere - yes that is Switzerland! This landlocked country is like a small town in itself. Travel by train to shop at a different city, relax by the lake in Lucerne, enjoy boating in Zurich, take a hike in Zermatt or view the top of Europe (Jungfrau Peak) - the Swiss experience will surely mesmerize and overwhelm first timers.

Fun Fact: Wherever you are in Switzerland, you are never more than 10 miles away from a lake.

  • What not to miss: Cities of Geneva and Basel, Alpine, The mountain areas of Gstaad, Lugano, Bern museums and the valleys of Graubunden.
  • Best time to visit: The ideal time for sightseeing would be from June to September. For those who wish to catch winter activities, December is ideal.

Take a break from your hectic life, grab the best holiday package deal and enjoy a breathtaking holiday in Europe. Make sure to avail travel insurance to have a stress-free Euro trip.

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