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Top 5 Best Western European Cities to Visit

Updated on August 14, 2017
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My name is Said. Travel addict, Music lover, Foodie, Dogs fan. I'm here to share my tips and learn from your experiences.

Introduction

How great is it to travel? To meet new people, see new places, experience different cultures, live life the way life is lived somewhere else. Plenty of good things associated with travel.

I'm here today to tell you guys about my personal experience and to suggest you my 5 best cities to visit

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A markerAMSTERDAM -
Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
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B markerBRUSSELS -
Bruxelles, Belgique
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C markerPARIS -
Paris, France
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D markerMADRID -
Madrid, Espagne
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E markerROME -
Rome, Italie
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1- Amsterdam: Venice of the North

Amsterdam is truly a biker’s city although pedaling along the labyrinthine streets can get a little chaotic. The gentle canals make a perfect backdrop for exploring the Jordan and Rembrandtplein square. Pop into the Red Light District if you must if only so you can say you’ve been there. The Anne Frank House is one of the most moving experiences a traveler can have, and the Van Gogh Museum boasts a sensational collection of works.

here are 5 places you must visit in Amsterdam

Dam Square is Amsterdam’s best-known square, and it is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre.
Dam Square is Amsterdam’s best-known square, and it is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre. | Source

1- Anne Frank House: Reflect on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II at the Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years after feeling persecution in Germany. The front of the house is now a thought-provoking museum but the back annex has been preserved to give an idea of what life was like for Anne and the families she hid with

2- Van Gogh Museum: The Van Gogh Museum holds a collection of paintings, prints, etchings and correspondence by the famed Vincent van Gogh, who cut off his own ear and committed suicide at the rise of his success. Actually, only one of his paintings ever sold during his lifetime, though now his work goes for millions and is showcased around the world.

3- Dam Square: Just a five-minute walk down the Damrak from the central station takes you into this jam-packed square, jostling with locals and tourists day and night. It was created in the 13th century when a dam was built on the river Amstel to prevent the Zuiderzee sea from swarming the city. During the sixties, the square was renowned for its Dam Square hippies, and the laid back and relaxed character of this densely pigeon populated square lives on.

4- Flower Market: The Amsterdam Flower Market is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam - in all seasons. This unique market exists since 1862. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats and evoke the old days when the market was daily supplied by boat.

5-Rijksmuseum: The State Museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings and objects of material culture, prints and classic photography. Recently rebuilt and modernized, the museum’s show is modern in its way of presentation and respectful towards its beautiful historical building. Without a doubt, the Rijksmuseum is today one of the best art museums in the world.


2- Brussels: The Capital of Europe

As a city, Brussels is always on the go. There is always something interesting and exciting to see or do, whether you live or work in the capital or are just here for a short while. Find out exactly what Brussels has to offer in terms of culture and leisure.

here are 5 places to visit in Brussels

Symbol of Brussels and Belgium and unique achievement in the history of architecture: the Atomium is today the most popular attraction of the capital of Europe.
Symbol of Brussels and Belgium and unique achievement in the history of architecture: the Atomium is today the most popular attraction of the capital of Europe. | Source


1- Grande Place: The Grand Place in Brussels is hidden away in the center of the city but when you enter on foot, you are guaranteed to be left awestruck. At the center of the Grand Place is the beautiful 15th Century city hall but dotted around the square you will also be impressed by the six guild halls and their striking architecture. The square is worth visiting several times at different times of the day. On certain days there is a flower market in the square and visiting at night is recommended.

2- Atomium: The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for Expo '58, the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m tall. It's nine 18 m diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times.

3- Manneken Pis: Another of the city’s icons is the Manneken Pis, a surprisingly diminutive bronze fountain on the corner of Rue de l’Étuve and Rue du Chêne, not far from the Grand-Place. The little urinating boy, sculpted in the early 17th century, is said to represent the child of a visiting nobleman who lost his son in the city, and then found him again, urinating happily at this spot.

4- Palace Royal: The most important building on this square is the Royal Palace (Palais Royal) used by the Belgian royal family as an official residence. The Belgian flag, flown from the roof, signals the sovereign's presence and a ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place every day at about 2.30 pm. Surrounding the palace are an ensemble of cultural buildings boasting neo classical facades. The Palais des Académies, home of the Royal Academy of Sciences and once the residence of the Crown Prince of Orange,

5- Belgian Royal Museum Of Fine Arts: Belgium's Royal Museum of Fine Arts (1875-81) is one of the largest and best art galleries in the world. The museum grew out of a collection first set up in 1797 and was originally housed in the former palace of Charles of Lorraine. This was transferred to the newly established Musées Royaux in 1846. The collection is divided into two parts: the Museum of Ancient Art with a famous collection of Flemish and Dutch Old Masters including works by Petrus Christus, Rogier van der Weyden, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling, and a fine Adoration of the Magi by Gerard David; and the Museum of Modern Art, which has a range of mainly 19th- and 20th-century Belgian works.


3- Paris: City of Light

The city of lights the city of Romance the culinary capital of the world all these are just names of Paris, France is known by. Over seven million people visit each year. Paris is one of the most amazing places you will ever visit. There are so many phenomenal things to see and do you’ll never get bored.

Paris is without a doubt the most romantic place on earth, a cultural center, and a fashion center. It has the best restaurants in the world and some of the best museums. here are 5 best places

Eiffel tower  famous symbol of French civic pride.
Eiffel tower famous symbol of French civic pride. | Source


1- The Louvre Museum (Paris): is in fact the largest art museum in the world and the home for one of the finest art collections anywhere to be seen, including two of the most famous painted woman - the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo just to name two out of the 30,000 exhibits displayed in the Louvre Museum.
2- The Eiffel Tower: One of the most recognizable structures on the planet and one of the must see in Paris, can't be missed from any sport while walking around in the city. It was built by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel which was already famous at the time for building bridges.

3- The Notre Dame Cathedral :(Paris): the most visited sites in Paris, lies in the true heart of Paris and by some even of entire France.
Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris unforgettable setting on the Seine, it has always been one of Paris top attractions. The Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris is not only a Gothic architectural masterpiece but a site which was also the focus of Catholic Paris for 700 years. Although the cathedral is not France's oldest or largest cathedral.

4- Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe: Possibly the most famous road in the world, Champs Elysee is a picturesque tree lined avenue that runs from the Arc de Triomphe towards the Louvre. It is an incredibly romantic place and a real symbol of Paris and France. The Arc de Triomphe is a stunning war monument that was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to honor his great victories.

5- Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Paris is Europe’s most popular destination, It might not be particularly French, but there’s no denying that this is a fun place to visit—especially if you’re traveling with kids. Once there, you cannot resist getting swept up by the fun rides and the good cheer. There are two parks here, Disneyland Paris and Disney Studios; depending on your stamina, you can do them both in a day.



4- Madrid: El Foro, The Forum

Madrid is known as the city of the "Bear and the Strawberry Tree", much of Southern Europe. There is a huge amount to see and do there, as well as excellent nightlife in terms of bars, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment. As the area has been inhabited since Roman times, there are also plenty of historical sites to explore and enjoy.

here are 5 places to see in Madrid

Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid's best known squares. Several busy historical streets, such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Calle Alcalá and Calle Preciados, converge here and it contains several of the city's best known landmarks
Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid's best known squares. Several busy historical streets, such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Calle Alcalá and Calle Preciados, converge here and it contains several of the city's best known landmarks | Source


1- Plaza Mayor: Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expensive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picaresque historical tales and vibrant street life coursing across its cobblestones. At once beautiful in its own right and a reference point for so many Madrid days, it also hosts the city's main tourist office, a Christmas market in December and arches leading to lane ways leading out into the labyrinth.

2- Royal Palace Of Madrid: This royal palace housed the kings of Spain from the mid-1700 s to 1900 s. Although the royal family does not currently live in the palace, it is still considered their official residence. It is the largest royal palace in Western Europe with a total of 3,000 rooms, only some of which are open to the public, including the popular armory room and royal pharmacy.

3- Plaza De Cibeles: Plaza de Cibeles is considered to be the most famous plaza in Madrid. Located in the center which leads into Sol and adjacent to the street that houses The Prado and the Thyssen museums), the plaza and its stunning architecture is a big draw for tourists. The main building in the square, the Palace of Communications, was formerly a post office but now serves as the city's mayor's office. The fountain features the Roman goddess Cybele, who represents Earth, agriculture, and fertility. The goddess has unofficially been adopted by the city's soccer team, Real Madrid. When Real Madrid, or the Spanish National team, win a title, the city holds a parade that ends in Cibeles with one of the players fastening the team's flag to Cybele.

4- Santiago Bernabeu Stadium: If you are a football fan you will want to make a pilgrimage to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, a temple to all that’s extravagant and successful in football. The self-guided tours take you up into the stands for a panoramic view of the stadium, then pass through the presidential box, press room, dressing rooms, players’ tunnel and even onto the pitch itself. The tour ends in the extraordinary trophy exhibit. Better still, attend a game alongside 80,000 delirious fans.

5- Retiro Park: The glorious gardens of Retiro are as beautiful as any you’ll find in a European city. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building and abundant greenery, it’s quiet and contemplative during the week but comes to life on weekends. Put simply, this is one of our favorite places in Madrid.

5- Rome: The Eternal City

Rome was called the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans because they believed that no matter what happened in the rest of the world, the city of Rome would always remain to stand. Exploring the city center by foot surrounded by glorious monuments and colossal remains takes you back in time to the “glory that was Rome”.Once it ruled the Western World, and even the partial, scattered ruins of that awesome empire, of which Rome was the capital

here are 5 places to see in Rome

Colosseum Perhaps the best-preserved of the monuments of ancient Rome, this huge marble structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators to witness bloody contests of might and the slaughter of wild beasts.
Colosseum Perhaps the best-preserved of the monuments of ancient Rome, this huge marble structure was built to hold more than 50,000 spectators to witness bloody contests of might and the slaughter of wild beasts. | Source

1- The Colosseum: The biggest amphitheater ever built and the ultimate symbol of imperial Rome. It’s every tourist's rite of passage to stroll through the crumbling stadium, once sheathed in marble, and imagine the blood-spattered gladiatorial combats, the lions that once prowled the stadium, the roar of the crowd.

2- Roman Forum: Once most important meeting places in the world – where temples rubbed alongside brothels; streets tremored with triumphal processions and heaving markets; and squares thronged with spectators of fervid political debate and criminal trials. Despite its slightly sad, neglected state, the well-preserved ruins make it the most memorable attraction for many visitors to Rome.

3- Vatican City: The world’s smallest city state and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church is mind-blowing and blister-inducing in equal measure. The Leonardo da Vinci’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Roman sculpture-and-sarcophagi-stuffed Vatican Museums are normally top of a first-time visitor’s bucket list.

4- Trevi Fountain: The world’s most famous fountain, a Baroque explosion of Tritons, winged horses, and drinking snakes, gleams brightly as the teeth of the Cheshire Cat. The water glitters with thousands of coins that tourists have tossed in

5- Castel Sant’Angelo: The imposing Castel Sant'Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel) is the only building that has followed the development of the city of Rome for about 2000 years, the other Roman monuments have had a different destiny as they were reduced to ruins or used as quarries to pick up materials to recycle in new, modern constructions.

Overall City Ranking

 
City
Country
Day Activities
Nightlife
Accomodation
Food and Drinks
Transportation
Score
1
Madrid
Spain
3.9
4.6
3.7
5.0
2
94.8
2
Paris
France
4.9
2.9
3.0
4.9
1.3
83.4
3
Rome
Italy
4.8
2.3
3.7
4.9
1.6
77.1
4
Amsterdam
Nethelands
3.2
3.5
1.7
2.3
1.4
72.2
5
Brussels
Belgium
1.8
3.8
3.0
2.3
1.5
66.3
Source: https://www.hometogo.co.uk/media/weekend-getaways/#header

Conclusion

I hope that some of the information I said was helpful to you. This trip really did have an impact on my life though. It was such an eye-opener to see and really experience the different parts of the world. It's planted in me, an appreciation for all the cultures and different type of people in our world. It really was an astonishing experience for me, and if you ever get the chance to travel to Europe one day
Make sure that you remember this information that you have learned because you may see it again one day and have to use it!
I hope it’s a fantastic experience for you too.

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    • bureau5 profile image
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      SAID 10 months ago from QATAR

      thanks a lot, Amine I appreciate feedback

      I hope I can write more informative articles soon :))

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      Amine 10 months ago from Doha, Qatar

      Very informative article, all the five mentioned cities are beautiful, but my favorite one is Amsterdam.

      Welcome to hubpages Said, a lot of travelers they would appreciate the information you provided about the cities and especially the part where you picked 5 touristics sights from each city.

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      SAID 10 months ago from QATAR

      Thank you, Sasha, for your feedback and yes you have good articles keep going

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      Sasha Jasrain 10 months ago

      Hi,

      I really liked your article but the grammar and overall structure can be improved. But, overall it was a great read! Do you mind checking out my new articles?

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