Football teams across Europe are competing in the hope of winning the long-awaited Europa League. The matches take place in many cities, from the bustling streets of Amsterdam to the futuristic architecture of Baku, Azerbaijan.
However, if you look past the stadiums and jubilant crowds, there are a myriad of landmarks outside of the typical tourist route.
Rome is home to some of the world’s best-preserved history, as well as a reputation for its delicious cuisine. However, much of the beauty of Rome lies in its subtle and often unnoticed quarters.
This is certainly the case with Quartiere CoppÃ¨de, the smallest district of Rome full of charm. The area is home to various iconic examples of Italian architecture, combining a playful mix of styles including Roman Baroque, Ancient Greek, Medieval, and Art Nouveau. This makes it the ultimate stop for all things architecture.
A must-see when it comes to exploring Scotland’s rich history, the country’s second-largest city doubles as an entertainment hub. It has a thriving music scene and a plethora of museums and cultural institutions to explore.
For visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown life, solace can be found in Croquettes Palace. Located in Glasgow Botanic Gardens, this is a striking feat of engineering, incorporating marble, glass and steel to create an oasis of calm and tranquility.
Often called “the Paris of the East”, Bucharest perfectly mixes the old with the new. Visitors can find various hidden gems in neighborhoods that vary in age.
A must-see place that can be found in the old town of the city is the Carousel of Carturesti, a truly stunning bookstore that will hide any avid reader between the shelves for hours.
Recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – despite fierce competition – Budapest enjoys its status as an architectural and historical wonder.
In fact, Budapest’s awareness of its own spectacular architecture is reflected in one of its hidden monuments, Vajdahunyad castle. Throughout its construction in the early 1900s, the castle was divided into four parts, each designed in different styles. There are even miniature replicas of other famous Hungarian buildings and monuments hidden around the castle.
Known as one of the happiest cities in Europe, there is something to smile about in Copenhagen. From its colorful houses to its intricate canal systems, visitors won’t find themselves stuck for things to do.
If you’re looking for something a little more unusual than the classic tourist spots, look no further than Superkilen Park. Designed to celebrate multiculturalism, this public park is a joyful tribute to the diverse communities of Copenhagen. It brings together artistic styles and installations from around the world, creating a vibrant public space for everyone to enjoy.
Due to its location between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan has been influenced by Europe, the Middle East and Russia. Baku is at the intersection of so many historical moments which are represented in its architecture.
Besides impressive buildings such as the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Socar Tower, the city is also home to its own natural wonder. Just south of the city lies the Baku Archipelago, home to over 300 Mud volcanoes dotted around the Caspian Sea. This unavoidable phenomenon is located a stone’s throw from the city center, with coaches and regular tours leaving Baku every day.
During your visit to London you will come across a multitude of well visited attractions, going from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye.
However, if you’re looking for something quintessentially British that takes you away from the crowds, the Wallace collection should be your next stop.
Displayed at Hertford House, a magnificent 16th-century townhouse, it houses some of Europe’s most iconic art collections, but is often overlooked by passing visitors.
As the Bavarian capital, Munich is best known for Oktoberfest, the famous annual beer festival in Germany. Beyond its reputation as a beer drinker, Munich has a diverse nightlife scene, with the Drehleier Theater add some glamor to a night out on the town. Hosting a range of entertainment from comedy to cabaret, the Drehleier is a must-see night out.
Famous for bikes and long flowing canals, Amsterdam is rich in aesthetic streets and sites of historical importance. Although great masterpieces and Renaissance works of art are scattered throughout the city the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, an era of history that is often overlooked is the Dutch resistance movement during the German occupation.
The Dutch Resistance Museum works to uncover the hidden tales of resistance fighters, taking visitors on an emotional and informative journey through Amsterdam’s heritage.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s gateway to the west, Saint PETERSBOURG is a cosmopolitan city linking Russian culture with influences from the wider Europe. Although there are still many imperial palaces and galleries, there are other unique ways for visitors to experience Russian history and culture.
A perfect example is the Art Hotel Rachmaninoff, the childhood home of famous Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff transformed into an artistic treasure, with artwork by local Russian artists framed along the walls of the hotels. What better way to discover the art of Saint Petersburg than to sleep next door?
Located in the south of the Andalusia region in Spain, Seville is known for its excellent tapas, flamenco and incredibly hot summers. With that in mind, a great place to cool off after a long day soaking up the Spanish sun is next door. the Guadalquivir river.
Frequented by locals as a place to sip sangria in the evening, the river is perfect for a quiet moment at the end of a long day, or for an evening stroll along the banks.
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