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With 2017 flying by, it’s now that time of year where the summer break feels like a distant memory and we’re just here at our desks wanderlusting over our next holiday destination. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to plan a year-end trip, so we’ve got 10 European cities to check off your travel bucket list to get you started.
Have stroopwafels in Amsterdam
From chewy, caramel-filled stroopwafels served fresh to autumn strolls around the charming canals, there are many reasons to visit Amsterdam. Vibrant cultural offerings include unmissable museums that range from the intimate Van Loon to the massive Van Gogh. If you’re seeking a bit of adventure, take the train out to De Hoge Veluwe National Park where you can hop on a free bike and peddle out to the Kroller-Muller Museum, which houses the second largest collection of Van Goghs and an incredible outdoor sculpture garden.
Get lost in Venice
Venice is truly a place of beauty. Once you’ve done your obligatory gondola ride to kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, the alleyways of Venice are best enjoyed by foot. Throw away your itinerary and get lost while enjoying exquisite baroque architecture along the way. For contemporary art, immerse yourself in the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia which remains open until 26 November 2017. Check off sunset at the Ponde di Rialto for golden hour views of the Grand Canal, and reward yourself with a hearty risotto.
Eat gelato in Rome
There is no time like the present to take a Roman holiday and enjoy the Italian la dolce vita with a quick visit to the Eternal City. Wander through the historic streets of the Rome, taking pit stops at all the obligatory landmarks: make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, people watch on the Spanish steps, and catch a glimpse of the ancient Colosseum – not forgetting to take a gelato or espresso break along the way.
Have afternoon tea in London
Autumn is one of the most picturesque times to visit London as the trees of the royal parks have turned beautiful shades of amber. The winning combination of the crisp autumn air and fall foliage makes it a perfect time to bike through Hyde Park, stroll through the Serpentine and perhaps even make your way towards Kensington Palace. Afterwards, take a long walk back to Mayfair and duck into the iconic afternoon tea at Claridge’s to warm up with quintessential British scones with jam and clotted cream. While you’re at it, take advantage of the exchange rate to shop up and down the luxury boutiques of Bond Street.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich
Don your best dirndl and head to Oktoberfest, when hordes of thirsty merry-makers come to celebrate the German folk festival. The frenzy kicks off 16 September through 3 October, and festivities include parades, beer drinking contests, traditional Bavarian music, and lots of dancing on tables. Frothing mugs of Oktoberfestbier are of course the highlight of the raucous beer halls, but make sure to also sample the Bavarian bar bites: thick Brez’n pretzel, hearty roasted chicken, fat veal sausages, and slow roasted ox.
Down a Guinness in Dublin
Ireland’s buzzing capital is a designated UNESCO City of Literature and home to some of the best bookshops in the world, not to mention the incredible Trinity College Library. Add galleries and castles into the mix, and you’ll see why Dublin is an excellent choice for a culture trip. A perfect day starts with a visit to the Dublin Castle, popping outside to the Dubh Linn Garden’s for a picnic lunch. Then stop by Kerlin Gallery and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for an afternoon of art appreciation and once your day is over, hit up the famous Irish pubs to warm up with a Guinness.
Nibble on churros and chorizo in Madrid
There is no other city that is as eclectic and vibrant as Madrid. If you enjoy being outdoors, discover majestic landmarks like the Cibeles Palace, and of course the Buen Retiro Park to gaze at the Palacia de Cristal. If you fancy straying away from the crowds, head to the outskirts and check out the beautiful grounds of Parc de El Capricho. For a pick-me-up, snack on freshly made churros coated in cinnamon and dipped in a rich hot chocolate, before stopping by the Matadero Art Centre. Afterwards, take an afternoon siesta, as with anywhere else in Spain, the city only truly comes alive after dark. Step out and graze on incredible chorizo, jamon iberico and have your fill of bubbly cava. Salud!
Enjoy a Finnish sauna in Helsinki
2017 is Finland’s centenary anniversary and with celebrations happening all over the capital city, now is the perfect time to visit. Do as the Finnish do and take full advantage of the invigorating winter wonderland Helsinki transforms into. Climb up the hill at Kaivopuisto Park to ride down on a pulkka sledge or drive out to Tuusulanjarvi Lake that will have frozen solid to test your figure eight skills. Heat up by participating in a quintessential Finnish sauna – in the city, head to Kotiharjun, one of the oldest and a true Finnish institution, or the stunning Loyly on the Helsinki waterfront, with a terrace overlooking the Baltic sea.
People-watch in Paris
Is there anything more romantic than the City of Love in the fall? Take full advantage of the new visa approval rule that kicks off this November, and have the perfect Parisian autumn while enjoying the festivities of Beaujolais Nouveau, sipping red vin de primeur as the day goes by. After you’ve had your fun, stroll around the grounds of the Jardin des Tuileries before taking in a sneaky shopping spree.
Sample fluffy Belgian waffles in Brussels
If you’re prepared to taste delicious Belgian beer, buckets of mussels and the world’s greatest French fries then head up to Brussels, stat. The capital of Belgium is a food-lovers dream – spend your days sampling the local brew or going on a chocolate walking tour, and if you feel the need to burn a few calories just walk over to the city centre’s The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can marvel at baroque architecture. Round off the day with fluffy Belgian waffles and steaming Belgian hot cocoa to keep warm.
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