The Best European Cities to Visit After Lockdown

Monday 1 June 2020

The Best European Cities to Visit After Lockdown

I'm sure a lot of people like myself have had their travel plans this year cancelled or rearranged, this week I should have been sunning it up in Zadar in Croatia a trip which unfortunately could not be rearranged. 

To make myself feel better about this I have been looking back on past holiday photos and reminiscing over memories. I figured I would share with you some of my favourite cities that I have visited and that I would recommend visiting once lockdown is over and travel is a possibility again. After all we can only dream of destinations and plan for future trips currently!

1. Rome

I visited Rome for the first time this year back in January pre-pandemic and lockdown and it is one of the most fascinating cities I have had the pleasure to see. There is history and architecture around every corner and I found it such a treat to my eyes and senses. I instantly felt wrapped up in the culture and history of all the remaining monuments from the Colosseum to the Pantheon or the remains of the Roman Forums. It truly is a city everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime!

2. Barcelona

Another city with stunning architecture and beautiful weather has to be Barcelona. If Gaudi's architecture alone doesn't draw you in, then maybe the stunning beaches and tasty tapas will. I visited Barcelona on a long weekend and there was just so much to see and do that we didn't get it all covered during that amount of time. My top recommendations include the Sagrada Familia  (of course!) and Parc Guell which was a relaxing oasis in the bustling city, I could have walked around there for hours had we had more time!

3. Amsterdam

Another European city that everyone loves of course is Amsterdam we stayed at the Holiday Inn in the centre and it was the perfect location for walking to and from all the sights. The whole city was very walk-able and with the array of buildings as shown in the above photo and the network of canals it definitely looked like something offe Frank  of a chocolate box! I loved the whole vibe of the city and the highlights I would recommend include the Annhouse (book your ticket in advance), the Over the Edge swing and of course a canal boat ride to learn more about the cities history and to see it from a different perspective. 

4. Reykjavik 

Reykjavik had been high on my bucket list for years, Iceland with its waterfalls, scenery and the potential to see the Northern Lights were all things I wanted to tick off. I can confirm this city is definitely worth the visit, while most of the nature sights you have to book tours and travel to, the centre itself holds a lot of charm. With beautiful sunsets and sights like the Hallgrimskirkja and the Sun Voyager (pictured above), it was a delight to walk around. Though of course it is a very expensive city food and drink wise, the food we ate was lovely and fresh. The majority of meals included fish and as I'm not a fan I ate a lot of beef which was often cooked to perfection.  I truly enjoyed the city and it was the perfect central location to get on the buses for all your tours to the various sights out of the centre like the Blue Lagoon or Thingvellir National Park.

5. Budapest

Budapest I have only visited on a day trip but I would love to go back again for a longer period of time. There was so much to see and do, one day just didn't cut it! We got the day trip from Vienna on a multi-trip holiday and it was so worth it to see the parts we did. Being one of the larger cities I have visited it was walkable but it was hard going. We covered a lot of ground in one day including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, the Fisherman's Bastion, the Central Market Hall and the Ruin Bars. With so many sights and so much culture to take in I think a week here could easily be filled and with the range of sights I believe there is something here that everyone will enjoy.

What cities have you visited and what is the first city you are planning to visit once lockdown is over and we can all travel again?

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